Release Date: March 5, 2004
Contact: Sue Patrick, CPE
Phone: (502) 573-1555
Contact: Bruce Chaloux, SREB
Phone: (404) 875-9211
(Frankfort, KY) Kentuckians looking for more information on college-going can now log on to the Southern Regional Education Board's new Ways In Mentor website. The website connects adults and electronic learners to college-going information, courses and programs throughout the SREB's 16-state region. The website is located at www.waysinmentor.org.
"We are very pleased that SREB offers this wealth of information, resources and services to Kentuckians," stated Tom Layzell, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. "The website will promote greater access to information, and in the very near future, will also promote Kentucky's independent and public colleges and universities throughout the SREB region," he said.
Kentucky's independent colleges are already linked to the Ways In project through the Kentucky Mentor Web site, developed a few years ago with the XAP corporation, the same company that developed Ways In Mentor.
By this summer, Kentucky's public and independent postsecondary education institutions, Kentucky Adult Education, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Kentucky Department of Education and other Kentucky partners will be linked to Ways In through a Kentucky-sponsored website called Go Higher Kentucky, currently in development.
"We think it is fantastic that Kentuckians will have seamless access to resources and services across the SREB states, and citizens from these states will have access to Kentucky colleges and universities in the near future. These sites will work hand in glove," stated Bruce Chaloux, director of SREB's Electronic Campus.
Mark Musick, the president of SREB, said that Ways In Mentor is a 21st century example of how states can work together and use technology to multiply the benefits for students while dramatically reducing costs. "Ways In Mentor also ties in with SREB's Challenge to Lead Goals for Education, which assert that SREB states can lead the nation in educational progress and provide more college-level education for adults," he said.
The Ways In Mentor website provides a number of specific services for adults seeking further education, including help in finding courses, applying to colleges and obtaining financial aid.
Kentucky's Postsecondary Education System encompasses nine public institutions and numerous independent institutions and represents 229,061 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni, and 275,108 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and for their families.
The Southern Regional Education Board, headquartered in Atlanta, was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government work cooperatively to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. The SREB has 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Each state is represented by its governor and four gubernatorial appointees.