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Blog // Connect Michigan

September is Education Month at Connected Nation!

By Dev Joshi

By 2018, nearly two out of three jobs will require at least some college education. Online classes are helping address this need by empowering millions of adults to further their educations.

Connected Nation’s 2011 Residential Technology Assessments found that more than two out of five adult Internet users (44%) go online to take classes or conduct research for school (known as “e-learning”). If this number is extrapolated to the entire country, this translates to more than 84 million adults that access the Internet for e-learning. In addition, e-learners tend to be younger, have higher annual household incomes, and are more likely to be minority residents.

Adults and children alike are benefitting from broadband in the classroom, as 55% of households with children report that their children use the Internet for school. Yet more than one in four households with children do not even have broadband service at home, leaving an estimated 17 million U.S. children without the ability to access broadband to conduct schoolwork from home.

This month, Connected Nation is putting the spotlight on education and the ways that broadband is providing educational opportunities for millions of Americans. Follow us as we highlight the interaction between technology and education by visiting our new website, http://www.connectednation.org/education, liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter!

 

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