ACCEL Regional Consortium

  • Regional Consortia Delivery System for Adult Education

    Since 2015, Adult Education in California has been provided in a new regional delivery system.  There are 71 consortia in California, each consortium consisting of at least one Adult School and one Community College. Funding for consortia is provided through the Adult Education Block Grant.  (For more information on AEBG, scroll below.)  

    San Mateo County Regional Consortium:  ACCEL

    Our Regional Consortium, ACCEL, serves the entire County of San Mateo.   ACCEL promotes collaboration and innovation with its partners across San Mateo County for alignment and partnership between adult schools, community colleges and partners including employers, social service agencies, workforce development, community based organizations, and other adult education providers including city and county libraries and the County Office of Education.

    ACCEL Schools

    There are eight schools in ACCEL, five Adult Schools and four Community Colleges.  The Adult Schools are Jefferson, La Costa, San Mateo, Sequoia, and South San Francisco.  The Community Colleges are Canada, College of San Mateo and Skyline. 

    ACCEL Focus

    Adult Education College and Career Educational Leadership (ACCEL) is collaboratively rethinking and redesigning adult education to accelerate student success. It is a coalition of adult schools, community colleges and partners throughout the region. The mission is to support adult education students’ transition to college, workplace success and community contributions.

    ACCEL Mission

    ACCEL empowers Adult Learners to:

    • Learn English
    • Master a new skill and/or subject
    • Get your high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
    • Receive job training
    • Transition to community colleges or other opportunities


ACCEL Leadership and Structure

  • ACCEL Leadership and Structure


    The Executive Director of ACCEL is  Ka’Ryn Holder-Jackson.   She comes to the job with a wealth of experience in leadership and serving the community.  

    The Steering Committee serves at the primary decision-making body regarding annual plan and budget and ACCEL-wide topics.  It is a diverse group which includes both teacher and student representation.  The committee’s roles include:

    • Leading the overall planning and capacity building process
    • Developing draft plans and reports
    • Guiding the work of the Collaborative Action Teams
    • Championing the outreach process


    ACCEL includes four sub-regional planning groups called Collaborative Action Teams (CATS): North County, Central County, South County, and Coastal County. The CATS identify, coordinate, plan, align and accelerate ACCEL programs and build ongoing capacity.  The CATS teams bring together staff from K-12 Adult Education and Community Colleges to review data and develop shared strategies.  These four teams address the unique areas of San Mateo County.


    Contact Information

    For more information about ACCEL, please contact:

    Ka’Ryn Holder-Jackson, Executive Director of ACCEL San Mateo County.   

    Phone:  650.5588.2111

    Email: Ka'Ryn Holder-Jackson


ACCEL Funding

  • ACCEL Funding

    Adult Education Block Grant, AEBG, System

    Beginning in 2015-2016 The AEBG appropriates  funds through regional consortia consisting of community college districts, school districts and county offices of education to implement regional plans to better serve the needs of adults. The funding is to be used for the following program areas:

    • Programs in elementary and secondary basic skills, including programs leading to a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
    • Programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation.
    • Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily related to entry or reentry into the workforce.
    • 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.
    • Programs for adults with disabilities.
    • Programs in career technical education that are short term in nature and have high employment potential.
    • Programs offering pre-apprenticeship training activities conducted in coordination with one or more apprenticeship programs approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation and geographic area.

    For more information about the Adult Ed Block Grant, go to the Adult Ed Block Grant site.