Over 60% of Kentucky jobs will require some level of education or training beyond high school. SKYCTC Adult Education Skills U is the starting point for hundreds of Kentucky adults who need to build their academic and employment skills for today's workforce. Our programs help you kick-start lasting change for yourself, your family, your community, and out commonwealth-at-large.
How Adult Education Skills U works in communities
Our local KYAE 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 (GED preparation)
- High school graduates with academic or employment skill-building needs (College preparation)
- English language learners (ESL)
- Individuals participating in integrated education and training
- Individuals in corrections facilities
Through SKYCTC Adult Education Skills U programs, you can prepare for the GED diploma, postsecondary education and training, National Career Readiness and Kentucky Essential Skills Certificates (NCRC, KESC), and employment and become more fluent in the English Language.
KCTCS and KY Skills U (formerly adult education) have partnered to bring you an innovative GED program where you can co-enroll in both Skills U and short-term KCTCS classes and earn your GED plus a college certificate tuition-free.
GED preparation classes are offered at the SKY Adult Education centers for students 18 years of age and older who do not have a high school diploma. We offer classes in all content areas including: Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. Our GED instructors design coursework to meet the specific needs of individual adult learners. In addition to teaching GED content, teachers introduce the special formats that appear on the GED exam and help students discover strategies for success including general test-taking skills, good study habits, problem-solving strategies, and understanding and completing answer sheets. Students interested in taking GED preparation courses must first complete a registration and an orientation. The TABE test is administered during orientation and will inform teachers about the learner's specific needs. Once students have completed necessary classes, they must take a GED Official Practice Test (OPT). After passing this practice test, students will register for and take the Official GED exam. The cost of the exam is $120.00, but there may be waivers available. Students must be prepared to pay for the exam on the day of the test.
For more information, contact one of our SKY Adult Education Centers.
SKY Adult Education offers instruction for adults interested in improving their math and language skills for work. We offer instruction and testing for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), an industry-recognized, portable, evidence-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. The certificate communicates a job-seeker's work-related skills in the areas of applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. This certificate assists employers by serving as a valuable tool in making employment and training decisions for prospective employees.
Adults interested in improving their math and language skills for work or leaning more about NCRC should contact our SKY Adult Education Centers.
Essential Skills/Soft Skills Certificate
We offer students the opportunity to earn a certificate that demonstrates they have the types of skills employers are seeking. A Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate (KESC) certifies that an individual successfully completed coursework in:
Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration
Thinking Critically & Solving Problems
Individuals can earn an NCRC and KESC for free as part of an academic program of study and in pursuit of other credentials such as the GED diploma.
For more information about the NCRC and Essential Skills certificates, please contact our SKY Adult Education Centers.
Thinking about going to college but not sure you're ready or what you want to take? Let SKY Adult Education help you to prepare for college. We can help you to improve your basic skills, prepare for college entrance exams, and provide you with enrollment and financial aid information. Students seeking admission to a college or university are often required to take an entrance examination in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. SKY Adult Education offers courses in each of these areas which are designed to help adult students gain the necessary knowledge and skills required for success on college admission exams like Compass. These courses are designed to identify and target individual student skill gaps to maximize student learning and minimize exam preparation time.
Students may be referred to our program by a college for remediation after completing an entrance exam, but students may also enroll without this referral.
SKY Adult Education offers different levels of English as a Second Language (ESL)
classes, from the basics of the alphabet and numbers to the advanced levels for students
preparing to obtain a job, get a better job, earn a GED. At each level, students develop
their English skills through reading, writing, listening and speaking activities.
Students learn how to use English in real life situations in American culture. Students
may register and start classes at any time. Our English as a Second Language (ESL)
program is for students 18 and older whose first language is not English.
ESL students will learn to:
Speak and understand English
Read and Write English
Talk to the doctor
Talk to children s teachers
Apply for a job
Understand American customs
What will help me succeed?
Dedicate time and commit to your goal
Attend the same class regularly
Practice, practice, practice by doing homework, listening, speaking, writing and reading English
If you are interested in learning more about how to register for our ESL classes, contact one of our SKY Adult Education Centers.
The Citizenship Class helps students prepare to become naturalized citizens of the United States. The classes will help students with the application procedure and teach students about American government, American history, the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services interview procedure.
Mission and Purpose
SKY Adult Education prepares adults in Barren, Metcalfe, Simpson, and Warren counties to meet the needs of the future. The caring and qualified staff provide a diverse group of students a positive learning environment to achieve their desired educational goals which may include obtaining a GED , enrolling in higher education, improving workplace skills, and increasing language and basic skills proficiency. Partnerships with colleges, workforce and employment centers, school districts, employers, and community volunteers empower students and families with educational opportunities they need. Through the financial support of tax dollars, Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College, foundations, and donors, SKY Adult Education ensures economic justice by helping to end and prevent cycles of poverty, building the middle class and sustainable families, contributing to an improved local economy, and keeping the American Dream alive for thousands of residents.
If you are interested in earning your GED or taking classes, please call the local county office: