Gets students in the workforce faster
Bowling Green, Ky. – A new program to help people earn a GED and a college certificate at the same time will get more adults into the workforce at a faster rate. The program, called GED Plus, is offered through a collaboration of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College and Kentucky Skills U (formerly Kentucky Adult Education).
Research shows that one reason adults are reluctant to attend college is cost, but the GED Plus program alleviates that concern. Students can earn a tuition-free certificate in four months or less as part of the Kentucky Work Ready Scholarship program. The certificate must be in one of the following high-demand fields:
SKYCTC offers training in some of the fastest growing high-wage/high-demand occupations in the area, with associate degree, diploma and certificate programs tailored to the real world. SKYCTC students enjoy student-centered classes and a focus on career preparation. The College offers training that can lead to a new career in as little as a year.
Additionally, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will provide a $400 scholarship to the first 1,000 enrollees to cover expenses that are not included in the Work Ready program.
“The GED+ Program is an exciting new collaboration allowing residents of south central Kentucky to earn both a GED and a short-term college certificate nearly simultaneously in less than four months,” says SKYCTC President Dr. Phillip Neal. “Several different certificates are available in Kentucky’s high-wage, high-demand sectors. The most exciting part is that you can start immediately, and scholarships are available to pay for tuition, fees and supplies, and there are plenty of great jobs with great companies that are ready for you. GED+ is available for people who are unemployed, or for companies who hire employees without a GED but would like for their employees to advance their education and skills attainment. We look forward to helping each person reach their educational and employment goals.”
GED Plus is open to Kentucky adults who have not earned a high school diploma or GED. Those who have been out of school for a while sometimes have anxiety about college. GED Plus eliminates that concern because students receive one-on-one assistance from instructors and success coaches.
For more information, visit GEDPlusky.org.