Release Date: May 3, 2005
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: (502) 573-1555, ext. 308
NOTE TO EDITORS: Photographs of local adult education staff by county are available at the Kentucky Adult Education website.
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- Nearly 300 adult educators, superintendents, college presidents, federal and state education officials and Kentucky Adult Education staff joined together for a festive Recognition Luncheon in Louisville to celebrate the system’s shared accomplishments over the past four years.
Special guests included Susan Scalfani, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education; Ron Greenberg, chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education; Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education; and Sue Hodges Moore, executive vice-president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
Since 2000, enrollment in adult education programs has grown by 135 percent, increasing from 51,177 to 120,051 in 2004. Workplace education enrollment has climbed from 8,724 to 51,388 in the last four years and family literacy enrollment has grown from 1,357 to 4,397 since 2001.
Adult education providers representing 101 counties attended the event and were recognized for their role.
"When (adult education) enrollment goals were set in 2000, many people said enrolling 100,000 adult education students seemed nearly impossible, much less going beyond the 100,000 mark," said Layzell, as he addressed adult educators in the audience. "Yet in 2004, you touched the lives of more than 120,000 Kentucky adults. Because of your dedication, your hard work and your determination, you achieved what many said was impossible.
"We often talk about accomplishments by quoting numbers, but the real story is not in the statistics but in the lives of the people you have reached, one by one, a day at a time," added Layzell.
Cheryl King, vice-president for Kentucky Adult Education, Council on Postsecondary Education, remarked, "Kentucky Adult Education has made remarkable progress over the past several years. We have worked together with local, state and federal partners to prepare more Kentuckians for work, for further education and for life. As a result of our shared accomplishments, the entire Commonwealth is a better place to live."
Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses nine public institutions, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 231,612 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 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 their families.