Tutoring - the Business Case/Why?

1. Return on Investment for Adult Basic Education

The current sharp focus on deficit reduction in Washington, DC, and in state capitals around the country obscures the very real economic benefits U.S. society derives from its public investment in adult education and workforce development programs.

It is important to keep in mind – especially during tough economic times – that a preemptive focus on adult education actually saves governments money by reducing societal healthcare, public assistance, and incarceration costs. Adult education also improves and expands the nation’s available pool of human capital by helping motivated but under educated people achieve gainful employment in today’s increasingly high-tech and global job market, and at a far lower cost per learner when compared to either K-12 or higher education.

As a result, adult education and career training is potentially one of the most cost-effective tools the nation has to recover its economic health in the aftermath of the "Great Recession."


2.  Why literacy is important? In the U.S. today, there are 30 million adults who can't read better than the average 5th grader.1 And without basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, these Americans are struggling to find jobs, stay healthy, and support their families.  The following link illustrates basic facts about literacy in USA.


3. Montana Adult Basic and Literacy Education Return on Investment Fact Sheet

Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) currently receives $525,000 from the state of Montana. Those funds are the required match to pull down $1,077,106 in funds from the Federal government. With this small investment of state funds ($91 per student) 5773 students at 20 programs statewide were served during FY10. The numbers below represent the goals some of our students attained during that time.