CDE Announcements Archive


Upcoming Webinars and a Grant Opportunity (sent February 8, 2023)

Dear Adult Education Administrators:

This message includes information on upcoming webinars and a grant opportunity from the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Ability to Benefit Webinar, February 14, 2023 from Noon – 1:00 p.m.

The Ability to Benefit (ATB) is a critical equity strategy, ensuring that adult dual enrollment opens doors to postsecondary for adult education students. In 2022, the US Department of Education conducted a negotiated rulemaking process, reaching consensus on only one issue that impacts public postsecondary institutions. Judy Mortrude, Senior Technical Advisor from World Education Inc. will be the presenter.

Register for ATB

High School Equivalency Exams Webinar, February 15, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The California Department of Education is inviting chief examiners, test site administrators, school counselors, and others with a connection to the High School Equivalency (HSE) exams and the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) to attend this informational webinar series. This is the second webinar in the series. The registration link is below as well as the link for the final webinar on May 3, 2023.

Session 2 | February 15, 2023 Registration link

Session 3 | May 3, 2023 Registration link

Grant Opportunity from Employment Development Department

English Language Learner Integrated Education and Training Fund Solicitation for Proposal– Program Year 2022–23
Workforce Services Information Notice
Issued: January 27, 2023

The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination with the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), announces the availability of up to $18 million from the State of California General Fund for the English Language Learner (ELL) Integrated Education and Training (IET) Fund Program Year 2022–23 Solicitation for Proposal (SFP).

The goal of this SFP is to support new or existing projects that incorporate an IET program model to prepare ELLs for in-demand, high quality jobs with sustainable wages. The grant focuses on utilizing sector-based strategies to develop new IET course offerings in partnership with employers and education providers, and utilizing documented best practices and evidence-based strategies to support ELLs with full wrap around services through their participation. Through this program, ELLs will obtain occupational skills for living wage jobs within in-demand industries in the project service areas.

Proposals will be accepted from community-based organizations, adult education providers, California Community College districts or colleges, other education or training providers, labor organizations and labor-management partnerships, workforce intermediaries, and local workforce development areas.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2023. An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required for all participants. Please register through the Webinar Registration page by Tuesday, February 14, 2023. The EDD encourages applicants to submit a Notice of Intent to apply by February 22, 2023, at noon to To view this SFP, visit the EDD Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact the Adult Education Office by email at


Carolyn Zachry, Ed.D.
Education Administrator and State Director
Adult Education Office
California Department of Education