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Table A17. Percentage of employed participants in formal work-related courses who reported each level of usefulness of the skills and knowledge learned for their job or career, by selected adult characteristics: 2004-05
Characteristics Very useful Useful Somewhat useful Not too useful
Total 68.1 31.8 22.5 7.3
 
Sex
Male 66.1 31.5 22.6 7.3
Female 69.7 32.1 22.5 7.3
 
Race/ethnicity1
White 66.2 33.7 23.0 7.6
Black or African American 74.7 18.1 15.4 7.6
All other races 67.0 35.6 26.0 6.7
Hispanic or Latino 79.8 29.3 24.4 4.2
 
Age as of 2004
16–24 years 63.8 26.2 27.2 18.0
25–34 years 67.0 31.1 23.4 8.3
35–44 years 66.3 34.6 24.6 5.1
45–54 years 69.8 33.4 19.9 7.1
55–64 years 72.2 28.9 21.2 4.3
65 years or older 72.0 27.5 14.3 5.1
 
Highest level of educational attainment
Less than a high school diploma or equivalent 66.4 17.3 18.8 ! 6.5 !
High school diploma or equivalent 68.9 26.9 18.3 7.7
Some college/vocational/associate's degree 72.2 29.4 23.3 8.0
Bachelor’s degree 63.0 35.1 24.0 7.8
Graduate or professional degree 68.7 37.2 23.6 5.1
 
Employment status in past week
Full-time 69.2 32.4 23.7 6.6
Part-time 66.3 30.5 19.1 7.5
 
Months employed in past 12 months
1–11 months 67.3 29.2 23.8 8.2
12 months 68.4 32.6 22.2 7.1
 
Occupation
Professional and managerial 67.5 35.1 23.6 6.0
Sales, service, and clerical 70.4 28.2 21.2 7.7
Trades and labor 64.3 29.7 21.9 11.3
! Interpret with caution. Standard error is more than one-half the estimate.
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.
NOTE: This table includes only adults who worked in the past 12 months, including self-employment. 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. Detail may sum to greater than 100 percent because participants may have taken more than one course.
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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