Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 15, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1555
Cell: 502-330-6596

Hallie Bandy, fahlgren
Phone: (859) 553-4122

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS:  The GED promotion described in this news release is underway in Adair, Anderson, Bath, Bourbon, Boyle, Breathitt, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Knox, Laurel, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Metcalfe, Montgomery, Pendleton, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Scott, Wayne, Whitley and Woodford counties.  To see examples of the GED promotional materials, visit the KYAE Web site .

     McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky has partnered with Kentucky Adult Education for the third year in a row to encourage GED attainment in an innovative in-store promotion funded by the restaurant owners.
     During September, customers at 66 restaurants (represented by the Bluegrass Purchasing Association, a 34-county cooperative of McDonald’s restaurants) will see tray liners with a “GED – Prove Yourself” theme featuring Kentucky GED graduates.  The campaign is an extension of ongoing efforts by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, to raise the educational attainment of adults in the Commonwealth.
     Sarah Hindman Hawker, vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, said the GED campaign, originally piloted by McDonald’s Owner/Operator Joe Graviss, will raise the awareness of the importance of education.
      “It’s critical to Kentucky’s economic and workforce development efforts that we continue to raise educational attainment for all Kentucky adults,” Hawker said.  “This campaign has the potential to literally change the lives of individuals who are motivated to earn a GED, which can lead them to postsecondary education, better jobs and higher earnings.  McDonald’s owners and operators are to be commended for supporting this awareness campaign.”
     This ongoing partnership reflects McDonald’s commitment to support the local communities they serve, according to Gist Heinrich, president of the McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky cooperative.  “We see firsthand the importance of education in our businesses, and know that KYAE’s efforts will have a far-reaching impact on communities throughout our Commonwealth.”
     Adult education centers provide free GED classes, workplace education, family literacy, English as a second language and literacy services. To find the center in your county, call Kentucky Adult Education at 1-800-928-7323 or visit

     Kentucky is in the middle of the most dramatic economic and social transformation in its history. Double the Numbers: Kentucky’s Plan to Increase College Graduates explains that increasing bachelor’s degrees is the quickest, most direct way for Kentucky to increase its economic prosperity. College graduates earn more, are healthier, create a more robust economy, and enjoy a higher quality of life. The Double the Numbers plan outlines five statewide strategies for Kentucky to achieve this ambitious, but achievable goal. While this effort will not be easy, the benefits of Doubling the Numbers will be felt by all Kentuckians.

     McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day.  The central and southeastern Kentucky cooperative has 66 restaurants in 33 counties, all of which are locally owned and operated. For more information on McDonald's visit



Last Updated 9/15/2008