Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education, Kentucky Adult Education

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  CPE Contact: Sue Patrick

KYAE Contact: Janet Hoover
Phone: 502-573-5114 ext. 109

NOTE TO EDITORS: Award recipients are residents of the following counties: Calloway, Christian, Hancock, Logan, Muhlenberg, Pulaski, Russell and Warren.

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky Adult Education recently presented four Learning for Life awards at its regional conference in Bowling Green. Learning for Life Awards include the 110% Award for KYAE program staff, the Student of the Year Award, the GED Achievement Award and the Learning for Life Champion award recognizing Kentucky businesses.

Kentucky Adult Education received 95 nominations statewide from KYAE local providers. Review teams including members from the Council on Postsecondary Education, KYAE and other education agencies reviewed submissions for the Student of the Year, GED Achievement, and Learning for Life Champion awards and selected recipients in six regions. Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, and Sharon Lankford-Rice, Kentucky’s liaison at the U.S. Department of Education, judged the 110% award nominees in each region and selected the winners.

The Learning for Life 110% Award is the highest honor presented by KYAE for meritorious service or achievement.  This award recognizes program directors, instructors, instructor’s aides and clerks in KYAE-funded programs who have served their communities, students and adult education programs in an outstanding manner. Recipients in this category include:

  • Region 1- Cris Crowley, program director, Muhlenberg County; and
  • Region 2- Tasha Tolliver, instructor, Russell County .

The Learning for Life Student of the Year Award is presented to students enrolled in a KYAE-funded program during the 2006-07 fiscal year who have overcome significant obstacles, are making great progress in achieving their educational goals or who have been a role model for their children or other adult education students. This year’s Students of the Year include:

  • Region 1- Amy Clark, Hancock County; and
  • Region 2- Melanie Abney, Logan County.

The Learning for Life GED Achievement Award is presented to Kentuckians who earned their GED prior to 1997 and, as a result, have made significant contributions to the community, economy or workforce. Award recipients have demonstrated success in their chosen professions or in community service and recognize that earning the GED was the first step in their success.  Recipients in this category include:

  • Region 1- Carol Lane, Calloway County; and
  • Region 2- Margaret P. Sullivan, Warren County.

The Learning for Life Champion Award recognizes businesses or organizations that have made significant contributions to raising the educational level of Kentucky adults. Recipients have sponsored, funded or coordinated an initiative to support or promote adult education in Kentucky. This year’s Learning for Life Champions include:

  • Region 1- KCA Corporation Inc., Kyong (Wendy) Anderson, Christian County; and
  • Region 2- Wal-mart, Sandra Chaney, Pulaski County.

Photos and information about each recipient is available on the KYAE Web site.

Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry and the overall quality of life for Kentuckians will improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.


Last Updated 9/24/2007