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Submitted By: Kathleen Mahar, Shasta College


"Adult- U": On-line "One Stop" for Adult Learners

  • Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship Program Participants, Associate Degree Students, 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:
    Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Adult Education Consortium: Anderson Union High School District, Butte Valley Unified School District, Corning Union High School District, Dunsmuir Joint Union High School, Gateway Unified School District, Los Molinos Unified School District, Mountain Valley Unified School District, Red Bluff Joint Union High School District, Scott Valley Unified School District, Shasta Union High School District, Siskiyou Union High School District, Southern Trinity JUSD, Tulelake Basin Joint USD

The Challenge

Shasta, Tehama and Trinity Counties cover a vast area in northern California. Our research process revealed that there are wonderful programs for adult learners in the region but that adults and service providers were not aware of the services that existed. An additional challenge was that service providers often did not talk with each other and adult learners were required to complete multiple assessments as they sought services and/or transitioned from one program to another. For example, there are currently 10 different assessments offered in our three county region.

The Solution

Through the AB 86 process, all service providers were brought together regularly. The group proposed creating an on-line "one-stop" that captures all programs available for adult learners in our region. Adults (and service providers) will be able to access a series of prompts (i.e. what is your educational goal? Where do you live? Do you have access to transportation? Will you need supportive services?) that will guide adults to available programs. In addition, a secure log-in area will allow service providers to speak to each other through the web portal. This will allow them to seek clarification about assessments, share best practices, talk about transition plans for learners and ask questions about available services in the region.

Outcomes

The web page is current under construction but the format is getting stronger and stronger. We have added a "Governance" tab to the webpage that will host AEBG required documents including our one and three year plans, a public calendar, meeting announcements and minutes. There will also be an area for public questions and comments. The governance members and public partners have weighed in on each element of the design and a smaller committee will complete the project. The group has decided to call the webpage and corresponding programs "Adult-U". We feel that this has a positive connotation for adult learners and exemplifies the connection and collaboration between educational and service providers.

The Data

Adult U will have a tracking component to allow us to see who is accessing the service. If effective, we should see an increase in the amount of adults accessing services and transitioning from one program to the next in a seamless sequence.


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