Leading the Charge to Raise Awareness About the Many Faces of Adult Education

SHARON BONNEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
COALITION ON ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (COABE)
editorial@mediaplanet.com

Adult education programs are crucial in alleviating the education gap. They have a track record of positioning individuals for success in the workplace. By definition, these programs serve those 16 years of age and older who are no longer enrolled in school, who are no longer required by law to be enrolled and who are functioning below the high school completion level. While services include teaching foundation skills in the disciplines of reading, math and English, adult education has a broad reach that prepares learners with college and career readiness skills. These skills can help lead to employment or prepare for the transition to post-secondary education. Adult educators also help parents obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the education of their children.

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