The Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG)
Sierra ASSETS (The Sierra Joint Consortium) is one of 72 consortia formed in the State of California and funded through the Adult Education Block Grant.
The AEBG effort focuses on the following purpose described in AB86 and supported by AB 104: “… to rethink and redesign an educational system that creates seamless transitions for students across adult schools and community colleges to accelerate academic and career success in order to earn a living wage.”
The Sierra Joint Consortium for Adult Education (Sierra ASSETS) provides programs and services to adults in Placer and Nevada Counties in the following program areas:
- Programs in elementary and secondary basic skills, including programs leading to a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate. (Basic Skills)
- Programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation. (ESL)
- Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily related to entry or reentry into the workforce. (Older Adults Workforce)
- Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically. (Adults Training to Support Child School Success)
- Programs for adults with disabilities. (AWD)
- Programs in career technical education that are short term in nature and have high employment potential. (CTE)
- Programs offering pre-apprenticeship training activities conducted in coordination with one or more apprenticeship programs approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation and geographic area. (Pre-apprenticeship)
Consortium programs and services shall meet the following objectives:
- Identify and evaluate the educational needs of adults in the region including current levels of service and gaps.
- Improve and integrate services and improve and accelerate transitions into postsecondary education and the workforce including aligning assessment/placement, and curriculum.
- Collaborate in the provision of ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty and other staff to help them achieve greater program integration and improve student outcomes.
- Alignment of services with other education and workforce providers in the region, including the building of career pathways and the employment of workforce sector strategies pursuant to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Public Law 113‐128).
To learn more about the Adult Education Block Grant visit the AEBG web site: http://aebg.cccco.edu/About
To learn more about the Sierra Joint Consortium (Sierra ASSETS) and view reports, budgets, and work plans filed with the AEBG Office click here and scroll to member #59: http://aebg.cccco.edu/Consortia/Consortia-List
Organization Chart and Steering Committee Representatives – See Annual Report
 Adult is defined in the legislation as “a person 18 years of age or older.”