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Improving Adult Education—Together

Businesses and adult education have common interests: literate, job-ready adults and communities where residents are economically self-sufficient. Working Together is a guide for businesses interested in partnering with adult education programs to further these common interests. To learn about a variety of business-adult education collaborations, see descriptions of the partnerships organized by Expanding the Employee Pipeline, Corporate Philanthropy in the Community, and Making Connections Through Intermediaries.


Welcome to Community Partnerships for Adult Learning, a site dedicated to encouraging the creation of partnerships to improve the quality of adult education in the United States.

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This report was produced under U.S. Department of Education Contract No. ED-04-CO-0121, Task Order 0004, with MPR Associates. Sheryl Adler, Trudy R. Turner, and Cindy Towsner served as the contracting officer's representatives. The content of this report does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, curricula and curricular materials and approaches, or organizations imply endorsements by the U.S. government. This publication also contains Internet Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) for information created and maintained by private organizations. This information is provided for the reader's convenience. The U.S. Department of Education is not responsible for controlling or guaranteeing the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of the outside information mentioned in this report. Further, the inclusion of information or a URL does not reflect the importance of the organization, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.