Kentucky's Ready to Work Program
Non-traditional students receive higher GPAs and have higher completion and success rates when given adequate supports. Kentucky's Ready-to-Work program (RTW) is designed to support low-income student parents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and provides work-study jobs and peer support groups, along with intensive case management. Students in the program have achieved higher grade point averages (GPA) and program retention and completion rates. The retention rate in Spring 2007 was 84 percent for RTW students and 75 percent for other community college students. In addition, the average GPA for RTW students was 2.73, compared to the average college GPA of 2.66.
Source: King-Simms, Shauna. Summary of the Ready-to-Work End-of Semester Report. Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Spring 2007.