Kentucky Skills U funds adult education centers in all 120 counties to improve an individual’s ability to read, write and speak in English and function effectively in the workplace, family and society.
Services are provided locally by school systems, community and technical colleges, community-based organizations, educational cooperatives, universities or local government.
All services described below are free.
Adult education services provide academic skills instruction, GED® preparation and reading instruction for eligible adults. Adult education assists adults in improving educational attainment levels and successfully entering employment and continuing education. The instruction may also include life skills, employability skills and digital literacy.
English as a second language
ESL instruction is provided to adults who want to become more fluent in English, pass U.S. citizenship tests and work on job-seeking skills.
English language/civics programs in targeted counties help students acquire the skills and knowledge to become U.S. citizens. Contact your Skills U adult education center to find out what is available.
In family literacy, multiple generations within a family learn together to help parents participate as full partners in their children’s education, promote interactive literacy activities between parents and their children and prepare adults and children for success in education and life. Contact your Skills U adult education center to find out what is available.
Kentucky Skills U programs provide instruction aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) to assist unemployed (and under-employed) individuals, as well as individuals seeking to transition to postsecondary education and ultimately employment with family sustainable wages to improve academic and workplace skills in pursuit of a GED®, National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and/or the Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate (KESC).
Corrections education consists of adult literacy, adult basic education, adult secondary education/GED® test credential preparation and/or English as a second language for adult criminal offenders. These services take place at a local jails, halfway houses and state correctional institutions.
Transitions to postsecondary education
KY Skills U is committed to moving more GED® graduates on to postsecondary education. The percentage of GED® graduates who went on to college increased from 26 percent in 2011 to 30 percent in 2015.