Practices with Promise Success Story
Submitted By: Kishan Vujjeni, SBCAE - SJECCD
Immigrant Integration Metrics - Working with Community Partners
- Consortium: South Bay Consortium for Adult Education
- Type of Practice: Data & Accountability
Foster regional and local system integration efforts pertaining to assessment and intake of adult students.
- Organizations that were involved: Campbell Adult and Community Education, ALLIES, Catholic Charities, Upwardly Global, Sacred Heart, and Gardner Family Health Network.
South Bay Consortium for Adult Education’s Promising Practice in Data Collection In the South Bay’s adult education programs there was also a significant need to understand and serve the unique needs of immigrants in our communities. As the consortium was challenged to create a regional plan for adult education, the goal to call out specifically the strategies to support immigrant integration emerged as a priority for our consortium. Metrics of student progress, as suggested by the reform legislation (AB86, AB104) were certainly related to this goal of immigrant integration (postsecondary education, career training, employment and wage gains), but in our process, determined to be incomplete. When CAEP consortia were funded to develop capacity to collect, report and interpret data, the consortium apportioned a part of those funds to explore how additional metrics of immigrant integration might be identified.
In our Region the non-profit, Alliance for Language Learners’ Integration and Educational Success (ALLIES), had collaborated with our consortium and key community partners to develop an Immigrant Integration Framework (IIF), with eight goals areas lending themselves to metrics and data collection. The SBCAE directed a team from ALLIES to work with consortium staff to study how these IIF metrics were, or were not, being tracked in current data systems, and then to suggest what additional practices might be needed to achieve these IIF outcomes. The Pilot to create deeper community connections, shared here, was part of larger project to explore IIF alignment to current data collection, counseling and guidance models, staffing structure, data collection practices, data system capacities, and community partner collaborations.
As part of the effort to build deeper community connections, Project 6 piloted a reciprocal referral network at CACE (Campbell), which was the first adult school within SBCAE to have a formal personnel job description of Transition Specialists. The overarching goals of the pilot were to: • Build deeper partnerships with community-based organizations that address student needs; • Serve the whole student by providing equitable access to high quality support services; and • Generate referral data that would inform decision-making. • Develop productive community connections that would provide support to a group of students with similar needs within a school term (and, in doing so, build system capacity to address individual student’s needs in the future).
The health insurance campaign proved to be successful strategy for generating a high number of referrals in a short period of time and fulfilling an important student need with tangible results. Overall, 44 CACE students and their family members signed up for health insurance. Approximately 61% of the students who enrolled in a healthcare plan signed up for the Primary Care Access Program (PCAP), which is geared toward residents of Santa Clara County who have a family income of less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, many of whom are undocumented. A further 19% signed up for Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program that serves individuals with incomes 138% below the federal poverty line. Approximately 17% signed up for both Medi-Cal and PCAP.