Sierra Joint Consortium

The Sierra Joint Consortium is one of 72 consortia formed in the State of California and funded through the Adult Education Block Grant now known as CAEP (California Adult Education Program).

CAEP’s effort focuses on the following purpose described in AB86 and supported by AB 104: “…to rethink and redesign an educational system that creates seamless transitions for students across adult schools and community colleges to accelerate academic and career success in order to earn a living wage.”

The Sierra Joint Consortium for Adult Education provides programs and services to adults (a person 18 years of age or older) in Placer and Nevada Counties. The following agencies are a part of the Sierra Joint Consortium:

Nevada County Adult Education

Placer School for Adults

Roseville Adult School

Tahoe Truckee Adult Education

Sierra College


CAEP Supports the following program areas:

  1. Adult Basic & Secondary Education — programs in elementary and secondary basic skills, including programs leading to a high school diploma or high school equivalency.

  2. English as a Second Language & Citizenship — programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation.

  3. Career Technical Education — a variety of career training programs that deliver customized curriculum needed to meet the diverse training and development needs of businesses, promote a skilled workforce with high growth and high wage employment potential, leading to industry certifications or meeting the required prerequisites and foundations for advanced career pathways.

  4. Workforce Reentry — programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily related to entry or re-entry into the workforce.

  5. Training to Support Child School Success — 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.

  6. Programs for Adults with Disabilities — programs for adults with physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, or other medical disabilities who may need special education assistance, or who require a modified program.

  7. Pre-Apprenticeship — programs offering training activities conducted in coordination with one or more apprenticeship programs approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation and geographic area.

Sierra Joint Consortium Objectives

  1. Identify and evaluate the educational needs of adults in the region including current levels of service and gaps.

  2. Improve and integrate services and improve and accelerate transitions into postsecondary education and the workforce including aligning assessment/placement, and curriculum.

  3. Collaborate in the provision of ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty and other staff to help them achieve greater program integration and improve student outcomes.

  4. Alignment of services with other education and workforce providers in the region, including the building of career pathways and the employment of workforce sector strategies pursuant to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Public Law 113‐128).

To learn more about the Adult Education Block Grant visit the AEBG web site: