|Table A9. Percentage of participants in formal work-related courses who reported each occupational reason for participation, by selected adult characteristics: 2004-05|
|Characteristic||Because employer required course||To maintain or improve skills or knowledge||To learn new skills or methods||To get raise or advance in job or career||To change job or career|
|Black or African American||62.2||95.4||80.1||23.8||16.9|
|All other races||62.7||91.9||84.0||24.4||7.5|
|Hispanic or Latino||71.4||96.0||78.5||19.9||9.6|
|Age as of 2004|
|65 years or older||59.5||94.4||77.4||8.2||13.5|
|Highest level of educational attainment|
|Less than a high school diploma or equivalent||66.3||89.9||70.7||39.6||25.7|
|High school diploma or equivalent||66.6||96.5||82.3||24.1||12.9|
|Some college/vocational/associate's degree||67.6||95.9||82.5||19.8||11.8|
|Graduate or professional degree||55.9||93.9||85.8||15.2||6.4|
|Employment status in past week|
|Unemployed and looking for work||60.5||92.1||79.0||31.6||46.1|
|Not in the labor force||67.4||91.2||84.6||17.8||22.5|
|Months employed in past 12 months2|
|Professional and managerial||61.7||94.7||82.3||14.2||5.0|
|Sales, service, and clerical||65.9||94.2||83.7||22.6||12.6|
|Trades and labor||61.4||97.7||82.2||20.2||14.3|
1 All other races includes Asian/Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, American Indian, Alaska Native, those of more than one race, and those of other (unspecified) race. Race categories exclude those of Hispanic origin.
2 Includes only adults who worked in the past 12 months.
NOTE: The estimates in this table were based on information that was collected on up to four work-related courses taken in the 12 months prior to the interview. If an adult took more than four courses, four were sampled for data collection. Respondents could list multiple reasons for participating in each course.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education Survey of the 2005 National Household Education Surveys Program.