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Table A18. 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 type of instructional provider, topic of instruction, and reason for participation: 2004-05
Type of instructional provider, topic of instruction, and reason for participation Very useful Useful Somewhat useful Not too useful
Total 68.1 31.8 22.5 7.3
 
Type of instructional provider
Business or industry 68.4 32.4 22.9 7.7
Employer1 71.6 34.5 24.4 6.8
Government agency 69.4 32.4 25.4 9.1
Postsecondary institution 71.7 38.3 27.9 12.2
Professional association or organization 70.6 35.2 24.5 7.9
Other 70.4 30.6 25.0 11.9
 
Topic of instruction
Basic education2 70.0 38.7 20.4 17.2
Business 68.5 37.7 25.4 5.6
Computer science 72.1 35.4 27.2 8.1
Education 70.4 43.5 34.9 9.3
Health 77.3 32.4 22.5 8.3
Science 66.8 42.0 33.4 11.1
Social sciences and services 73.1 41.9 19.2 11.0
Vocational trades 94.7 20.1 ! 7.8 ! 15.9 !
Other 76.4 33.1 25.8 13.8
 
Reason for participation
To maintain/improve skills or knowledge 69.7 32.0 22.6 7.0
To learn new skills or methods 70.2 32.7 23.0 7.8
To get raise or advance in job or career 78.7 28.4 20.1 4.4
To change job or career 68.7 22.1 20.5 13.4
To obtain/keep state, industry, or company license 75.2 31.9 23.0 8.9
Employer required course3 70.2 33.8 23.7 8.4
! Interpret with caution. Standard error is more than one-half the estimate.
1 Employer overrode other types of instructional providers; see the glossary for more detail on instructional provider.
2 This category includes courses in basic education, personal awareness/improvement, and physical education/leisure.
3 Includes only adults who worked in the past 12 months and were not self-employed only.
NOTE: This table includes only adults who worked at any time in the past 12 months. 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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