Five interesting facts about Indiana's Adult Education program

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Five interesting facts about Indiana's Adult Education program

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week runs Sept. 22-28

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 9, 2019) – National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week runs Sept. 22-28, to raise public awareness about the resources available to the 36 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills.

In Indiana, the Department of Workforce Development administers the state’s Adult Education program, which helps Hoosiers earn a high school equivalency (HSE) and is one of the leading programs in the nation for helping people achieve that status.

Receiving an HSE is a life-changing experience for most participants in the Adult Education program.

“The challenges I faced throughout my life brought me to where I am today. My successes and overcoming life’s challenges have boosted my confidence and given me a great opportunity in life,” said Jamie Eller of Fort Wayne, who earned a high school equivalency through adult education and a patient access certification.

To help celebrate the week, Indiana’s Adult Education team compiled five interesting facts about the program.

  • Did you know Indiana Adult Education enrolls more students annually than Ball State University? Last year close to 25,000 students were enrolled in adult education in Indiana.
  • Did you know more than 22,000 Hoosiers received their High School Equivalency Diploma in the last four years? This is more than the capacity of Bankers Life Fieldhouse!  
  • Did you know Indiana Adult Education was ranked No. 1 in the nation last year in the number of students making a measurable skill gain? Two-thirds of Hoosier students achieved a two-grade level or more improvement in academic skills.  
  • Did you know Indiana Adult Education also helps Hoosiers obtain post-secondary certifications? Approximately 2,700 industry-recognized certifications leading to jobs in demand in Indiana were issued last year. 
  • Did you know Indiana Adult Education is a bargain with a cost per enrollment under $1,000?

More than 30 entities provide adult education programs at more than 250 locations throughout Indiana. Many of the programs are administered through public school corporations, higher education institutions and not-for-profits.

“Because of adult education, “I’ll be able to live a comfortable life for once,” said Arlis (Trey) Fields of Hagerstown.  


About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
DWD serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future by providing WorkOne Career Centers, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information, Regional Workforce Strategies and Professional Training. Through these services, DWD is able to develop a premier workforce that enables Indiana employers to flourish and entices businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.

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