Kentucky's Interim Education Leader Promotes Early Exposure to Postsecondary Work

Aug 29, 2018

Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis gives his State of Education in the Commonwealth address at the Jessamine County Career and Technical Center.
Credit Bobby Ellis

Kentucky’s interim education commissioner says more high school students need to take advantage of early opportunities to earn credits in postsecondary education. 

During his State of Education Address this week, Wayne Lewis encouraged more participation in the state’s Dual Credit and Work Ready scholarships that offer tuition assistance and a path toward college or a technical career. 

Lewis said about 35 percent of students who graduated high school in 2017 were not considered ready for college or the job market.

"If in fact we grant high school diplomas to students who we do not believe are appropriately prepared to be successful in college or the workforce, then we've given them nothing more than a sheet of paper," Lewis stated.

Lewis cited a study from the Kentucky Center for Statistics that he called alarming and unacceptable.  The report found there were more than 37,000 students who graduated in the high school Class of 2010.  Eight years later, just under 10,000 have earned an industry certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or higher.