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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

Kentucky Skills U, formerly Kentucky Adult Education, provides free adult education services in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The vision of Kentucky Skills U is that Kentuckians will experience a higher standard of living and quality of life through increased educational attainment. Kentucky Skills U is committed to providing academic and essential skills instruction to help ensure that Kentucky adults get the education they need for long-term jobs in high-demand fields that provide sustainable wages.

Why Adult Education is Important in Kentucky

By 2020, 62 percent of all jobs in Kentucky will require some level of postsecondary education or training. To support Kentucky’s economic growth and ensure Kentuckians are gaining long-term employment in high-demand fields that provide sustainable wages, more adults must earn postsecondary credentials, from short-term certifications to associate degrees – and beyond. Kentucky Skills U (KY Skills U) is the starting point for a significant number of 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 the credentials they need (including the GED® diploma) to gain long-term employment in high-demand fields that provide sustainable wages. Of additional concern is the fact that low-skilled adults are two times more likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to live 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 providers help individuals enact transformational, generational changes that not only affect the individuals themselves, but their families, their communities and the Commonwealth.

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.

KY Skills U Profile

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Kentucky Skills U Videos

WATCH NOW: Secretary Ramsey and Reecie Stagnolia discuss the importance of adult education.

WATCH NOW: Secretary Ramsey and Reecie Stagnolia discuss our recent partnership with the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet. This partnership will connect those who are on probation/parole to Ky Skills U programs.

WATCH NOW: Secretary Ramsey and Reecie Stagnolia discuss Ky Skills U’s College & Career Navigators. Did you know there are over 335,000 adults in Kentucky without a high school equivalency?

WATCH NOW: Secretary Ramsey and Reecie Stagnolia discuss GED Plus. You can now earn your GED plus a College Certificate at the same time.