|Table A12. Percentage of participants in formal work-related courses who reported various reasons for participation, by selected characteristics: 2002–03|
|Characteristic||Reason for participation in formal courses|
new skills or
|To advance in
or change job
|To obtain or
keep a state
|Age as of 2002|
|65 years or older||84.0||72.7||9.8||36.2||30.8|
|Highest level of education attainment|
|High school diploma or less||86.9||78.7||39.6||32.9||65.2|
|Some college but no degree||90.7||77.2||31.9||31.3||68.5|
|Graduate or professional degree||95.4||72.1||18.0||35.5||60.1|
|Employment status in the past|
|Months employed in the past|
|Not in the labor force||82.9||78.0||38.4||33.8||†|
|Trade and labor||87.0||75.4||31.3||36.9||74.9|
|Size of employer2|
|Fewer than 25 employees||91.3||75.2||29.3||44.9||41.5|
|500 or more employees||93.9||76.4||27.5||28.8||80.1|
|Continuing education required for|
† Not applicable.
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: The estimates in this table were based on the responses given for up to four courses by each participant. Detail may sum to greater than 100 percent because participants may have taken more than one course for different reasons.
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.