Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 18, 2011  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

Twenty-four Kentucky adult education programs have earned a total of $381,473 in performance funding for demonstrating excellent performance in the 2010 fiscal year.

To qualify for these funds, local adult education programs must meet or exceed enrollment and academic performance goals set by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

“Our county adult education programs are transforming the lives of Kentuckians one student and one family at a time,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King. “We are delighted with this performance.”

The county adult education programs and their performance funding awards are listed below.

  • Anderson--$11,099
  • Boone--$51,236
  • Bracken--$5,112
  • Breathitt--$16,669
  • Carroll--$11,626
  • Casey--$14,269
  • Cumberland--$6,447
  • Edmonson--$9,389
  • Hancock--$5,398
  • Hopkins--$34,748
  • Johnson--$19,219
  • Lawrence--$14,001
  • Lee--$8,470
  • Magoffin--$10,521
  • Mason--$15,274
  • McCracken--$49,999
  • McCreary--$19,793
  • Meade--$11,634
  • Muhlenberg--$21,805
  • Nicholas--$3,778
  • Robertson--$2,897
  • Russell--$17,255
  • Taylor--$14,420 and
  • Trigg--$6,425

Reecie D. Stagnolia, Kentucky Adult Education vice president, added, “For Kentucky to move forward as a state, we must continue to raise the educational attainment levels of our adults, which these 24 counties are helping to achieve. For every person who becomes better educated, Kentucky has one more person better prepared to pursue postsecondary education, earn a living and to be an educational role model for their children.”

The issue of undereducated and underprepared adults is one of Kentucky’s most significant public policy challenges; however, Kentucky has made progress in this area. For example:

  • In the past 10 years, nearly 106,000 Kentuckians earned a GED, ranking Kentucky 13th highest nationally in the percentage of non-high school completers earning a GED.
  • GED attainment has a significant impact on the economy, as well as on the lives of these individuals. In 2010 alone, the 9,357 students who earned GEDs potentially will increase their earnings by more than $2.4 billion over a 30-year career given the average salary gap between high school dropouts and those citizens with a high school certification.
  • While GED attainment is extremely valuable, it is simply no longer enough to prepare Kentuckians for the workforce. All citizens need at least some postsecondary education to be successful in the workforce. Over the past eight years, nearly 18,000 GED graduates have transitioned to postsecondary education.

More information about adult education services in Kentucky is available at


Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry. The overall quality of life for Kentuckians will also improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.


Last Updated 2/18/2011