Have you wondered about the progress and successes your adult learners have made since participating in your program and the role the program has had in their lives? Through the years, many COABE members have requested data to share with funders or legislators regarding the value of adult education in a learner’s life.
COABE is pleased to share a groundbreaking research study to examine the return on investment of participating in adult education programs! With generous funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Adult Education Completer Alumni Study kicked off the initial pilot program during the fall 2021 Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and then formally launched at the COABE 2022 national conference. Through this study, self-reported outcome measures related to employment, wages, family education, and civic engagement will be gathered from adult program completers over a three-year timeframe.
The first year of the project included working with adult education sites to pilot and refine the study questionnaires. This next phase will engage as many local adult education partners as possible to ensure the greatest alumni participation in the study. Programs and alumni will be incentivized to participate in the study. The longitudinal approach will provide insights into the initial and long-term benefits and impact adult education programs have on their completers, families, and communities. Project updates will be shared via publications and presentations.
Local Programs Alumni (former adult learners)
Sign up to participate as a partner Enroll in the study


Local Programs who have signed up to participate:

Adult Education Center in Hartford

Alamo Colleges

Albuquerque Adult Learning Center

Beaufort County Adult Ed

Billings Adult and Community Education

Bossier Parish Community College

Cape Girardeau Adult Education & Literacy

Career Learning Center of the Black Hills

Central Georgia Technical College

Central Nine Adult Education

Chesapeake Adult Education

Chickasha Adult Learning Center

College of Southern Idaho 

College of Southern Nevada

Crossroads ESC Region 2

Cuyahoga Community College Ohio Options

East Brunswick Public Schools


Eastern Shore Community College

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Elgin Community College

Erie Neighborhood House

Fletcher Technical Community College

Florence County Adult Education

Fort Smith Adult Education Center

Grossmont Health Occupations Center

Greater Bergen Community Action

Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES

Harris County Dept of Education Adult Education

Hinds Adult Education

Jersey City Public Schools Adult Education

Joplin NALA Read

Kershaw County Adult Education

Kirkwood Community College

Language & Literacy Resource Center

Lake Area Technical College AEL

Laramie County Community College Adult Education

Lawrence Adult Learning Center

Lehman College Adult Learning Center

Literacy Council of Norristown

Livermore Adult Education

Mercy County Community College

Middle Peninsula Regional Adult & Career Education

Morris County Vocational School District

Oakton community College

Ocean County College

Ogeechee Technical College

OIC of Oklahoma County

Paola Adult Education Center

Paterson Public Schools’ Adult School Programs

Peninsula READS

Peninsula Regional Education Program

Pima Community College – Adult Education 

Poway Adult School

Project of Easton Inc

Rappahannock Area Regional Adult Education

Rebound – Carbondale Community High School

River Parishes Community College

Santa Rosa Adult School

South Bay Adult School

Southpointe Adult High School

Southwest Economic Solutions

Southwestern Illinois College

Suncoast Technical College

Sussex Tech Adult Division

Temecula Valley Adult School

Temple College Adult Education & Literacy

The North Avenue Learning Initiative

Vermont Adult Learning

Wagler Education and Training Center

Washtenaw Community College

Westbay adult ed

Western Nevada College

Windham Raymond Adult Education

York Adult and Community Education

In partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Generously Sponsored by Essential Education.