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Education and Training

A lack of career readiness, disabilities, low-literacy, and other soft-skill deficiencies can be major barriers for individuals in becoming self-sufficient. Education and training programs that focus on developing marketable skills, including those that focus on industries and sectors with available jobs, represent an opportunity for individuals and families to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. Research resources on a number of education and training programs and approaches are available on the SSRC, including resources on Adult Basic Education, apprenticeships, community colleges and post-secondary education programs, drop-out prevention and GED programs, low-literacy and ESL programs, as well as TANF-focused training programs.

View recommendations from the SSRC Librarian on Education and Training and relevant Federal laws and regulations below. 


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Research on the relationship between education and training and pathways to self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and families frequently discusses adult basic education, career pathways, and vocational education. Click the phrases below to view selected research and resources relevant to each topic and self-sufficiency.

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Federal legislation and regulatory guidance provides the operational context for education and training programs for low-income individuals. Click the first link below to view legislative resources specific to education and training programs for low-income individuals. Click the second link to browse additional self-sufficiency legislation and policy in the SSRC library.