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Practices with Promise

April 12, 2017
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Article4AEBG Technical Assistance Webinar April 14: Data Submission, the CFAD and How to Make Revisions
Join us for the next webinar on Friday, April 14, at 12:00PM. The webinar will include an overview of the data submission requirements in TOPSpro®, due April 30; the CFAD, due May 2; as well as an overview of how to make revisions to your governance template, three-year plan, or 2015-16 and 2016-17 annual plans, due May 15. 

Note: We are aware that many schools will be closed this Friday. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the AEBG Webinar Series page. Visit that page or see below for directions on connecting to the webinar. Additionally, a follow up webinar will be hosted on Friday, April 28. 
How to Connect to the Webinars: 
  • Dial your telephone conference line: (888) 886-3951.
  • Cell phone users dial: 913-312-3202.
  • Enter your passcode: 960871.
  • Go to www.cccconfer.org.
  • Click the Meetings tab at the top of the screen or the Join a Class or Meeting Button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Locate your meeting and click Connect.
  • Fill out the form using passcode 819898 and click Connect.
As always, past webinars can be accessed via the AEBG Webinar Series page. Click on "Listen to Recording" to access the webinar. You will be connected to the CCCConfer webpage where you will have to enter your name and email address and click "Connect" to listen to and view the archived webinar.  

If you are having trouble connecting, or have in the past, please contact CCCConfer Client Services so that they can provide assistance. You can contact them by phone at 1-760-744-1150 ext. 1537 or 1554, or by email at clientservices@cccconfer.org.
Article4Upcoming Deliverables
A reminder that the following items are due soon:
  • Due April 30 in TOPSpro® Enterprise: third quarter data and data integrity report;
  • Due May 2 in AEBG Web Portal: CFAD; and
  • Due May 15 in AEBG Web Portal: Amendments or revisions to
    • Governance Template;
    • 3-year plan;
    • 2015-16 annual plan; and/or
    • 2016-17 annual plan.

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Article4Details on CFAD Submission

The 2017-18 Consortium Fiscal Administration Declaration (CFAD) is open and is due May 2. The CFAD is the process whereby the AEBG consortia members agree upon whether to designate a fiscal administrator or choose direct funding. Additionally, this is the process for members to agree upon their allocations for the 2017-18 fiscal year and make any adjustments from prior years.  


Consortia primary contacts can access the CFAD through the AEBG Consortia Portal. Access to the AEBG Portal is limited to the consortium primary contact or their designated representative.


If you are a primary contact or designated representative and have never accessed the Web Portal, click the link to the Web Portal below and click on the "Sign Up" link. If you forgot your password for the portal, navigate to the portal and click on "(forgot?)" next to "Password."  For more details regarding access to and navigation of the Portal, see the link for the Web Portal User Guide included below. 


Please note that member representatives will be required to certify the CFAD with their signature either on paper or digitally. Primary Contacts should refer to the CFAD form or the guidance for instructions on how to submit these signatures. 


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Article4AEBG Technical Assistance Project and New AEBG Website Keyword Search Feature
The AEBG Office is in the process of launching the new Technical Assistance Project (AEBG TAP).  This new project will provide Technical Assistance, Professional Development and Capacity Building to adult education agencies throughout California.  While the AEBG TAP is in the process of ramping up to provide these much needed services, they have begun working on adding features and enhancements to the existing AEBG website.  
The AEBG TAP has added a new Keyword Search capability to the AEBG website (aebg.cccco.edu). Using this new feature, you can now search through vast amounts of information and documents contained on the AEBG website by typing in a few keywords and pressing ENTER.  You will then get a list of search results that you can see by relevance or date posted. The search box can be found on the AEBG homepage above the What's New section. 
The AEBG TAP is in the process of creating additional website improvements, including a Site Map and searchable Question & Answer database. Watch for upcoming announcements about these and other enhancements as new and interactive website features become available.
Stay tuned for more information about these new tools as well as Technical Assistance and Professional Development opportunities that will be provided in the near future to AEBG funded agencies.

Article4Santa Cruz County Regional Consortium Director Position
The Santa Cruz County Adult Education Consortium is currently recruiting a director. Reporting to the AEBG Board, the director will have the opportunity to bring together educators across the county to develop and expand integrated pathways for adult learning. The full-time Director of AEBG will be responsible for planning, reporting, facilitating instructional activities and services for AEBG. The position will be hired through Cabrillo college. Applications and other required materials are due by May 1.

Article4AEBG Practice with Promise Spotlight: Lake Tahoe Adult Education Consortium Industry Engagement and Student Acceleration
The Lake Tahoe Adult Education Consortium is made up of Alpine County Unified School District, Lake Tahoe Community College District and Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

The Challenge
How could the consortium (now branded as Advance) help local culinary industry partners rapidly fill vacancies in critical staffing positions and provide interested career seekers with an immediate "on-ramp" to a higher wage position? In addition, we needed to make sure we identified and delivered the skill training that was valued by the industry and create a program that was deliverable in multiple models. Ensuring that there was a pay-off for completers as well as employers was also a critical design principle.

The Solution
Industry partners were recruited to help us identify the 4-5 foundation skills they wanted in new cooks. After the survey, design and vetting process, the key areas were sanitation/safety, terminology, knife skills and cooking/baking basics. Once the skills were identified, we worked with the same partners to establish a 40-hour, non-credit boot camp deliverable in two models: one over a five-week period and the other as a five-day intensive course. This allowed for more flexibility in scheduling for potential participants as well as managing our teaching facilities. Early and continued engagement with local restaurants (at the executive chef and general manager level) was critical to ensuring meaningful impact for participants.

Local chefs joined as guest presenters and assisted in the final evaluation of presentations. Twenty-three of the 24 available slots were filled; 60% referred by partners, 30% from new career interest and 10% referred by local WIOA partners. Both models were implemented though the five-day intensive course had better retention and completion rates (90% versus 45% for the longer course). Several participants were paid by an employer to attend and saw wage increases upon completion. One was hired upon completion, and four enrolled in credit culinary classes at LTCC. Follow up feedback from partners validated the skills and allowed for a few tweaks to the curriculum. Future plans will see multiple offerings including a full Spanish version.

The Data

As mentioned above, the completion rate, especially for the five-day intensive, was significant as was the percentage of completers entering a credit culinary course at the college. The request to expand offerings for the spring shoulder season from two to as many as five, speaks to the need and success of the first round. We will continue to track job placement, enrollment at LTCC, wage increases and industry need to provide more meaningful data over time. In addition, the success of the culinary boot camp has led to the creation of a similar offering in guest services for a number of local industry partners, especially our lodging association members.

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