KCTCS, UK sign reverse transfer agreement in effort to help more students earn associate degrees

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward the KCTCS degree, if the credits for each institution align. “Thousands...

New CPE leadership institute for underrepresented minority faculty celebrates inaugural graduation

The Council on Postsecondary Education’s new leadership institute for underrepresented minority faculty graduated its inaugural cohort last week during a Council meeting at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The purpose of the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) is to develop more campus leaders among early career, underrepresented minority faculty who aspire to leadership...

KCTCS Board of Regents approve new associate degree programs, review elimination reports

The Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved new associate degree programs and reviewed a program elimination report at Friday’s meeting at Madisonville Community College. KCTCS colleges continually review their program offerings to ensure they meet the needs of students and the local workforce. The board approved four associate degree programs that include: •...

KCTC, UK-sponsored fifth annual Supplier Diversity Fair coming up Sept. 20 — time to register

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) are sponsoring the fifth annual Supplier Diversity Fair Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 12:30-4 p.m. (ET) at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street. The event is open to minority-owned, women-owned, differently-abled and veteran-owned businesses interested in potential opportunities with KCTCS and UK....

KCTCS sets new record for number of graduates and credentials awarded in 2016-17

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has set a new record for number of graduates and credentials awarded. For the 2016-17 academic year, 16,146 students graduated from KCTCS, which is an increase of 9 percent over the previous year. The record of 15,958 was set in 2013-14. The total number of credentials, 34,502, increased by 12 percent over the prior year. Associate degrees...

Students selected to serve on KCTCS Board of Regents, as student body co-presidents

Two students were elected by their Student Government Association (SGA) peers to serve on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) Board of Regents and to serve as student body co-presidents. Gavin Posey of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) and Ric Smith of Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) will serve one-year terms on the board and as student...

KCTC presidents, officials examine ways to think like entrepreneurs during professional workshop

Presidents and others representing several colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) took part in a professional development opportunity on adopting an entrepreneurship mindset. KCTCS, along with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), offered the event as part of the lead up to the SOAR Summit. NAACE...

Five KCTCS colleges participating in 2017 Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit on Aug. 4

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) office and its five colleges from the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) will take part in the 2017 SOAR Summit Friday, Aug. 4. KCTCS will host breakout sessions focused on aerospace and manufacturing opportunities in Appalachia at 1 p.m. and broadband and the digital economy at 2:30 p.m. KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box will moderate the two...

State Transportation Cabinet revs up new paid apprenticeship program for future mechanics

Beginning this fall, students enrolled in an automotive or diesel technology program with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) can apply to gain paid, hands-on experience with local Department of Highways maintenance garages through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) new Transportation Mechanic Apprenticeship Program (TMAP). As the state’s first automotive technician...

KCTCS board of regents approves tuition increase; cost per credit hour still lowest in state

The Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved a $6 per credit hour tuition increase at Friday’s meeting at Somerset Community College. The tuition increase equates to a $108 annual increase for those in-state students taking 18 credit hours per year, which is the average for KCTCS students. Approved out-of-state tuition rates include a $12 per credit hour rate for...

Workforce survey results show projected job growth, need for influx of skilled workers

The results from the Bridging the Talent Gap survey are in and projections for Kentucky business expansion and job growth look good. On the downside, employers say there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill those jobs. Currently, there are 51,000 open jobs in Kentucky. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHM) and the Kentucky...

New Work Ready Scholarship helps Kentuckians get in, get out and get to work — tuition free

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner announced details Wednesday about the new Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS), which provides free tuition for programs in five business sectors that are considered high wage, high demand. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) offer numerous programs in these fields, which are health care,...

People in the News: Community Trust adds Davis; Mueller named chief officer for Hagan Properties

Will G. Davis has joined Community Trust and Investment Co.’s Wealth and Trust Management team as Assistant Vice President, Relationship Officer for Retirement/Institutional Services, Andy D. Waters, President and CEO announced. Will G. Davis As a key member of Retirement/Institutional Services, Davis’ responsibilities include overseeing client relationships as well as the administration of...

People in the News: Patterson named KCTC system director; Newman to lead Dominion Senior Living

Daniel Patterson has been named system director of virtual student services for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Daniel Patterson He most recently served as a system financial aid program coordinator. Prior to that, he was interim financial aid director at Somerset Community College and was outbound operations supervisor for Presidium, Inc., now Blackboard Student Services,...

People in the News: Community Trust adds Kendrick; KCTCS’s Allen nominated to state CPA board

David Maynard, Danville Market President of Community Trust Bank, Inc., announced that Jessica Kendrick has joined Community Trust Bank as a Residential Loan Officer and Market Assistant Vice President. Jessica Kendrick Kendrick’s responsibilities include working with local consumers and businesses in Central Kentucky to find solutions to their lending needs, developing new consumer and business...

Graduation ceremonies scheduled for 16 in Kentucky Community and Technical College System

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will honor nearly 11,800 candidates, potentially receiving more than 28,800 credentials at graduation this spring. In addition to the spring graduates, many commencement exercises also will recognize students who have graduated since the May 2016 commencement. Many will earn more than one degree, diploma or certificate. Here...

People in the News: Oney named Community Bank Mt. Sterling market president; MSS gets new VP

Mark A. Gooch, President and CEO of Community Trust Bank, Inc., announced that Jody E. Oney has been promoted to the position of Mt. Sterling Market President. Oney’s responsibilities include providing consumer, residential, and commercial lending options to new and existing clients, as well as offering a variety of financial solutions to individuals and businesses including the acceptance of time...

Bridging the Talent Gap: KCTCS sponsoring survey to identify shortages, needs of state’s workforce

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is part of a statewide group sponsoring a Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) survey called Bridging the Talent Gap. The survey will help identify skill shortages in the state. The data gleaned from this survey will assist KCTCS and other education providers to better understand workforce and education needs. “This information...

Ferguson named vice president for advancement, grants, alumni affairs for KCTCS

Dr. Larry Ferguson has been named vice president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). He will oversee advancement, grants and contracts and alumni affairs. He also will serve as the executive director of the KCTCS Foundation. Dr. Larry Ferguson A former KCTCS vice chancellor for Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, Ferguson has been serving as president of Bevill...

People in the News: KCTCS’s Shreffler named to board; Fitzpatrick joins Blue Grass Community Foundation

Dr. Paul Schreffler, vice chancellor, Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently joined the board of directors of the Foundation for Kentucky Industry (FKI). The not-for-profit foundation, which is aligned with the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, works to attract, educate, and retain talent for the Commonwealth’s manufacturing...