BLINN JOINS ‘MOVING AHEAD WITH ADULT ED’ CAMPAIGN TO GET ADULTS BACK TO SCHOOL AND WORK

  

The Blinn College District has joined more than 65,000 adult educators in “Moving Ahead with Adult Ed,” a new national campaign to enroll adult learners into programs that equip them with skills that lead to high school equivalency and jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage.

Millions of Americans are out of work or underemployed and need to reskill or upskill to re-enter the workforce or pursue their education. The pandemic has exacerbated the need for services.

Adult Basic Education courses cover basic academic subjects to help adult students improve their skills in preparation to take the General Education Development (GED) test or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and to reach a college-ready level. Obtaining a GED/HiSET and enhancing basic skills helps ensure working adults are able to remain in the workforce and improve their earning potential.

With reskilling and upskilling programs in place, adult education is an economic catalyst to help low-skilled adults and their communities recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Blinn’s adult education programs provide numerous options for participation, including working from home or receiving in-person instruction.

An international study indicated approximately 43 million working-age Americans lack the skills needed for many of the nation’s fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs. According to the U.S. Census, there are over 22 million adults in the U.S. without a high school diploma.

“In addition to helping students obtain their high school equivalency or strengthen their English language skills, our adult education courses can help students learn skills in high-wage, high-demand occupations that really benefit our community,” said Jay Anderson, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Technical Education, and Community Programs. “We not only want to help our students re-enter the workforce, but we want to help them pursue better jobs than they had before the pandemic.”

Campaign partners Coalition on Adult Basic Education and the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education estimate that for every dollar invested in adult education, a community receives $60 back in increased income, property taxes, and savings on public assistance and legal-system expenses.

The #MovingAheadWithAdultEd campaign focuses on re-engaging the millions of Americans who are in need of additional skills to compete in the workforce to recover financially from the pandemic. In addition to providing industry skills training, adult education programs teach literacy, numeracy and digital literacy, as well as offer high school equivalency classes.

For more information about Blinn’s adult education course offerings, visit www.blinn.edu/adult-education or call 979-209-7300. Daytime and evening classes are available.

(Story courtesy Richard Bray, Blinn Information)

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