The Hardin/La­Rue Skills U program that allows adults to earn their Gen­er­al Educational De­vel­op­ment diploma has made numerous changes this year.

Diane Kelley, director of Skills U, said the program recently merged with LaRue County. The Hardin County Board of Edu­cation approved the merger in June and it went into effect in July.

According to an HCS Board of Ed­u­ca­tion document, the mer­ger is estimated to save the Heartland Adult Education Con­sort­ium about $27,000 in salary each year. The Heartland Education Consortium spans across Breckinridge, Har­din, Hart LaRue County and Marion Counties.

“That’s working well,” she said.

The Hardin/LaRue Skills U program has added four afternoon classes and two Sat­ur­days a mon­th. Kelley said the afternoon classes help those who work over­night and cannot attend morning classes or evening classes.

“Those have been rather successful,” she said.

The program also hired a distance learning coordinator who works with students who physically can’t come to class because of employment, lack of transportation or child care. These students take online courses to obtain their GED diploma.

“They need a coordinator to help them stay focused, just like a college instructor would help an online person stay focused,” Kelley said.

The Heartland Adult Education Consortium also ranked as the top adult education service area provider in the state by Kentucky Skills U for the 2019 fiscal year.

The Hardin County De­ten­tion Center’s GED program also earned top honors within the state, Kelley said.

“We’re really excited about that,” she said.

Kelley said the new resources added to the GED service program could impact the local workforce.

“The more people that get GEDs, the more people are eligible for quite a few of our employers. Many of the employers require a GED,” she said.

More information about Hardin/LaRue Skills U can be obtained by contacting Kelley at 270-304-4893 or at

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or

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