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Adult Education Participation in 2004-05

NCES 2006-077
May 2006

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Table 1. Percentage of adults who participated in adult education, by type of educational activity and selected adult characteristics: 2004-05
 
Characteristic Number of
adults
(thousands)
Any
formal
adult
education
Formal adult education activities
ESL
classes
Basic
skills/
GED
classes
Part-time
college
degree
program1
Part-time
vocational
degree/
diploma
program2
Apprentice-
ship
Work-
related
courses
Personal-
interest
courses
 
  Total 211,60744114112721
 
Age
16 to 24 years25,10453269232127
25 to 34 years 38,78452227233222
35 to 44 years 42,89049114113422
45 to 54 years 41,84048##3113720
55 to 64 years 29,06840##11#2721
65 years or older 33,92223#####519
 
Sex
Male 101,59641114122418
Female 110,01147114112924
 
Race/ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic 146,61446#14112922
Black, non-Hispanic 23,46746#24122724
Hispanic 26,10138634121715
Asian or Pacific Islander,
  non-Hispanic
7,0804421!61!1!2423
Other race, non-Hispanic 8,34639#14122320
 
Highest education level
completed
Less than a high school
  diploma/equivalent
31,0182227#11411
High school diploma/
   equivalent
64,33433112121716
Some college/vocational/
  associateís degree
58,545511#6213125
Bachelorís degree 37,24460##61#4429
Graduate or professional
  education or degree
20,466661!#711!5130
 
Household income
$20,000 or less 34,67028122121116
$20,001 to $35,000 35,83936224111817
$35,001 to $50,000 33,376422!12112322
$50,001 to $75,000 47,11448##5113321
$75,001 or more 60,60758115213927
 
Employment status
Employed full-time 106,38953115224020
Employed part-time 27,0905312!7113229
Unemployed and looking
   for work
9,9413826322!1423
Not in the labor force 68,1872811211620
 
Occupation
Professional/managerial 48,64770##8115629
Sales/service/clerical 66,21848125213122
Trade and labor 37,5853422!2231913
#Estimate rounds to 0 or 0 cases in sample.

!Interpret data with caution; coefficient of variation is 50 percent or more.

1Includes those enrolled only part-time in college or university degree or certificate programs or those enrolled through a combination of part-time and full-time enrollments in the 12 months prior to the interview.

2Includes those enrolled only part-time in vocational or technical diploma, degree, certificate programs or those enrolled through a combination of part-time and full-time enrollments in the 12 months prior to the interview.

NOTE: See Appendix B - Glossary for detailed explanation of these core adult education categories used throughout the report. Details may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education Survey of the 2005 National Household Education Surveys Program.

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