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Earn & Learn Helps Foster Youth Boost Their Earning Potential!


Earn and Learn is an initiative sponsored by the Department for Community Based Services that supports current and former foster youth in boosting their earning potential through the completion of short term vocational programs or earning their GED.

Participants earn weekly wages while they pursue a short term training certificate in a high demand job.  Participants are able to select a program that can be completed in a year or less from the wide selection available through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).  Youth can be enrolled part or full time and the classes can be online or in person at their local KCTCS campus.

Explore programs here.

  • Select a KCTCS College

  • Choose a Sector

  • Only certificate programs are eligible for Earn & Learn

No high school diploma?  No Problem!

Earn and Learn participants with no high school diploma

can still earn wages while pursuing their GED.


Earn and Learn participants are matched with a Success Coach who will assist them in selecting a program that best matches their skill set and interests.  The Coach will assist the participant through the college enrollment and registration process as well as provide ongoing academic and career planning support.

Weekly Wages

The program provides participants with weekly wages while they pursue the vocational certificate or GED.  Earn up to $350 per week, depending on the number of credit hours taken.


Tuition and mandatory fees to complete the vocational program are waived for the participants through the Tuition Waiver for Foster and Adopted Children.  The program will cover other costs associated with pursuing the certificate including book, supplies, etc.

Who can participate?

Current and former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 22.  To be considered you must complete an interview process and be selected for participation.

Space is limited! 


For more information, contact Lorraine Wilbur at


Business & IT  Programs

Construction & Transportation Programs



Not sure what path

is right for you?


Take this skills assessment to focus in on your interests and skills.

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