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Gateway Adult Education Network (formally Merced Regional Adult Education Consortium) is collaborating regionally to expand and improve adult education services by creating linkages between the educational systems and service providers. This is a statewide initiative funded by the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG).

AB 86

Merced Regional
Consortium Documents
Research Commissioned
by the Consortium

AB 86 Legislation

AB 86 Guidelines

Merced Regional Adult Education
Planning Grant Narrative

Merced Regional Adult Education Organizational Chart

Adult Education Interest Survey

Adult Education Student Survey

Final Comprehensive Plan

Trends in Adult Education

Analysis of Adult Education Offerings in Merced Region by Hanover Research

Benefits of Adult Education (Excel)

Benefits of Increasing Adult Education Attainment

Apprenticeship Research - Merced Regional Adult Education Consortium


Other Research Documents

Program Areas Objectives

This AEBG funding provides implementation funds to regional consortia to improve the delivery of adult education in the following program areas and address existing gaps in programs and services:

1. Programs in elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.

2. Programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship and english as a second language, and a workforce preparation.

3. Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily related to entry or reentry into the workforce.

4. Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school.

5. Programs for adults with disabilities.

6. Programs for short-term career technical education with high employment potential.

7. Programs for pre-apprenticeships.

Consortium Members and Partners must collaborate to implement services based on the following information:

  • Current adult education services in the region.
  • Current needs for adult learners in the region.
  • Plans to integrate existing programs and create seamless transitions.
  • Plans to address identified gaps in the region.
  • Plans to accelerate student’s progress toward academic and/or career goals.
  • Plans to collaborate for ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
  • Plans to leverage existing regional resource.

Consortium Members, July 2017 - June 2018

The Members are able to receive funding from the AEBG funding and are in charge of allocating the funds provided by the state by having representatives participate in the GAEN Consortium Board.

Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified School District: Frank Lemos, Principal of George Christian

Gustine Unified School District: Denise Rivera-Pantoja, Principal of Gustine Adult School

Le Grand Union High School District: Donna Alley, Superintendent

Los Banos Unified School District: Paul Enos, Assistant Superintendent

Mariposa County Unified School District: Rock Carlson, Instructor of Mariposa County Alternative Education

Merced Community College District: Shelly Conner, Dean of Economic Workforce Development, Community Services and Noncredit

Merced County Office of Education: Mary Whited, Coordinator of Regional Occupational Program (GAEN Board President)

Merced Union High School District: Steve Hobbs, Principal of Merced Adult School (GAEN Board Vice President)

Consortium Partners

Consortium Partners play an advisory role to the GAEN Consortium Board as well as provide necessary services to residents in the region. Most partners provide support services to help adult learners complete their educational goals. Some partners are also adult educational providers.

Behavioral Intervention, Inc

CA Department of Rehabilitation

Central Valley Affordable Housing

CV JACT Electrical Training

Central Valley Opportunity Center

Chowchilla Union High School District

Healthy House within a MATCH Coalition

Hilmar Unified School District

Kings View Work Experience Center


Love INC of Greater Merced

Merced County Corrections

Merced County Housing Authority

Merced County Human Services

Merced County Department of Mental Health

Merced County Library Literacy

Merced County Workforce Development

Merced Lao Family Community, Inc.

Mariposa Human Services

Mother Lode Job Training

Salvation Army, Los Banos

Turlock Adult School

UC Merced Blum Center

United Way of Merced County

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