Minutes and Actions of the Committee October 23, 2014

Executive Advisory Committee Meeting AB86
Minutes and Actions of the Committee
Eureka Main Campus, Room SS 104
October 23, 2014
11 AM
Attendees: Julia Peterson, Rick Jordan, Dave Lonn
Brief Introduction and Review of Minutes
Review of Regional Comprehensive Plan Objectives
What are some specific CTE pathways to which we can commit in this community?
a. Healthcare/Medical Training
b. Manufacturing
c. Hospitality and Tourism
d. Agriculture/Niche Farming
e. Oyster Production
f. Business and Entrepreneurship
1. Micro Enterprise
2. Marketing
3. Finance
4. Bookkeeping/Accounting
g. Building and Construction Trades
h. Drafting and Design
i. Sustainable Energy
j. Fine Arts
k. Automotive Education
l. Office Computer Skills, IT, and Programming
How do we rank these identified core programs for priority of funding and
implementation? There is a need to establish levels of “top shelf” priorities in Adult
Basic Skills, HSE, and HS Diploma classes are obvious entry points for most career
education pathways, and should be offered as contextualized curricula and
combined courses which have the potential to support students’ longer term
objectives, reinforce their existing skills, and increase overall interest and motivation.
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AB86 Summit Report
Our Consortium was well represented by Julia Peterson (College Administrator), Jay
Dragna (College Faculty), Coleen Parker (K-12 Administrator), and Robert Parker
(K-12 Faculty). The group was able to cover a variety of topics in the breakout
sessions. There was very little feedback from the summit organizers, but they were
receptive to the various discussions and reporting from the regional consortia. The
location of the summit promoted a large turnout, which allowed for broad
representation from rural areas similar to our Consortium region, and with whom we
share many common needs and gaps. Among these are reliable high-speed internet
service, subsidies for smaller class size, transportation assistance, and childcare for
students. ESL has experienced the biggest decline in funding since 2008, followed
by GED preparation. There will be $200 – 500 million available for implementation
funding in July 2015, which will appear in the Governor’s January budget. No further
details are available at this time, and the direction of this Committee is to keep
working and moving forward. The Governor and the Legislature remain committed to
redefining Adult Education in California.
The Workgroups are all in favor of expanded collaborative professional development
in order to train and retrain faculty and other providers in all aspects of adult
learning. There is a perceived need to recruit young, open-minded, and innovative
faculty and staff at every level in order to move beyond outdated methods and
models of instruction.
What are other colleges doing? Need to look at Santa Barbara Community College.
Need to study established pathways and develop parallel pathways graphics. Basic
pathways could start with HS Juniors and take students all the way through
Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Schools.
Having gathered data from the Workgroups for several months, the Committee
would like to see a clear, concise, and comprehensive plan to address the Adult
Education needs of the North Coast region through the planning grant objectives.
Next Steps
a. Regional Comprehensive Plan (Completed-to-Date) and Expenditure Report Due:
October 31, 2014
b. Next Executive Advisory Committee Meeting: November 13, 2014
c. Partners and Stakeholders Meeting: December 5, 2014
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