Metro North ABE Links Newsletter, Spring 2020 - Page 6

ABE 101 Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a free program that provides classes to pursue a diploma, learn English, GED preparation and academic tutoring to prepare for college. Any adult 17 years and older can enhance their workplace skills to advance their careers and become more engaged citizens. Low basic skills impact employment, earnings and economic mobility. Forty percent of working low-skilled adults in the United States have earnings in the bottom fifth of the income distribution. In the U.S., ABE programs that are linked to employment or postsecondary education, like ours, can help low-skilled adult learners advance along a career path and improve their employment and earnings. Through innovative teaching and the flexibility to meet students in diverse locations and timeframes, Metro North ABE serves low-skill workers in the north metro. Each year we offer new classes to meet our community’s educational needs. An individual is eligible for ABE programming if he/she is: 17 at least 17 years of age, and Data Corner Low English skills and lack of a high school credentials present many challenges to individuals in obtaining employment which offers a living wage for their families. Below is a chart that shows the size of the populations in our member school districts who might be experiencing these challenges and gives data to show that Metro North is serving these populations who are most at need – all with a goal of helping them achieve their goals and get a living wage. As can be seen from the data from our member districts, the size of the need for the education services we offer is great. While we are meeting a great deal of that need, there is room for us to grow our services to serve even more individuals to help them achieve their goals. In Metro North, 1,276 enrolled with less than high school degree In Metro North, 536 with high school degree highest obtained degree In Metro North, 937 enrolled in English as a Second Language Our Impact In total population, 19,377 have less than a high school degree In total population, 19,001 speak English less than well In total population, 82,455 highest degree obtained, high school or equivalent not enrolled in K-12 instruction. unable to speak, read or write English, or does not have a high school diploma, or lacks basic educational skills. 6