Release Date: November 21, 2003
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: (502) 573-1555
(Frankfort, Ky) Nearly 4,000 at-risk youth ages 16-24 can now go online for academic coursework, GED preparation, and career training 24 hours a day through a partnership between Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Job Corps of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Under the agreement, Kentucky Adult Education will supply eligible Kentucky Job Corps students with free, online access to curriculum and student support services offered through the Kentucky Virtual Adult Education Web site. Kentucky Adult Education is a part of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
"The most important part of this partnership is that Kentucky Job Corps, U.S. Department of Labor, and Kentucky Adult Education are working together to better serve young people in Kentucky by providing quality, online curriculum and student support services," stated Dr. Cheryl King, vice president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
Lynn Intrepidi, regional director of the Philadelphia Area Office of Job Corps which oversees the seven residential job training and education programs in Kentucky, explained, "Through this Memorandum of Understanding, over 4,000 young people attending the seven Kentucky Job Corps centers will have the opportunity to utilize the wonderful, engaging materials available on the KYVAE website to improve their academic skills, become certified on the attainment of Employability Skills, and achieve their General Education Development (GED) diploma.
"Now, instead of being able to work on their education for a few hours each day in a classroom, these young people can access the materials day or night, weekends and holidays, at their own pace and with a program tailored to their needs. What a fabulous enhancement for their education!" Intrepidi added.
Gov. Paul E. Patton said, "I am certainly pleased that Kentucky's innovations in learning and technology are of such a high quality that the U.S. Department of Labor would choose to use our resources in the education of eligible Job Corps students in Kentucky.
"This partnership is a great example of how governments can work together to improve services to our citizens," he added.
Intrepidi praised Kentucky's efforts. "Since I first became involved with the State of Kentucky in 1998, I have been continually impressed by the remarkable willingness of this state's officials, whether it be local school boards, workforce boards, or state cabinet level departments, to eliminate bureaucratic barriers in order to help young people succeed. In every instance where we have sought assistance or partnership, we have been met with unprecedented cooperation. The state of Kentucky truly embodies the spirit of the Workforce Investment Act.
The seven Kentucky Job Corps centers include: Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center, Prestonsburg; Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy, Morganfield; Frenchburg Job Corps Academy, Mariba; Great Onyx Job Corps Center, Mammoth Cave; Muhlenberg Career Development Center, Greenville; Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, Pine Knot; and Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center, Simpsonville.
The Kentucky Virtual Adult Education website is a joint initiative between Kentucky Adult Education, Kentucky Virtual University and the Kentucky Virtual Library. For more information, call toll-free at 1-877-740-4357.
Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential, education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Since its inauguration in 1964, under the Economic Opportunity Act, Job Corps has provided more than 2 million disadvantaged young people with the integrated academic, vocational, and social skills training they need to gain independence and get quality, long-term jobs or further their education.