A program that has helped thousands of Kentuckians get a college education will end due to state budget cuts, reports the Herald-Dispatch. Kentucky Educational Television will stop airing College Courses after the fall 2008 semester, KET spokesman Tim Bischoff told The Kentucky Enquirer. The program offered classes for busy students and those in rural areas for 30 years. More than 140,000 students have enrolled in the program since it was first offered in 1978 as a way to appeal to nontraditional students. The Council on Postsecondary Education had funded the program with a $182,700 annual grant, but it notified KET it would discontinue the grant this year because of state budget cuts. Gov. Steve Beshear plans to talk with the Council on Postsecondary Education "to determine if the source of those funds is gone long term or if there might be other things that we can do," said spokesman Jay Blanton.

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