Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 14, 2010  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

**NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: This GED promotion is underway in Adair, Anderson, Bath, Bourbon, Boyle, Breathitt, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, 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. The promotion can be viewed at the link at the end of this news release.**

McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky has partnered with Kentucky Adult Education for a fifth year in a row to encourage GED attainment with an in-store promotion funded by the restaurant owners.

During September, customers at 66 restaurants represented by the Bluegrass Purchasing Association, a 33-county cooperative of McDonald’s restaurants, will see tray liners featuring Kentucky GED graduates. The “GED—Prove Yourself” 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 Stagnolia, vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, said private sector partners are key to messaging the value of education.

“The current and future workforce demands highly skilled and well-educated employees,” said Stagnolia. “Oftentimes, simple reminders plant a seed of awareness in individuals that grows their understanding of the importance of education. McDonald’s owners and operators are to be commended for supporting this awareness campaign.”

This ongoing partnership reflects McDonald’s commitment to support the local communities they serve, according to Gist Heinrich, vice president of the McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky cooperative.

“We see firsthand the importance of education in our businesses, and know that KYAE’s efforts will have a far-reaching impact on communities throughout our Commonwealth,” he said.

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

McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. The central and southeastern Kentucky cooperative has 66 restaurants in 33 counties, all of which are locally owned and operated. For more information on McDonald's visit

To view the promotion, please visit


Last Updated 9/14/2010