About AB104: Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG)Top of Page

This bill establishes the Adult Education Block Grant Program under the administration of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Changes to Existing LawTop of Page

1.  Grant funds shall be used by each regional consortium to create and implement a plan to better provide adults in its region with all of the following:
  • Elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
  • Classes and courses for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship and English as a second language, and workforce preparation classes in basic skills.
  • Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily related to entry or
  • reentry into the workforce.
  • Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school.
  • Education programs for adults with disabilities.
  • Short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential.
  • Programs offering pre-apprenticeship training activities conducted in coordination with one or more
  • apprenticeship programs approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation
  • and geographic area.

2.  The chancellor and the Superintendent shall approve, or each consortium, rules and procedures for governance of the consortium.

3.  A proposed decision is considered at an open, properly noticed pubic meeting of the consortium at which members of the public may comment.

4.  A member of the consortium shall be represented only by an official designated by the governing board of the member.

5.  As a condition of receipt of an apportionment from the program, a consortium shall approved a distribution schedule that includes both of the following:
  • The amount of funds to be distributed to each member of
  • the consortium for that fiscal year.
  • A narrative justifying how the planned allocations are
  • consistent with the adult education plan.
6.  The chancellor and the Superintendent shall identify common measures for determining the effectiveness of members of each consortium in meeting the education needs of adults. At a minimum, they shall accomplish both of the following:
  • Define the specific date each consortium shall collect.
  • Establish a menu of common assessments and policies regarding placement of adults seeking education and workforce services into adult education programs to be used by each consortium to measure education needs of adults and the effectiveness of providers in addressing those needs.

7.  The chancellor and the Superintendent shall identify, no later than January 1, 2016, the measures for assessing the effectiveness of consortia that will be used in the report that is to be submitted by September 30, 2016.


8.  These measures shall include, but not be limited to all of the following:
  • How many adults are served by members of the consortium.
  • How many adults served by members of the consortium have demonstrated the following:

Improved literacy skills,

Completion of high school diplomas or their recognized equivalents.

Completion of postsecondary certificates, degrees, or training programs.

Placement into jobs.

Improved wages.


9.  The members of a consortium shall approve an adult education plan at least once every three years. The plan shall be updated at least once each year based on available data.