News Release


September 20, 2021


Contact: Jennifer Wigginton, IAACE Executive Director 


IAACE Celebrates National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

Indiana – Indiana Association for Adult and Continuing Education (IAACE), in partnership with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), invites you to join us in celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 19-25 2021. 

To recognize the accomplishments of adult education and family literacy students, IAACE will be celebrating in the following ways:

First, announcing the 2021 Adult Education Student Essay Contest. The Essay Topic will be How Will Adult Education Help Me Reach the Next Level? Adult Education Students are eligible to enter if enrolled in an Indiana program in the 2021 year. Further details are available at

Second, Legislatures, Adult Educators, and the public are invited to join the Invest in the Midwest Virtual Rally on Friday, September 24. The rally will take place from 11 CST/12EST- 1CST/2EST and Indiana’s highlight will be 12:35CST/1:35EST – 12:55CST/1:55EST. Everyone interested in attending the Invest in the Midwest Virtual Rally should register at

The Invest in the Midwest Rally will celebrate the success of Indiana Adult Education between 12:35CST/1:35EST – 12:55CST/1:55EST.

Third, Celebrating on social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram with adult education facts, statistics, and much more. Follow #AEFLWeek2021.

Over 30 million Americans over the age of 25 – or one out of every ten U.S. citizens – do not have a high school diploma. The Indiana Adult Education Providers across the state are working to change that. Indiana has 111,000 young adults not attending High School, and 454,327 Adults age 18-64 are without a High School Diploma. There are 21,460 enrolled students across the state, 3936 have earned diplomas. (source)  

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job growth for individuals without a high school diploma or college experience is about zero or even negative. By 2024, 48 percent of job openings will be middle-skill, and 32 percent will be high-skill. This means that in less than three years, nearly 80 percent of all job openings will require more than a high school degree. Adults who participate in Indiana programs have the opportunity to explore career pathways and hone their skills so that they can advance their careers through post-secondary education or training.

Learn more about Adult Education services by visiting or calling any provider listed at or contact your local WorkOne Career Center, find that location at

Adult education and family literacy programs serve adults who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, obtain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for post-secondary education or training.

Family literacy programs serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to adults while their children are provided high-quality instruction. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education, and poverty. 

IAACE is the state of Indiana professional association of adult educators for Collaboration, Communication, and Professional Development. For more information about IAACE, please contact

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education is the premier national professional association of adult educators. Over 65,000 members strong, COABE’s mission is to inspire educators so that adults succeed and communities thrive. Website:


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