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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: diane stewart, Santa Clarita CCD

Consortium: Designating areas of focus

  • Type of Practice: Alignment of Programs
  • Targeted Population: English Language Learners, Citizenship Students
  • Program Area(s): English as a Second Language & Citizenship
  • Consortia Involved:
    Santa Clarita Valley Adult Education Consortium: Santa Clarita Community College District, Wm S Hart Union High School District

The Challenge

The Santa Clarita Valley two member Consortium discovered conflicts and inefficiencies specifically with ESL Programming:
Adult Ed and Noncredit assessment and curriculum for ESL was not in any alignment for transition. Scheduling conflicts with times and similar locations left outer areas of the Community with no services.

The Solution

The Consortium assessed each members strengths and worked together to designate focus areas. All ESL classes above pre-literacy are now managed by the College member of the Consortium absorbing the Adult Ed Instructors and the class locations. In addition, the College added two new sites in the North West quad of the Valley an underserved area.
Consortium Faculty reviewed revised the ESL assessment and end of level test to affirm the alignment for certificates of completion and if desired transition to credit ESL classes.
Both members held assessment and registration activities together for the ESL Program developing an efficient referral and placement system.


The English learners in the Consortium area are now experiencing a more cohesive process
(customer service) with clearer direction and more opportunities.
Whether they go to the Adult Ed school or to The college Non Credit office, they are given the same information and referred to the proper process and classes.

Other areas of focus: The Adult School: High School Diploma ASE/ABE Programs. Programs for Disabled Adults College Noncredit: Citizenship, GED Prep, Basic skills.
Both Members: Coordinating development of CTE Programing.

In Spring 2016 a new Brand and Marketing Plan for the Consortium (GATEWAYSCV)will go live with an website and social media directing potential students to their area of focus and to which member of the Consortium that can best serve them.

The Data

Data for 16/17 will include participation,completion and transition to credit.

To date the two ESL classes added in the North/west quad of the Valley have waitlist.

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