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Re: Please Support Adult Education!

Thank you for reaching out to your city councilor with this important information.  However, my name is Councilor Wyse, not Councilor Hirsch.  Regardless, I do support education,  


Nancy V. Wyse
Ward 6 Councilor
City of Corvallis
PO Box 1083
Corvallis, OR 97339

From: "Cathi Von" <cathi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ward6@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:05:55 AM
Subject: Please Support Adult Education!

Cathi Von
895 NW Grant Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330

September 19, 2017

Dear Councilor Hirsch,

The national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week takes place on September 24-30, 2017, and this is an excellent opportunity to show your support for this important work.
Adult Education serves adults, 16 years of age and older, who are no longer enrolled in school and who are functioning below the 12th grade  level. Services include teaching foundational skills in reading, math, and English, coupled with college and career readiness skills that lead to employment or the transition to post-secondary education or certifications. Public schools, community colleges, libraries, and community-based organizations offer programs at the local level.

The demand for more educated workers continues to grow. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require some level of post-secondary education. Yet, nearly half of the U.S. workforce—about 88 million of 188 million adults aged 18 to 64—has only a high school education or less, and/or low English proficiency. By next year, only 10 percent of jobs will be open to those who fail to complete high school and only 28 percent will be open to those with only a high-school diploma. Finally, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, of the 11.6 million American jobs created since the Great Recession ended in late 2010, 11.5 million—99 percent—went to workers who had at least some post-high school education. In a recent survey, 92 percent of business leaders thought that U.S. workers lacked necessary skills.

Adult Education is also a smart investment because low-skilled adults are two times more likely to be unemployed; 3 times more likely to be in poverty; 4 times more likely to be in poor health; and 8 times more likely to be incarcerated. Educating adults creates stronger communities. Higher education levels are correlated with lower rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma, and a mother’s education level is the highest determinate of a child’s academic success. Inmate participation in Adult Education reduces recidivism by 29 percent.

By neglecting the adults who need services, we affect their children as well. Almost 60 percent of children whose parents don’t have a college education live in low-income families, and are less likely themselves to succeed in school and qualify for family-sustaining jobs. A person with a high school diploma or equivalent earns an average of $9,620 more per year than a non-graduate and adults with a high school degree were more likely to work full time and average 20% higher earnings ($30,000), well above the poverty line for a family of 4. Finally, children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests. Adult Education and family literacy are the best available weapons against inter-generational low literacy.
Investing in Adult Education is investing in economic growth and a growing middle class. We look forward to working with you and hope that you will invest in Adult Education because it is in an investment in lives and in our economy!

Download Adult Education Fact Sheet: http://educateandelevate.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Fact-Sheet.pdf
View Educate and Elevate Success Stories: http://educateandelevate.org/adult-learner-success/

Cathi Von