Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky has partnered with Kentucky Adult Education for a fourth year in a row to encourage GED attainment in an innovative 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 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.

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

“The current and future workforce demands highly skilled and well-educated employees. Often times 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,” he said.

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.”

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

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, 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.

To view the promotion, please 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


Last Updated 9/17/2009