September 24-30 is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week! We are proud to be part of Missouri Adult Education.
Did you know there are 28 adult education programs in the state of Missouri with more than 250 class sites? The Missouri Adult Education programs serve adults 17 years of age and older, who are no longer enrolled in school or who are functioning below the high school completion level. Missouri ranked second in the nation for academic gains through adult education. The classes are provided FREE to students, and they do not have to pay for text books. The average cost per year to provide classes in Missouri is less than $700 per student and of those who take the high school equivalency test, 89% pass!
In Parkway and Rockwood there are more than 10,000 adults who have not completed their high school education. The Missouri Adult Education and Literacy program within the Parkway-Rockwood School Districts serve 1,600 students each year, and there is room for many more.
Helping adults complete their high school education improves our state’s ability to compete in the global job market. Individuals without a high school education are more than twice as likely to be unemployed. For this reason, adult education programs around the state are incorporating technical training into their programs. They have partnered with community colleges and businesses to provide training for Certified Nursing Assistants, Child Development Associates, Certified Logistics Associates, forklift drivers, certified Microsoft Office Specialists and much more. Adults in these programs are being given an opportunity to enter a career pathway. After passing the high school equivalency and completing a training certificate, they can obtain better employment and pursue further education in healthcare, advanced manufacturing or a professional degree.
Adult Education is also a smart investment because low-skilled adults are 3 times more likely to be in poverty; 4 times more likely to be in poor health; and 8 times more likely to be incarcerated. The facts are clear: more highly educated adults experience higher employment and home ownership rates, higher annual earnings, lower levels of incarceration, and decreased dependence on social support programs. Inmate participation in adult education reduces recidivism by 29 percent.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, individuals who participate in Adult Education programs have higher future earnings as a result and their income premiums grow with more intensive participation. Finally, children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests. Adult Education programs are the best available weapons against intergenerational low literacy and poverty.
Our Adult Education and Literacy program empowers individuals through education and lifelong learning in order to acquire knowledge to succeed in the dynamics of the changing society and the workplace. Find more information and a list of classes here and learn more about our how our programs help the community.