Kentucky Adult Education program earns USDOE honor
Release Date: May 21, 2004
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: (502) 573-1555
(Frankfort, Ky) A program funded by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, has been recognized as one of the country's top 12 promising community partnerships that support adult education. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, chose the Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education program for this honor.
Cheryl King, the Council's vice president for adult education, explained, "We encourage our local programs to develop partnerships in their local communities and we are delighted that Jefferson County has been chosen for this national distinction."
King praised the Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education program for involving more than 40 community organizations, businesses and educational institutions in support of adult education.
The Jefferson County program was selected for its free GED testing campaign, the in-school GED program, Project ACHIEVE (short-term office technology training) and Transition to Postsecondary and the Workforce Education Initiative, she said.
A partnership profile of Jefferson County's program and the other 11 award recipients are featured on the Community Partnership for Adult Learning website. The profiles document a variety of interesting approaches to fostering community partnerships in support of adult education.
Kentucky's Postsecondary Education System encompasses nine public institutions and numerous independent institutions and represents 229,061 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni, and 275,108 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and for their families.