(Santa Ana, CA)—Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) has named Christine M. Gascon as director of special programs. In this role, she will coordinate and oversee the work of the Rancho Santiago Adult Education Consortium (RSAEC) and the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG). She will supervise and administer this specially funded program, including all assigned personnel and participants, all related records and reports, and perform all related duties and responsibilities.
The 2015-2016 State Budget appropriated $500 million to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education to earmark funding for adult education. The funds will be provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of implementing regional plans for adult education. The objective of the Adult Education Block Grant was to enlarge and improve the provision of adult education via these consortia.
Gascon, a Trabuco Canyon resident, brings 23 years of experience in continuing education and higher education to this role. She has served as interim AEBG project coordinator since April 2014. In that role, she coordinated monthly meetings including leaders from RSCCD, the Orange County Department of Education, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and the Santa Ana, Orange, and Garden Grove Unified School Districts. She interfaced with the AEBG State Workgroup to maintain accountability reports, updates on deliverables, oversaw budgets and prepared grant expenditure reports. In addition, she led over 30 faculty task force meetings to gather information on student needs in all program areas including English as a Second Language (ESL), adult secondary and basic education, short-term career technical education, and programs for adults with disabilities.
From 1998 to 2014, Gascon served as an ESL instructor at Santa Ana College. Earlier, she was program coordinator of the American Language Program at California State University, Fullerton. In that role, she coordinated student services for all international students enrolled in the program and processed international student applications and prepared paperwork for F-1 student visas.
Gascon earned an M.S. in TESOL from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), and a B.A. in German Literature from CSUF.
About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin.. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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