The Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium (LARAEC) consists of five districts: Burbank Unified School District’s Burbank Adult School (BUSD/BAS), Culver City Unified School District’s Culver City Adult School (CCUSD/CCAS), Los Angeles Unified School District‘s Division of Adult and Career Education (LAUSD/DACE), Montebello Unified School District’s Montebello Community Adult School (MUSD/MCAS), and Los Angeles Community College District’s College Adult Education (LACCD/CAE). As designed, the three year planning process offered opportunities for engagement and participation in multiple ways and included students, staff, instructors and administrators from all member districts as well as community organizations, the public, the LARAEC Board, point persons, and staff. LARAEC initial planning teams used a data source document to identify gaps in service and focus areas for a number of high need populations including those with limited English skills, low literacy skills, low income, housing and food insecurity, unemployed, and those lacking a high school diploma in the Los Angeles region. Planning teams also noted the disproportionate impact by COVID on these groups. These focus areas were further refined and articulated by focus areas groups and stakeholder participation in plan development and open meetings.
LARAEC, along with its member districts, will track the number of adults served, English Language Learners, adults who became participants, and percent of funds spent. Member districts are committed to targets of 3-5% annual growth for number of adults served, English Language Learners, and adults who became participants. Further, they are committed to spending at least 60% of available funds each year during this three-year cycle in meeting the educational needs of adults in the region.
Through this process, the consortium stakeholders identified three priority areas: marketing and targeted outreach, engagement and persistence, and consortium collaboration. LARAEC will address these focus areas with the following activities. 1.) Marketing and Targeted Outreach: implement new and non-traditional methods for outreach and marketing and utilize the new LARAEC Program Finder (described in sections 4 & 5) with the expected outcomes of increased engagement and enrollment of underserved populations 2.) Engagement and Persistence: implement strategic student engagement, equitable curricular instruction, and scaffolded professional development with the expected outcomes of an increase in participation, completions, sharing of curricula, and curating of resources 3.) Consortium Collaboration: put in place shared resources, strategies, and tools; collaborative professional development; and a shared knowledge base with the expected outcomes of increased participation by staff and an increase in student persistence, completions, and transitions.
Over the next three years, LARAEC member districts will utilize funds to provide staff with targeted professional development, students with support services and schools with adequate supplies as they emerge into a post-COVID world. In addition, districts anticipate utilizing funds to develop Child School Success programs, create additional high-demand CTE courses, and build enrollment and persistence. While member districts will sustain existing ESL and academic programs, they will develop additional learning options for students, including in-person, online and hybrid courses. Member districts will also leverage CAEP funds along with local, state and federal funds to support adult student equity, completion, and transfer. See Section 6 for information on how each district will leverage available funds.
All consortium members have agreed to the CAEP assurances including membership and decision making, public meetings, reporting requirements, and participation in three-year planning, annual planning, and consortium activities. All of these elements are included in the current approved consortium bylaws and also part of the required governance documents in the CFAD process due May 2, 2022. All districts reaffirmed these assurances at the time LARAEC submitted the 2022-2025 Three-year plan.