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Hardin County Skills U with Heartland Adult Education Consortium

Listing Last Update: February 21, 2019


600 College Street Rd.
OTB Room 310
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Primary Contact

Diane Kelley

(270) 769-8866 Ext:Cell 270 304 4893

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

Hardin County Skills U is the lead program for the Heartland Adult Education Consortium which includes: Hardin , Breckinridge, Hart, LaRue,and Marion County Skills U (Adult Education) programs. Hardin County SKILLS U has always been about the future. For all Kentuckians to prosper, every citizen must be prepared to function well in the workforce, the community, and the home. The bottom line is simple. If Kentuckians have a good education:

  • They can compete for good jobs
  • They can support their families
  • Their children are more likely to succeed in school and beyond
  • The Commonwealth can make a compelling case for companies opening or expanding their businesses in Kentucky

Hardin County SKILLS U, a top ranked state program, offers classes to help people prepare for the GED Ready Test (mandated in the state of Kentucky), Official GED Test, Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), College Entrance Assessment, National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC), Kentucky Essential Skills Certification (KESC), Kentucky Career Readiness Certification (KCRC), College preparation, and the Armed Forces Entrance exam (ASVAB).

Our EMPOWER program offers limited one-on-one tutoring to supplement classroom learning.

Our program offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Preparation.

In 2018 Hardin County Skills U was ranked #3 of 120 counties in GED attainment.

Mission Statement

MISSION: The mission of Hardin County Skills U is to provide instructional programs, support, and encouragement to empower all individuals in meeting their educational, personal, career, and family goals.

VISION: Our vision is to meet the changing needs of the community by continuously developing,
monitoring, and improving our programs and services.

VALUES: We value the uniqueness of all individuals and the contributions they make in our community.

Hours of operation: 8:30 am- 4 pm (MWF) and until 8 pm (T/TH)

Cost info: All services are free; however, there is a cost to the official GED assessment. Currently, with a grant from Dollar General, we are able to reduce the cost significantly and in some cases provide and opportunity for FREE GED testing.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Meet Danielle who, through Hardin County SKILLS U, earned her GED, Kentucky Essential Skills Certification (KESC), Kentucky Career Readiness Certification (KCRC), and an acceptance letter to ECTC. When she dons her cap and gown for graduation, she will also be wearing a career readiness cord. She has inspired others in her circle of friends to pursue the GED. Congratulations Danielle!

Her Story: Coming from a broken home and being exposed to drugs and alcohol around the age of nine, I began a downward spiral. I could never excel in school. I was preoccupied and began seeing attention through negative behaviors. As time passed, my self-esteem was all but diminished. All through life I was told I was a failure so eventually I quit trying. This went on for 16 years of my life. It was always my dream to be able to go back to school one day, but the fear of failure held me back. Eventually I was able to break out of the prison I put myself in. I found some courage deep down inside myself to stop believing the lie. Today I stand here with a GED Diploma and an acceptance letter into college. I know that nothing is impossible. It's OK to dream big! Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

Danielle L. Wease

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Hardin County SKILLS U continues to be ranked as a top program in the state of Kentucky, for GED attainment and overall performance.

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