Adult Education Programs

A key factor affecting Muhlenberg County’s future continues to be the ability to attract quality companies to the county and to encourage the companies in Muhlenberg County to expand their facilities.  In order to do this, building a skilled workforce will be critical. The Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation is committed to do all it can to help build that workforce. 

GED Learn & Earn Program 

Partnering with Madisonville Community College (MCC), the Foundation has implemented several programs which focus on developing a skilled workforce for the future by encouraging Muhlenberg residents to complete a degree program, and supporting them in those efforts. 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.  

According to the most recent Kentucky Workforce data, 17% 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 Learn & Earn program.  This program is offered in partnership with Madisonville Community College's Muhlenberg County Adult Education Center (50 Career Way in Central City).  Muhlenberg County residents can earn up to $300 in cash stipends through the GED Learn & Earn Program.  Once a student studies 20 hours, they will receive their first $50 stipend, and after they complete a section of the GED they will receive an additional $50 stipend for each section of the GED they pass.  Finally, once students have achieved their GED, they qualify for a congratulatory $50 stipend.  For more information, call 270-338-2257 or visit https://www.facebook.com/muhlenbergcoACE2.       

 

 

Martin Scholars Associate Degree 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 41% 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.  

Increasing the number of Muhlenberg County adults with at least an Associate Degree is vital to the future economic growth of Muhlenberg County. Kentucky Work Ready stats show that over 41% of Muhlenberg County residents have some college experience, but 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.  

The Martin Scholars Program offers cash stipends to Muhlenberg County residents age 25 and older who have completed at least 30 hours of college credit from a regionally accredited college or university, but have not yet achieved a degree.  Students accepted in the program who enroll full-time will receive a $500 cash stipend (or $250 for part-time students) each semester they make satisfactory progress toward a degree at MCC.  Students may use the funds to offset any costs one may encounter while finishing their degree: books, supplies, transportation, child care, etc.  In addition, each Martin Scholar will receive a $400 bonus when they complete a workforce readiness seminar and their degree at MCC!  For more information on the program about the Martin Scholars Program, contact Penny Jessup at MCC's Muhlenberg Campus at 270-757-9881 or penny.jessup@kctcs.edu.