MCTC and Skills U Announce GED+PLUS Program

March 4, 2019
by Brady Shultz

Maysville, 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 Maysville Community and Technical College 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.

“To meet the labor requirements of a thriving economy, we must increase the workforce participation rate - which means producing more skilled workers here in the Commonwealth,” says MCTC President and CEO, Dr. Stephen Vacik.  “GED+ helps to address this issue by providing a mechanism for the 350,000 or so adults without a high school diploma to complete a GED while also taking classes that lead to industry-recognized and high-demand credentials.  The GED+ program is not an end but a means to an end, preparing people to secure consistent employment that provides a living wage.  For MCTC and KCTCS, this is another avenue to assist in creating better lives for a better Kentucky.”

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.