Campaign launched to promote scholarship program helping adults go to college, become work ready

As more jobs are requiring the workforce to have some form of higher education, adults in Kentucky are being offered the opportunity go to college through a scholarship program called “Work Ready Kentucky,” provided by Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Over 350 courses are offered by colleges and universities across Kentucky that can help adults boost their education in high-demand industries like health care, manufacturing, business and information technology, construction and skilled trades, and transportation and logistics.

Scholarships are not just available for courses in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), they are available at Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, Galen College of Nursing, MedQuest College, Northern Kentucky University, Sullivan University, University of Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University.

The “Work Ready Kentucky” scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees after federal, state, and campus grants and scholarships are applied. It provides up to 60 hours of tuition for anyone who has not yet earned an associate degree in specific technical programs.

“Building a better Kentucky means supporting educational opportunities for every Kentucky family,” Gov. Beshear said. “During this ongoing pandemic when many Kentuckians are seeking new opportunities this scholarship can help students get free or reduced tuition to take industry-specific, short-term courses that prepare them to get to work in weeks, or they can even choose to earn an associate degree.”

Kentuckians can call 833-711-WRKS or visit to receive assistance from advisors on how to enroll in the program.

The Kentucky Chamber has partnered in the campaign to promote the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s “Work Ready Scholarship” program along with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, and more.

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