Supporting Adult Learning through Online Education
Nearly 30 million Americans, representing 11.5 % of the population age 18 and over, are without a high school diploma. 1 According to U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Education statistics, high school graduates earn nearly $10K more annually than do those without a diploma, experience lower unemployment, and are less likely to rely on government support.2 They’re also less likely to live in poverty, are healthier, and less likely to face incarceration.3 And their children are more likely to benefit from higher education and opportunity, while children of less-educated adults are 10 times more likely to continue their family legacy.4
The 2020 recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic put working adults without a high school diploma at an even greater disadvantage Today they suffer a higher unemployment rate compared to all other adult education groups and will continue to be vulnerable during future economic downturns without the knowledge and educational support needed from their communities to lift them out of a cycle of poverty. 5
Gale is partnering with libraries in communities across the country to encourage adult literacy and break the cycle by connecting them with the programs they need to prepare for jobs in a safe, supportive environment. Expanding local library resources with targeted adult education products, including Gale Courses, Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School, Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep, and Gale Presents: Udemy, helps these adults build strong foundational knowledge they will need to be self-sufficient in a competitive workplace. This is true whether they are interested in completing their high school education, enriching their existing proficiencies, or acquiring new skills.