Leadership magazine Nov/Dec 2015 V45 No 2 - Page 13

succeed academically in school; 5) Programs for adults with disabilities; 6) Programs in CTE that are short term in nature and have high employment potential; and 7) 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. The delivery of any of these AEBG programs should be of great interest to all school districts, especially those that have developed Full-Service Community School models that emphasize provision of supportive services on school campuses. The mantra for AEBG is collaboration – community colleges, CBOs, libraries and school districts all providing their services for supporting learning of the students they serve. School districts are in an especially unique position to look toward AEBG funding as an asset that can better serve their K-12 students, their parents or the community members supporting their schools. Many already have developed robust Adult Education programs in basic skills, ESL, citizenship, and Career Technical Education essential for their communities. Along with maintaining those core programs, here are a few examples of what school districts could consider developing as additional Adult Education Programming with AEBG funds in their community: • Through the basic skills program area, a district could provide high school diploma or High School Equivalency programs, what was formerly known as GED preparation, and testing. For high school diplomas, students 18 years or older can take adult school diploma courses to make up credits to graduate with their class on time. For HSE, aging out K-12 high school students at risk of dropping out, or fifth year seniors, could be placed in courses operated by adult schools to prevent dropout and, thereby, maintaining a positive outcome for graduation for those who pass the examination. • Through programs provided for immigrants, districts can provide English as a Second Language, citizenship and ESL for the Workplace courses. Many districts already offer these classes after school and in the evenings to parents and members of their local communities. These courses help family members to communicate better in English, learn work skills and become citizens of the U.S., enabling them to become fully engaged communi