According to the U.S. Census Bureau over 37 million adults lack a high school education. This is 12 percent of the entire U.S. population, and helps support recent studies of adult skills, which that the U.S. trails many other countries in “foundational skills” needed to promote thriving individuals and economies. Employers say basic job readiness skills, for example customer service orientation or communication ability, are essential to get jobs, while technical skills related to a specific industry are what allows individuals to keep jobs. This proves just how critical skills are in finding and retaining employment. Findings like this make the realization of a skills shortage in the United States all the more concerning for those most affected.