About Us: Members and Partners

The California Adult Education Program (CAEP):
Santa Barbara Adult Education Consortium (SBAEC)

The 2013-2014 State Budget appropriated $25 million to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to allocate funding for two-year planning and implementation grants. The funds were provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of developing regional plans for adult education. Assembly Bill 86 (AB 86) outlined expectations for consortium development as well as planning and implementation requirements to establish the Adult Education Consortium Program. The intent of AB 86 is to expand and improve the provision of adult education –via these consortia– with incremental investments starting with the 2015-16 fiscal year.

With the passage of the AB 104 Budget Bill, AB 86 began the transition from planning to implementation. The 2015-2016 State Budget appropriated $500 million to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education to allocate funding for adult education for the purpose of implementing regional plans for adult education. The CCCCO and the California Department of Education (CDE) are working in partnership to implement the requirements outlined in the Adult Education Block Grant. The agencies jointly established a state agency to oversee the implementation of the Adult Education plans submitted by each of the 71 consortia during the planning phase. The state office will continue to provide guidance and solicit feedback from the field throughout the implementation process.

The AEBG budget bill (AB 104) outlines specific requirements for consortia regarding funding and reporting.

The Santa Barbara Adult Education Consortium (formerly the Santa Barbara AB86 Consortium) was formed in accordance with AB 104 legislation enacted in 2015. Effective July 1, 2015, the Santa Barbara AEBG Consortium was allocated $750,000 for the 2015-2016 fiscal year with allocations of $773,016 for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, $804,710.00 for 2018-2019. The Consortium meets on a regular basis to plan and implement education programs serving the needs of adults in our region.


Santa Barbara Community College District | SBCCD

  • Official Representative: Interim Consortium Chair Corlei Prieto 

Santa Barbara County Education Office | SBCEO

  • Official Representative: Noelle Barthel

Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board | SBCWDB

  • Official Representative: Raymond L. McDonald

Carpinteria Unified School District | CUSD

  • Official Representative: Gerardo Cornejo

Santa Barbara Community College District | SBCCD

  • Corlei Prieto, Santa Barbara Adult Education Consortium Director



California Department of Rehabilitation – Santa Barbara District


Goleta Valley Library

Santa Barbara City College 
     Adult High School | GED 
     Career Skills Institute 
     Career Technical Education
     Community Education Center 
     Disability Services and Programs for Students
     English as a Second Language
     Office of Institutional Assessment, Research and Planning 
     Short Term Vocational 
     Student Support Services

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

Santa Barbara County Employees’ University

Santa Barbara Public Library System

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Special Education & Learning Services

Tri-Counties Regional Center

United Cerebral Palsy Work, Inc. – Santa Barbara County

Workforce One-Stop Career Center

* Partners include local public agencies, departments, and offices, particularly those with responsibility for local public safety and social services; workforce investment boards; libraries; and community-based nonprofit organizations. The Santa Barbara Adult Education Consortium is inclusive and invites more qualified partners to the table.