ACTC Adult Education Program Receives Grant

The Adult Education Program headquartered at Ashland Community and Technical College has received more than $330,000 in grants for 2010-2011 programs and services.

The grants from the Kentucky Council on Public Education include approximately $290,000 for adult education services, $6,700 for adult education at corrections facilities and $5,200 for professional development.

The mission of Kentucky Adult Education is to raise the educational level of nearly 786,000 Kentucky adults who do not have a high school credential or GED diploma, to help learners transition into college and to help individuals improve their educational level in order to increase their opportunities for employment or career advancement.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Census 2007, the earnings difference between a high school/GED graduate and a high school dropout is $8,721. This higher earning potential can mean a considerable improvement in the quality of life for Kentucky families and can make a significant contribution to the states economy.

In the past year, 398 area residents enrolled at ACTCs Adult Learning Center. Of those, 73 earned a GED, 74 enrolled at ACTC or other post-secondary institution, five earned the KY Employability Certificate, and three earned their US citizenship.

We would like to serve even more people this year, said Joan Flanery, Director of Adult Education. In this tight economy, it is more important than ever that people acquire the skills needed to compete for good jobs.

The Adult Learning Center offers classes for individuals who want to prepare for a GED, college level work or employment. The Center also offers classes in English as a Second Language.

For more information, contact Flanery at 606-326-2437 or email: joan.flanery@kctcs.edu.