Committee on Education and Labor - U.S. House of Representatives

Adult Education

More than 40 million adults have basic skills needs or limited proficiency in English that interfere with their ability to participate fully in work, family and community activities. Current funding reaches only 2.8 million of these adults each year and thousands more are on waiting lists.

More than 77 percent of community-based literacy programs currently report waiting lists. Adult education and literacy programs play a key role in the success of other federal programs, including job training and welfare reform. They also help parents support their children's education and ensure that businesses are able to meet their workforce needs.

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

On July 29, 2006, the House renewed a vocational and technical education law that prepares high school students for careers and helps adults upgrade their job skills so they can find better-paying, higher-quality jobs.

Bush Administration Makes It Harder for Welfare Recipients to Get Training

Regulations adopted by the Bush administration in 2006 make it harder for adults on welfare to participate in education and training programs that help welfare recipients find jobs. More »