If you attended college but never graduated with a degree, Kentucky education officials want to get you back in school.
A state program called Project Graduate will hold an online college fair on Sept. 30 for prospective students, allowing them to talk to college advisors through text and video chat so they can get re-enrolled to finish their degrees.
All of Kentucky's public universities and community colleges are part of Project Graduate. The schools will waive application fees for students who attend the fair and enroll for classes in spring 2015.
To qualify for Project Graduate, students must have earned 80 or more credit hours toward a bachelor's degree or 30 or more hours toward an associate degree.
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The Council on Postsecondary Education started Project Graduate in 2007. The program has helped more than 1,500 students earn their bachelor's degrees. Another 1,000 were in the pipeline last fall.
This fall, the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System joined the program.
"If Kentucky is to compete in a 21st century economy, we must have a highly trained, skilled, educated workforce, and this initiative gets us closer to that goal," Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson said at a news conference Tuesday. "It really does take a community-wide effort, and I applaud CPE, KCTCS and the state's four-year universities for their ongoing efforts to help make college more attainable for our citizens of all ages."
The program is aimed at helping Kentucky reach its goal of having more residents with college degrees.
In 2013-14, state schools handed out 21,874 bachelors' degrees statewide, about 1,000 degrees shy of the Council on Postsecondary Education's goal of 22,900.
The college fair will be held from 11a.m. to 9 p.m. Students can register at www.projectgraduate.org until the day of the fair.