FRANKFORT — A nonprofit group has awarded Kentucky and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System a $1 million grant to improve retention in the statewide junior college system.
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday that KCTCS was awarded the grant from Complete College America to improve its Learn on Demand online degree program.
Learn on Demand, which was launched in 2009, focuses on high-tech and high-demand careers such as nursing and information technology. Students can take the courses online at any time.
The $1 million grant will be used to add tutoring and academic advising, which educators hope will encourage more people to complete their degrees.
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Only 25 percent of community college students nationwide complete their degrees in three years, according to Complete College America.
The $1 million grant was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Kentucky is one of 10 states to be awarded the grant.