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Over 79,000 adult education leaders stand united in a national campaign to move learning opportunities forward for all Americans to achieve economic mobility. If you are an adult educator, stand with us in this educational campaign to help funders understand the value we bring to students, workers, and businesses in contributing to social mobility and economic growth. If we educate, then we elevate.

Campaign components include:

  • A national survey of adult educators to understand what they need in their state and local landscapes for advocacy and outreach
  • Outreach Campaign Toolkits for organizations to tailor and use for advocacy efforts
  • Educational webinars and coaching with national marketing and communications experts to leverage the Campaign Toolkit for your advocacy efforts
  • An expansive website to collectively share adult learner and employer success stories, testimonials, and innovations taking place across the country in adult education
  • A campaign video to use on your state and local websites to educate target audiences about our national efforts
  • Campaign Community of Practice for peer-to-peer learning
  • Regular eblasts on campaign progress and highlights from across the country in adult education innovations and successes
Educate & Elevate Data sheet
Educate & Elevate Data sheet

Adult Education Fact Sheet: United States

Adult education programs in all 50 states and seven territories assist adults in building skills and earning credentials that lead to postsecondary education, sustainable employment, and economic self-sufficiency.

65% of all jobs in the United States require some form of postsecondary education.

Discover all of the adult education innovations and successes taking place across the nation. Click on the button below to find information on your state.

Adult Education

A Business Strategy for Employers

Adult education can be highly effective in preparing students for the world of work by teaching them contextualized workplace competencies and study skills that help them to become lifelong learners. These competencies are important for success in today’s economic landscape as they align students’ skills with the market demands of business and industry.

As part of the Workforce System and its partners funded by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), adult education provides an entry point into job training and employment for 1.5 million adults each year by serving students with high school equivalency, industry-recognized training and credentials, and wraparound services.

Educate & Elevate Data sheet
Educate & Elevate Data sheet
Educate & Elevate Data sheet

Adult Education Exemplary Programs: United States

Adult education programs across the country are providing exemplary services. Download our packet to view selected programs as provided by state directors and state association presidents in states with legislators on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Policy committees.

Success Files Features Educate & Elevate with Host & Actor Rob Lowe

Educate & Elevate has been featured in “Success Files,” an award-winning documentary program hosted by Robe Lowe – in a six-minute segment about the power and relevancy of adult education. This episode reached over 148 million viewers.

The Educate & Elevate campaign story featured a short, six-minute documentary about the power and relevancy of adult education and reached over 148 million viewers.

Here’s a peek into some of the documentary’s storylines:

  • Dr. Lorraine Morales serves as the president of Pima Community College, but before achieving this status she was a single mother who had dropped out of school. She earned her GED® credential through adult school classes and continued her studies to earn a doctorate.
  • Dr. Richard Carmona grew up on the streets of the Bronx, experienced homelessness, and then dropped out of school to serve in the Army. While in the Army, he earned his GED® credential and two Purple Hearts. He was tapped by President George W. Bush for the position of 17th surgeon general and was the only surgeon general to ever be unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

There are so many amazing stories about the power of adult education, and “Success Files” will be sure to inspire audiences and stimulate conversations across the nation.

Our Success Files video is now live!

We Need Your Help


People are showing their love for adult education through our 3 Quick Clicks effort, with more state associations using this tool to submit a letter of advocacy to congressional members, governors, and mayors. To use this time-saving tool, visit the 3 Quick Clicks webpage and select the “Take Action” option that applies to you.

Teachers, administrators, and friends of Adult Education send an email supporting adult education by clicking the “Take Action” button below. Enter your contact information and click “SUBMIT” to preview the editable letter we will send on your behalf to Congress, Governors, and Mayors.


Improve your skills to get a better job, retrain for a new job, earn your high school diploma or a GED, or improve your English, math or reading. Find an adult education program near you.


Advocate for adult education as an investment in America’s future with campaign outreach tools to help you showcase your success stories, garner press coverage, and motivate stakeholders to support adult education by contacting their legislators.


Educators across the country are developing new ways to manage the complexities of helping adult students elevate themselves through education. Learn how adult educators are getting creative!

Amanda Kline

Adult Learner

Amanda became a single mother working low paying jobs and barely managing, even after

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Zenaida Garcia

Adult Learner

When Zenaida first came to Genesis Center, she did not know she had a gift as a writer

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Adult Learner

Teresa, an immigrant from Mexico, had both a strong desire and a sincere need to learn English

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Megan Linzy

Adult Learner of the Year

Faced with a variety of life circumstances, Megan Linzy suddenly found herself

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These are some of our many success stories.
To read more visit our Success and Innovation Section

Have an adult learner success story or testimonial?
Have a narrative summary of an adult education program?

Our exciting campaign video is now live!