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Bevin Expands Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order Wednesday expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate of applied science degree in the state's top five high-demand workforce sectors.

The scholarship will now be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education courses in pathways in Kentucky's top five high-demand sectors leading to industry-recognized certifications.

The scholarship provides financial aid for eligible Kentuckians who have not yet earned at least an associate's degree. Eligible students can receive funding to study in fields of work including advanced manufacturing, business an IT, construction trades, healthcare, and transportation and logistics.

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Derrick K. Ramsey said the expansion will go a long way in helping prepare Kentuckians for over 160,000 open jobs in the Commonwealth, the majority of which require training and education beyond a high school diploma.

“This is going to be gigantic,” Ramsey said. “The scholarship intitially provided tuition for up to 32 credit hours if someone wanted to go back to school. Now, it will pay for up to 60 credit hours.”

The scholarship can also be utilized by adults without a high school diploma who wish to pursue their career certification or associate of applied science degree in tandem with obtaining a GED through the Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky program offered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

 


Published 08:28 AM, Thursday Jul. 12, 2018
Updated 10:32 AM, Thursday Jul. 12, 2018

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