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Three KCTCS colleges named to top 150 by Aspen Institute; now eligible for 2021 $1 million Aspen Prize

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to announce the Aspen Institute has ranked three KCTCS colleges among the top 150 in the country. Those selected are: • Big Sandy Community and Technical College • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College • West Kentucky Community and Technical College “To achieve this recognition is no small feat,” KCTCS...

Four KCTCS colleges receive grants of more than $7.75 million from U.S. Department of Education

Four colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently received grants totaling more than $7.75 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grants are a result of the department’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program competition. Colleges will receive the funds over a five-year period. Big Sandy Community and Technical College was awarded $2.25 million...

EKU awarded $1.46 million ARC POWER Investment to open four aviation maintenance technician schools

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through its POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative has announced an investment of $1,463,927 in Eastern Kentucky University’s “Kentucky’s Appalachia Aviation Maintenance Technician Training” project. The 18-month program, slated to begin training students in January 2020, will be partially taught...

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...

Prestonsburg City’s Utilities Commission, Big Sandy CTC announce new apprenticeship program

Prestonsburg City’s Utilities Commission and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg have announced the creation of a new apprenticeship program. The three-year Registered Apprenticeship specializes in the occupations of Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment Operators. Apprentices will receive 2,000 on-the-job and 144 classroom training hours per year and will earn a nationally...

American Metal Works, Big Sandy Community and Technical College team for apprenticeship program

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from American Metal Works and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. The first of its kind in the region, this CNC Programming apprenticeship will enable area apprentices to begin a 4-year Computer Numerical Control (CNC) program at American Metal Works that will require 2,000...

Rural Blog: ARC awards $26 million to job training projects in coal-impacted communities in five states

The Appalachian Region Commission has announced 28 awards of nearly $26 million in coal-impacted communities in five states with two of the largest grants going to Prestonsburg and Hazard. ARC said funds will “train more than 7,300 workers and students impacted by the changing coal economy in certificate, credentialing, and other workforce development programs. They will also create or retain...

Five KCTCS colleges to participate in this week’s SOAR Innovation Summit in Pikeville

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) five colleges from the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) will take part in the SOAR 2016 Innovation Summit, which will showcase solutions for issues facing the region. The five colleges are Ashland Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College, Southeast Kentucky...

Kentucky Coal Academy showcasing new mine training facility during upcoming open house

The Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) will host an open house 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at its Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) Harlan Campus at 164 Ball Park Road, to mark the opening of its new Mine Training Facility. “The Kentucky Coal Academy is proud to have a home in Harlan, and is excited to continue providing innovative trainings to new and active miners in Kentucky...