It’s never too late to earn a
credential, finish a degree, or add new skills. Students of any
age improve their quality of life with more education, and
communities prosper with a well-educated workforce.
Adult learners are a diverse group – typically age 25 and older – with a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds, adult responsibilities and job experiences. They typically do not follow the traditional pattern of enrolling in postsecondary education immediately after high school.
More of today’s college students are raising children while in
school, and they’re a larger, faster-growing group than many
colleges institutions and policymakers realize.
Nicole Lynn Lewis, the founder and CEO of Generation Hope, joined
SREB for a webinar on June 11 to
discuss how institutions can build and strengthen support for
student-parents. Her organization assists teenage parents—men and
women—who attend college in Virginia, Maryland and the District
States face an uphill battle in meeting the needs of adult
learners, especially at a time when technology is advancing
rapidly. Adults can turn to adult education programs to improve
their skills, but enrollments have fallen in recent years.
This report examines how technology and automation are
changing the job market — and what states can do to prepare
adults for the new workplace. It analyzes shifts from low- to
middle-skills jobs, details current education levels
and offers recommendations for retooling adult education
Low-skilled workers are being left behind as technology shifts
the workforce toward the middle-skills level. Educators and
policymakers will need to reach these adults with education and
training to fill plentiful, well-paying middle-skill jobs in
their states. This fact sheet summarizes trends and state policy