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KCTCS preparing students for the high-tech world of manufacturing (not your grandfather’s factory work)

In today’s world of work, manufacturing requires workers to be tech-savvy. This is no longer your grandfather’s dirty, dark and dangerous factory work. Today’s manufacturing facilities are bright, clean and high tech. You’re more likely to see employees using consoles to direct the work of robots, instead of doing back-breaking manual labor. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and...

Kentucky Community and Technical College announces Shannon Gilkey as vice chancellor

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has named Shannon Gilkey vice chancellor of Academics and Workforce Development. Gilkey will be supporting the 16 KCTCS colleges in economic development initiatives and workforce development in credit, non-credit and customized training offerings. Shannon Gilkey KCTCS Chancellor Kris Williams said, “Shannon Gilkey brings a national perspective...

KCTCS, Association of Manufacturers hold ‘Going Pro Signing Day’ for advanced manufacturing hires

Rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies they’ll be working for participated in the first ever Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro Signing Day. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) sponsored celebrations for new hires in advanced manufacturing at all 16 KCTCS colleges across the state. Signees are recent KCTCS graduates...

Kentucky high school students post dual credit gains — KCTCS is up 47% over three years

High school students taking dual credit courses and the number of credits they are earning is on a sharp rise in Kentucky, according to a report presented today at the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) meeting. Statewide, nearly 35,000 high school students participated in dual credit courses through a college or university during the 2017-18 academic year, up 45 percent since the 2015-16 year. Dual...

KCTCS sustainability, conservation efforts project $66 million in energy savings over ten years

Sustainability and conservation are on everyone’s minds, especially in the middle of summer when HVAC systems traditionally are working hard. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has set its sights on ways to conserve and save money, not just during the summer, but long term. KCTCS is realizing big savings on energy costs because of energy savings performance contracts and...

Dr. Augusta Julian to retire as president of Bluegrass Community & Technical College on December 31

Bluegrass Community & Technical College president, Dr. Augusta Julian, has announced she will retire Dec. 31, 2018. Dr. Julian began her career in two-year college education 44 years ago. During this time, she taught adult education, held numerous administrative roles and, for the past 17 years, served as a community college president. She has spent the last 11 of those years at BCTC.   Under...

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...

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...

KCTCS celebrates trade worker apprecticeships during Career and Technical Education Month

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is the largest provider of workforce education in the Commonwealth preparing 82 percent of the state’s skilled trades workers. February is Career and Technical Education Month and KCTCS is highlighting its role in providing important programs that align with business needs across the state. For example, LG&E offers an apprenticeship...

CPE’s budget seeks funding increases to accelerate degree production, provide for pension costs

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved its 2018-20 biennial budget recommendation for the state’s colleges and universities. The request includes increases in performance funding and for special initiatives, and a fifth round of Bucks for Brains funding. For institutional operating funds, key priorities are to jump-start the new performance funding system to accelerate degree production,...

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: •...

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...

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...

KCTCS director Gibson receives national Giving Back Award from Insight into Diversity magazine

Natalie Gibson, M.P.A., system director for Cultural Diversity, is one of 39 recipients nationwide of the 2017 Giving Back Award presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The magazine said the award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their daily leadership duties. Natalie Gibson Recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity...

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...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System joins national emergency and disaster group

When a crisis strikes on campus, it could require a response many colleges and universities might not be equipped to handle alone. This is not limited to small schools. Higher education institutions such as Harvard University, University of Oregon, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech have all signed the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA). Now, the Kentucky Community and Technical...

KCTCS Board of Regents receives highest ranking from independent public accounting firm

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 2015-16. 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 1998. “We...

People in the News: Hilliard Lyons adds pair to staff; KCTCS VP Czarapata recognized nationally

Steve Grossman, SVP and Complex Manager for Hilliard Lyons’ Central Kentucky complex, announced the recent hiring of two professionals who will deepen and broaden the financial services that the firm already offers to clients. Jack Cunningham will launch the local office of Hilliard Lyons Trust Co., and Jenny Foley will provide comprehensive wealth planning services. Jack Cunningham Cunningham is...

KCTCS colleges sponsoring numerous events across the state in honor of Veterans Day

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are sponsoring or participating in community events to honor veterans this week. Here is a list of what’s happening around the state. Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) ACTC is sponsoring a lunch for veteran students at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at its Technology Drive campus. The speaker is U.S. Air Force veteran Stanley...