A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Allstate Foundation awards $50,000 in grants to Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Allstate Foundation awarded the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) $50,000 to support its nationally recognized Economic Empowerment Project this year. The Allstate Foundation and KCADV have partnered for 13 years to break the cycle of domestic violence through economic empowerment. Since 2015, the foundation has made grants of close to $1.2 million to KCADV and its member programs. Advocates...

BCTC celebrates opening of new Science Education Center on the school’s Newtown Pike campus

The dedication of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Science Education Center (SEC) took place Monday with an open house and ribbon cutting. Community partners, city, county and state officials, college leadership, students, faculty and staff celebrated the opening of the SEC on the Newtown Campus in Lexington. “This project represents a true community partnership: our college, the Kentucky...

CPE report: 60 percent of state’s working-age adults will have postsecondary credential by 2030

Kentucky’s colleges and universities are on track to increase the educational attainment of the state’s working-age population from 45 percent of the population with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by the year 2030. The Council on Postsecondary Education approved an annual progress report that shows undergraduate degrees and credentials at Kentucky’s public and independent colleges...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System to graduate nearly 15,000 in Spring ceremonies

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will honor nearly 15,000 candidates, potentially receiving more than 31,000* credentials, at graduation this spring. In addition to the spring graduates, many commencement exercises also will recognize students who have graduated since the May 2017 commencement. Many will earn more than one degree, diploma or certificate;...

KCTCS colleges partner with Metalsa for registered apprenticeships in effort to build, maintain workforce

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is the largest provider of workforce education in Kentucky and has partnerships with businesses across the Commonwealth. One of the longest standing partnerships is with Metalsa Structural Products, which has registered apprenticeship programs with Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC)....

Kentucky Community and Technical College System celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week

February 17-24 is National Entrepreneurship Week and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is working with and helping entrepreneurs around the state. For example, several colleges have business incubators right on campus. Ashland Community and Technical College began its program in 2004 with several goals, one of which was changing the culture of the region to include entrepreneurial...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves diversity plan for state’s colleges and universities

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved campus diversity plans for the public four-year universities and the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at its meeting Friday. The five-year plans aim to boost enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students, particularly underrepresented minorities and low-income students. The plans also promote workforce diversity...

KCTCS reaches milestone with three million students having completed workforce training since 2000

The Workforce Solutions team at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has reached a milestone. They have provided services for more than three million program participants since the program began in 2000. The 16 colleges of KCTCS offer customized training and support services for business and industry statewide. One example is WACKER Chemical Corporation in Calvert City, which...

KCTCS regents get good news about the audit, ratify six certificate programs, approve degrees

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents received positive results from the organization’s annual independent financial audit for the fiscal year 2016-17.  The opinion issued by Crowe Horwarth LLP was an “unmodified opinion,” the highest opinion offered by public accounting firms. KCTCS has received an unmodified opinion every year since its inception in...

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...