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Table A22. Percentage of participants in formal work-related courses who reported various results of participation and the usefulness of skills and knowledge learned for their work or career, by selected characteristics: 2002–03
Characteristic Results of participation in formal courses   Usefulness of skills
or knowledge for job or career
Improved
existing
skills
Learned
new skills
Increased
employability
in the labor
market
Improved
ability to
advance
in career
Obtained
new job or
changed
career
Made
more
money
  Useful or
very useful
Somewhat
useful or
not too
useful
Have not
used skills
yet
  Total94.273.673.870.612.922.5 80.027.30.6
Sex
Male93.469.974.172.712.924.0 79.926.10.5
Female94.976.973.568.813.021.1 80.128.30.6
Race/ethnicity1
White94.271.771.768.411.420.8 80.828.60.6
Black95.882.985.182.418.529.5 80.720.50.5
Hispanic93.778.977.872.516.628.1 75.124.30.2
Other91.872.973.175.316.922.5 76.427.01.0
Age as of 2002
16–24 years94.184.882.276.721.733.1 73.521.90.7
25–34 years94.677.476.276.615.322.9 81.625.80.7
35–44 years93.572.176.973.313.421.8 84.327.70.5
45–54 years95.372.471.967.79.421.0 83.029.50.7
55–64 years94.663.665.460.49.418.2 74.832.10.1
65 years or older88.066.647.946.93.315.5 53.118.60.2
Highest level of education
attainment
High school diploma or
less
91.473.775.066.816.227.9 73.124.31.0
Some college but no
degree
92.974.378.573.616.727.4 79.125.20.4
Vocational/associateís
degree
96.982.378.573.014.623.6 86.423.7#
Bachelorís degree95.672.473.873.310.118.1 83.428.90.7
Graduate or professional
degree
96.069.664.467.97.415.0 82.533.00.2
Employment status in the
past 12 months
Full-time95.173.674.972.210.922.2 86.728.40.6
Part-time94.673.473.168.319.327.1 81.932.50.4
Not employed89.276.460.561.420.114.6 
Months employed in the
past 12 months
12 months95.372.875.373.511.423.5 87.227.40.5
1–11 months91.875.572.163.116.321.0 77.034.10.9
Not in the labor force89.276.460.561.420.114.6 
Occupation2
Professional/managerial96.672.072.270.29.317.4 88.030.90.3
Sales/service/clerical93.475.077.074.615.027.7 82.327.10.5
Trade and labor90.873.375.264.415.426.9 82.327.81.7
Size of employer2
Fewer than 25 employees94.770.374.273.715.131.1 83.026.71.2
25–99 employees95.371.476.373.111.619.5 86.426.40.5
100–499 employees95.376.174.368.411.219.4 85.631.90.0
500 or more employees94.074.274.570.712.121.7 85.129.40.5
Continuing education
required for occupation
Yes95.675.274.070.812.522.7 82.425.80.2
No93.272.473.670.513.222.2 78.328.40.8
Not applicable.
# 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: The estimates in this table were based on the responses given for up to four courses by each participant.
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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