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GOAL Funding

Part of a California grant improving adult education across the state

Santa Cruz County GOAL is excited to be part of a larger state-wide movement to improve adult education in California. Thanks to the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG), a special state grant dedicated to improving adult education, we’re able to find new ways to expand, coordinate, promote, and improve local adult education programs.


The Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) funds adult education in Santa Cruz County. Currently the Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education schools and Cabrillo College receive funds to support adult education classes and programs including: GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Career Technical Education, and Adult Basic Education. The grant also supports the seamless transition and acceleration of adult learners from adult school and community settings into higher education.

The Adult Education Block Grant is having positive impacts in the lives of adult learners across the state. Everyday people are reaching their personal and career goals with adult education and changing their lives for the better. Adult learning is also supporting California’s economy by giving individuals the academic, language, and career skills they need to advance their careers, find better jobs, or further their education.


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More about the statewide, AEBG grant

In 2015, California launched the Adult Education Block Grant as part of the 2015-2016 California State Budget. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the California Department for Adult Education received $500 million to identify and understand the educational needs of adults statewide while strengthening California’s workforce. In 2016-2017 the state invested an additional $500 million in adult learning, along with other funds allocated that year.


By investing in adult education, California is providing educational and community organizations with the support they need to improve services and uncover what helps adult learners succeed locally. Today those funds support a total of 71 consortia partnerships like GOAL in creating and carrying out regional plans to advance and expand adult education while fueling California’s economy with a talented workforce.

GOAL Consortium Specific Information

GOAL is Santa Cruz County Adult Education Consortium (b) “Consortium” means an adult education consortium approved pursuant to the AB104 article.(84901)


(1) Eligibility shall be limited to consortia consisting of at least one community college district and at least one school district within the boundaries of the community college district, either of which may serve as the consortium’s fiscal agent, as determined by the applicant consortium. ~SEC. 38.


Section 84830 of the Education Code


Consortium Host: Cabrillo College

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