Status: Certified

California Adult Education Program Produced: 07/06/2022 06:50 PM PDT Cathy Hart

02 Antelope Valley Regional Adult Education Consortium: Certified


Consortium Information

Consortium Name:
02 Antelope Valley Regional Adult Education Consortium
Consortium Short Name:
02 Antelope Valley
45110 Third St. East | Lancaster, CA | 93535
Funding Channel 2022-23:
Direct Funded
CAEP Funds 2022-23:
CAEP Funds 2021-22:
CAEP Funds 2020-21:

Consortium Contacts

Primary Contactchart8@avc.eduInterim Dean(661) 722-6619
Primary Contactbberryman@avhsd.orgAccounting Analyst(661) 483-2309
Primary Contactbmckinstry@avhsd.orgDirector, Career Technical Education(661) 575-1026
Primary Contactmparsons@avhsd.orgVice Principal(661) 942-3042 ext: 121

Member Agencies

Member AgencyMember TypeContactPhone
Antelope Valley Union HighHigh School DistrictDr. Betsy McKinstry(661) 575-1026
Southern Kern UnifiedUnified School Districtn/a
Antelope Valley CCDDistrictCathy Hart(661) 722-6619

Executive Summary

The Antelope Valley Regional Adult Education Consortium originally covers the northern part of LA County and a small portion of East Kern County.  Originally there were three members of the Consortium but due to changes at Rosamond they left the consoritum prior to the submission of the 2019 Three Year Plan.  Services for adult students in the East Kern County area that Rosamond covered are now provided by AVUHSD Adult Education that has oversight of a facility in the same location.  This change left two members of the Consortium:  AVUHSD AE (AVAE)  and Antelope Valley College (AVC).  Ongoing collaboration on elements of the plan between AVAE and AVC address adult students needs that include EL, CTE and HSE/HSD and progress toward postsecondary and/or the workforce.  Through the collaboration and discussions, it was agreed upon that all the funding would be allocated to the AVAE program to provide basic education, EL and CTE coursework that would be foundational to transitioning to the college and/or workforce. If objectives of the three year plan are met in addressing preparation for both postsecondary and/or workforce, there is a potential that AVC will be allocated funding in the future. 

Assessment                                                                                                                                                                               Both members of the consortium are actively involved in community and professional organizations that address the needs of the Antelope Valley region.  In addition, they participate on additional iniatives related to workforce development, growing a talent pipeline and postsecondary attainment that includes AV Edge ( facilitates regional business growth and opportunity) AV Career Prep Council (Employer Advisory Committee for K-14), AV East Kern STEM Network (Industry and Education partnering for STEM careers), and South Central Coast Regional Consortium (member colleges create and maintain highly trained workfroce.  Data and information for assessment was obtained through these sources, AVAE and the AVUHSD Director of Industry Liaison and Postsecondary Attainment. 

Metrics                                                                                                                                                                                        The metrics established were based on AVAE student outcome data and regional data on high school graduation rate, CTE pathway completion, transition and the integration of services for special population and EL adult students. 

Objectives                                                                                                                                                                             The objectives are centered around providing a comprehensive education and career plan that includes completion of both academic and CTE courses which will lead to increased opportunities to pursue livable wage jobs. Areas addressed are progress in all AVAE programs, transition to postsecondary, success in completion of HSE and HSD and employment.  All strategies include a system for regularly monitoring student data on progress toward completion and identifying barriers and providing support and solutions to address them. 

Acitivites and Outcomes                                                                                                                                                           Short term goals with activities to support them for the first year are focused on collecting information on career assessement systems, monitoring student progress through data review and gathering information on education and certification requirements for Health Science and Education sectors. These sector have a regional labor market demand and are in need of employees who are bi-lingual.  The one to three year goals include development of career and education plans, providing solutions to barriers and offering a career pathwy program for EL adult students.  In the thrid year full implementation of a system for regular AVAE staff and leadership data review and monitoring, career and education plans completed with adjustments as needed for every AVAE student and the completion of an EL/CTE pathway program. 


The Consortium has two members, Antelope Valley Union High School District's Adult Education and Antelope Valley College.  The Adult Education program has been the sole recipient of consortium funding.  The process for assessment and review of data for the development of the three-year plan included accessing several sources of information. The first was through relevant advisory committee meetings such as the regional AV/Kern STEM Network, B2K Talent Pipeline, AV Edge Education Committee, the Career Prep Council and the North LA County Stakeholders Group.  These meetings presented information on workforce/education development initiatives to address the labor market needs at both the local and regional levels.  Representatives from both AVUHSD Adult Education and the college actively participate in all of these groups to share information, evaluate needs, assess services and address gaps.   Additionally, information was obtained through the district's Director of Industry Liaison and Postsecondary Partnerships. The Director works with AVC on system alignment and represents the district on the South Central Coast Regional Consortium (SCCRC).  The adult education programs are included in the pathway discussions to create a seamless transition from adult education to postsecondary/workforce. The SCCRC provides data on the micro region of Northern LA County that AVC and AVUHSD AE serve.  Adult Education leadership staff held several meetings with AJCC to identify gaps for workforce training and provide recommendations of courses for adults. Lastly, the AE program referenced their CAEP annual plan, and their goals/action plans aligned with the Student Learning Outcomes that were developed with leadership and staff based on existing information and data from both the adult education system and the sources referenced above. Student achievement and completion data and labor market data also were provided to reference in the developing the three- year plan.  

There is a designated AE staff member who works with AJCC directly to coordinate services, identify programs that align with workforce demand and develop curriculum for entry into I-Train. Through these meetings CTE courses have been identified in the areas of manufacturing and product development, health sciences and education.  Employability classes are offered at the AVAE to supplement the information adults receive from the job centers. LA County data for the area reflects the top industries for the City of Lancaster as Education and Family Services, Health Care and Business with the top five occupations as Registered Nurses, Retail Workers, Security Guards, General Maintenance and Repair, and Teachers.  The data for Palmdale highlights the following top industries Aerospace and Manufacturing, Education, Healthcare, Business (Retail and Finance) with the top five occupations being Sales Reps, Managers, Registered Nurses, Manufacturing Engineers, and teachers. Addressing these industries that result in stackable certifications and include apprenticeship programs that lead to skilled jobs with a livable wage provide guidance for the work plan.  Identifying emerging industries for the areas (renewable energy, waste management, water management, additional technology) coupled with entry level jobs within career pathways that are essential to the region: aerospace technicians, entry level workers in education, health care and business will provide adults with a pathway that starts in AVAE for entry level employment and transitions to the college and workforce for technical and potentially professional level jobs.  

Antelope Valley Adult Education is the only provider of AE programs in the region. According to the US Census Bureau the poverty rate in the three major cities in the Consortium are Palmdale-15.9%, Lancaster-20.2% and Rosamond- 17.4%.  In addition, the adults over 25 years old without a high school diploma within these cities are 24,5%, 18.1% and 21% respectively.  These statistics are from the 2020 and do not take in account the students who were impacted that were able to graduate with less credits thus potentially not reaching the level of academic achievement needed or having the benefit of learning skills in career technical education or not graduating due to challenges of the pandemic.  In addition, close to 48% of families in Palmdale speak a language other than English  in the home. The area has historically a higher unemployment rate than the county and the state.  The average across all cites of for the population of those 16 years and older is between 53-59%. This data reflects that there is a need to increase the number of adults who have a high school diploma, increase the number of adults who receive career technical training and increase the number of adults who complete an EL program.  It also shows that aligning the education programs (HSE, HSD and EL) with a career technical education would benefit the adults in the AV region.  The college recognizes the gap between the achievement and skill level for many adults in the community that is a barrier to the access to pursue the wide range of AVC programs (certificate, associates and transfer). Currently the college acknowledges that there are minimal programs for adults in the postsecondary setting who are lacking in a basic level skill and knowledge set.  Due to the higher than average number of students with disabilities and fifth year seniors in the district, there is a demand for job training programs for adults with disabilities.  This is an area members of the consortium agreed should inform the program and course offerings. .

Dr. Steve Radford, Previous Adminstrator for AVAE (ended employment with the district Jan.31, 2022)  Dr. Radford started the process of developing goals, reviewing the annual plan and  assessing progress on the CAEP 2018/19 Three Year Plan. He participated in meetings and conversations with workforce development and Antelope Valley College 

Dr. Betsy McKinstry, Interim Administrator for AVAE from Feb. 1- June 30, 2022. Reviewed the plans completed by the Consortium, met with stakeholders in Adult Education, attended meetings, communicated with Antelope Valley College specifically related to career pathway development and transition to postsecondary education, worked with AVUHSD Director of Industry Liaison and Postsecondary Education on areas where AVAE would have a role such as Special Admit for adult education students. 

Cathy Hart, Interim Dean, Community Projects and Extended Learning. Antelope Valley College, gave input at meetings that addressed workforce development and career pathways, coordinated information with the Director of Industry Liason and Postsecondary Education  on Adult Education issues related to transition to the college for adult education students. 

Regional Service Providers

For each Member Agency service provider, enter the number of Participants in each program area.

Provider NameProvider TypeNumber of Participants in Program AreaTotal Participants
ABEASEESLEl CivicsAWDK12 SuccessShort Term CTEWorkforce ReentryPre-Apprenticeship
*Antelope Valley CCDMember Representative










*Antelope Valley Union HighMember Representative










Total Participants 166 1198 1272 0 101 0 443 206 0 3386
* Member Agency required to input number of Participants

For each service provider added, check the box in the program areas where services are provided.

No Service Providers for this consortium.

Both Antelope Valley College and AVUHSD offer workforce services to adults.  In the last three years, AVUHSD Adult Education program has worked to expand their workforce services in the following ways: offering employability classes, coordinating with agencies on student needs, expanding counseling to address career and educatio plans and deliver direct workplace skills and information through employability classes.  The college offers a more extensive slate of workforce services for their students. Currently there are still gaps in serving the needs of students primarily in the adult education program. Further development in integrating workforce services into all AE programs is needed to ensure students are  prepared to transition to the workforce and/or postsecondary education upon completion of their AE programs.  

Metrics: CAEP Barriers & Metrics


Adult Ed Metrics

  • English Language Learner (AE 305 - Overall)


Adult Ed Metrics

  • Participants Who Complete an EL Civics COAPP or Course (AE 411 - Overall)


Adult Ed Metrics

  • Participants with Transition to Postsecondary (CTE) (AE 636 - Overall)


Adult Ed Metrics

  • Participants Who Earn a High School Diploma or Equivalency (AE 633 - Overall)


Adult Ed Metrics

  • Participants Who Became Employed in the 2nd Quarter After Exit (AE 505 - Overall)

Consortium Level Metric Targets

* Mandatory for all consortia

Metric Set Metric 2019-20 Actuals 2020-21 Actuals 2021-22 Actuals 2022-23 Target 2023-24 Target 2024-25 Target
All*Number of Adults Served (AE 200 - Overall) 4,393 3,429




Student BarriersEnglish Language Learner (AE 305 - Overall) 1,524 816




Member Level Metric Targets

* Mandatory for all members

Antelope Valley CCD (Reported by Antelope Valley District)

Metric Set Metric 2019-20 Actuals 2020-21 Actuals 2021-22 Actuals 2022-23 Target 2023-24 Target 2024-25 Target
All*Adults who Became Participants (AE 202 - Overall) 634 408




Employment and EarningsParticipants Who Became Employed in the 2nd Quarter After Exit (AE 505 - Overall) 220




ProgressParticipants Who Complete an EL Civics COAPP or Course (AE 411 - Overall)




SuccessParticipants Who Earn a High School Diploma or Equivalency (AE 633 - Overall)




TransitionParticipants with Transition to Postsecondary (CTE) (AE 636 - Overall) 31




Antelope Valley Union High (Reported by Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD))

Metric Set Metric 2019-20 Actuals 2020-21 Actuals 2021-22 Actuals 2022-23 Target 2023-24 Target 2024-25 Target
All*Adults who Became Participants (AE 202 - Overall) 2,517 1,949




Employment and EarningsParticipants Who Became Employed in the 2nd Quarter After Exit (AE 505 - Overall) 274




ProgressParticipants Who Complete an EL Civics COAPP or Course (AE 411 - Overall) 10




SuccessParticipants Who Earn a High School Diploma or Equivalency (AE 633 - Overall) 114 182




TransitionParticipants with Transition to Postsecondary (CTE) (AE 636 - Overall) 109




Member Spending Targets

MemberPercent of 2019-20 Available Funds SpentPercent of 2020-21 Available Funds SpentPercent of 2021-22 Available Funds Spent2022-23 Target2023-24 Target2024-25 Target
Antelope Valley Union High 100% 68% 0%





Address Educational Needs

Strategies to address increase in students completing high school diploma program:                                                               1. Student goal setting for completion, monitoring of progress by teachers and communicating with student regularly on progres

2. Identify and addressing barriers to completion for students who are not making or making minimal progress toward completion 

3. Provide guest speakers who students can identify with and had similar challenges for motivation and inspiration 

4. Adapt schedules that meet the needs of adult learners (blended, virtual, night, etc.) 

Strategies to address comprehesive career and education plan for all students including those with disabilities 

1. Provide career assessments for every student to identify areas of interest and develop career and education plan that aligns with interest assessment, (note this should include postsecondary programs at the college) 

2. Coordinate services with Department of Rehibilitation to for proper placement of students with disabilities and address their needs for successful completion of programs. 

3. Create plan to address EL students proficiency and career pathway completion in Health Sciences industry sector 

4.  Increase coordination with workforce development agencies to develop programs that meet labor market needs 

5. Provide professional development to all AE staff on CTE pathways, postsecondary program transition and emerging trends in employability 

Strategies to address needs of EL Learners

1. Monitor progress on a regular basis and provide additional supports (tutoring, additional ways to develop language skills) 

2. Provide professional development for EL teachers in instructional strategies to increase engagement 

3. Create CTE pathways for EL students to allow learning language in context of career with potential to pursue jobs in specific industry sectors. 

4. Expand counseling services for EL students and supplement instruction with workshops on topics of interest 

Improve Integration of Services & Transitions

1. Strengthen partnerships with workforce development agencies to create seamless transition to postsecondary and/or the workforce by coordination of support services and skill attainment. 

2. Provide guest speakers from the college to explain the the range of postsecondary programs to adult students, expand career and college fairs offered to adult students. 

3. Enhance social media presence and the website to include consistent messaging on career pathways, job opportunities and programs at the postsecondary level, additional links to workfroce development, industries and other stakeholder groups will be included. 

4. Develop process for Special Admit adult education students to the college to ensure adult students understand and obtain the benefit. 

5. Offer career technical education courses/pathways that address the labor market demand in the area and continue to develop apprenticeship opportunities in the growth sectors for the Antelope Valley region. 

Improve Effectiveness of Services

The two years of disruption due  to the pandemic, the mid year departure of the Regional Director and the short term assignment of the Interim Director all had an impact of the effectiveness of the Consortium in the past year.  The new Director will be able to address the consistency in communication and processes to ensure the Consortium is meeting the guidelines as established in the original submission.  With a two member Consortium there is potential to have both an informal and formal stucture for input, feedback and progress reviews.  Recommendations to address the improvement of effectiveness would be to: 

  1. Schedule quarterly meetings throughout the year 
  2. Ensure all Adult Ed staff and administration are aware of the CAEP 3 year plan 
  3. Use the CAEP 3 Year Plan as a foundation for the AE Action Plan and other AE and CTE iniiatives.

Activities & Outcomes

EL Learners and CTE Pathway

Objective that Applies to this Activity

Address Educational Needs

To address the needs of EL students comprehensively, the program data and monitoring will be shared among all staff on a regular basis for ideas to expand services and identify barriers.  Workshops for the EL students to increase their awareness of community services, counseling, postsecondary education programs and career information will help the EL students to see AE as a education agency that meets their needs in not only language development but also resources and support. Creating CTE pathways that can connect EL students to industries that are in demand for workers who are bi-lingual will address an increase in students who enter both the workforce and transition to postsecondary education. 

AE leadership will collect information on CTE pathways in the Health Science and Education sectors to include transition to workforce/postsecondary and necessary certifications with the intent to pilot a pathway program for EL students in 1-3 years. 

A CTE pathway for EL students in Health Science and/or Education industry sectors will be fully developed to include marketing, equipment, resources, teacher professional development, curriculum, work-based learning) to begin in two years.

A minimum of 30% of EL students who started in the Health Science and/or Education pathway have completed the program and are successfully transitioning to the workforce and/or postsecondary education. 

Proposed Completion Date


Adult Ed Metrics and Student Barriers

  • Student Barriers: English Language Learner (AE 305 - Overall)

Responsible person(s)


Successful Completion of HSD and HSE Programs

Objective that Applies to this Activity

Address Educational Needs

Develop a comprehensive data review and monitoring of student progress system that allows for AE staff to identify barriers to completion of HSE and HSD and provide solutions to address the barriers. This will allow AE to offer additional supports, mentors, workshops, resources and activities to address the whole adult student with the goal of increasing the number of students who receive their HSE/HSD. 

Starting in the 2022/23 school year schedule monthly data meetings  to review HSE and HSD student progress with counselors, administration and identify trends, barriers and gaps. 

Address trends/barriers and gaps in progress for students in HSD/HSE programs from data collected in monthly meetings and create a system to address a minimum of 1-2 areas that will improve rate of completion. 

Implement a comprehensive support system for adult students that addresses the barriers/gaps identified in year two that includes continued scheduled monitoring of data. 

Proposed Completion Date


Adult Ed Metrics and Student Barriers

  • Success: Participants Who Earn a High School Diploma or Equivalency (AE 633 - Overall)

Responsible person(s)


Comprehensive Career and Education Planning

Objective that Applies to this Activity

Improve Integration of Services & Transitions

Provide every AE student with education and career planning goals based on career assessments.  Coordinate efforts with workforce development agencies and Department of Rehabilitation to supplement support and resources to supplement the AE programs and allow for successful transition to the workforce and/or postsecondary education. 

AE administration, counseling and staff from CTE, HSE/HSD and EL will review and assess current counseling process and student program placement.

AE administration and counseling will review career assessments and select one to be used for all AE students. 

Every student who enrolls in AE programs will be given a career assessment to provide information on the development of a career and education plan. 

AE administration, counseling and staff will begin to develop a system and process to monitor progress on the plans.  

Every student who enrolls in the AE programs will have an education and career plan that includes transtiion to the workforce and/or postsecondary education. 

A system will be in place to monitor progress on the plans. 

Proposed Completion Date


Adult Ed Metrics and Student Barriers

  • All: Adults who Became Participants (AE 202 - Overall)

Responsible person(s)


Funds Evaluation

Member Allocations and Expenditures

Member AgencyPrior Year Total Leveraged FundsProgram Reporting Status
Antelope Valley CCD (Optional)$0Certified
Antelope Valley Union High $4,236,885Certified
Totals$4,236,885 2/2 Certified

The planned funds to support the objectives and implement the strategies and activites to achieve the outcomes in the following ways: 

1. Professional development for teachers to address adult student learners, labor market trends and using data to improve student achievement and completion. 

2. A career assessment and planning system that allows students with staff support to set goals, monitor progres, obtain information, access resources that will help students transition to the workforce and/or postsecondary education that will lead to living wage jobs. 

3. Equipment, training, resources that will support CTE programs that address regional labor market demand, including CTE pathways for EL students

4. Workshops and experiential learning activities that will enhance student learning opportunities 

5. Technology and software that supports sychronous and asychronous learning to improve access to AE programs and meets the needs of all adult students. 

6. Marketing and social media that provides information to AE students on programs, job opportunities, student success, enrollment process, etc. 

7. Additional support services such as tutoring, counseling to address barriers to student completion in all AE programs.


Antelope Valley CCD - Member Representative

Approved by Cathy Hart

07/06/2022 06:50 PM PDT

Antelope Valley Union High - Member Representative

Approved by Dr. Betsy McKinstry

07/05/2022 03:42 PM PDT