Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY)

The What, When, Where, Who, How & Why...of AOKY

What (is Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky)?

Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY) is an educational and workforce initiative that combines basic skills education (math, reading and writing) with technical training in order to prepare students for high-demand jobs or to continue on with their educational studies. AOKY — a partnership between Jefferson Community & Technical College; Jefferson County Public Schools Adult & Continuing Education; KentuckianaWorks; and the Office of Employment & Training — is based on the belief that postsecondary credentials are the gateway to family-supporting wages. What makes AOKY unique is that classes are team-taught by JCTC instructors as well as JCPS Adult Ed instructors, who are also in class 50% of the time teaching students.

The goals of AOKY are to: 

    1. Identify and remove barriers that prevent adults from entering and completing their education.
    2. Allow adults to earn ‘stackable’ credentials that bear academic credit.
    3. Work with area businesses to ensure adults are acquiring the skills needed for the workforce.
    4. Build sustainable programs so adults receive the education needed to land jobs with family-sustaining wages.
    5. Provide personalized attention and support to students as well as offer ‘wrap-around’ services for academic/non-academic issues. 

Currently, AOKY offers classes in the following academic areas:

    1. Automotive Technology;
    2. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education; and
    3. Multi-Skilled Machine Maintenance.

Program descriptions can be found on the JCTC web site.

Where (are AOKY classes be held)?

All AOKY classes are held at JCTC, either at the Technical Campus or the Southwest Campus.

Who (is a good candidate for AOKY)?

AOKY is for adults who want to: 

  1. Further their academic career by going to college to receive short-term credentialing.
  2. Receive extra help in math, reading and writing.
  3. Enter or re-enter the workforce.  

How (can someone get started with AOKY)?

In order to be an AOKY student there are three main requirements: 

    1. An adult has to be a high school graduate or have a GED.
    2. And adult has to take the TABE Test (Test for Adult Basic Education) in Reading and Language.
      • Note: Testing is held at the Nia Center (29th & Broadway) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 12:30pm. If an individual has previously taken the TABE, their results can be faxed to 502-213-2425, Attention: Dan O’Bryan.
    3. An adult has to complete a Financial Aid application (FAFSA) at  

Why (be a part of AOKY)?

AOKY offers students:

    1. Personalized attention and support from JCTC and JCPS Adult Ed instructors.
    2. Assistance with resume development, job searching, and how to utilize academic/non-academic ‘wrap-around’ services.
    3. A pathway to a better-paying, high-demand job...and a brighter future!
    4. In many cases, college classes at little to no cost through Financial Aid or a variety of other funding streams.

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Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky Partners:

  • Jefferson Community and Technical College
  • Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education
  • Kentucky Office of Employment and Training; KentuckianaWorks
  • The Greater Louisville Automobile Dealers Association (GLADA)
Supported by:
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The Open Society Foundations
Accelerating Opportunity National Partners:
  • Jobs for the Future
  • National College Transition Network
  • National Council on Workforce Education
  • The Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges