Laurel County Adult Education launches Skills U

Laurel County Adult Education announced a new brand and logo for the free instructional programming it offers. “Skills U” reflects an increased emphasis on helping adults build academic and essential workforce skills for college and careers. This new brand is being launched statewide by Kentucky Adult Education (a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education), the administrator of state grant funds for Laurel County Adult Education.

“Our new brand is a reflection of the reality that it is no longer enough for Kentuckians to earn just a high school or GED diploma, a reality further underscored by the implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” says Reecie Stagnolia, vice president for adult education, Council on Postsecondary Education.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) improves connections to employment and training opportunities that lead to economic prosperity for workers and their families. For KYAE Skills U, this translates to more intentional strategies to help its students enter college and be better prepared to gain and retain living-wage jobs

“Laurel County Adult Education Skills U will continue to offer the same great services we’ve always provided to our community – everything from foundational academic skills to preparation for the GED test and beyond,” Tina Cook, spokesperson for Laurel County Adult Education, says. “Now, we are working more intentionally with our partners to create a seamless system that encourages local adults to get the postsecondary education and sustainable employment they need.”  

Laurel County Adult Education Skills U’s free services are available at The Bennett Center in London or the Northside Plaza location in Corbin. For more information, call (606) 878-9134, (606) 528-0379 or visit

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