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Table A8. Average number of formal work-related courses taken by adults in the past 12 months and percentage distribution of the number of such courses, by selected characteristics: 2002–03
Characteristic   Percentage distribution of the number of courses taken
Average
number
of courses
taken
0 courses 1 course 2 courses 3-4
courses
5 or more courses
  Total0.666.817.77.65.72.1
Sex
Male0.667.118.97.24.81.9
Female0.766.516.78.06.42.3
Race/ethnicity1
White0.765.418.28.16.12.2
Black0.668.716.47.05.62.3
Hispanic0.574.614.65.83.61.4
Other0.664.522.27.44.21.7
Age as of 2002
16–24 years0.569.122.94.52.11.3
25–34 years0.858.422.210.17.31.9
35–44 years0.858.920.99.88.22.3
45–54 years0.957.220.610.67.64.0
55–64 years0.671.014.56.85.81.9
65 years or older0.193.04.31.50.80.5
Highest level of education attainment
High school diploma or less0.381.612.72.92.40.5
Some college but no degree0.765.319.47.85.32.2
Vocational/associateís degree0.959.218.510.78.33.3
Bachelorís degree1.147.726.413.19.13.7
Graduate or professional degree1.341.822.916.713.05.6
Employment status in the past
 12 months
Full-time1.051.024.211.89.43.7
Part-time0.667.020.27.44.31.1
Not employed0.193.55.00.80.6#
Months employed in the past
 12 months
12 months1.053.523.411.18.63.4
1–11 months0.762.322.08.65.31.8
Not in the labor force0.193.55.00.80.6#
Occupation2
Professional/managerial1.435.527.318.113.65.5
Sales/service/clerical0.759.823.48.46.12.3
Trade and labor0.474.516.84.63.30.8
Size of employer2
Fewer than 25 employees0.668.417.97.64.61.6
25–99 employees0.760.921.310.34.92.8
100–499 employees0.955.323.311.86.82.8
500 or more employees1.146.826.611.810.93.9
Continuing education required for
 occupation
Yes1.247.423.312.911.94.5
No0.573.915.75.73.41.2
# Rounds to zero.
1 Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Other includes Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/ Alaska Native, those with more than one race, and those of other (unspecified) race. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin unless specified.
2 Includes only adults who worked in the past 12 months.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program.

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