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Adult Education Participation in 2004-05

NCES 2006-077
May 2006

Type of Provider

Adults who reported having taken ESL classes, basic skills/GED preparation classes, apprenticeship programs, work-related courses or training, and personal-interest courses in the 12 months prior to the interview were asked to specify the type of provider for their educational activities. Those in college or university degree or certificate programs or vocational or technical diploma, degree, or certificate programs were not asked about provider type since the provider type for most of these activities is a postsecondary institution.

  • Among adults who were enrolled in ESL classes, basic skills/GED preparation classes, apprenticeship programs, work-related courses or training, or personal-interest courses over the last 12 months, the type of instructional provider reported most often for one or more of these activities was a private business, company, or hospital (40 percent) (table 8).
  • For ESL participants, a larger proportion of adults reported that these classes were taken at an elementary school, junior high, high school, or adult learning center (46 percent) than reported that these classes were taken at other types of providers (17 percent) with the exception of postsecondary institutions (37 percent). There was no significant difference between the proportion of adults who reported taking these classes at an elementary school, junior high, high school, or adult learning center versus the proportion of adults who reported taking these classes at a postsecondary institution (table 9).
  • For basic skills/GED preparation participants, a larger proportion of adults reported that these classes were taken at an elementary school, junior high, high school, or adult learning center (43 percent) than reported that these classes were taken at postsecondary institutions (25 percent). There was no measurable difference between the proportion of adults who reported taking these classes at an elementary school, junior high, high school, or adult learning center versus the proportions of adults who reported taking these classes with other types of providers excluding postsecondary institutions (32 percent) (table 10).
  • Among participants in work-related courses or training, more adults cited a private business, company, or hospital (52 percent) as the instructional provider than any other provider type (table 11).
  • Among adults who reported having taken personal-interest courses within the previous 12 months, the provider type of a community or religious organization or nonprofit institution (52 percent) was reported more often than any other provider type (table 12).

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