Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is September 12 - 18!
Sep 09, 2011
Economists predict that nearly two-thirds of jobs in 2018 will require a postsecondary education, yet research shows that at least 90 million adults have low basic skills and may be unprepared for these higher-skilled jobs. Despite the need for skill upgrading and re-training, federal adult education funds provide services for only 2.1 million adults each year and state revenue crises combined with flat federal funding under the federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act prevents state and local programs from serving students who need further education.
To highlight the importance of adult education programs, CLASP and other national organizations are participating in the third annual National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Throughout the week, we will feature programs across the country that help low-skilled adults prepare for postsecondary education, career advancement, and employment in a family-sustaining career.
Though budget challenges persist, states and local providers are finding new ways to infuse innovation into adult education. Two recent CLASP publications highlight innovative adult education models that help prepare students for postsecondary and career success:
- Farther Faster: Six Promising Programs Show How Career Pathway Bridges Help Basic Skills Students Earn Credentials That Matter
- Beyond Basic Skills: State Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students to an Employer-Valued Postsecondary Education
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is an opportunity to share the successes of adult learners, encourage state and federal policymakers to provide continued funding for adult education services, and celebrate innovation in serving adult students.