Kentucky Creates Program to Pay for Some Certifications
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has established a program that will pay for an industry-recognized certificate or diploma for work in areas where there is a worker shortage. The program comes on the heels of Bevin vetoing a similar proposal that would have made community college free.
The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program is open to Kentucky residents who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have not attained an associate’s degree or higher. Applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
The list of approved programs that qualify for the 2017-18 year include health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT and construction.
Funding for the program is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The award amount will not exceed the in-state tuition and fees rate for full-time enrollment at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. That is estimated at $3,900, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.
The funding, however, is subject to limits. It is not available after it has been awarded to a student for four academic terms or if the student has exceeded 32 credit hours of enrollment after receiving the scholarship.
Scholarship recipients must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average each semester.