Gateway Adult Education Network

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 California Adult Education Program, formerly known as Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG).

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Program Areas

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.


The agenda is available at least 72 hours before the meeting with hard copies available at member locations. If additional information is provided at meetings, electronic versions will be available in the packet. Minutes will be available for review after approval at the following board meeting. All dates are subject to change with board approval. Special meeting dates will be provided following the Brown Act requirements.

About the Board

Per the AB 104 legislation requirements, all Adult Education Consortium Boards statewide are comprised of representatives from each district that receives funding from the state either through California Adult Education Program (CAEP) or several other programs (see the AB 104 legislation for more information). District representatives are picked by their district’s board of trustees to be a voting member on the GAEN consortium board. The consortium boards are entrusted with developing and implementing annual and three-year plans, which include the allocation of CAEP funds. Approval of plans is decided by the consortium board, but public feedback is highly valued therefore all final decisions on funding allocation will be made at public board meetings.

The GAEN consortium board is comprised of one representative from each of the nine participating districts. However, board members are allowed to send substitutes to meetings in order to make sure each district has a representative at the meetings. For more information on the GAEN Consortium Board regulations, please read the bylaws (approved as of 11/6/2015).

GAEN Board Members

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Gustine Unified School District

Denise Rivera-Pantoja

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Le Grand Union High School District

Donna Alley

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Los Banos Unified School District

Chan Meas

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Mariposa County Unified School District

Tammy Kudela

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Merced Community College District

Caroline Dawson

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Merced Union High School District

Steve Hobbs

Merced County Office of Education

Holly Newlon

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.