ACTC Adult Education Receives Grant

The Boyd County 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 Kentucky Adult Education through the Council on Post Secondary Education include approximately $290,000 for adult education services, $6,700 for adult education at corrections facilities and $5,200 for professional development.

The Adult Education Program provides services at the Adult Learning Center at the Roberts Drive Campus. Classes, labs and online study in reading, writing, math, social studies and study tips help adults improve their basic skills.

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 provide instruction in English as a Second Language, assess academic skills for college preparation and help students transition into post secondary education, 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. Additionally, adding some college hours can add several thousand dollars more to a yearly income. 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 institutions, five earned the KY Employability Certificate, and three earned their US citizenship.

A new six-week series of classes will begin August 23. The classes will be taught on a Monday and Wednesday and Tuesday and Thursday basis. New students are required to attend an orientation and assessment session before beginning their classes.

Orientation helps adults get back into the going to school process and have a clearer understanding of what the program offers, said Joan Flanery, Adult Education Director. We provide not only instruction but support for adults who consider the Center as a second chance to learn skills for a better life.