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Public Broadcasting Executives Experience GED Connection at Blackburn Correctional Facility

Photo of a Visit from the PBS President and CEOLEXINGTON, KY (October 22, 2007) One of Bluegrass Community & Technical Colleges (BCTC) classes at Blackburn Correction Facility included some very special guests today from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Washington, D.C. Paula Kerger, PBS President amp; CEO, Rob Lippincott, PBS Senior Vice President for Education and Cheri Carter, PBS Foundation Executive Director joined BCTC Interim President Dr. Larry Durrence for an early morning visit to the correctional facility to observe Kentucky Educational Photo of a Visit from the PBS President and CEOTelevisions GED Connection in action in the classroom.

Along with the special guests from PBS, executives from Kentucky Educational Television, the Kentucky Department of Corrections and Bluegrass Community & Technical College were on hand to see how student inmates are benefiting from the use of the PBS LiteracyLink curriculum. As a part of their visit, the group observed a geometry lesson utilizing media in the classroom. Curriculum for the class, taught by Don Peters, Professor of Adult Education at BCTC's Blackburn Campus, includes internet activities, DVDs, student work books and teacher books.

The efforts of Bluegrass to serve the needs of adults who lack a high school diploma or work skills includes a partnership KCTCS and Bluegrass have with the Department of Corrections said Dr. Durrence. The multimedia curriculum produced by KET with PBS support is invaluable in that effort. PBS and KET enrich the lives of Kentuckians culturally, educationally, and economically.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Adult Education Department provides GED preparation, English as a Second Language instruction, basic skills upgrade, post-secondary preparation and supplemental instruction for college students.