Online Learning When You're Ready: Pearson, Kentucky Community & Technical College System Offer Self-Paced Education, Workforce Training Programs

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KCTCS Online Offers Students Access to Education--Anytime, Anyplace.

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Through this partnership, we are able to serve working adults who need shorter timeframes for getting their education. Pearson has been with us from the beginning. They understand this learning model and continue to help us by delivering engaging content to our course developers.

Like most community colleges across the country, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System is the go-to place for residents seeking opportunities to enhance their skills or train for new careers. As the largest provider of higher education and workforce training in the state, KCTCS has faced new challenges as a result of the economic downturn, including growing enrollments and increased demand for flexible learning options.

KCTCS is meeting its students' needs with KCTCS Online--an innovative partnership between the community college system and Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services. Using Pearson's digital content and courses, KCTCS Online is a fully customizable, affordable and simple online alternative to in-person classes, allowing students to work at their own pace to prepare for high-demand careers in information technology, business administration and nursing.

"Pearson is a strong partner with a clear understanding of what we need," said Sandy Cook, System Director for Distance Learning Technologies at KCTCS. "Through this partnership, we are able to serve working adults who need shorter timeframes for getting their education. Pearson has been with us from the beginning. They understand this learning model and continue to help us by delivering engaging content to our course developers."

KCTCS Online courses are separated into bite-size classes, or modules, with each section focusing on a specific skill that takes only three to eight weeks to complete--giving students an easy, inexpensive way to upgrade their skills quickly. Students begin a new module whenever they're ready--offering an on-demand educational experience--unlike at other online colleges with fixed course schedules.

KCTCS Online students earn credit from each module that they can apply toward courses and degree programs at any of the 16 KCTCS colleges. Students also earn credit for prior knowledge--if they test out of a module, they receive full credit. In addition, tuition at KCTCS Online is the lowest in Kentucky at $125 per credit hour, with individual modules costing as little as $60 to $90 each.

KCTCS Online courses are enhanced with Pearson's digital assets, including CourseConnect customizable courses and the MyLabs online homework and tutorial programs, which are customized into specific chapters for each module, so students only buy the course materials they need for a particular section.

"Pearson's partnership with KCTCS offers students a unique opportunity to develop their job skills and build their knowledge base to prepare for better careers and ultimately improve their lives," said Don Kilburn, CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions. "KCTCS Online is a flexible, affordable solution for Kentucky residents in search of educational opportunities that fit into their work and family responsibilities."

Pearson Learning Solutions provides complete, customizable online courses in disciplines such as business, general education, allied health, criminal justice, paralegal, education, and information security, plus a full suite of custom media options. Pearson's courseware services and library offerings are powered by best practices in instructional design and crafted by a team of course writers, subject matter experts and technologists. These best practices ensure alignment with today's workforce development initiatives of retraining America's workforce and producing a qualified labor pool.

For more information about Pearson's customizable solutions for education and workforce development, please visit http://www.pearsonlearningsolutions.com.

More information about the Kentucky Community & Technical College is available at http://www.kctcs.edu.

About Pearson Learning Solutions
Pearson Learning Solutions is a business unit within Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services. As an education partner and consultant to higher education institutions, Pearson Learning Solutions is committed to designing total, client-driven education solutions. We are a team of world-class education experts, instructional designers, curriculum development experts, education course writers, development editors and experienced textbook publishers. We tailor solutions to each institution's individual needs, including off-the-shelf online, in the classroom or blended courses, or fully customized curriculum development. We also provide a wide range of technology tools and learning platforms to help students, faculty and institutions succeed.

Media Contact: Susan Aspey, Susan.aspey(at)pearson(dot)com or (800) 745-8489

About KCTCS Online
The Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) is the largest higher education provider in Kentucky. In 2008, KCTCS Online was started as an effort to provide even more Kentuckians with an affordable, flexible education. KCTCS Online prepares students for high-demand careers through its module system, in which students can quickly acquire the skills they need to earn a promotion, professional certification or an online degree. KCTCS Online offers fully accredited learning that transfers to other schools and can be eligible for financial aid. Tuition at KCTCS Online is among the lowest in the nation. Individual modules cost as little as $60 for critical skills training from fully accredited institutions. For more information, go to http://online.kctcs.edu.

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