Expand access to education and career pathways for the millions of American adults without a high school diploma.
Without graduating high school, millions of Americans are unable to pursue further education, get better jobs, or fully contribute to our society and economy. We must maximize the untapped potential of these adults.
The Alliance for Adult Education Foundation’s mission is to unite public and industry leaders to expand career and educational pathways for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.
To advocate for the millions of adults who did not complete their high school education. We must get them funding and support so they are no longer gated in their educational and career pursuits.
Create an equitable society where citizens are engaged and part of a thriving, skilled 21st-century workforce.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11% of the U.S. population age 25+ lack a high school education.
Per NCES, 5.3% of 16–24 year olds were not in school and had not earned a high school credential.
Alliance for Excellent Education reports that 1 in 6 students leave high school without graduating every year.
The Alliance for Adult Education Foundation brings together leaders and experts from workforce, military, corporate, library, and education sectors. The Alliance will lobby policy makers and legislators to expand funding for adult education to drive improved outcomes in the following critical areas.
Expand adult education options in the workforce development system.
Build a stronger 21st-century workforce through better employee education programs.
Provide access to adult high school completion to reduce the national recruiting challenge.
Equip libraries with the funding and resources to offer career, training, and education resources.
Provide a seamless transition from high school to higher education for adults.
Eliminating the educational trauma that plagues many who dropped out of high school has a lifelong impact on Americans, their families, and their communities. Hear from adults who recently took the first step to earn their high school diploma and career certification.
“I wanted to prove to myself that it’s never too late to get a high school diploma. I gained confidence that if I put my mind to it, I can achieve big things. Next I plan to take a medical billing course.”
“I wanted to finish my diploma for a sense of accomplishment and to join the military. I gained a lot of knowledge about career preparation and more.”
After waiting 30+ years, Willie earned his high school diploma at the public library while working full time. When asked what’s next, he responded, “I’m so excited! Now I get to accept a well-deserved promotion!”
“I was a high school dropout at any early age. After graduating and going on to other programs, I’ve become a Dean’s list student. I’ve learned, you never know what you’re capable of until you try.”
“I wanted to finish my high school diploma to prove to myself it’s never too late to achieve my goals. I gained diverse knowledge and self confidence and I learned how to accept help. I’m currently preparing for college.”
“I gained basic knowledge about the U.S. school system, history, and general knowledge. My education also helps me to better communicate with my children who are in school.”
To improve access to education for adults and make a positive impact in our communities.