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Council on Postsecondary Education report shows strong growth in minority degrees and credentials

Even with the turmoil of COVID-19, minority students in Kentucky achieved steady gains in college degrees and credentials last year, and overall, the state remains on pace to meet its educational attainment goals in 2030. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) released those findings – among many others – as part of its annual progress report on colleges and universities in the commonwealth....

CPE announces 19 minority educators to join Academic Leadership Development Institute

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has announced 19 professionals from across the state will join the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) this year to prepare for influential roles in higher education. Coordinated by the Council, ALDI provides a series of interactive sessions and small group seminars led by faculty and administrators from across Kentucky and other states....

CPE calls on educators across Ky. to take steps to shore up college enrollment after significant decline

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is calling on education leaders across the state to take decisive steps to combat a drop in college enrollment, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. The latest data from CPE shows that undergraduate enrollment at four-year public universities declined 2.1% in fall 2020, and it’s down 7.3% compared to five years ago. At the Kentucky Community and...

CPE data shows college graduation, retention rates continue to climb; costs remain steady across state

Despite a spring semester marred by COVID-19, graduation and retention rates continued to climb at Kentucky’s public universities last year, and the net cost of attending college has held mostly steady across the state. The latest data from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that the six-year graduation rate at four-year public universities reached 56.4% in the 2019-20 academic...

KCTCS suspends presidential search amid pandemic, Paul Czarapata to remain interim president

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is ending the search for the next president of for the time being. The search committee completed its work and the KCTCS Board of Regents had selected four finalists. The next step of the process was to conduct in-person interviews, which were planned for later this month. Given the current situation regarding COVID-19 cases and the uncertain...

KCTCS Board of Regents approves remaining in KERS; postpones ongoing presidential search

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents received an update on the pros and cons of exiting or continuing participation within the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS). The Board adopted a resolution that authorizes KCTCS’ continuing participation in the KERS for the 385 employees who participate in the retirement system. KCTCS employs roughly 7,600 regular...

New Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship campaign encourages adults to go to college

Never Underestimate You! That’s the mantra behind a new campaign for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost education and employability among adults. The scholarship, which West Kentucky Community and Technical College WKCTC) began offering in 2017, offers up to 60 hours of free tuition for anyone who has not yet earned an associate degree. It covers various technical programs...

National report shows BCTC earn-and-learn program, KY FAME, has outstanding outcomes for graduates

Programable logic controllers and robotics may not sound like areas of study most people would think of when it comes to manufacturing. But for veteran Tim Leshney, employee of Toyota in Georgetown, they are part of his daily job. Leshney is a graduate of Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) program at the Georgetown-Scott...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College receives two regional marketing awards

Paducah resident Mary Beth Head recently received two of more than a dozen awards for outstanding achievement in marketing communications awarded to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and four of its community colleges, college officials have announced. The Medallion Awards sponsored by the National Conference for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 2, were announced...

KCTCS sets records for total number of credentials awarded, most graduates for one year

Despite the significant disruption to the spring semester, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) awarded a record number of credentials to a record number of graduates. Additionally, the record number of credentials awarded pushes the total number of credentials awarded to half a million since KCTCS was created. For the 2019-20 academic year the 16 KCTCS colleges awarded 39,291...

KCTCS board elects Kara McFayden, Meredith Walters as newest student regents

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) student leaders have elected two representatives to serve on the KCTCS Board of Regents. Kara McFadyen (left) and Meredith Walters (Photos from KCTCS) Kara McFadyen lives in Morgantown and attends Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC). She is completing a double major in engineering and electronics technology and industrial engineering...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Northside Family RV partner for apprenticeships

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Northside Family RV have partnered to offer the first apprenticeships created through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) apprenticeship sponsor program for employers and industry partners throughout the state of Kentucky. The Economic Development and Workforce Solutions Divisions of KCTCS now serve as apprenticeship sponsors...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System employees elect new Board of Regents staff member

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) employees from across the state have selected Joseph Heerdink from Madisonville Community College to represent them on the KCTCS Board of Regents. He is the regional director of information technology at MCC. Joseph Heerdink “We are a system of sixteen colleges each with their own complexities and a system office built to support those colleges...

CPE approves historically low tuition increases for 2020-21; rates a financial win for students

In a financial win for students, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education finalized tuition rates for public universities, preserving college affordability with the smallest average rate increase in decades. The historic move allows resident, undergraduate students to enter the 2020-21 academic year with an average tuition increase of only 0.7 percent. That continues a now four-year trend of...

Horse care apprenticeship program registered in Kentucky; provides ‘earn and learn’ training

Through collaboration with employers and educational entities, a new horse care apprenticeship program has recently been registered with the Kentucky and United States Departments of Labor. This opportunity, aimed at providing “earn and learn” training in horsemanship, is an Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program for individuals interested in working in the horse industry. Given the...

KCTCS president supports Trump’s call to invest in America’s workers, expedite economic recovery

The president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is supporting President Donald Trump’s call to action by the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to invest in American workers and expedite the country’s economic recovery. Dr. Jay Box, president of the 16-college system, was in Washington, D.C., on Friday to attend a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board...

Dr. Jay Box: Stay healthy at home, attend one of Kentucky’s 16 community colleges this fall

As Kentuckians ponder their options for college this fall, I’d like to offer a suggestion: Look no further than your local community college. I know you are wrestling with concerns about health and safety, so for those who want to continue to stay healthy at home, the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are a good answer. I’m hearing from state and national...

Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, KCTCS partner to train leaders from all 16 community colleges

The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) have partnered to train Workforce Solutions leaders from all 16 colleges across the state in the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Academy. This is the second statewide TPM Academy for Kentucky following an inaugural class of 40 community leaders selected and trained in 2018. “The partnership between...

KCTCS Board of Regents adopts new budget, reappoints Gail Henson as chair for one-year term

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents adopted the 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget of $922,900,000 during their quarterly board meeting. The budget is designed to address the increases in fixed costs and to provide safeguards against possible decreases in revenue and increases in expenses due to any future impact of COVID-19. As a part of the FY 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget,...

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers releases results of 2019-20 Wage and Benefits Survey

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has released the results of its 2019-2020 Wage and Benefits Survey. The survey, which was brought back in 2019 per the request of businesses and economic developers from across the state, is a comprehensive report on the state of manufacturing employment in Kentucky pre-COVID-19. All manufacturers located in Kentucky were eligible to participate. All...