Accelerating Opportunity

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Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY) is an educational and workforce initiative that combines basic skills education (math, reading and writing) with technical training in order to prepare students for high-demand jobs or to continue on with their educational studies. AOKY a partnership between Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College and SKY Adult Education is based on the belief that postsecondary credentials are the gateway to family-supporting wages. What makes AOKY unique is that students are supported by SKYCTC instructors as well as SKY Adult Ed instructors.

The goals of AOKY are to:
Identify and remove barriers that prevent adults from entering and completing their education.
Allow adults to earn stackable credentials that bear academic credit.
Work with area businesses to ensure adults are acquiring the skills needed for the workforce.
Build sustainable programs so adults receive the education needed to land jobs with family-sustaining wages.
Provide personalized attention and support to students as well as offer wrap-around services for academic/non-academic issues

Currently, AOKY offers classes in the following academic areas:
1. Welding
2. Automation

Where (are AOKY classes be held)?
All AOKY classes are held at the Bowling Green main campus of SKYCTC or the SKYCTC Transpark Center.

Who (is a good candidate for AOKY)?

AOKY is for adults who want to:

  • Earn their GED
  • Further their academic career by going to college to receive short-term credentialing.
  • Receive extra help in math, reading and writing.
  • Enter or re-enter the workforce.

How (can someone get started with AOKY)?
In order to be an AOKY student there are three main requirements:
An adult who is pursuing or needs to pursue a GED.
And adult has to take the TABE Test (Test for Adult Basic Education) and the Wonderlic exam.

Why (be a part of AOKY)?
AOKY offers students:
Personalized attention and support from SKYCTC and SKY Adult Ed instructors.
Assistance with resume development, job searching, and how to utilize academic/non-academic wrap-around services.
A pathway to a better-paying, high-demand job...and a brighter future!
In many cases, college classes at little to no cost through Financial Aid or a variety of other funding streams.

Want more information on Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky?
Contact Name: Kelcie Richart
Contact Phone Number: (270) 901-1035
Contact Email:
On the Web:

Funders and Partners

State Partners:

Kentucky Adult Education
Kentucky Career Center
Kentucky Community and Technical College

National Funders:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The Open Society Foundations

National Partners:
Jobs for the Future
National Council for Workforce Education
The National College Transition Network
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges