Kentucky Skills U
Preparation for Credentials, College and Career
“Adult illiteracy is a fundamental barrier to every major challenge facing Kentucky, including early childhood education, education reform, economic development, and improving the health and well-being of Kentucky’s families and communities.” - The Adult Education Act of 2000
The Adult Education Act of 2000 illuminated that adult illiteracy is a barrier to every major challenge facing Kentucky. The ripple effect of the education level of the Commonwealth’s adult population extends beyond the individual to families, communities and our state-at-large. Kentucky Skills U serves adults with the most basic literacy needs to those preparing for credentials (including the GED® diploma), college and career. Kentucky Skills U provides its free services in all 120 Kentucky counties.
Why adult education is important in Kentucky
By 2020, 62% of all jobs in Kentucky will require some level of postsecondary education or training. To support Kentucky’s economic growth and ensure Kentuckians are earning family-sustaining wages, more adults must acquire college- and career-readiness skills. Kentucky Skills U is the starting point for a significant number of Kentucky adults who need to build their academic and employment skills for today’s workforce, including those who must earn a GED® diploma before they move forward to training programs and postsecondary education.
How Kentucky Skills U works in communities
Local Kentucky Skills U programs provide free academic instruction aligned to college- and career-readiness standards, as well as offer preparation and coaching for next steps (i.e., college and career) for:
- Individuals without a high school diploma;
- High school graduates with academic or employment skill-building needs;
- English language learners;
- Individuals participating in integrated education and training; and
- Individuals in corrections facilities
Through Kentucky Skills U programs, Kentucky adults are able to prepare for the GED® diploma; postsecondary education and training; National Career Readiness and Kentucky Essential Skills Certificates (NCRC, KESC); and employment.
How Kentucky Skills U benefits Kentuckians
Kentucky Skills U is committed to ensuring that Kentucky adults have the opportunity to earn a GED® credential – and beyond. A high school or GED® graduate earns an average of $9,620 more per year than a non-graduate, and the earnings increase as educational attainment levels increase. Of additional concern is the fact that low-skilled adults are two times more likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to be in poverty, four times as likely to be in poor health and eight times as likely to be incarcerated. Through their services, Kentucky Skills U programs help individuals enact transformational, generational changes that not only affect the individuals themselves, but their families, their communities and the commonwealth-at-large.
How Kentucky Adult Education helps us toward 2030 goals
Raising Kentucky’s educational attainment is the big goal of the state’s strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education. Kentucky Skills U’s programs, from GED® to college preparation, assist Kentuckians with the lowest levels of education succeed in college and career.
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