Funds for Reforming Basic Education

Jul 28, 2011

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced Kentucky has been awarded $1 million to fuel policy innovations and reforms aimed at significantly transforming remedial education. The grant is provided by Complete College America as part of its national Completion Innovation Challenge grant competition. Kentucky will use its grant funds to enhance developmental education opportunities for adults who enroll in the Learn on Demand online program offered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

“Kentucky’s winning proposal had one of the nation’s most promising strategies to smooth and shorten pathways to college completion, which will save our students precious time and money, and give taxpayers more of what they expect from their hard-earned investments in higher education – college graduates,” Beshear said.

A national non-profit organization focused solely on working with states to significantly boost college completion, Complete College America established the grant competition to inspire and enhance state efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided the funding support for the grant program.

KCTCS’ Learn on Demand, an online learning portal, offers modularized self-paced competency-based degree programs in high-wage, high-demand areas such as nursing, business administration and information technology.