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Submitted By: Crystal Robinson, South Bay Adult Education Consortium Southwestern

Consortium creates roadmaps that clearly define educational pathways

  • Type of Practice: Alignment of Programs
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship Program Participants, CTE Student, English Language Learners, First-time Students, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Returning Students, Citizenship Students, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students, State &/or Industry Certification Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    South Bay Adult Education Consortium/Southwestern: Capistrano Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, South Orange County Community College District, Tustin Unified School District

The Challenge

Adult education counselors within the South Bay Adult Education Consortium Southwestern region were in need of a tool to help define program pathways for students, as not all program pathways both within member K-12 school districts and among consortium members had previously been defined. To help increase awareness about the region’s adult education offerings, students needed to be better informed as to the multiple entry and exit points along a given pathway, and how programs linked from adult education programs to college programs.

The Solution

Counselors defined each adult education program pathway offered at their respective member K-12 school districts and identified the multiple entry and exit points for each program pathway. Once those program pathways were defined, they were linked together as a consortium-wide educational roadmap. The educational roadmap served as the starting point to further develop linkages among consortium members in the areas of orientation, assessment, placement, educational planning and support services. The resulting linkages supported the consortium's "no wrong door" policy, where students are referred to the appropriate programs and services they need, regardless of where in the consortium those programs and services are offered.


Counselors now have a better understanding of each member agency's programs and services, including services for adults with disabilities, allowing them to better guide students to the programs that will best help them reach their college and career goals. Sweetwater Union High School District adult education counselors have created and given presentations to adult education classes, informing all students about the variety of program pathways available to them throughout the consortium. In addition, they have adapted Southwestern College's Authorized Academic Accommodations form to better support adults with disabilities. Southwestern College is in the process of revamping the continuing education application to better track students in transition from adult education.

The Data

Counselors have seen an increase in student requests for educational planning as a result of the classroom presentations, especially an increase among English as a second language students. Students have reported that they were previously unaware of the variety of college and career options available to them, both at their current member district and at other member districts.

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