Alliance for Adult Education Foundation

Building Better Opportunities

Expand access to education and career pathways for the millions of American adults without a high school diploma. 

drive impact. lead change.

Where Do We Start? Help Adults Earn 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.

  1. WORKFORCE: Expand adult education in the workforce development system.
  2. MILITARY: Strengthen military recruitment.
  3. CORPORATIONS: Expand partnerships between educators and businesses to build a better-skilled workforce.
  4. LIBRARIES: Create lifelong learning through public library systems.
  5. COLLEGES: Support and enhance the community college system as a pathway for adults to access higher education.

Create an equitable society where citizens are engaged and part of a thriving, skilled 21st-century workforce.

0 + Million
Adults with no high school diploma

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11% of the U.S. population age 25+ lack a high school education.

2 + Million
REPORTED dropouts in 2020

Per NCES, 5.3% of 16–24 year olds were not in school and had not earned a high school credential.

1 in 6
Students Drop out per year

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.

Workforce Development

Expand adult education options in the workforce development system.

EDUCATION as a benefit

Build a stronger 21st-century workforce through better employee education programs.

Mature Student Using Digital Tablet In Adult Education Class

Provide access to adult high school completion to reduce the national recruiting challenge.

public libraries

Equip libraries with the funding and resources to offer career, training, and education resources.

community colleges

Provide a seamless transition from high school to higher education for adults.


Success Stories

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.”

Veronica, Amazon Employee

“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.”

Zakariana, U.S. Military

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!”

Willie, Chesapeake Public Library

“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.”

Josh, McDonald's Employee

“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.”

Dino, LA County Library

“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.”

Tadele, Prince William Public Library

Building an Alliance for Adult Education

To improve access to education for adults and make a positive impact in our communities.