Skills U / GED

Last Updated: 8/2/2018 6:21 PM

Hardin County Skills U

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


The mission of Hardin County 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 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 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 Skills ImprovementWhere do you want to go?

Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, OTB (Occupational Technical Building) Room 310, 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

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

Kentucky Career Center (KCC), 233 Ring Road, #100, Elizabethtown, KY  42701

  • Classes vary -- call (270) 234-5853

Radcliff Learning Center (Helping Hand of Hope/Lindsey Wilson College, 620 S. Wilson Road, Radcliff, KY  40160)

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

Distance Learning

Hardin County 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
  • Kentucky Virtual Library KYVL
  • Burlington English for English Language Learners 

Eligible students can request an online only program of study

English Language Acquisition (English as a Second Language)

Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, OTB (Occupational Technical Building) Room 310, 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701:

  • Monday and Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Radcliff Learning Center:

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



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, our program has a College/Career Navigator to help students successfuly 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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