BCTC, Skills U announce GED Plus program. Gets students in the workforce faster

LEXINGTON, KY A new program to help people earn a GED and a college certificate at the same time will get more adults into the workforce at a faster rate. The program, called GED Plus, is offered through a collaboration of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Kentucky Skills U (formerly Kentucky Adult Education).

Research shows one reason adults are reluctant to attend college is cost, but the GED Plus program alleviates that concern. Students can earn a tuition-free certificate in four months or less as part of the Kentucky Work Ready Scholarship program. The certificate must be in one of the following high-demand fields:

  • Healthcare
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Transportation/Logistics
  • Business Services/IT
  • Construction/Trades

Additionally, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will provide a $400 scholarship to the first 1,000 enrollees to cover expenses that are not included in the Work Ready program.

“This is the most exciting project that I have been involved with in my 18-year tenure with adult education,” said David Sturgill, Regional Director of Adult Education at BCTC. “It is a significant game-changer with the population that we serve because we are providing our students with an opportunity to make a living wage for the first time in their lives, which assists in lifting families out of poverty. Also, from a state perspective, it is meeting our skilled workforce shortage and putting individuals to work faster while at the same time addressing the local needs of employers,” said Sturgill.

GED Plus is open to Kentucky adults who have not earned a high school diploma or GED. Those who have been out of school for a while sometimes have anxiety about college. GED Plus eliminates that concern because students receive one-on-one assistance from instructors and success coaches.

For more information, visit GEDPlusky.org.