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ERIC Number: ED538035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Basic Skills: State Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students to an Employer-Valued Postsecondary Education
Foster, Marcie; Strawn, Julie; Duke-Benfield, Amy Ellen
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
How much does college matter for getting ahead in America? Having a postsecondary education--broadly defined as a credential beyond a high school diploma--continues to be one of the most important factors in getting a good job and advancing in the workforce. By one estimate, 64 percent of jobs in 2018 will require more than a high school diploma, although not necessarily a four-year degree. For each year of postsecondary education, an adult is more likely to be employed, earn family-sustaining wages, lead a healthier life, and have children who are better prepared to succeed in school. The country, too, benefits from a more educated workforce. Studies of the return on government investments in education (at all levels, not just K-12) show that it is a sound use of public funds. Critical federal programs, such as funding for student aid and job training, can help lower-skilled adults and youth "access" postsecondary education, but important policy choices that support their "success" and "completion" can be made at the state and local levels. "Beyond Basic Skills" describes strategies that state policymakers can use to strengthen connections between basic skills education and postsecondary education to help lower-skilled adults and out-of-school youth attain the postsecondary credentials they need to advance in the labor market. (Contains 3 figures and 45 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Illinois; Kentucky; Minnesota; Washington; Wisconsin