Kentucky Adult Education offers educational, training and career resources in all 120 counties of the Commonwealth. We help remove the barriers to education and skills training, so Kentuckians can enjoy a higher quality of life – which betters our communities and accelerates our state’s economic growth.
Our free services described below are provided locally by school systems, community and technical colleges, community-based organizations, educational cooperatives, universities or local government.
Adult Education services provide academic skills instruction, GED® preparation and reading instruction for eligible adults. These services assist adults in improving educational attainment levels, successfully entering employment and continuing education. Instruction may also include life skills, employability and digital literacy.
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English as a Second Language
ESL instruction is available 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.
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With this service, multiple generations within a family learn together to help parents participate in their children’s education, promote interactive literacy activities between parents and children and prepare adults and children for success in education and in life.
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Kentucky Adult Education 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 those seeking to transition to postsecondary education. The ultimate goal is employment with family sustainable wages to improve academic and workplaces skills in pursuit of a GED®, National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and/or the Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate (KESC).
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Corrections education consists of adult literacy, adult basic education, adult secondary education/GED® test credential preparation and/or English as a second language (ESL) for adult criminal offenders. These services are provided at local jails, halfway houses and state correctional institutions.
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Transitions to Post-Secondary Education
Kentucky Adult Education is committed to moving more GED® graduates on to postsecondary education.
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