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Completing Adult Education Programs Improves Students’ Employability, But Program Completion Rates are Low, Report No. 11-04, January 2011
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  • School districts and colleges annually receive approximately $300 million in funding for adult education programs that serve 330,000 students in a variety of community locations. Some of these students are teenagers (age 18 and under) who enroll for dropout prevention and recovery purposes, but most are adults seeking to improve their employability.
  • Adult education programs have varying levels of success. Nearly three-quarters of high school students who co-enrolled in adult education stayed in school or graduated. In contrast, most adult students left programs before achieving documented learning gains. Those who remained and made gains had a better chance of improving their employment outcomes. Approximately half of unemployed adult students who made learning gains subsequently found employment. Adults who were employed prior to enrolling experienced higher earnings increases than employed adults who did not make gains.
  • The Legislature could consider several options for charging tuition and fees for adult education programs that should not jeopardize federal grant funding.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Education System
Adult Education and GED
School District Workforce Education
Florida College System
School District Certificate Programs
Career Education
Postsecondary Career Training Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-07 Summary of OPPAGA Reports Examining Workforce Education Programs and Legislative Options,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 10-65 Profile of Florida’s Public Workforce Education Program Providers by Service Area,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-63 Colleges Perform Slightly Better Than School Districts in Career Education; Neither Clearly Outperforms in Adult Education,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-62 Consolidating Workforce Education Would Bring More Uniformity; Mixed Results on Whether Evidence Supports Other Stakeholder Arguments,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-61 School Districts and Colleges Share Responsibility for Workforce Education; Duplication Is Minimal,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-35 Profile of Changes to Florida’s Public Career Education Program Offerings,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-34 School Districts and Florida College System Institutions Frequently Change Their Career Education Programs,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-26 Florida Should Not Use the Targeted Occupations Lists as the Sole Criteria to Fund Career Education Programs,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 10-24 Funding Model for Career and Adult Education Is Reasonable but Needs Some Improvements,published in February 2010.
  • Report No. 10-18 Public Career Education Programs Differ From Private Programs on Their Admission Requirements, Costs, Financial Aid Availability, and Student Outcomes,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 04-42 Progress Report: Students Benefit from Workforce Education Programs, But Performance Can Be Improved,published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 02-33 Adult General Education Performance Improves; However, Placement Rates Need Improvement and the State's Residency Policy Needs Definition,published in June 2002.
  • Report No. 95-25 Review of the Postsecondary Vocational Programs ,published in January 1996.

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