Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555 ext. 308

(Frankfort, KY) -- Kentucky is one of 23 states to receive a grant from the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor for surpassing adult education and workforce performance levels in FY2004. Kentucky will receive a $716,581 incentive grant as a part of the Workforce Investment Act.

To qualify for this incentive grant, Kentucky had to exceed its agreed-upon performance levels of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, WIA Title I, and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. In Kentucky, these goals are addressed by Kentucky Adult Education, the Office of Employment and Training, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the Office of Career and Technical Training, respectively.

“Adult education plays a critical role in our collective efforts to raise educational attainment to the national average and increase Kentucky’s economic competitiveness,” stated Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

“Due to the work of many agencies, more Kentuckians than ever before are participating in programs that will improve their quality of life and energize Kentucky’s economy,” he said. 

Sarah Hawker, vice president of Kentucky Adult Education, added, “We applaud the efforts of our adult educators and agency partners across the Commonwealth for their high performance that has resulted in a fifth year of federal incentive funding," said. “We will continue our successful work in adult education to ensure that all Kentuckians have the opportunity to improve their literacy skills and become better prepared for postsecondary education or the workforce.”

The number of adults participating in adult education in Kentucky increased from 109,880 in 2003 to 120,051 in 2004, far exceeding the 2004 goal of 100,000. In 2005, participation increased again to 124,801.

Kentucky continues to make strides in increasing the number of adults who earn a GED. In 2003, Kentucky ranked 24th in the U.S. in the percentage of non-high school completers earning a GED. The number of GED graduates has continued to increase since 2003, totaling 9,740 in 2004 and 9,757 in 2005.

Kentucky Adult Education is working with partner agencies to develop a plan for the expenditure of funds to improve future results. Kentucky Adult Education is a part of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. For more information about KYAE, please visit the KYAE Web site at



Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 235,083 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED graduates. 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 their families.


Last Updated 7/10/2006