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accelerating opportunity

Accelerating Opportunity

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Mission

Kentucky adults will be able to train for better-paying jobs and for better futures faster.

Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky has been designed for you if:

  • You want to raise scores in math, reading, or writing
  • You are enrolled in Developmental or Transitional classes
  • You are seeking a GED
  • You want a new job in a year or less
  • You want to advance in your current career

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accelerating opportunityAccelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY)

  • is helping low-skilled students become college and career ready at an accelerated pace, allowing them to earn market bearing credentials quicker
  • uses a team teaching approach where basic skills and study skills are taught along with the chosen occupational/technical program
  • provides participants with additional support from a success coach and a career coach
  • allows students without a high school diploma or GED® to earn a GED® while enrolled in AOKY
  • brings students to the college who may not otherwise have enrolled
  • provides a clear pathway to a career that includes a short-term credential that allows the student to become employed upon completing the program or allows them to pursue additional credentials
  • drives economic growth by aligning training and education to industry needs that lead to family-sustaining jobs in high demand fields
  • is building a pipeline to better jobs

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Gwen TaylorGwen Taylor, Project Coordinator
Accelerating Opportunity
gwen.taylor@kctcs.edu
270-534-3127
 Anderson Technical Building - Room 111

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Cory WillisCory Willis

The Accelerating Opportunity initiative is a new approach to teaching by mixing career training with additional support for math, writing, and reading inside and outside the classroom.  This student-first approach offers participants the skills they need to succeed in college and compete in the workforce.

Students are matched with a success coach and a career coach. The success coach helps students with college paperwork, provides support, and develops plans for students to meet their goals, tracks their progress and makes referrals as needed.  The career coach conducts a skills assessment, assists with resume writing, job search activities, training services, career counseling, and provides job referrals

Accelerated Opportunity identifies and removes barriers that prevent adults from entering college and completing their education. The program works with the business community to ensure students are getting the skills they need in the workplace, while implementing worker-friendly, flexible programs that result in a job with family sustaining wages.

Earning a college degree and military service has always been two of Cory Willis’ passions. After he graduated from Graves County High School in 2007, Cory enrolled at West Kentucky Community & Technical College to begin his pursuit of an associate degree. Cory was taking his general education courses, and as it had been most of his life, math was a stumbling block for him.
During his first semester, Cory decided to withdrawal from classes and to take a break from college. He decided to follow his passion to serve in the military first. Cory joined the Army and proudly served his country for four years including a one-year tour in Iraq with Operation New Dawn.
Cory didn’t give up on going to college. With the life experience he gained in the military, Cory returned to WKCTC in fall 2013 to make a fresh start.

Cory was interested in the college’s industrial maintenance program, but he knew he still needed help to boost his math scores on the COMPASS assessment test.  He was referred to the WKCTC’s Accelerating Opportunity office, and he’s never looked back.

Cory enrolled in the Industrial Maintenance Feeder Pathway for Accelerating Opportunity. He took electrical principles, industrial safety and welding, while continuing to work with an adult education instructor to improve his COMPASS math scores.  In one semester he earned a Welder Helper Certificate and a 30-hour General Industry Safety and Health Card. In the spring 2014, Cory earned another certificate as an electrical mechanic.  

In May 2014, Cory applied for a position as a dispatcher at P&L Railroad. With the skills set he acquired and developed in Accelerating Opportunity, Cory excelled in the interview process.  He climbed through two interviews to the final meeting with the president of the company.  Cory was offered and accepted the job.  

Cory credits Accelerating Opportunity with his success. “I earned technical education certifications that helped me get a great job, and got the assistance I needed to improve my math skills at the same time; it’s an awesome program!”

Cory plans to take advantage of WKCTC’s online offerings to continue his education. “I feel confident that I now have the skills to do well on the math part of the COMPASS test, and then take the next step toward earning my college degree.”