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Governor Brown releases 2017-18 Budget Proposal

On January 10th Governor Brown released his budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The budget summary emphasizes the importance of investing in California’s workforce and recognizes that these investments will help improve student educational outcomes and earning potential, reduce poverty, and better prepare the state’s workforce for the changing labor market and economy.

The budget proposes to maintain a number of programs that support students pursuing workforce education and training. These investment include:

$248 M to support the Strong Workforce Program in the community colleges.

$500 M for the Adult Education Block Grant Program.

$50 M for the Student Services for Basic Skills Students Program.

$54.9 M Proposition 98 General Fund and $13 M Employment Training Fund for apprenticeship programs.

$22.9 M to support the Economic and Workforce Development Program in the community colleges.

$200 M for the final installment of funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program for K-12. Beginning 2018-19 schools are expected to support the full cost of these programs within the Local Control Funding Formula allocations.

A new one-time investment of $150 M for grants to community colleges to develop and implement “guided pathways” is also proposed. Colleges could use this funding to design coursework into coherent roadmaps and pathways that help students complete a credential or degree in a timely manner.

More details will be available in late January when the Department of Finance issues trailer bill language.

EDGE sponsors a briefing on “Building Successful Workforce Strategies for Immigrants and English Language Learners in the Golden State”

The EDGE Coalition hosted a briefing on 11/29/16 on ways of improving access for immigrants and English Language Learners to the workforce development pipeline. Amanda Bergson-Shilcock from the National Skills Coalition provided an overview of the scope and diversity of California’s immigrant population; barriers to accessing workforce development programs and services; and national best practices. Bob Harper, Director of Adult Education at Campbell Union High School District, discussed the status of the adult education consortia; how they are responding to an increasingly diverse student population; and challenges to effectively serving English Language Learners. Jennifer Hernandez, Associate Secretary at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency presented information on the Agency’s efforts to serve immigrants through WIOA and other programs.

EDGE Receives Grant from the San Francisco Foundation

The EDGE Coalition has just received a grant from The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF), and thanks TSFF for its investment in our work to develop a workforce that improves the economic opportunity for all Californians and meets the needs of California’s regional economies.

Governor Signs 2016-17 Budget

The 2016-17 Budget includes new investments in workforce education and training including $200 M for community college Strong Workforce Program and $50 M for a Student Success for Basic Skills Program. The budget also now provides for eligibility for a the Full-Time Student Success Grant to community college Cal Grant C recipients.

Data to Serve Policy, Programs, and People

A new report from EDGE, Data to Serve Policy, Programs, and People, details why we need good data, the range of data that are necessary, the characteristics of data systems to serve the needs of all major stakeholders, and what other states are doing to implement high quality systems.

Improving the Cal Grant Program for Community College CTE Students

A new report from EDGE, Improving the Cal Grant Program for Community College CTE Students, identifies a series of barriers CTE students face accessing Cal Grants. We make a series of recommendations on how to modernize the program, make it relevant to the financial needs of today’s CTE students and support California’s goal of increasing the number of industry-valued credentials, certificates and degrees.

EDGE Coalition Releases a 2016 Workforce Agenda

The EDGE Coalition released A Workforce Agenda for 2016 that includes creating a sustained, supplemental funding stream for high-cost CTE programs; providing greater access to Cal Grant C financial support for CTE students; implementing high impact practices in adult education and basic skills programs to significantly improve student success; strengthening the curriculum approval process for community college CTE programs; developing an aligned program accountability system for CTE and workforce programs; and increasing the pool of qualified CTE instructors.

2016-17 Budget Proposal Includes Investments in Basic Skills and Career Technical Education

Governor Brown’s 2016-17 Budget Proposal provides additional resources to community colleges to implement high impact practices that increase students’ mobility to college-level courses and $200 M to expand access to additional career technical education courses at community colleges and implement a regional accountability structure that is aligned with the CTE Task Force’s recommendations.

Community College Strong Workforce Task Force Releases Report

The Community College Strong Workforce Task Force makes 25 recommendations on how to improve the capacity and responsiveness of career technical education and workforce training to meet the demands of students, the economy and the labor market.

2015-16 Budget Includes $60 M Investment in Remedial Education Redesign at California Community Colleges

The 2015-16 Budget includes funding for AB 770 (Irwin) creating the Community Colleges Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation Program. This program provides multiyear grants to community college districts to expand the use of evidence-based models of academic assessment and placement, remediation, and student support to accelerate the progress of underprepared students to achieve postsecondary and career goals. The EDGE Coalition in partnership with the Campaign for College Opportunity are proud sponsors of this legislative effort.

AB 770 (Irwin) Co-Sponsored by the California EDGE Coalition and the Campaign for College Opportunity Supports the Development of High Impact Basic Skills Practices

AB 770 supports the development of high impact basic skills practices in California community colleges. Community colleges are the gateway to opportunity for nearly 2.3 million students each year, however 70 percent of these students are in need of remediation. Research indicates that the more semesters of remediation students are required to take, the fewer actually complete college-level English and math – which are the gateway courses to most degree, credential, and transfer programs.

Colleges are implementing a number of pilot efforts that have achieved remarkable results with students more than twice as likely to complete a college-level English course and more than four times as likely to complete a college-level math course. AB 770 provides a voluntary framework for colleges scale-up these promising practices and transform the way basic skills education is provided to community college students.

Governor Brown Introduces Proposed 2015-16 Budget with Major Investments Targeted for Workforce Development

Governor Brown introduced his proposed 2015-16 budget which focuses on investing in support of “a coordinated framework for adult education, career technical education, workforce investment and apprenticeships”. This effort is consistent with EDGE Coalition priorities of:
– Restoring funding and restructuring adult education,
– Providing sustainable funding for CTE programs,
– Expanding apprenticeship programs, and
– Investing in the Cal Grant C program to provide financial support for postsecondary students pursing certificates and credentials.

California Community Colleges Board of Governors Creates a Task Force on Career Technical Education

The California Community College Board of Governors has launched a new systemwide effort to address the career technical education mission of the community colleges. The Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy will hold a series of events including Regional College Conversations with community college practitioners and a series of Town Hall and Task Force meetings with leaders from community colleges, business, labor, and others. Four members of the EDGE Coalition have been invited to participate on the Task Force.

Cal Grant C Legislation Signed

Governor Brown signed legislation supported by EDGE, SB 1028 (Jackson), that made changes to the Cal Grant C program including provisions that allow Cal Grant C recipients to now use grant funds to pay for living expenses. The bill also now requires the Student Aid Commission to give special consideration to the social and economic situations of the students applying for these grants.

Workforce Dashboard Legislation Signed

Governor Brown signed an EDGE supported bill – AB 2148 (Mullin) – that creates a workforce dashboard to measure the state’s human capital investments in workforce development. The dashboard will include a status report on training completion, credential and degree attainment and wage gain outcomes of workforce education and training programs.

$50 M for Enhanced Community College CTE in 2014-15 Budget

EDGE was instrumental in getting a $50 M allocation to the community colleges in the 2014-15 budget for career technical education equipment, curriculum development, professional development, and other related costs necessary to develop, enhance, retool and expand quality career technical education offerings.

EDGE Participates in Legislative Hearing on Adult Education

On May 28, 2014, the EDGE Coalition participated in a Legislative Briefing on Basic Skills Acceleration. The briefing highlighted results from a recent evaluation of the California Acceleration Project that found that students in these programs were twice as likely to complete college-level English and four times as likely to complete college-level math. EDGE believes that addressing California’s basic skills crisis – where more than 70 percent of community college students who take an initial academic assessment are found to be unprepared for college – is essential to meeting the state’s skill shortage and creating pathways for students into jobs.

EDGE Hosts CTE Briefing

On January 29, 2014, members of the EDGE Coalition presented information on the need for adult education in California to the members of the Senate Education and Assembly Higher Education committees. At the hearing the California Budget Project presented compelling data on key indicators of need based upon educational attainment, English language proficiency, and poverty.

EDGE Hosts CTE Briefing

EDGE is sponsoring a briefing on state strategies to preserve community college CTE programs on Thursday, December 5, 2013 in the State Capitol, Room 2040. Nancy Shulock, Director of the Institute for Higher Education and Public Policy, will discuss the finding from her recent research in 20 states on how they preserve higher-cost CTE and workforce programs. Read the report here.

SB 118 Signed by Governor

Governor Brown signs SB 118 which requires California to develop a strategic workforce plan to guide the investment of resources based on key industry sectors of the state’s economy.

2013-14 State Budget Addresses Key EDGE Issues

California’s 2013-14 State Budget and an accompanying trailer bill, AB 86, address key EDGE goals of 1) beginning to restore dedicated funding for adult basic education and focusing these programs on transitions to college and career, 2) strengthening career technical education pathways that lead to good jobs, and 3) aligning and redesigning workforce programs to address the skills needs of employers, regional economies, and key industry sectors. Specifically, the budget and the accompanying trailer bill:

Adult Education

  • Requires school districts and county offices of education to maintain 2012-13 adult education spending levels through the 2014-15 fiscal year.
  • Provides $25 million for two-year planning and implementation grants to regional consortia of community colleges, school districts, and other regional providers to develop regional plans to integrate existing programs and create seamless transitions into postsecondary education or the workforce.
  • States the intent of the Legislature to provide additional funding in the 2015-16 fiscal year to the regional consortia to expand and improve the provision of adult education.

Career Pathways

  • Provides $250 million in one-time competitive grant funding to school districts, county superintendents of schools, charter schools and community colleges to establish K-14 career pathways programs.
  • Specifies that grants can be used to fund specialists to broker connections between education and business entities; to establish regional collaborative partnerships among business, education and community based organizations; to develop and integrate standards-based academics with industry-themed pathways that are aligned to regional economic sectors; and to provide articulated pathways to postsecondary education aligned with regional economies.

EDGE Briefing on Career Technical Education Funding

On June 7th EDGE facilitated a briefing and discussion session for legislative staff on the status of CTE funding and strategies for the future. Linda Collins, Executive Director the Career Pathways Project and Learning works gave an overview of the status of CTE funding and some strategies for the future. See her powerpoint presentation here.

EDGE weighs in with Budget Conference Committee on Adult Education

EDGE urges the Budget Conference Committee to take action to both shore up adult education program funding and retool the program with a focus on transition to college and career and a commitment to student success. Read the letter here.

CLASP and NCHEMS Report on Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment

A new report, The Credential Differential, issued by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) finds that by 2025 the United States will need to produce about 24 million additional credentialed adults to remain globally competitive. The report ranks California 16th among 50 states in the size of its credential and degree gap. California will need to produce an additional 3.5 million certificate or degree holders by 2025 in order to meet the goal of having 60 percent of adults ages 25 to 64 acquire a credential or an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Report on Cuts to Workforce Preparation Programs

A new report by EDGE entitled, Heading in the Wrong Direction, documents state and federal funding cuts to workforce education and training programs in recent years. New “trigger” cuts will continue to put pressure on these programs. Cutbacks in workforce programs have the created effect on lower-income students, immigrants, and students of color.

Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Grant

EDGE worked with a series of state and regional partners to develop and submit a proposal to the Department of Labor to implement a career pathway strategy in three California regions around the energy/transportation, advanced manufacturing, and health care sectors. We developed a robust framework and intend to to work with state and regional partners to build it out with or without federal funding.

Sector-Focused Career Pathways

On March 2, 2012, California’s Legislative Workforce Policy Group learned more about sector strategies and heard a presentation from Tim Rainey, the new Executive Director of California’s Workforce Investment Board. Tim discussed board priorities and how sector strategies will be an critical part of the Board’s work in the coming year.

Career Advancement Academies Briefing – Legislative Workforce Policy Group

On January 13, 2012, California’s Legislative Workforce Policy Group learned about how California Career Advancement Academies provide entry into industry-focused career pathways that build basic skills and lead to greater skill attainment that is valued by industry. Speakers from  the work of the Alameda Transportation and Logistics Academic Support (ATLAS) program at the College of Alameda shared how, through short, intensive technical skilled courses paired with basic and soft skill attainment, underprepared students can find jobs and build careers in the transportation and logistics field. A short video presents student perspectives on the power of contextualized learning provided by Career Advancement Academies.

Adult Education Briefing – Legislative Workforce Policy Group

On November 10, 2011, California’s Legislative Workforce Policy Group heard a presentation from Julie Strawn – an expert on basic skills reform from the Center on Law and Social Policy in Washington, DC.  Julie’s presentation focused on how California can create better linkages between basic skills education and post-secondary education and training in order to improve the skills of basis skills students. She shared promising models from other states and discussed the role state policy can play in reforming basic skills education.

California EDGE Campaign Submits Response to Recommendations of the Student Success Task Force

Read EDGE’s response to the Student Success Task Force recommendations.

California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success

On September 30, 2011, the California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force released its draft recommendations for improving the educational outcomes of California’s students and the workforce preparedness of the state. Public input on the draft recommendations is encouraged.