| By Gale Staff |
During National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (September 20–26), you have a chance to promote the many ways your library supports these important, mission-critical functions.
As you may know, more than half of all jobs (now 54%) in the U.S. today require education beyond a high school diploma, but not a four-year degree. Yet, only 44% of workers are trained at this level.1 Libraries like yours are helping to close the gap.
With programs and resources to help adults acquire and enrich basic skills, public libraries can help community members prepare for jobs and open new doors in a safe and non-threatening environment.
Gale can be a valuable partner to your library in a shared mission to support education and career goals. The following resources can substantially help your adult learning community:
Basic skill development and accreditation
Testing & Education Reference Center helps adults master basic reading, writing, and math skills with interactive tutorials and quizzes to teach reading comprehension, sentence skills, writing, and math. Whether patrons are an English language learner, student, or adult looking to brush up on their skills, these tools help learners review fundamental concepts in a straightforward format.
Users can explore the full resources for help with standardized test preparation for high school equivalency, college entrance, career certification exams, and U.S. citizenship. Additionally, learners can get help researching and selecting college and graduate schools, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers as well as advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking, and so much more.
Career Online High School is a pathway for adult learners to earn an accredited, vocation-based high school diploma (not a GED) and gain job training in one of 10 high-demand career fields. Students are paired with an academic coach who provides support and extra motivation during the entire program. Additionally, graduates have access to online seminars focusing on 21st-century skills, monthly career webinars, and tools to develop a cover letter and resume to help prepare them for the workforce.
Upskilling for work and life
Gale Presents: Udemy can help learners embrace what comes next. With Udemy, patrons gain unlimited access to more than 7,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, and personal development. World-class instructors teach courses—and nearly 2,000 are led by native speakers in French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Gale Courses provides a virtual learning environment with more than 365 online, instructor-led courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. Like in-person classrooms, these courses include discussion groups to collaborate with peers and instructors. Courses are six weeks long, with two lessons released per week.
- Adult Education: A Crucial Foundation for Middle-Skill Jobs (NSC, 9.26.17), viewable at https://m.nationalskillscoalition.org/resources/publications/file/9.26-NSC-AdultEd-factsheet_final.pdf