The purpose of this policy is to provide free tuition to displaced and low-wage workers (CAEL, 2012) who reside in the State of Michigan. The policy is designed for the displaced and low-wage workers to attend any local community college, university or training program within the State of Michigan. According to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) figures, nine countries now surpass the United States in the proportion of 25 to 64 year olds who have attained a post-secondary credential (CAEL, 2012). It is a well knows fact that post-secondary education is considered beneficial to adult learners as they compete for employment in a highly competitive market with the younger educated market. As a result, the Council of Adult Experiential Learning has created a guide to address barriers of the adult learners and to improve the access to higher education (CAEL, 2012). Since the inception of the No Worker Left Behind Policy, the program has put 68,785 people into training since its launch (Huff Post Business, 2009) in 2007. The State of Michigan believed this program would be beneficial specifically due to the closing of the General Motors plant when the economy took a hit due to the banks and auto industry’s financial crisis.
To further assist the adult learner, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) has been implanted
to allow adult learners to earn college credits for training and experiences that they have acquired
by working and volunteering throughout their personal life.
No Worker Left Behind has been beneficial in more adult learners obtaining a post-
Secondary degree in assisting Michigan workers in being gainfully employed.
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