Barriers to learning prevent many adults from seeking the training or earning the degrees they want. These barriers can be financial, informational, or technological. Breaking them down requires constant learning, exploration, and development. 

The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) conducts research and creates innovative solutions to achieve the following goals:

Increase Self-Sufficiency and Promote Strong Communities


Through our activities, DETC:

·         Creates better systems for connecting training to jobs

·         Offers an innovative model to help people save for ongoing education and training: Lifelong Learning Accounts

Empower All to Achieve Their Potential


To empower adults to achieve their potential, DETC:

·         Conducts research to bring attention to the importance of adult learning

·         Convenes leaders in business, the public sector, higher education, and philanthropy to present one policy voice for adult learners Devises innovative mentoring and advising programs to re-engage adults in education


Provide Access to Postsecondary Education 

To make education systems truly inclusive, DETC:

·         Conducts research and creates more efficient models to help adults attain degrees and credentials

·         Partners with postsecondary leaders and institutions to provide better service to adults in college