Hardin County Adult Education is back at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, but this time, it’s the whole program, not just a remote location.
The program moved into its new location in the Occupation Technical Building this month and starts classes Jan. 8. Staff will be in the office Jan. 4 and 5 to finish unpacking.
Adult education previously was housed at Hardin County Schools’ College View Campus, a former elementary school on Charlemagne Boulevard.
“I know it’s going to work,” said Diane Kelly, director of the program. “We’re looking forward to participating in this new venture. We already work closely with staff at college, and now we are in the same building.”
The program’s administrative offices are in Room 310. It also has a testing room and classroom. Study space for volunteer tutors and an area for the success coach and college and career navigator can be found in the administrative offices.
Kelly said the phones and internet are not yet working. In the meantime, students can call her at 270-304-4893.
Hardin County Adult Education, also known as Hardin County Skills U, moved to College View about a year and a half ago. Before that, the program was based out of Mulberry-Helm Education Center, a building sold as surplus property.
Kelly said the schedule will be the same at ECTC. Morning classes are during the week from Monday through Thursday and evening classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
She said adult education remains under the umbrella of Hardin County Schools. A partnership between the college and school district allowed adult education to use the space.
For Kelly, the new location is a logical fit, as an increasing number of jobs require some form of postsecondary education. She said the new location could increase participation in a program that allows students to take classes in technical programs while earning a GED at the same time.
“One of the things I’m hoping is students will walk down hallways during breaks and see the CAD and culinary classes,” Kelly said.
Most students in the adult education program will go into technical programs at the college, she said.
“I’m hoping it will be a logical transition,” she said. “They’ll know (ECTC is) not that scary.”
Adult education is closer to the GED testing site for Elizabethtown, which also is at the college. Overall, Kelly wants students to become more comfortable with the college.
“We want to show them where the library is and the layout of the college,” Kelly said. “Hopefully, they can participate in activities.”
She said it does not matter where adult education is located because the program will continue to perform at the level it has in the past. Currently, it has reached 76 percent of its school-year goal for GED attainment.
“Wherever we are, we are not defined by space,” Kelly said. “We are defined by a dedication to doing a job well and helping students.”