California Adult Education Program 2023 - Welcome

CAEP Technical Assistance Project Directors'

Renee Collins

Renee Collins
Adult Education Director
Sacramento County Office of Education

Dulce Delgadillo Headshot

Dulce Delgadillo
Director, Institutional Research and Planning
North Orange Continuing Education

It is with immense pleasure and excitement that we extend our warmest welcome to the California Adult Education Program Summit 2023. We’re so happy to be here in-person with each of you for the first time in three years! In the second year of our 2022-25 three-year plans, we gather here at the Summit under the theme “Anchoring the State Priorities into Adult Education” to explore, collaborate, and propel forward the intersections of innovation, practice, and state objectives.

Our California Adult Education Program – Technical Assistance Project (CAEP TAP) invites you to engage in close to 90 presentations and two networking events over the next 3 days showcasing the latest innovations and emerging practices aligned to the state priorities in adult education. Whether it’s through harnessing technology, embracing inclusivity, or amplifying access, we are united in our quest to propel California’s adult education system to new horizons.

As your technical assistance partners, the CAEP TAP team will welcome you at the registration table, be your room monitors, and will be organizing the Summit behind the scenes. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support throughout the conference. We’re here for you!

Don’t miss the Summit Opening on Tuesday morning where we will hear from our California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Education leaders about their vision for adult education in 2023 and beyond. We’ll also take time to celebrate our Advancing CA Adult Education top honorees and hear about how these adult education programs are developing new and successful practices within their consortia and agencies. The model programs are guaranteed to spark some interest within your own consortium on how to address common issues for non-credit and K-12 agencies such as addressing transportation barriers for adult students through partnerships with the local transit authority, investing in technology, staffing, and flexible scheduling to build program enrollment and outcomes, and increasing learner transition to college with adult education-trained transition specialists and counselors. Get ready to be inspired and equipped with actionable strategies!

Make sure to join us during Tuesday’s lunch as we welcome esteemed special guests. Our Students Succeed program honors outstanding students who are adults with significant life responsibilities, who have made positive contributions to the community, established, and met life goals by attending an adult education program, improved the life situations of self and others, and overcome difficult circumstances to pursue adult learning experiences. The program recognizes the hard work that outstanding adult education students have completed in the pursuit of their personal, academic, and professional goals and aspirations. Congratulations to Francisco Solano and Maria Cornellier, our top honorees in 2023, and congratulations to the additional 32 students recognized for their resilience and accomplishments. We invite you to explore their compelling stories and watch their inspiring videos on our website: External Link Icon opens in new window or tab

Finally, we’re thrilled to announce that the Summit schedule has been crafted to provide ample opportunity for you to visit and engage with our exhibitors. Representatives from key adult education vendors are eager to connect with you and to share how their products can help meet the needs of your students and programs. As you engage with them, consider inquiring about their collaborations across CAEP adult education programs. Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity to expand your professional circle while discovering innovative solutions!

With so many options, you will want to take the time to build a personalized “My Summit” schedule on the Summit online platform. Adding a presentation to your personalized schedule also allows easy access to handouts and Power Points from these presentations. Capacity building is all about sharing, so don’t hesitate to share your newfound knowledge through social media with colleagues at your sites and with stakeholders across your consortium and throughout your region. We have full confidence this will be a wonderful professional growth experience.

Thank you for being an integral part of this remarkable journey. Your presence is a testament to your dedication to our shared commitment to advancing adult education across California. Let’s inspire, let’s innovate, and let’s ignite passion for learning!

Dean of Apprenticeship and Adult Education; Chancellor's Office; Workforce and Economic Development Division

Gary Adams

Welcome to the 2023 CAEP Summit! The theme of this Summit – “Anchoring the State Priorities into Adult Ed”—underscores the importance of Equity, Leadership, Learner Transition, Marketing, Program Development, Program Evaluation, and Technology and Distance Learning to all adult education students and programs in California throughout our 71 CAEP regional consortia and over 400 member practitioners. Taken together, our California system of adult education represents the largest system of workforce development in the country and this annual summit gives us the occasion to celebrate our many accomplishments and plan for our many future challenges. The CAEP Summit 2023 is a unique face-to-face opportunity for adult education practitioners to share and discuss innovative and effective promising practices, strategies, and other resources with one another. For the first time since 2019, the CAEP Summit 2023 will be in person at the Hilton Universal City for a two and half day thought-provoking and engaging interaction among hundreds of adult education leaders from all across California. There are many summit sessions where we can discuss the many important topics of our day, from healthcare ELL vocational pathway funds to how we are using data analytics and evidence to better inform our programs and practice. We welcome you to this Summit of adult education experts and leaders!

Gary W. Adams
Dean of Apprenticeship and Adult Education
Chancellor's Office
Workforce and Economic Development Division
Office of Equitable Student Learning, Experience & Impact
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Education Administrator/State Director; California Department of Education

Dr. Carolyn Zachry

Welcome to the 2023 CAEP Summit! The first in-person summit since 2019. This year’s theme: Anchoring the State Priorities into Adult Education will provide attendees the opportunity to learn from others and to collaborate around our seven priorities.

  • Learner Transition
  • Equity
  • Program Development
  • Leadership
  • Technology and Distance Learning
  • Program Evaluation
  • Marketing

In addition to participating in the wide variety of sessions, attendees will hear from education leaders who will provide state and federal updates centered around adult education. The value of being in person is the opportunity to network with colleagues across the state and across systems. I look forward to seeing you in Universal City.

Dr. Carolyn Zachry
Education Administrator/State Director
California Department of Education