Adult education classes are a good way for people to change careers or advance in their current position by learning completely new skills or developing the ones they already have. There are also programs available to enhance some of the basic skills like reading, essay writing and mathematics. Often they are taught to people who didn’t have the opportunity to learn the skills in school or who weren’t able to properly learn them at that time. They are also available for immigrants who speak a different language and who want to learn the local language.
There are a wide range of subjects to take and even different options for learning.
From basic skills to vocational and technical skills, you can find an option to increase your knowledge. With the newer developments on the internet, many classes are now available not just in a classroom setting, but are also online to those with computers. While some skills training classes actually do require some time in the classroom or workshop, a good portion of the academic work can be done online allowing reduced time in person for hands-on learning and practice. Some classes are even offered and paid for by employers who seek to improve the skills of their employees. Other classes are often available through government programs that sponsor them to help get unemployed people back into work.
One of the current problems is a rising number of people who have problems with literacy and numeracy even though they went through the school system.
Unfortunately, some people are finding themselves without a job and their lack of progress in these areas is hindering their chances to get rehired somewhere else. Adult education networks are actually trying to help prevent this rising trend by providing courses to adults who really need to develop these crucial basic skills. Fortunately, there are some funded initiatives through get back to work programs yet many people that don’t qualify are paying themselves because they realize how important it is to have this important foundation.
Probably the most common adult education classes are designed to help develop workplace skills.
While they are often created to develop certain skills within a certain type of job, one of the most useful class types is for computer literacy. While many people take computers for granted, there are still millions of people in the developed world who attended school before computers were widely available. Many of these people never received much computer training and now are at a serious disadvantage especially if they are unemployed.
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) has the responsibility of developing and maintaining our adult education system. The OVAE has helped to ensure that vocation training is generally accessible to those that want it. Due to many classes being available online, there are far fewer limitations on distance or time than ever before. The main challenges that remain are finding ways for remote people to access more practical hands-on learning and limitations on funding for all of the courses being offered.
If you are interested in a classroom setting and live in a well populated area, you may want to look at courses made available at a local learning center or college.
You’ll probably find that most of the courses are available in the evenings following regular business hours mostly because a larger percentage of people are available then to attend. However, there are often programs available during the day, so check the class times. If you are serious about the class but have a real problem with the time, it won’t hurt to ask if those providing the course have plans to make the class available during the day or if you can make arrangements to do some of the work during other times if the teacher will be available. If you can’t get your schedule to line up with class availability, you may want to consider an online learning course which will give you more flexible options for your adult education classes.
My name is Holly Lowe. I am author of this blog for teachers, students and their parents.
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