FRANKFORT, Ky. — After a competitive application process, Kentucky was one of six states selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the College in High School Alliance (CHSA) to attend the College in High School Alliance’s dual and concurrent enrollment workshop March 25-26 in Arlington, Virginia.
The workshop’s purpose is to expand equitable access to high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment and/or early college programs. Participating states will receive in-depth technical assistance from policy experts and collaborate with teams from other states. In addition to Kentucky, Alabama, Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada and Vermont have been selected to attend the workshop. A team from the District of Columbia will be participating in the workshop as observers.
The NGA and CHSA selected Kentucky based on a range of criteria, including geographic distribution, demonstrated level of gubernatorial interest in state college in high school programs, the state’s conduciveness to change, and the strength of the team the state proposed to bring to the workshop. The Kentucky contingent will include a representative from the governor’s office, K-12 and higher education.
“We are honored that Kentucky has been selected for this national workshop. This recognition from NGA and CHSA speaks volumes about the commitment that we are making as a state to give all of our high school students every opportunity to excel in school and life,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Making dual-credit programs accessible to all Kentucky students is a priority for my administration because it gives students a jump start on their postsecondary education path, whether that is a four-year university or technical school, and their careers.”
“We often lose our young people in the most critical crossroads in their education from pre-k to k-12, and k-12 to postsecondary,’ said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who is also secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. “Programs like dual credit can bridge the gap from high school to postsecondary education to make sure that Kentuckians have a greater chance at success and enter the workforce in a strong position.”