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 your local program to participate in the Alumni Study and be entered into a raffle for $500. Winners will be drawn and announced throughout the year.

Sign up to participate as a partner

Graduates, enroll in the Alumni Study and you will be entered into the $1000 graduation fund! After you enroll in the study, you will receive two additional emails from us over the course of the year (that’s it!) Winners will be drawn and announced throughout the year.

Enroll in the study
Alumni Study Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the $1,000 Graduation Fund!

Stephena Hammet, South Carolina (January 2024)
Andrew Bacon, Connecticut (June 2023)
Congratulations to the local programs that were selected to receive $500 for participating as a program partner:
Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education, California (January 2024)
Jefferson County Adult Education, West Virginia (June 2023)
Lawrence Adult Learning Center, Kansas (June 2023)
Wagler Education and Training Center, Indiana (June 2023)

In partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Generously Sponsored by Essential Education.

Local Programs Who Have Signed Up to Participate
Action For A Better Community

Adult Education Center in Hartford

Alamo Colleges

Albuquerque Adult Learning Center

Allegany College of Maryland

Atlanta Public Schools

Beaufort County Adult Ed

Berkeley County Adult Education

Bevill State Community College – Region 3

Billings Adult and Community Education

Bossier Parish Community College

Cabell County Adult Education-Mountwest College

Cape Girardeau Adult Education & Literacy

Career Learning Center of the Black Hills

Cass Lake-Bena-Walker ABE

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

Derry Center for Adult Studies

Dorchester Adult Education

Dorchester County Adult Education

Dover Adult Learning Center of Strafford County

East Brunswick Public Schools

East Central College AEL


Eastern Shore Community College

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Edgefield-McCormick Adult Education

Elgin Community College

Elkhart community schools adult education

English Empowerment Center

Erie Neighborhood House

Fletcher Technical Community College

Florence County Adult Education

Fort Smith Adult Education Center

Grant Regional Career Center

Grossmont Health Occupations Center

Greater Bergen Community Action

Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES

Harris County Dept of Education Adult Education

Hawkeye Adult Learning Center


Hinds Adult Education

Hutchinson Adult Education

Hutchinson Community College Adult Education Center

James Groves Red Clay Center

Jersey City Public Schools Adult Education

Jefferson County Adult Education

Joplin NALA Read

Journey’s End Refugee Services

Kershaw County Adult Education

Kirkwood Community College

KPC Learning Center

Language & Literacy Resource Center

Lake Area Technical College AEL

Laramie County Community College Adult Career and Education System

Lawrence Adult Learning Center

Lehman College Adult Learning Center

Liberty Adult Education

Literacy Council of Norristown

Literacy Services of Indian River County

Livermore Adult Education

Made Men Inc

Mansfield City Schools Adult Education

Martin County Schools

Martinez Adult Education

McFarland Unified School District-Adult Education Program

Mercy County Community College

Middle Peninsula Regional Adult & Career Education

Morris County Vocational School District

MSAD 52 Adult Ed

MSD Wayne Township Adult Education Career Training

Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education-PBT

NEISD Adult Education

Newberry Adult and Continuing Education

NKC Adult Education & Literacy Center

Norwich Regional Adult Education

Oakton community College

Ocean County College

Ogeechee Technical College

Ohio Options

OIC of Oklahoma County

Opening Word Program, Inc.

Paola Adult Education Center

Paterson Public Schools’ Adult School Programs

Peninsula READS

Pima Community College – Adult Education 

Polish American Association

Poway Adult School

Project of Easton Inc

Rappahannock Area Regional Adult Education

Rebound – Carbondale Community High School

Regional Office of Education#45

River Parishes Community College

River Valley Adult Learning Alliance

River Valley Resources, Inc.

Santa Ana College_School of Continuing Education

Santa Rosa Adult School

School of Adult Education Daytona State College

South Bay Adult School

Southern Union State Community College Adult Education Program

Southpointe Adult High School

Southwest Economic Solutions

Southwestern Illinois College

Suncoast Technical College

Sussex Tech Adult Division

Tamalpais Adult School

Temecula Valley Adult School

Temple College Adult Education & Literacy

THE LITTLE GREEN HOUSE Educational Services

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

Windsor Adult Education

York Adult and Community Education

Yucaipa Adult School