mcc schoolbuilding 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/12/19) — A new program to help people earn a GED and a college certificate simultaneously, will get more adults into the workforce at a faster rate, college officials reported today.

The program, called GED Plus, is offered through a collaboration between Madisonville Community College and Kentucky Skills U, formerly known as Kentucky Adult Education.

Research shows one reason adults are reluctant to attend college is cost, but the GED Plus program alleviates that concern, college administrator Jay Parrent said in a press release. 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

MCC is offering certificates in phlebotomy, electrocardiogram technician, welding and nurse aid to support the program, MCC listed. 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 such a wonderful opportunity designed specifically to get students the skills needed to enter the workforce more quickly and with fewer barriers,” said MCC president Dr. Cindy Kelley. “MCC is excited to work with Skills U to ensure that our workforce locally has the training necessary to be successful.”

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, MCC said. GED Plus eliminates that concern because students receive one-on-one assistance from instructors and success coaches.

For more information, visit, contact Sakara Bruce, MCC recruiter, at 270-824-8624 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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