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12A Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 , Feather River Bulletin Adult education advisory group completes planning James Wilson Staff Writer After Assembly Bill 86 was passed in June 2013 to address regional planning through consortiums to improve adult education, a group of representatives of organizations in Plumas County got to work. Last Tuesday, the AB 86 Advisory Group met for the last time to review the work it finished in 2014. This year, the group will transition into an Adult Education Workgroup under the 20,000 Lives initiative for Plumas County. The group was made up of representatives of diverse organizations, including Feather River College, the Forest Service, Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency, Plumas Rural Services and many more. All the grotps had one common goal -- to support adult learners through regional partnerships. The purpose of AB 86 (Section 76, Article 3 specifically) is to provide grant funds to regional consortiums to create and implement a plan to better provide better adult education. Over the last year, the Plumas County advisory group evaluated what the county has, and what it lacks. The AB 86 Advisory Group identified the need in Plumas County for continuing education for adults -- to teach basic life skills and promote the success of adult learners. Particularly, the goal is to trainadult learners for career pathways. "When you boil everything down in adult education, that's what it comes down to," said AB 86 Adult Education Grant Director Rajinder Gill. "We need to train for viable incomes." Over the last year, the advisory group created 10 objectives to help strengthen adult education in Plumas County. Assembly Bill 86 Adult Education Grant Director Rajinder Gill presents information to the Plumas County advisory group on what needs to be done moving forward in supporting adult education at the group's last meeting Jan. 20. The group is transitioning into a workgroup through the county's 20,000 Lives initiative. Photos by James Wilson The first objective is to create an epistemic community to support adult ed. By integrating the advisory group into a workgroup through 20,000 Lives, the group hopes to allow an open collaborative support program. The second key ffmd is the lack of a General Education Development test site within Plumas County. Feather River College has already started the paperwork, but it needs some upgrades to its facilities and technology before it is approved to host GED testing on campus. The third goal is to increase information and workshop opportunities for foster youths and incarcerated learners. To accommodate this, the group has trained to administer Keirsy Assessments, personality tests that aim to point people down the right career path. The fourth goal is to increase referrals among the different organizations. The Members of the Feather River Consortium listen to a summary. of all that was accomplished by the adult education group ir 2014. 5 group created a regional AB 86 adult ed website that lists all the different resources available. Goal five is to increase English as a second language education access. For a class to be offered at Feather River College, a minimum of 13students is needed. Referrals to Plumas Rural Services' literacy program would help locate students. The sixth goal is to increase access for adults with disabilities to career training and placement. Beyond the multiorganizational collaboration already in place, more adult ed funding is required to meet the goal. The seventh objective is to increase the number of programs on the state-approved vendor list through CalJ0bs. The group provided referral guides to all agencies to link with Alliance for Workforce Development and plan to continue advocating for inclusion of additional courses. Goal No. 8 is to continue supporting career and technical education courses. One way to accomplish this goal is the creation of a permanent coordinator position at the college to support CTE work-based learning. Creation of the positio.n is pending future adult education funding. The ninth goal is to expand Get Focused Stay Focused courses in the county. These courses get youths to think of their career paths beginning in ninth grade. Starting this week, all ninth-graders in Plumas Unified School District are on board with the program. The final goal is to increase apprenticeship-style placementsfor adult learners. The group put information about state apprenticeships and Forest Service apprenticeships on the regional AB 86 website. To see the organizations that were involved and for : more detail on what has been accomplished over the last year, go to dult-education-grant. Those interested in participating in the 20,000 Lives workgroup are encouraged to contact Plumas County Public Health's Zach Revene at zachrevene@countyof ----------n : Mi ,---------- I TAKE AN ADDITIONAL q "  I TAKE AN ADDITIONAL |p I , ' n;; I : 3tP;00 OFF | IIV IM Vgg  Pictu es, p , "  ' | MARKED PRICE E Mirrors, Candles, I WIARKED PRICE Sconces and Signs Frameless style, ready to hang, all styles and sizes -- .- m -- -- --m nu== -. ! i" i. 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