New! ALLIES Recommendations for AB 86 Consortia:
Community College and K-123 Districts have a lot to gain by embracing the opportunity of AB 86.
Please read ALLIES overview of the importance and benefits of AB 86 here: AB 86 overview link.
ALLIES' recommendations for successful AB 86 Adult Education consortia can be found here: recommendations link.
ALLIES strengthens the Silicon Valley's regional economy by providing educational and other services so English-learner adults can participate fully in the workforce, community life and as the first teachers of their children. We promote coordination across educational providers and support implementation of best practices. Funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, ALLIES provides collaborative venues and tools for ESL practitioners from the adults schools and community colleges in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
ALLIES Partners with Workforce Investment Boards, Employers, Labor, CBO's and Funders
In July 2012, ALLIES formed a partnership with a consortium formed by three local Workforce Investment Boards to support a systematic and coordinated strategy across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to build the workforce related competencies of adult immigrants. The work2future, NOVA, and San Mateo WIBs are joining ALLIES to expand a network of educators, labor unions, businesses, and community based organizations committed to best‐practice alliances to accelerate immigrants’ success in career and education. The vision is to create a effective and sustainable collaborative infrastructure to increase participants' educational gains and career opportunities, thereby strengthening our region's economic health and civic vitality.
Addressing Gaps in Services
ALLIES addresses two major problems. First, due to high levels of recent immigration, the need for English language instruction for working age adults in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties far exceeds the available supply. Second, the service delivery system to meet the needs of adult English language learners is highly decentralized and lacks the common goals, measurement systems, and coordinating structures that would maximize the collective efficiency and impact of a system serving over 20,000 students annually.