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KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students; program includes tuition assistance, summer work

For more than 70 years, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has paved the way for Kentucky’s youth to pursue a rewarding engineering career by offering two scholarship programs to help pay for tuition while providing employment. KYTC will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-21 school year to prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology...

KCTCS to invest $2.7 million to close workforce gaps; BCTC hires Gary Robinson as project coordinator

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is investing $2.7 million during the next three years to close workforce gaps by promoting apprenticeship opportunities. Bluegrass Community and Technical College has hired Gary Robinson as a full-time project coordinator to oversee the program in Central Kentucky. Gary Robinson Robinson has been an active leader in industry and education for over...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System president Dr. Jay Box announces retirement

Dr. Jay Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), announced his retirement Friday during the KCTCS Board of Regents meeting. Box will leave the system at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30, 2020. Box was named the second president of KCTCS on Nov. 19, 2014. He is a community college graduate and has more than 30 years of experience in community college...

BCTC holds ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate opening of food pantry, career closet for students

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Heart of BCTC, a food pantry and career closet for students. The Heart of BCTC was born from the dream of a BCTC graduate and the hard work of staff and faculty who believe in Helping Everyone Attain Resources Together (HEART). Many college students across the nation, and in Central Kentucky,...

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...

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers announces 2019 Manufacturers of the Year, Employee of the Year

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) have announced the winners of its 19th Annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Employee of the Year awards. The awards were presented at KAM’s Excellence in Manufacturing Summit in Lexington. The Manufacturer of the Year Awards were made possible by Brown-Forman, and the Employee of the Year Award was made possible by the Kentucky Community and Technical...

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...

KCTCS first higher education system in nation to sign AFP fundraising Code of Ethics pledge

Fundraisers and presidents from all 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently signed the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethics pledge. They were joined by KCTCS President Jay K. Box and AFP President/CEO Mike Geiger along with KCTCS Vice President Benjamin Mohler and the development staff in Versailles. “This occasion marks the first...

New student regents elected to serve on Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Student Government Association presidents recently elected two of their fellow presidents to represent students on the KCTCS Board of Regents. Two adult students from the western part of the state were selected. Jacqueline Teehan Jacqueline Teehan, from Henderson Community College (HCC), is stay-at-home mom of five boys. She lives in Sturgis with...

KCTCS receives $420,000 grant from national association to expand apprenticeship programs

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has received a $420,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to participate in its Expanding Community College Apprenticeships project. “Although high school graduates will be part of the target market for this project, emphasis will be placed on recruiting the unemployed, minorities, women, incumbent workers...

KCTCS offers Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program this fall for top five in-demand career fields

Kentuckians who are interested in earning a certificate or an associate degree in one of the top five in-demand fields in the Commonwealth could go to college tuition free at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Thanks to the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program, students who choose programs in advanced manufacturing, health care, transportation/logistics, business and IT...

Pension legislation the only item on agenda as Bevin makes formal call for special session Thursday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin issued his formal call Thursday afternoon for a special session of the General Assembly starting Friday at 8 a.m., with pension legislation the only item on the agenda. The governor’s proposal would only affect the state’s regional public universities, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and other quasi-governmental agencies such as local...

Quarles to lead forums to build relationships between agriculture and manufacturing in Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will lead seven forums across the Commonwealth to help Kentucky farmers and businesses find ways to strengthen ties between agriculture and manufacturing to increase income and create jobs. The third annual series of LAND (Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development) forums will open June 18 and continue through September. The forums are sponsored by...

Kentucky launches initiative to fast track veterans, transitioning military personnel to aircraft mechanics

Transitioning military personnel and veterans with aviation or power plant mechanics experience are now eligible to become Federal Aviation Administration certified in Kentucky. Through a collaborative effort among the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the University of Louisville, and the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs...

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 president attends first American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting at White House

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay K. Box attended the first meeting of the American Workforce Advisory Policy Board Wednesday at the White House. Box is one of 25 members appointed to the board by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The board is developing the best ways to advance a national workforce strategy and is co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Advisor to...

KCTCS announces launch of GED Plus; program will allow Kentucky adults to earn GED, college credential

In collaboration with Kentucky Skills U, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has announced the launch of GED Plus, a new program allowing Kentucky adults to earn a GED and a college credential at the same time. GED Plus is an innovative program that helps students earn a tuition-free certificate through co-enrollment in the Skills U GED program and short-term KCTCS courses....

CPE President Aaron Thompson to launch state listening tour in hometown of Manchester on Feb. 1

Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson begins the first phase of a statewide listening tour next week in his hometown of Manchester in Clay County. Thompson will engage students, community and business representatives and educators in conversations about issues impacting college access, student success, workforce quality and transitions to career. Aaron ThompsonThe public is...

KCTCS names Dr. Koffi Akakpo new president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay K. Box announced today the appointment of Dr. Koffi C. Akakpo as president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). Akakpo currently serves as vice president for business, administrative and student services at North Central State College in Ohio. He is former deputy director/secretary for the Ohio Department of Natural...

KCTCS widens cost gap with state’s public universities, making education more affordable

The gap between the cost to attend one of the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the state’s public universities has widened. During its’ regularly scheduled meeting, the KCTCS Board of Regents received a report that showed the net price (tuition and fees, books and supplies and average living expenses minus federal, state and institutional aid) of attending...