Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 01, 2011  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

**NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: A list of participating counties is at the end of this news release.

McDonald’s® restaurants of Central and Southeastern Kentucky have partnered with Kentucky Adult Education in 34 counties for the sixth year in a row to encourage GED attainment with an in-store promotion funded by the restaurant owner operators. Following the leadership of these McDonald’s owner operators, McDonald’s restaurants in another 36 counties, including restaurants in the Louisville area, have joined the campaign this year.

From now through September, customers at restaurants represented by McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, the Paducah Co-Op, McDonald’s of East Kentucky and the Louisville Co-Op will see trayliners featuring a message encouraging the attainment of a GED diploma. The campaign is an extension of ongoing efforts to raise the educational attainment of adults by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

Reecie D. Stagnolia, vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, said private sector partners are key to emphasizing the value of education.

“As adult educators work to help prepare more Kentuckians for college and careers, public awareness is very important. Our partnership with McDonald’s provides us with an opportunity to reach thousands of Kentuckians with a vital message about the importance of education,” he said. “We commend McDonald’s owner operators for supporting adult education in their communities.”

This ongoing partnership reflects McDonald’s commitment to support the local communities they serve, according to Randy Mason, local owner operator and president of the McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky Co-Op.

“We see firsthand the importance of education in our businesses and appreciate the opportunity to work with KYAE programs to take positive steps related to this issue. These efforts will have a far-reaching impact on communities throughout our Commonwealth and we are proud to take part,” he said.

The McDonald’s GED promotion was launched in 2005 with a partnership between KYAE and Joe Graviss of Frankfort, a McDonald’s local owner operator. With Graviss’ leadership, the campaign expanded to his entire co-op and now into three others.

“Getting a high school credential does so much for the individual and their families in terms of self-esteem and not to mention net worth over their lifetime,” Graviss said. “We at McDonald’s are proud to support Kentucky Adult Education and all they do to help Kentuckians and their families have a better life. We need as many folks as possible to go to college so we can attain the goals the legislature has laid out for the Commonwealth. We’re happy to be a small part of reaching those goals.”

Adult education centers provide free GED instruction, workforce education, 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

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Central and Southeastern Kentucky Co-op
Adair, Anderson, Bath, Bourbon, Boyle, Breathitt, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Knox, Laurel, Lincoln, Madison, McCreary, Mercer, Metcalfe, Montgomery, Pendleton, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Scott, Wayne, Whitley and Woodford

Paducah Co-op
Caldwell, Calloway, Crittenden, Graves, Lyon, Marshall and McCracken

McDonald’s of East Kentucky
Boyd, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan and Pike

Louisville Co-Op
Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Grayson, Green, Hart, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor and Washington


We believe in the transformative power of postsecondary education. Stronger by Degrees, the new strategic agenda for Kentucky’s colleges and universities and adult basic education, is powering a stronger Kentucky economy and improving the lives of Kentuckians. To learn more about Stronger by Degrees, visit


Last Updated 9/1/2011