Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education, Kentucky Adult Education

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Janet Hoover, Kentucky Adult Education
502-573-5114 ext. 109
(For adult education information)

Hallie Bandy, Fahlgren
(859) 553-4122
(For McDonald’s of Central/Southeastern Kentucky information)

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, 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 to encourage GED attainment in an innovative in-store promotion funded by the restaurant owners.

During September, customers at 62 restaurants represented by the Bluegrass Purchasing Association, a 32-county cooperative of McDonald’s restaurants, will see trayliners and bagstuffers 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.

Gist Heinrich, president of the Central/Southeastern Kentucky McDonald’s co-op, says this partnership reflects McDonald’s commitment to support the local communities they serve.  “As business owners, we understand the importance of education,” he said.  “The GED program will strengthen communities throughout Kentucky.”

Sarah Hindman Hawker, vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, said the GED campaign, piloted last year by Joe Graviss who owns McDonald’s restaurants in three central Kentucky counties, was readily adopted by the entire cooperative following the successful pilot.

“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 change the lives of individuals who are motivated to earn a GED, which is the gateway to continuing education, better jobs and higher earnings.”

 Tom Layzell, president of the Council, commended McDonald’s participation and noted, “This is a great example of how the business community can step forward and make a significant difference to improve the quality of life in their communities.”

 “The effort also will help make Kentucky more attractive to businesses that want to expand or locate in the Commonwealth,” Hawker said.  “These McDonald’s owner/operators are to be commended for supporting this critically important effort.”

Adult education centers in every Kentucky county provide free GED classes, workforce education, family literacy and 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






Last Updated 9/6/2006