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Document Number: 6104

Reasons for Adults' Participation in Work-related Courses, 2002-03 - In 2002-03, approximately 68.5 million people took formal courses or training that were not part of a traditional degree, certificate or apprenticeship program for reasons related to their job or career. This brief examines these adult learners’ reasons for participating in such formal, work-related courses and disaggregates data by age, sex, race/ethnicity, highest education level completed, employment and occupation, and household income. More than 90% of adults reporting taking formal work-related courses did so to maintain or improve skills or knowledge they already had, while fewer than 20% took such courses to get or change a job or career field. Among employed adults, the majority took courses because their employer required or recommended participation. (National Center for Education Statistics, May 2005)...

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