To increase access to adult education to provide for economic growth.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Adult Education and Economic Growth Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) In order to remain competitive in today's global economy, the United States must reverse the trend of underinvestment in adult education and workforce development and empower its workforce through adequate resources and effective and innovative educational and workforce programs. Since 1979, investments in adult education and workforce development programs have declined in real terms by more than 70 percent. (2) Current Federal adult basic education programs serve less than 3,000,000 individuals a year. Some States have experienced difficulties integrating adult education public job training and career and technical education programs that could help these individuals meet specific industry demand while advancing along a career path. (3) In 2007, more than 25,000,000 adults ages 18 through 64 had no high school credential. Every year, 1 in 3 young adults--more than 1,200,000 people--drop out of high school. (4) Employers need highly skilled workers to be able to compete globally. Between 2004 and 2014, 24 of the 30 fastest- growing occupations are projected to demand workers with some form of postsecondary education or training. Yet nearly half of the United States workforce has a high school diploma or less. (5) Technology and globalization, coupled with...