Council on Postsecondary Education
Adult education enrollments continue to break records; 88 counties meet or exceed goals
(FRANKFORT, Ky.)--A record number of 124,801 Kentuckians enrolled in adult education programs in fiscal year 2005. Adult education programs in 88 counties met or exceeded their enrollment and performance goals in fiscal 2005 (655K PDF). These counties will share nearly $1 million in incentive funds (33K PDF).
"Kentucky’s significant investment in adult education continues to pay off," said Cheryl King, vice-president for Kentucky Adult Education, Council on Postsecondary Education.. "We must continue to make opportunities available to all Kentuckians to improve their quality of life through continuing their education."
The 124,801 total adult education enrollments surpassed the goal by 8 percent and represents Kentuckians who enroll in adult education to learn to read, write and compute; earn a GED; prepare for employment; and improve their English or learn as a family.
The number of Kentuckians completing the GED increased from 9,740 to 9,757. In 2003, Kentucky ranked 24th in the U.S. in the percentage of non-high school completers earning a GED. National rankings from the GED Testing Service for 2004 are not yet available.
Council President Tom Layzell recognized this achievement as a significant step toward Kentucky’s goal of raising levels of educational attainment to the national average by 2020.
"The public agenda for postsecondary and adult education calls for increased efforts to prepare Kentuckians for postsecondary education. We will continue to work with our partners in adult education to ensure that adult learners can smoothly transition to postsecondary education," he said.
The groundwork for this success was the Kentucky Adult Education Act of 2000 that created a partnership between Kentucky Adult Education and the Council on Postsecondary Education and reformed Kentucky’s system of adult education. The partnership strengthened in July 2003 when Kentucky Adult Education moved from the Cabinet for Workforce Development to the Council on Postsecondary Education.
Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 231,612 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni, and 294,896 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.