Mason, Lewis and Robertson Counties are among the top 25 counties in Kentucky for Adult Education programs.
According to a spokesperson for the Kentucky council on post-secondary education, all three counties are run by the Maysville Community and Technical College's Adult Education Program. Robertson County is ranked number one, with Mason County at number two and Lewis County at number 21.
Each county is given a set of goals they must meet under the program. The goals are the same, but the amount of students vary. The counties are asked to have a certain percentage of adults be enrolled in the program, have a certain amount of adults show increasing skills and performance, and have a certain amount of adults obtain a GED.
At the end of the year, the department ranks programs based on the goals given to them. In order to achieve an "excellent" ranking, a county must meet 85 percent of the enrollment goal and 54 percent of the performance goals. A "proficient" ranking means the county reached 65 to 84 percent of the enrollment goal and 48 to 53 percent of the performance goal. "Needs Improvement" means the county met less than 64 percent of the enrollment goal and 47 percent or less of the performance goal.
Once the department receives these numbers they average the scores with the amount of adults who obtained a GED during the year. Those numbers are then announced to show where the program stands compared to other counties in the state. The counties with the highest numbers are put in the top 25.
The program is for adults 16 and older who are not currently enrolled in school and do not hold a general education diploma or a high school diploma. Students who have a diploma, but tested lower than college level on math, reading and writing are also eligible for the classes. There is no charge for adults interested in participating in the program.
"We offer assistance to all the counties in order to help people obtain their GEDs," said the spokesperson.
Adults interested in participating in the program should contact their local adult education center. A list of centers can be found at http://www.kyae.ky.gov.