Things You Should Know About the Adult Education Program

Adult Education Issues

Community at Risk: The Cost of a Low skilled Workforce

Over 50% of the workforce will retire within the next 5-10 years. Our community is at risk, because younger adults are less educated than the previous generation and do not have the skills to fill jobs left by retirees. High school dropout rates (41.6%), low GED completion and low post-secondary enrollment and completion rates contribute to the workforce crisis. A skilled workforce is critical for businesses in our community - especially in healthcare, aviation technology, industrial systems and distribution. Why invest in adult education?

Source: Investing in Adult Workforce Development is Essential for the Economic Success of Low Educated/Skilled Workers by Cheryl D. King

Crisis at the Core

"Our nation is in a college readiness crisis. Too few of our students are prepared to enter the workforce or postsecondary education without additional training or remediation when they graduate from high school. And far too many have to take remedial courses as part of their post-secondary education. As a consequence, first-year students are dropping out of school in alarming numbers: one in four freshmen at four-year institutions and one in two freshmen at two-year institutions fail to return for a sophomore year."

Source: Crisis at the Core, Preparing All Students for College and Work, ACT- American College Testing is a not-for-profit organization focused on educational and career planning and Workforce development.

The High Cost of High School Dropouts

Who Doesn't Graduate?

Source: The High Cost of High School Dropouts What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools - Alliance for Excellent Education's website at

It Is Never Too Late

It is never too late to go back to school and continue education. For adults who have by-passed their education in their early years, today's educational opportunities provide many benefits and advantages. For adults who do go back to school, over 80% graduate with a degree compared to less than 50% of those who attend college right after high school (U.S. Department of Labor).
Many adults will not go back to school because of myths surrounding continuing education, distance-learning concerns, and being unaware of the benefits of continuing education. Elimination of concerns and awareness of benefits are keys to success for adults continuing their education.

Source: Adult Education Benefits - It's Never Too Late Distance Learning Provides Continuing Education Possibility for All © David R. Wetzel Aug 17, 2008

Why is Higher Education So Important

Successful companies have learned how to adapt to changes in the marketplace. These changes require continuous improvement, new procedures, equipment upgrades and adding new technology. The employee MUST be able to digest information quickly and accurately. The Adult Education Program provides students a starting point to build these skills.

Today's labor market provides fewer entry-level; career-oriented jobs for young workers, typically those between ages 18 and 26. Employment prospects have become particularly bleak for youth with less than two years of post-secondary education, as their earnings have declined precipitously in recent years relative to the earnings of those who have college degrees. Hardest hit have been young men of color and from low-income communities. These trends in the youth labor market and the economy as a whole have placed increasing pressure on high schools to provide higher-quality opportunities that prepare their students for work as well as for higher education.

Source: Turning Skills into Profit: Economic Benefits of Workplace Education Programs by Michael R. Bloom and Brenda Lafleur