Adult Education Block Grant: San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium

San Diego Continuing Education is part of a regional consortium with San Diego Unified School District called the San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium (SDAERC). The SDAERC is responsible for the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) funding allocated to the region and is a designated governance body per state legislation AB 86 (2013) and AB104 (2015). Note: AEBG is now formally branded by California State Legislature as the California Adult Education Program (CAEP).

The purpose of the SDAERC is to oversee the development and implementation of the AEBG plans within the geographic boundaries of the City of San Diego and to address adult education needs of the region. The SDAERC is charged with improvement of adult education service integration, improvement in student transitions to post –secondary education and workforce, alignment of adult education services in the region amongst adult education providers and the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (“WIOA”) programs, and engagement of providers and stakeholders in the development of adult education plans. For more information about the California Adult Education Program please visit the state website at

For more information about San Diego Continuing Education's CAEP work with SDUSD through the SDAERC, please contact Kelly Henwood, Special Projects Manager and Consortium Lead at San Diego


The SDAERC has “Designated Representatives” which are appointed by each Member Agency (SDCE and SDUSD) via the approval of the respective District Governing Board.

There is equal representation from each Member Agency and includes at least: two (2) Administrators, and one (1) Faculty/Instructor for a minimum required number of six (6) Designated Representatives with voting responsibilities.

Member Agency Representative Title Email
San Diego Continuing Education Michelle Fischthal Vice President of Instruction
San Diego Continuing Education Dr. Lorie Crosby Howell Dean, Fashion, Culinary Arts, Adult Basic Education and Adult Secondary Education and West City Campus
San Diego Continuing Education Esther Matthew Dean of Counseling
San Diego Continuing Education Leah Gualtieri Faculty, Adult Basic Education
San Diego Unified School District Sarah Vielma Director, College, Career & Technical Education and Adult Education
San Diego Unified School District Michael Reynolds Adult Education Program Lead
San Diego Unified School District Megan Johnson Adult Education Instructor
San Diego Unified School District Nate Sachdeva Program Manager, College, Career and Technical Education


Meetings are proposed to continue to take place on the same schedule of bi- monthly meetings, every other month, for a total of 6 Regular Meetings a year on the third Thursdays from 3:00-4:30.

Date/Time Location
Thursday, July 15th, 2021 Remote Access - Zoom
Thursday, September 16th, 2021 Remote Access - Zoom
Thursday, November 18th, 2021 Remote Access - Zoom
Thursday, January 20th, 2022 Remote Access - Zoom
Thursday, March 17th, 2022 Remote Access - Zoom
Thursday, May 19th, 2022 Remote Access - Zoom


Consortium meetings shall take place in accordance with the Public Meetings Act as described by the State CAEP Office to comply with legislative requirements of AB 104.

PY 21/22 Regular SDAERC Meetings shall be publicly accessible via an online format as well as in-person. Face-to-face meetings will occur when reopening has occurred and is permitted by both SDAERC member agency institutions. Locations to be determined.

Remote Access

As allowed by bylaws, all meeting will be accessible via teleconference: Join from PC through the following link:

Password: SDAERC
Or Telephone:
+1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 953 6439 2008

Special Meetings

SDAERC shall hold regular meetings with the option of adding Special Meetings as needed. Special Meetings may be planned as requested by the SDAERC, including meetings needed to accomplish tasks and deadlines as determined by the State CAEP Office.

Workgroups & Committees

The SDAERC has in the past, and may in the future, choose to form committees and workgroups either as ongoing and/or adhoc groups based on a need to accomplish a particular objective or task. All committees and workgroups are advisory to the SDAERC only and shall have reporting authority to the SDAERC. Committees and workgroups are not able to make decisions or take action on behalf of the SDAERC.

Mission: San Diego College of Continuing Education commits to student success and community enrichment by providing accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and support services to diverse adult learners in pursuit of lifelong learning, training, career advancement, and pathways to college. read more »