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Eastern Kentucky University’s adult education programs in Madison and Clay counties were recognized recently by Kentucky Adult Education for ranking among the Top 25 such programs in the Commonwealth.

To earn the recognition, a county-level Kentucky adult education program must meet or exceed pre-determined goals for academic performance and/or level gains each month. Currently, the Madison County Adult Education program is currently ranked 22nd for academic performance and 18th for level gains achieved, while the Clay County Adult Education Program is ranked 25th for academic performance. In addition, the Garrard County program ranked 46th for academic performance.

“This recognition for our program is a reflection of the excellent work/service completed each day for our students,” said Dr. Paula Jones, director of the University’s adult education programs. “We have many students set to achieve new level gains, complete their NCRC and/or GED exam, complete the ACT prep course, and several students who are either currently enrolled or have plans to enroll in post-secondary programs in the spring 2017 or fall 2017 semester.

“I am so very proud to serve with our lead instructors in each county, including Aileen Perkins (Madison), Harlon Williams (Clay), and Catharine Beechie (Garrard),” Jones added. “In addition, I am so blessed to have full-time and part-time instructors who go above and beyond what is expected to support our students and our program.”

The EKU adult education programs offer adults in Madison, Garrard and Clay counties free GED® classes, math/language skill development courses and a variety of work-ready certifications, including the National Career Ready Certification (NCRC), Kentucky Paraeducator Certification, Job Ready Skills and or/ ACT prep courses.  All services/classes are provided at no charge to residents of the three counties and/or to EKU students. To learn more about the EKU Adult Education Program, contact Jones at 859-622-8065.