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Kentucky achieves 38 percent increase in number of residents earning GEDs after waiver of $120 fee

Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced in January that the $120 fee GED test fee would be waived for Kentuckians. Since that announcement, there has been an 81 percent jump in the number of people who are signed up to get a GED. Gov. Beshear said there was a 38 percent increase in the number of Kentuckians who have earned a GED, according to Kentucky Skills U, an agency within...

Beshear, Coleman announce Kentucky Skills U to waive testing fees for those seeking to earn GED

In an effort to support education and enhance attainment opportunities throughout the Commonwealth, Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Tuesday that Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC), will waive testing fees for Kentuckians seeking to earn a GED. The GED test fee is one of the most common barriers facing adults lacking...

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program expanded to include students working toward GEDs

Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include Kentuckians who do not have a high school diploma but are working to achieve their GED concurrent with skills education. “The central idea of the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship is to get thousands of adults to the first or second rung of a high demand career ladder,” said Education and Workforce...

New adult education profiles report shows benefits of Kentuckians earning GED diplomas

A new report shows the benefits of Kentuckians earning GED diplomas, including increased enrollment in postsecondary education. According to the Kentucky Adult Education County Profiles Report, produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), of the 22,942 Kentucky GED graduates from fiscal years 2009 to 2011 (followed through fiscal year 2014), 8,455, or 37 percent,...

Vouchers give eligible adults the chance to take GED tests at low cost, while supplies last

  For a limited time and effective immediately, eligible Kentucky adults can take each module of the GED test at the reduced cost of $10, a savings of $20.   The offer is being made possible in Kentucky through $20 limited-time vouchers using federal Workforce Investment Act funds. Through the offer, the full GED test is available at the reduced cost of $40, a savings of $80.   “We...

GED tests given free mid-May to end of July; tests will change with new year, 2014

The GED test will be free in Kentucky May 15–July 31.   Kentuckians taking the test during that time frame will not have to pay the usual test fee, which will be paid by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education.   “Our message is don’t wait until later in the year to start work on your GED,” said Reecie Stagnolia, vice president, Kentucky Adult Education....