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California Program Evaluation Team

The team acts as a field advisory group to assist the California Department of Education (CDE) and CASAS Evaluation Project staff in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data obtained from WIOA Title II-funded programs in California. This data is drawn from a variety of sources, such as student demographic and outcome data, surveys and focus groups. The team assists CDE and CASAS in evaluating the implementation of WIOA II programs and provides a field perspective regarding reports, policy and legislation. Throughout the year, the team makes recommendations for the continuing improvement of WIOA Title II-funded programs.

Current PET Members

  • Liza Becker President, Association for Community and Continuing Education (ACCE); Associate Dean, Continuing Education Programs & Services, School of Continuing Education, Mt. San Antonio College
  • Laura Chardiet Administrator, WIOA II Programs, Division of Adult and Career Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Susan Gilmore President, California Council for Adult Education (CCAE); and Representative for Adult Special Needs. Director Adult Education, Sacramento City Unified School District, A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center
  • Carol Hirota Principal, Adult Education, Stockton School for Adults
  • Joyce Lude President, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA); Director, Roseville Adult School
  • Kim Riggs Principal, Office of Correctional Education, WIOA/CTE Administrator, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • JoDee Slyter AEBG Coordinator About Students Regional Consortium, Riverside; Director, Corona-Norco Unified School District

Past PET Members

  • Sharon Brannon President, California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA); Principal, Shurr Community Adult School, Montebello Unified School District
  • Nancy Brooks Director, Continuing Education, Rancho Santiago Community College District
  • Jim Cripe Principal, Office of Correctional Education, WIA/CTE Administrator, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • Mark Lechich Academic Vice Principal, Workforce Investment Act Administrator, Office of Correctional Education, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Barbara Lehman Vice-Principal, Fresno Adult School; Adult Ed Chair, CATESOL
  • Chris Nelson President, CCAE; Director, Oakland Unified School District
  • Cindy Parulan-Coufer President, CAEAA; Assistant Superintendent, Hacienda La Puente School District
  • Joan Polster Adult Education Chair, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA); Assistant Superintendent, Sacramento Unified School District
  • Matthew Smith President, CCAE; Director, Bassett Adult School
  • Larriann Torez State President of CCAE; Assistant Director at Tulare Adult School
  • Mike Wada President, California Council for Adult Education (CCAE); Principal, Fremont-Washington Adult School, Division of Adult and Career Education, Los Angeles Unified School District

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