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Adults with low basic skills include individuals ages 18 and older who did not earn a high school credential or are otherwise lacking in basic competencies required to enter college-level education and training programs. Low-skill adults also include immigrants who have not yet mastered the English language. Adults with low basic skills often have trouble securing gainful employment and may need to access adult basic education, high school equivalency programs, or other career and technical programs that provide accelerated learning opportunities. Some low-skill adults may have little or no work experience and can benefit from career readiness training.