A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

KCADV receives $20,000 grant from Toyota to support Economic Empowerment Program

Toyota has made a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) to support its Economic Empowerment program. The funds will be used to support financial education classes, credit counseling, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), and microloans for survivors served by the state’s 15 regional domestic violence programs and state community college system. The program serves...

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...

Mitch McConnell: New education law will help to close the ‘skills gap’ and benefit Kentucky workers

Kentucky’s economy is surging forward. After nearly a decade of sluggish growth, Republican leadership in both Washington and Frankfort is helping encourage job creation and economic opportunity. This is certainly promising news. However, 84% of Kentucky employers also reported last year that they couldn’t find enough qualified workers to fill all the job openings that have been created. One estimate...

Commerce Department awards $2.5 million to KCTCS to bolster manufacturing training in Eastern Ky.

The United States Department of Commerce has announced a $2.5 million grant to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System from the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 261 jobs. “The Trump Administration is committed to ensuring that American workers are provided every opportunity to succeed,” said...

KCTCS announces $50,000 scholarship endowment from The King’s Daughters and Sons Foundation

The King’s Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky, Inc., has donated $50,000 to endow a scholarship program for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Scholarships will be awarded to full-time, second-year students enrolled in a program that results in a credential that contributes to workforce development in high-demand fields and/or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in...

CPE urges college freshmen to take 15 credits a semester, 30 per year for on-time graduation

The Council on Postsecondary Education has a message for freshmen heading to college this fall: Take 15 credit hours your first semester and be nearly twice as likely to graduate on time. That’s one of the key findings of a new CPE policy brief, “Momentum and Student Success in Kentucky: The Power of 15 Credits.” The report examines the impact of first-semester and first-year enrollment intensity...

Henderson Community College President Kristen Williams named new chancellor of KCTCS

Dr. Kristin Williams has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System effective August 16. Dr. Kristin Williams She is no stranger to the system. Williams currently is president of Henderson Community College, has served as interim president of Hazard Community and Technical College and was chief academic officer at Hopkinsville Community College. Prior to joining KCTCS,...

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....