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Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship provides free tuition for many Big Sandy programs

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Sec. Hal Heiner announced details today about the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS), which will help thousands of Kentuckians become more marketable in the workplace. The scholarship provides free tuition for programs in five fields that are considered high-wage, high-demand in Kentucky. Those fields are health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/information technology and construction/trades. 

Anyone who has not yet earned a college degree of any type is eligible for the free tuition for a certificate or diploma in one of the five fields. There are no income or age limits to qualify. The only educational requirement to apply is a high school diploma or GED. Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) students in the Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY) program also are eligible. AOKY allows students to earn a GED while also taking college courses. 

BSCTC offers numerous programs in the fields eligible for the WRKS. This includes, but is not limited to, a 16-week Healthcare Fast Path program where students can earn certifications as a nurses’ aide, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist, CPR and OSHA in addition to classes in medical coding and medical terminology; advanced manufacturing; and electrical technology (afternoon, evening and online courses available).  

“If people want to get a good job or improve their skills to get a better job, they should look into the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship,” said Dr. Alan Scheibmeir, interim president of BSCTC. “Not everyone wants or needs a bachelor’s degree, so this is a great opportunity for people who want to get in, get out and get to work quickly.” 

Information about all programs eligible for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship can be found at www.workreadykentucky.com. The scholarship will be administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and students must file a Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) before applying for the WRKS. The FAFSA form is available at www.fafsa.gov and the WRKS application can be found at www.kheaa.com

For additional questions or information, call Gail Cooley at (606) 886-7364 or email gail.cooley@kctcs.edu.