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Adult Education: A Critical Community Asset

A skilled workforce. Active and engaged citizens. Educated parents and adults. All are vital to our community's strength. Minneapolis Adult Education connects individuals to the skills, supports and opportunities they need to gain stability and self-sufficiency, get on the path to a career and contribute to society as workers, parents and citizens.



Minneapolis Adult Education creates and delivers exceptional program design and instruction for adults needing life, academic and work literacy skills. Adult Education serves over 6,000 adults annually in classes. In addition to several community partners, the adult education program operates out of two school district sites:

In-person and distance learning options are available.

Academic instruction is provided in:

  • General Educational Development (GED) and College Preparation
  • English Language Learning (ELL) and Citizenship
  • Career Pathways including Healthcare, Food Management, Early Childhood and Trades/Manufacturing


The learners who participate in MPS Adult Education programming represent a cross-section of the entire community. The AE population is comprised of 39% African; 35% Hispanic; 15% African American; 5% Asian; 3% White; 2% Two or More Races; 1% American Indian or Alaskan Native. About 41% of learners served are unemployed and/or receiving welfare or other forms of assistance.

2015-16 Outcomes

  • The Minneapolis Adult Education Consortium served 6,446 learners, compared to 6,821 in 2014-15.
  • Students attended 751,987 hours compared to 787,998 the year before.
  • 779 adults took a GED test at a Minneapolis GED Testing Center; over 50 Minneapolis Adult Education participants earned the GED credential
  • 170 community members volunteered through adult education
  • 40% of participants made a National Reporting Standard (NRS) level gain (Due to a change in state testing guidelines, this is not comparable to prior years.)

2016 Minnesota Adult Education Impact Report

Minneapolis Public Schools Adult Education is a Program of Minneapolis Community Education

Minneapolis Community Education exists to facilitate the learning and participation of adults and children so they can improve their lives and their community. MCE provides opportunities for local citizens, schools, agencies and institutions to become active partners in addressing education and community concerns. Community Education brings community members together to identify and link community needs and resources in a manner that helps people to help themselves and to raise the quality of life in their communities.

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