Practices with Promise Success Story
Submitted By: JoDee Slyter, Riverside About Students Regional Consortium
Riverside Consortium Increases Membership to Ensure Area’s Diverse Needs Are Met
- Type of Practice: Consortium Organization
- 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, Returning Students, Teachers, Faculty and Staff, 4 Year College Transfer Students
- Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
- Consortia Involved:
About Students Regional Consortium, Riverside: Alvord Unified School District, Corona-Norco Unified School District, Jurupa Unified School District, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Riverside Community College District, Riverside Unified School District, Val Verde Unified School District
One of the biggest challenges for the Riverside AB86 regional consortium is the sheer geographic reach and accompanying diversity of the region, where the needs and demographics of one school district or college can vary significantly from the needs and demographics of another. As a result, a challenge has been finding common ground that all stakeholders can relate to and identifying the varying needs throughout the service area.
Recognizing that a one-size fits-all planning approach was not going to work for the region, the consortium worked to identify and get more stakeholders at the table to find unique, tailored solutions for the region. The steering committee and leadership committee members started this process by initially sharing a list of adult education providers and having informal discussions about potential stakeholders to the planning process that they each knew. As additional stakeholders joined the consortium, more contacts were sought from their connections.
By fostering an inclusive attitude and identifying new stakeholders, the consortium has been able to hear from more people, making it better able to respond to the diverse needs of the Riverside area. The consortium has learned important lessons through these new relationships. For example, the consortium learned that there is a need for more short-term CTE offerings. Additionally, the consortium found that transitional programs between adult schools and colleges could be strengthened, similar to the partnerships that exist through advantaged enrollment programs between high schools and community colleges. Another benefit to building the consortium membership has been to increase the leverage of resources, both intellectual and material.
When the AB86 planning meetings for the Riverside consortium first began in late 2013, there were only a handful of members representing just two organizations. Today, there are around 50 individual members, representing about 15 organizations ,including school districts, community colleges, the Riverside County Office of Education, the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, the Department of Public Social Services, local labor unions, and the regional community college workforce and economic development consortium.
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