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Project Graduate helps working adults finish college

downloadKentucky’s public four-year universities are reaching out to former students who have a high number of credit hours with an offer to help them complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Through Project Graduate, campuses are offering a concierge approach to help busy working adults get on the fast track to graduation. Those with 80 or more credit hours are eligible for the program.

“We have both a moral responsibility to these adults who are nearly three-quarters of the way to the finish line, as well as an urgent state imperative to grow the quality of our current and future workforce through higher education,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King.

As part of the program, campuses have ramped up their adult-friendly incentives and services. A sampling includes waiving application fees, credit for prior learning and for military service, as well as personalized academic and career advising. Incentives vary by university. Project Graduate advisors have been contacting former students through direct mail, emails, phone calls, social media and other promotions.

The Council on Postsecondary Education has also launched a website – projectgraduate.org – to provide prospective students with contact information for advisors and incentives available by campus.

The completion program is one of numerous strategies the Council is pushing to boost the state’s education attainment to 60 percent of the working-age population with a credential or degree by 2030.