Proven Strategies for Increasing Enrollment & Employment

A 2-Day Adult Education Leadership Institute

May 8 and 9, 2024

La Cumbre Country Club
Santa Barbara, CA

Spend two days in a retreat setting to learn about and brainstorm solutions to today’s enrollment and employment crisis. Not just theory but practical solutions, you’ll learn about ways to not only increase enrollment but also increase your adult students’ successful transition into the workforce.

You’ll leave with actionable strategies to pivot your adult schools to growth and innovation. As we emerge from the darkest days of the pandemic and shift to the “new normal,” our keynote speakers and breakout topics focus on entrepreneurial models and innovative practices that are being successfully implemented in our adult schools and consortia.

When:May 8-9, 2024Santa Barbara, CA

Adult Education Leadership Institute

This unique two-day institute will explore trailblazing methods that can lead to growth for your campus and success for your students.

May 8th: Reimagining: Same Old, Same Old Doesn’t Work
May 9th: Reimagining: Your Students Are Your Customers

Two days packed with information and innovation!


Chancellor Martinez
Full Bio

As Chancellor of one of the largest community college districts in the state of California, Chancellor Martinez oversees a district that covers one-quarter of the land area of Orange County, registers an annual enrollment of more than 50,000 students, and is one of the largest employers in that region with more than 2,000 employees. His career spans over 30 years in the California community college system, where he was a Past-President of the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC) Board. He has been dedicated to ensuring success for adult learners and community college students at institutions such as Cerritos College, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles Harbor College, and East Los Angeles College. As Chancellor, Martinez maintains oversight of the district’s two colleges, Centennial and Orange Continuing Education Centers, the Digital Media Center, the Orange County Regional Fire Training Center, the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy, and the district operations center. At Rancho Santiago CCD, current enrollment is trending upwards in the double digits amid today’s issues and challenges our adult students and faculty face.

Dr. Larriann Torrez
Full Bio

Dr. Larriann Torrez is currently the director of Porterville Adult School at Porterville Unified School District, which is a member of the Kern Adult Education Consortium and partner of the Sequoia Adult Education Consortium. She was previously employed with Tulare Joint Union High School District as the Director of Tulare Adult School since 2016, and served as Assistant Director of Tulare Adult School from 2011-2016 and as principal of Sierra Vista Charter High School from 2013-2016. Dr. Torrez graduated from Brandman University in May 2018 where she received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Dr. Torrez was Vice President of the Tulare County Hispanic Leadership Network, a representative on the Sequoias Adult Education Leadership Committee, Chair of the Tulare County Workforce Development Board’s Referral Committee, and has served on the California Council for Adult Education State (CCAE) Executive Board from 2007-2017 as Member-at-Large, President-Elect, President, and Past-President. Also, Dr. Torrez was Past Vice President of Membership for Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE).
Dr. Torrez began her career in adult education in 1994 at Porterville Adult School where she taught evening GED® and high school diploma classes. Mrs. Torrez’ career includes multiple recognitions, including ACSA Region XI Adult Education Administrator of the Year and Tulare County Hispanic Leadership Network Administrator of the Year in 2014, Tulare County Office of Education, Excellence in Education Finalist in 2014, Caroline S. Casida Meritorious Leadership Award from the California Council for Adult Education in 2009, Proteus Teacher of the Year in 2005, and the Charles O. Peterson Meritorious Service Award from the California Council for Adult Education in 2005.

You will learn about:

  • Best Practices in Transformational Leadership
  • Risk and Culture: How to Lead an Innovative Adult School and Consortium
  • How to Leverage Dual Enrollment to Get Students on a Skills-Based Education Path
  • Progressive Adult Education Leadership Models
  • Working with Adult Ed Consortium and K12 Boards
  • Enrollment = Recruitment, Matriculation, AND Completion
  • Recruiting Strategies that Work with All Generations
  • Reinventing the Adult School Business Model
  • Work-Based Learning (Apprenticeship, Internship, Co-Op) Strategies for Retention and Persistence
  • Opportunity Forged in Disruption—A Gateway for Strategic Growth
  • Best Practices that Empower Counselors and Foster Student Success
  • Marketing as a Mechanism for Increasing Enrollment and Employment
  • Private Sector Strategies in a Public Sector Environment

You’ll come away with new strategies and practical solutions to share with your leadership on campus, your board, and your students.

Adult School Principals/Directors
Adult Education Consortium/CAEP Directors
Superintendents/Assistant Superintendents
College Presidents/Vice Presidents of Instruction and/or Continuing Education

Please note: This institute has been designed to promote leadership and excellence, so there is a maximum of 25 participants, encouraging high-level engagement and attendance is limited to educators in the positions listed above.

Wednesday, May 8th
8:45 AM to 9:30 AM - Check-in and continental breakfast
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Day one sessions
4:30 PM - Networking social hour followed by dinner

Thursday, May 9th
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM - Continental breakfast
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Day two sessions

$495.00 per person

$395.00 per person

for teams of 2 or more


  • Two days of quality professional development
  • All institute handouts
  • A sample of the Get Focused…Stay Focused!® curriculum
  • Continental breakfast each day
  • Lunches and coffee breaks daily
  • Hosted social hour at the end of the first day
  • Facilitated planning time with conference keynotes and presenters

Address: 4015 Via Laguna, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Meeting Room: Riviera Room

Parking tips:

  • - When you arrive, drive to the uppermost part of the parking lot
  • - The workshop will be held in the one-story clubhouse (on the ocean side of the pool).

La Cumbre Country Club is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains in the historic Hope Ranch hideaway. This oasis of serenity provides an excellent atmosphere for learning and collaboration.

Host Sponsors:
Academic Innovations, LLC
Get Focused Stay Focused National Resource Center

Education Sponsors:

Rancho Santiago

Kern Adult Education

Porterville USD Adult

Alvord USD Adult

May 8 and 9, 2024

A 2-Day Adult Education Leadership Institute

Adult School Principals/Directors Adult Education Consortium/CAEP Directors Superintendents/Assistant Superintendents College Presidents/Vice Presidents of Instruction and/or Continuing Education

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