13 KAR 3:060 - High school equivalency diploma awarded for credit hour completion at Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions

RELATES TO: KRS 151B.403, 151B.408

NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 151B.403 requires the Office of Adult Education (Kentucky Skills U Program) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to establish programs aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, or any other similar standards adopted by the federal Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, which upon successful completion, shall result in the issuance of a High School Equivalency Diploma. This administrative regulation establishes the criteria and conditions for the issuance of a high school equivalency diploma upon successful completion of credit hours at Kentucky Community and Technical College institutions in certain content areas.

Section 1. Definitions.
(1) "Credit for prior learning" means college credit:
(a) For the college-level knowledge and skills gained from non-college instructional programs or life experiences, including credit awarded pursuant to 13 KAR 2:025 and KRS 164.2951(2)(e), employment, military experience, civic activities, and volunteer service; and
(b) That is evaluated through nationally standardized exams in specific disciplines, challenge exams for specific courses at individual institutions, evaluations of non-college training programs, and individualized assessments.
(2) "Eligible candidate" means an individual that:
(a) Has reached his or her 19th birthday;
(b) Has not obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent;
(c) Meets the admission and placement requirements of 13 KAR 2:020; and
(d) Maintains a Kentucky address.
(3) "KCTCS" means the Kentucky Community and Technical College System as defined in KRS 164.001(13).
(4) "KYSU" means the Kentucky Skills U program within the Education & Workforce Development Cabinet.
(5) "OCTAE" means the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career Technical and Adult Education.
(6) "Successful completion" means:
(a) Passing with a course grade greater than or equal to "C" constituting a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; or
(b) Being awarded credit for prior learning as indicated on an official KCTCS transcript.
Section 2. Course Requirements.
(1) An eligible candidate shall qualify for a Commonwealth of Kentucky High School Equivalency Diploma upon successful completion of a minimum of three (3) credit hours in each of the following content areas as certified with an official KCTCS transcript:
(a) Written communication;
(b) Quantitative reasoning;
(c) Natural sciences; and
(d) Social and behavioral sciences.
(2) KCTCS and KYSU shall review the competencies gained in entry-level courses in these content areas. Those entry-level courses with competencies that meet or exceed the skills demonstrated through passing the GED® exam at college ready level shall be eligible for the program and published in a list on the KYSU Web site.
Section 3. Issuance of Commonwealth of Kentucky High School Equivalency Diploma. An eligible candidate shall provide the following to Kentucky Skills U for the High School Equivalency Diploma to be issued:
(1) Legal name, date of birth, social security number, phone number, email address, home address, list of eligible courses, and signature;
(2) A twenty-five (25) dollar non-refundable application and processing fee; and
(3) An official KCTCS transcript documenting successful completion of the qualifying credit hours.


13 KAR 3:060
44 Ky.R. 2702; eff. 8-31-2018; Certified to be amended; filing deadline 8-4-2021; 48 Ky.R. 849, 2017; eff. 4/5/2022.


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