Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Strategy 2: Increase the number of GED graduates and transition more to college

Kentucky GED graduate Maria Rivera and her childrenA full 60 percent of adult Kentuckians have no education beyond high school; 26 percent have less than a high school diploma. As the baby boomers mature, Kentucky is becoming an aging state—there are not enough young people coming up through the pipeline to replace the current workforce by the year 2020. Our demographic reality is that no one is expendable. Kentucky must reach out to the nearly 800,000 adults with low educational skills, help them earn a GED, and then transition them to college.

Statewide tactics
  • Higher academic standards so graduates are better prepared for college and high-quality employment.
  • Enhanced teacher standards and professional development to strengthen the skills and abilities of the teaching force.
  • New incentives for adults to complete the GED and transition to postsecondary education.
2020 statewide targets
  • Raise the annual number of GED graduates from 9,800 to 15,000.
  • Increase the college-going rate of GED graduates from 19 percent to 36 percent.


Last Updated 1/7/2008