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Kentucky Adult Education

Adult illiteracy is a barrier to every major challenge facing Kentucky. The ripple effect of the education level of the Commonwealth’s adult population extends beyond the individual to families, communities and our state-at-large. Kentucky Adult Education serves adults with the most basic literacy needs to those preparing for college and career.

Why adult education is important to Kentucky

By 2020, 63 percent of all jobs in Kentucky will require some level of postsecondary education or training. To support Kentucky’s economic growth and ensure Kentuckians are earning family-sustaining wages, more adults must acquire college- and career-readiness skills. Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) is the starting point for a significant number of adults who need to build their academic and employment skills for today’s workforce, including those who must earn a GED® diploma before they move forward to training programs and postsecondary education.  

How Kentucky Adult Education works in communities

Local KYAE programs provide free academic instruction aligned to college- and career-readiness standards, as well as offer preparation and coaching for next steps in college and career for:

Through KYAE programs, Kentucky adults prepare for the GED® diploma, postsecondary education and training, National Career Readiness and Kentucky Essential Skills certificates, and employment.

How Kentucky Adult Education benefits Kentuckians

Kentucky Adult Education is committed to ensuring that Kentucky adults have the opportunity to earn a GED® credential – and beyond. A high school or GED® graduate earns an average of $9,620 more per year than a non-graduate, and the earnings increase as educational attainment levels increase. Of additional concern is the fact that low-skilled adults are two times more likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to be in poverty, four times as likely to be in poor health, and eight times as likely to be incarcerated. Through their services, Kentucky Adult Education programs help individuals enact transformational, generational changes that not only affect the individuals themselves, but their families, their communities and the Commonwealth. 

How Kentucky Adult Education helps us toward 2030 goals

Raising Kentucky’s educational attainment is the big goal of the state’s strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education. KYAE’s programs, from GED® to college preparation, help Kentuckians with the lowest levels of education succeed in college and career.

Statewide Impact


Learn more about Kentucky's education goals by viewing Stronger By Degrees, the Council's strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education.

Last Updated 6/16/2017