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Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate (KESC)

The KESC is a certification your future (and current) employees can earn when they successfully complete the online WIN Soft Skills course, available FREE at your local adult education program!

Individuals earn the KESC as part of an academic program of study and in pursuit of other stackable credentials, which may include the National Career Readiness Certificate and/or the GED® diploma. The KESC certifies that an individual has successfully completed coursework in:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Conveying professionalism
  • Promoting teamwork and collaboration
  • Thinking critically and solving problems

The following fliers can be used to increase awareness among current and future employees

8.5 x 11 full-color student poster (850K WORD)
Half-page, full-color student flier (951K WORD)
8.5 x 11 full-color employer poster (500K PDF)

Contact Sharon Johnston at or call 502-892-3029, to find out how we can help you hire and create better employees!

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
  • Provides skill-based credentials to Kentuckians to help them secure employment.
  • Provides employers with workers that have documented skills proficiencies.
  • Certifies applicants who employers can hire with confidence.

The NCRC is based on three WorkKeys® skill areas:

  • Reading for Information
  • Applied Math
  • Locating Information

To earn an NCRC, a person must take all three assessments.  The NCRC is then awarded in three levels:

  • Silver - for a score of 4 on all three assessments
  • Gold - for a score of 5 on all three assessments
  • Platinum - for a score of 6 on all three assessments 

To learn more about the NCRC, contact Joe Paul at or 502-782-3035.  These services will be provided free of charge to adult education eligible students.

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE).  They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.


Verifying a GED®

KYAE does not verify an employee's or potential employee's GED® status by phone or e-mail. The process and the request form are available here.


Last Updated 11/1/2016
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