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Adult Education & Retraining

The adult education strategy network’s main focus is to determine barriers adults are facing to increase their education and training. The group surveyed and conducted focus groups with adults enrolled in HiSET (formerly GED) and/or ELL classes, living at MCSA, and living at Sunset Park. The group has used these results to identify barriers adults have to increase their education and training to gain financially stable jobs.

The major barriers identified by respondents:
-Being out of school too long
-Needing help paying for expenses
-Staying focused when “life” happens

Organizations focusing on the education and retraining of adults to meet workforce needs:

City of Muscatine Public Housing Department
City of Muscatine-Muscabus
Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
Goodwill of the Heartland-Helms Career Center
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Muscatine County
Muscatine Center for Social Action
Muscatine Community College-Admissions
Muscatine Community College-HiSET
Muscatine County Community Services
Temp Associates
UnityPoint-New Horizons