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KET statement: Ready to Compete Act legislation
Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3) recently introduced the Ready to Compete Act in Congress, legislation that would leverage public television’s significant educational resources and broad access to reach more learners of all ages, expand economic opportunities, and help improve the nation’s long-term competitiveness.

The Ready to Compete Act (H.R. 2653) would use the considerable reach of public television – which is available in 99 percent of American households – and rich history of educational programming to expand access to high-quality enrichment for children. It would also make new investments in key job-training resources for adults through public television and the Internet.

Shae Hopkins, KET executive director, says: “Our competitive, global economy demands a workforce with more technical knowledge and skills, yet millions of Americans’ educational attainment falls short of a high school diploma. Public media is a leader in providing accessible educational opportunity for the American people through proven resources such as KET’s GED Connection and Workplace Essential Skills series. Ready To Compete will help address the needs of adult learners and help ensure that they have the knowledge and skills necessary for today’s workforce.”

A full news release about Rep. Yarmuth’s legislation is available at

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