Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner spoke about the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS), which will help thousands of Kentuckians become more marketable in the workplace. The scholarship provides free tuition for programs in five fields that are considered high-wage, high-demand in Kentucky. Those fields are health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/information technology and construction/trades.
Anyone who has not yet earned a college degree of any type is eligible for the free tuition for a certificate or diploma in one of the five fields. There are no income or age limits to qualify. The only educational requirement to apply is a high school diploma or GED. KCTCS students in the Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY) program also are eligible. AOKY allows students to earn a GED while also taking college courses.
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) offers programs in the fields eligible for the WRKS, and will create an alternative schedule with some programs being available in the evenings and on weekends. At this time, the programs with an alternative schedule are the Gas Tungsten Welder Certificate and the Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC) Operator Certificate. Additional programs will be available for the fall semester.
Information about all programs eligible for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship can be found at workreadykentucky.com. The scholarship will be administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and students must file a Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) before applying for the WRKS. The FAFSA form is available at www.fafsa.gov and the WRKS application can be found at www.kheaa.com.
For more information, call Anna Stewart, Coordinator of Financial Aid, at 606-248-2064.