Adult Education Skills U / GED

Director:  Diane Kelley
Office:  (270) 769-8866 Fax:  (270) 769-8869
Cell:  (270) 304-4893


The mission of Hardin County Adult and Community Education Skills U is to provide instructional programs, support, and encouragement to empower all individuals in meeting their educational, personal, career, and family goals.


Our vision is to meet the changing needs of the community by continuously developing, monitoring, and improving our programs and services.


We value the uniqueness of all individuals and the contributions they make to the community.

Kentucky Adult Education Skills U has always been about the future. For all Kentuckians to prosper, every citizen must be prepared to function well in the workforce, the community, and the home. The bottom line is simple. If Kentuckians have a good education:

  • They can compete for good jobs
  • They can support their families
  • Their children are more likely to succeed in school and beyond
  • The Commonwealth can make a compelling case for companies opening or expanding their businesses in Kentucky

How Can Hardin County Adult and Community Education Skills U help you prosper?

  • GED® instruction and GED Ready® test
  • College preparation
  • National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) preparation and assessment
    • The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC®) is an assessment-based credential issued at four levels. The NCRC measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.
      • Build confidence that your skills meet the needs of employers
      • Show prospective employers concrete proof of the skills you have
      • Apply real-world use to coursework from the classroom
      • Determine skill improvement and training needs
      • Improve the opportunities for career changes and advancement
  • Kentucky Essential Skills Certification (KESC) preparation and assessment
    •  The KESC certifies that an individual has successfully completed coursework in:
      • Communicating Effectively
      • Conveying Professionalism
      • Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration
      • Thinking Critically and Solving Problems
  • Assistance improving basic skills: reading, math, language
  • Instruction to improve speaking, reading, and writing skills and citizenship civics for English learners
  • ParaEducator preparation and assessment
    • The assessment used in Kentucky to demonstrate the abilities outlined in subpart C is the Kentucky Paraeducator Assessment (KPA). The KPA consists of 60 multiple choice questions designed to assess the skills mentioned above. At least 48 of the 60 questions must be answered correctly in order to pass the KPA.
  • All class lessons are enhanced with use of technology and the Kentucky Employability Standards:
    • Effectively contribute to a team through cooperation, leadership, and giving and accepting critical feedback to work toward a common goal.
    • Utilize workplace tools and technologies to communicate effectively (e.g., memos/e-mails, basic computer programs, phone systems).
    • Model compliance of workplace policies and procedures.
    • Utilize and support workplace organizational structures (e.g., company departments, corporate goals, chain of command).
    • Utilize resources responsibly.
    • Identify and effectively use skills and materials needed for a particular task.
    • Accurately analyze information and respond appropriately.
    • Interact with others in a professional manner.
    •  Analyze self-performance to better understand strengths and areas for improvement.
    •  Seek out opportunities for advancement and improvement of personal skills and abilities.


GED/College Preparation/Academic Skils ImprovementWhere do you want to go?

College View Campus Elizabethtown (521 Charlemagne, Elizabethtown, KY 42701)

  • Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. All subjects
  • Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 - 8:00 pm  All subjects

Radcliff Learning Center (Helping Hand of Hope/Lindsey Wilson College, 620 South Wilson Road, Radcliff, Ky, 40160):

  • Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm
  • Monday and Wednesday Math
  • Tuesday and Thursday Reasoning Through Language Arts  and Social Studies
  • Monday and Wednesday 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Science
  • Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Math
  • Monday and Wednesday 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.   (no Wednesday in July) All subjects

Distance Learning

Hardin County Adult and Community Education Skills U encourages students to do independent work at home to help student increase skills, achieve academic goals sooner.  Distance learning opportunities are available for all students attending our program.  These opportunities are in the form of paper packets provided by the classroom instructor  and online programs such as:

  • Kentucky Education Television (KET) FastForward
  • Kentucky Adult Education EdReady
  • Burlington English for English Language Learners 

Eligible students can request an online only program of study

English Language Acquisition (English as a Second Language)

College View Campus Elizabethtown:

  • Monday and Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Radcliff Learning Center:

  • Monday and Wednesday 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.


Citizenship Classes:

Hardin County Library (North Branch -- 800 South Logsdon Parkway, Radcliff)

  • Fridays 9:15 - 11:45 am

Success Coaching and Career Navigation

Thanks to a grant from United Way of Central Kentucky, our program is able to offer academic UWCKone-on-one tutoring and success coaching to help remove barriers to success. 

Additionally, Kentucky Adult Education Skills U has provided our program funding to support a College/Career Navigator, to assist students successfully navigate through the adult education program and pursue higher education and/or better employment opportunities.


GED EXPRESS offers a quick path to the GED® test; for those who do not need extensive instruction.Skills U


Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky allows GED® candidates to take classes at ECTC while pursuing their GED® diploma with our adult education program.

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Hardin County Adult and Community Education Skills U Program News

EXPUNGEMENT Workshop, October 19, 2017 (Tuesday) 6-8 pm -- Learn about the Kentucky Clean Slate Initiative and speak with legal representation. 

August 1 2017


Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship covers tuition for eligible students who choose to enroll in programs related to five high wage/high demand career fields:

  • Healthcare
  • Business/computer technology
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Auto diesel
  • Construction trades

The scholarships are open to Kentucky residents who have not yet earned a college degree.  GED® seeking students ARE ELIGIBLE!   More information is available at the Work Ready Kentucky website  or texting JOBSKY to 66186 or call ECTC 270-769-2371.

July 1, 2017


Hardin County Adult and Community 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 Hardin County Adult and Community 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.

“Hardin 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,” Diane Kelley of Hardin County Adult and Community 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.” 

Hardin County Adult and Community Education is RANKED NUMBER ONE in the state for Kentucky Essential Skills (KESC) attainment. Students earn the KESC upon successfully complete the online WIN Soft Skills course.  Individuals earn the KESC as part of an academic program of study and in pursuit of other stackable credentials, which may include the National Career Readiness Certificate and/or the GED® diploma. The KESC certifies that an individual has successfully completed coursework in:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Conveying professionalism
  • Promoting teamwork and collaboration
  • Thinking critically and solving problems

 Hardin County Adult and Community Education Student News

  • Congratulations to our August GED Graduates: Alexis, Ashley, Dontae, Kelvin,  Larry, Megan, Natasha, Roderick, and Tristan
  • Congratulations Regina for earning the Kentucky Essential Skills Certification
  • Congratulations to our July GED Graduates:  Amanda, Jazzy, Roosevelt C., Joseph H., Joseph B. and Misty.
  • Congratulations to our 100 GED graduates of the 2016-17 school year!