California Adult Education Program (CAEP)

Assembly Bill 86 was the education trailer bill passed in 2013.  AB 86 provided $25 million to fund two-year grants for the development of regional plans related to adult education.

Each of the community college regions (72) reviewed current adult programs and heard input.  A statewide plan was approved by the Community College Chancellor’s Office and Department of Education.  TCRC advocated for adults with disabilities in each community college regional planning process.

The Consortia members on the central coast are: Allan Hancock Community College Consortium, San Luis Obispo County Adult Education Consortium, Santa Barbara AEBG Consortium and Ventura County Adult Education Consortium. To view the plans of each consortia, go to

TCRC’s activities included leading or participating in work groups, attending Town Hall meetings, reviewing draft plans and providing input.  Each region’s plan varied acccording to the needs of the people in that area.

Recommendations for vocational certificate programs that are accommodated for adults with disabilities were included in each regional plan on the central coast.  Topics like specialized assessments, assistance for use of technology, and work readiness training were included in the recommendations.

The term ‘Adult Education Block Grant’ is now being used to reference the funding for new programs that were approved by the California Legislature. To read more about the Adult Education Block Grants go to