Bowling Green, Ky. The Adult Education Program of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) hosted a bi-annual event they call College Day for all of their students on Tuesday, November 1st.

Students earning their GED or learning English had the opportunity to explore taking the next step in the educational journey, earning a college degree. A tour of the campus and program areas, as well as information about the programs and stories from current students, were all part of the event.

Each year about thirty percent of our students transition to higher education, says Brian Becker, Director of Adult Education at SKYCTC. Many of our students have been out of high school for several years or did not go to high school in the U.S. to get exposed to college programs. We want to set aside time each semester to give them an opportunity to experience a college tour and hear about the application process.

A high school education is very important, but it is predicted that by the year 2020, 56% of all jobs in KY will require some amount of college in addition to a high school degree, says Becker. All of us at Adult Education are here to help our students expand their opportunities and go to college, and we want them to know that they are never too old to pursue college! We all believe in the power of education, Becker said.

Seventy students from eighteen different countries were in attendance to hear comments from SKYCTC President Dr. Phillip Neal, inviting them to be a part of the SKYCTC family and earn their degree. Admissions Advisor Addi Hernandez spoke to the students about the advantages of the College and what it has to offer in building a successful career and a better way of life for their families.