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While adult education provides so much more than just the high school equivalency, it is certainly a milestone. Studies show that 47% of GED recipients go on to higher ed and have a 90% persistence rate. Adult ed learners have grit and determination. They are fighting for a better future for themselves and their families!...
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Some jobs will be filled by those currently on a post-secondary track or by those who can easily be retrained and provided with a new skill set. However, we must expand our focus to the often ignored, but essential, lower-skilled workers in order to meet future demand and ensure that all adults can participate in...
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Given the rapidly changing economy, we must direct more attention and resources to adult education so workers are trained, and jobs are filled. Read More
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Adult education focuses on a population that is extremely challenging to reach. More than 2,000 federally funded adult education programs provide services to 1.5 million learners nationwide and experience a 72% success rate with this population. Read More
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More than 2,000 federally funded adult education programs operating across the US are achieving a 72% success rate, marking significant outcomes even though their teachers are paid 20 percent less than elementary and secondary educators and their programs are allocated only $200-$800 in spending per student annually, compared to $10,000 for elementary and secondary education....
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We know that when we invest in adult education, outcomes improve. In 2017, 72 percent of adults participating in a federally funded adult education program earned a high school diploma or recognized equivalent, up from 66 percent in 2015. Read More
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By 2024, 48 percent of job openings will be middle-skill and 32 percent will be high-skill. This means that, five years from now, nearly 80 percent of all job openings will require more than a high school degree. Read More
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Of the 2 million immigrants that enter the U.S. every year, about half have limited access to jobs, job training and other post-secondary education because of their low English literacy skills. Learn More
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