Somerset Community College Casey County and McCreary County Adult Education programs, which are a part of the Workforce Solutions Division of SCC, were among 24 Kentucky adult education programs to earn program performance funding by demonstrating excellent performance in the 2010 fiscal year.
To qualify for program performance funding, local adult education programs must meet or exceed enrollment and academic performance goals set by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
For meeting or exceeding their goals, the Casey County Adult Education program received $14,269.00, and the McCreary County Adult Education program received $19,793.00.
In the past 10 years, nearly 106,000 Kentuckians earned a GED, ranking Kentucky 13th highest nationally in the percentage of non-high school completers earning a GED. GED attainment has a significant impact on the economy, as well as on the lives of the individuals. In 2010 alone, the 9,357 students who earned GEDs potentially will increase their earnings by more than $2.4 billion over a 30-year career given the average salary gap between high school dropouts and those citizens with a high school certification.
While GED attainment is extremely valuable, it is no longer enough to prepare Kentuckians for the workforce. All citizens need at least some postsecondary education to be successful in the workforce. Over the past eight years, nearly 18,000 GED graduates have transitioned to postsecondary education.
For more information about the SCC adult education programs contact Mickey Lafavers, Casey County Program Director, at 606-787-4732 or Claudia Anderson, McCreary County Program Director, at 606-376-7506.