CPE earns $400,000 grant to better serve adult students

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

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The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has been awarded a $400,000 Lumina Foundation grant to encourage more adults to pursue certificate and associate programs in business, information technology, transportation/logistics, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and construction.

Kentucky’s Adult Promise program will raise awareness of tuition-free education programs available through the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) program, and build program supports like better advising and mentoring to ensure adults persist in their educational goals. The program will target low-income and underrepresented adults who have no prior postsecondary credential.

“Kentucky is not going to meet its workforce and education goals unless we re-engage our adult population,” said CPE President Aaron Thompson. “This grant supports the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program, which is a tremendous opportunity for adults to get on a career ladder in high-demand industry sectors,” said Aaron Thompson, CPE president.

Five other states--California, Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina and Ohio--will join Kentucky in the second cohort of Lumina’s Adult Promise effort, a partnership with the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).

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