Adult education has long been an integral part of our nation’s prosperity. Yet over the last decade, declining state and federal funds have led to declining numbers of adult learners who can access services. Of the 36 million adults with low basic skills, adult education currently assists 1.8 million of them each year to earn a high school equivalency, increase basic and employability skills, or improve their English language proficiency (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).
Increase investments in adult education to ensure that these 36 million Americans are able to access services, strengthen their basic skills, and advance through career pathways in high demand fields. Adult education is instrumental in closing social and economic disparities in our country, stimulating economic growth, global competitiveness, and prosperity.
To help you be your program’s best advocate, COABE has assembled the following Fact Sheets. These fact sheets will help you showcase students, staff and programs to to help policymakers and the public understand the value that you deliver every day.