Adult Education Programs

Nothing is more important to Muhlenberg County’s future than the ability to attract quality companies or encourage the companies in Muhlenberg County to expand their facilities – and their workforce. Having a skilled workforce is critical for that to happen – and the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation is committed to do all it can to help build that workforce. 

Working with Madisonville Community College (MCC), which has a campus in Muhlenberg County, and the Leadership Muhlenberg program of the Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation has implemented several programs which focus on developing a skilled workforce for the future. These programs are designed to increase the skills and level of education of adults who are either currently in or seeking to join the workforce.  The Foundation has committed over $160,000 to these programs. 

According to the most recent census data, 22% of Muhlenberg County residents do not currently have a high school diploma.   Because a high school diploma is the primary ticket to many entry level jobs, the Foundation seeks to encourage adults through the GED Incentive program.  This program is offered in partnership with Madisonville Community College's Muhlenberg County Adult Education Center and the Muhlenberg County Literacy Council.  Enrolled Muhlenberg students can earn up to $250 by receiving a $50 bonus as they complete each of the four sections of the GED and an additional $50 bonus for completing the GED.  In addition, for each hour spent in GED preparation at the ACE2 Adult Education Center, participants are entered into a monthly incentive drawing providing local gift cards.    The Foundation provides funding for this program, hoping to encourage adults to gain the creditials they need to succeed in today's marketplace.   For more information, a flyer on the GED program is available here

 

Associate Degree Incentive Program 

Increasing the number of Muhlenberg County adults with at least an Associate Degree is vital to the future economic growth of Muhlenberg County. Over 16% of Muhlenberg County residents have some college experience, but for some reason have not been able to complete their degree.  To assist these students, the Foundation partners with Madisonville Community College to offer the Martin Scholars program.  

This program offers financial incentives to those who might need a little extra help to finish their associate degree.  Qualifying students earn a $250 stipend each semester that they are enrolled at MCC to help with any expenses that may arise.  Upon completion of an associate degree which includes a required business employability seminar, Martin Scholars also receive a $400 completion bonus.  For more information on the program and requirements for qualification, contact MCC's Muhlenberg Campus at (270) 757-9881 or see the Martin Scholars Flyer.

Free Computer Skills Classes

In addition to supporting the degree programs above, the Foundation is proud to support computer training for residents of Muhlenberg County.  Online, self-guided courses are available at no charge to provide basic computer literacy as well as skills in word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.  These self-guided courses are intended to help adult learners who may have no experience with computers, or the person who needs to add additional skills for the job they have or the job they hope to achieve.  Muhlenberg County residents can sign up for the program at ACE2 Adult Education Center or the Muhlenberg County Public Library.  Once registered, participants can work at home, at the library or at the Adult Education Center to attain computer skills, making them more marketable in today's competitive job market.  Call 270-338-2257 for more information.