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Why would anyone be interested in enrolling in adult education classes here in the U.S?

I am interested in understanding why people join adult education classes with all the schools that the U.S. has. What is taught in these classes and who is eligible to join such classes? In answering the question, can I know if people in these classes get adult education certificate after completion of their courses? I would like to know whether there are institutions offering adult education degree programs. In explaining this question, can I know if continuing studies is similar to adult education or how are the two related?

Rodney Fox

in Higher Education

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Blair Lewis on July 20, 2018

Well, this is a simple yet extensive question. To start with, adult learning classes are sessions where people who are past the normal age of education enroll into to get knowledge that they may have missed during their days because they missed their normal classes either they dropped out of school and never returned. The people who join these classes, therefore, are adults already working or even retired and are past the high school and college age. In response to the relationship between adult education and ongoing studies, adult education programs are mainly continuing programs of education designed for adults. The adults joining these centers of learning are interested in gaining a General Educational Development and specialize in a specific business skill or a technical skill so that they can advance their career goals, go back to the path of attaining proper higher education or just study an issue they have interest on.

Most adults joining these education classes have no interest in getting an adult education certification but rather the know-how or the skills the programs have to offer. Nonetheless, some countries, as well as institutions, insist that one must get a certificate after having gone through the education. This kind of a certificate can help an individual who is interested in pursuing further education in the mainstream program of the country. Take an example of a 40-year old woman who is interested in joining college but cannot join since she failed to complete her high school education.

The best option that this woman has is to enroll in classes that would help her bridge the gap that lies between her college education prospects and the current situation she is in right now. Adult learning centers are mostly community-based where education is taught both formally and informally. Due to the nature of people taught here, in which many are not interested in a degree in adult education, the teaching style is a bit lenient and classes are strategically set on flexible schedules to give adults sufficient time to concentrate on other issues of their lives like businesses and family.

As mentioned earlier in my response, adult education sessions are open to all adults past the high school age and have interests in learning. The institutions that offer this kind of education are fairly spread across the country and in the whole world.

Noel Byrd2 years ago

You have done a good job in explaining the question. However, I differ with you in the way you explained the relationship between continuing studies and adult education. I think adult education encompasses any education that is taught to people who can be considered as adults, meaning they are of the majority age. College education can also be considered as adult education. One should therefore not take adult education to mean education to old people who failed to complete their studies. I kind of agree with you on continuing education. However, I think it is better stated as the education set for people who would like to continue from where they left their studies years ago and are now willing to proceed but have gone beyond the schooling age. I disagree with you on the issue of the adult degree too; many would be willing to get the certification given a chance unlike what you say that most are not interested in the degree. 

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