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Identifying Barriers Faced By Adult Learners In General Educational Development Programs, Matthew Patrick Beasland Jan 2020

Identifying Barriers Faced By Adult Learners In General Educational Development Programs, Matthew Patrick Beasland

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It is estimated that 70% of all newly created jobs in Illinois by 2020 will need education beyond a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) diploma. In Illinois, 12% of adults 25 and older do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Individuals without a high school diploma or GED are twice as likely to be unemployed and if they are employed are more likely to be in a low-wage position. On average an individual without a high school diploma or GED will earn roughly $10,000 less annually. Given the increasing need for a high school …