More Kentucky Adult Education programs earn performance funding

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Frankfort - The Council on Postsecondary Education Monday announced that 29 county Kentucky Adult Education programs have earned a total of $343,501 for demonstrating excellent performance in the 2011 fiscal year. This year’s total represents an increase of five programs that demonstrated excellent performance from one year ago.

To qualify for these funds, county adult education programs must meet or exceed enrollment and academic performance goals set by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

County adult education programs earning funding awards for excellent performance include:
Allen --$12,313
Boone --$36,664
Bourbon --$11,891
Bracken --$5,071
Butler --$9,558
Carroll --$9,902
Christian --$35,533
Cumberland --$2,530
Edmonson --$4,248
Franklin --$24,185
Green --$3,375
Hancock --$5,944
Hart --$7,185
Hopkins --$13,363
Jackson --$9,921
Johnson --$10,222
Lawrence --$6,068
Lee --$3,145
Lewis --$11,170
Mason --$10,858
McCracken --$36,568
McCreary --$9,319
Nicholas --$4,448
Powell --$11,046
Robertson --$3,214
Rowan --$13,686
Russell --$13,877
Taylor --$15,209
Trigg    --$2,629

“For Kentucky to be successful, the nearly 420,000 working-age Kentuckians without a high school credential must have the opportunity to prepare themselves for postsecondary education and careers,” Reecie D. Stagnolia, vice president, Kentucky Adult Education, said in a press release. “We are very appreciative of the adult education programs across the state that work hard every day to provide this opportunity.”

The issue of undereducated and underprepared adults is one of Kentucky’s most significant public policy challenges; however, Kentucky has made significant progress in this area. For example, a total of 10,294 Kentuckians earned a GED in fiscal year 2011, up 10 percent over the previous year. Kentucky’s 2010 GED pass rate was 81 percent, which exceeds the national GED pass rate of 74 percent.

The most recent data show that 26 percent of Kentucky GED graduates from 2009 transitioned to postsecondary education within two years, up from 23 percent one year earlier. Of those who transitioned 89 percent enrolled in KCTCS, 8 percent enrolled in a public four-year institution,
3 percent enrolled in an independent institution.