Description: Skill Up Kentucky is a contextualized GED program that emphasizes the integration of 21st Century skills through problem-based instructional activities targeting a variety of workplace contexts. Through this innovative new program, students obtain their GED while developing a wide range of professional soft skills to enhance their marketability for the global workplace of the 21st century. At the end of this six-month adult education program, students earn their GED NCRC, Microsoft digital literacy certifications, and college credits in the contextualized field of study.
Laurie Henry Dr. Henry (vita in Word) joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 2007 as an assistant professor of early adolescent literacy. She came to Lexington from Connecticut where she began her career as a middle school teacher. Dr. Henry has a B.S. in special education and an M.A. in education from the University of Connecticut where she also earned a Ph.D. in Cognition and Instruction with an emphasis on literacy and technology. Dr. Henry is the curriculum developer of the Skill Up Kentucky program. Her research interests focus on 21st century skill development, Internet-based literacy skills, and social equity issues related to the digital divide. (Note: link the words “Skill Up Kentucky” above to the subpage for this program). Also, please replace photo with new one. Email: LaurieHenry@uky.edu