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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...

Three finalists named for new president BCTC; Public will have opportunity to meet candidates Dec. 10-11

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has announced the finalists for the position of president/CEO of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The finalists are: • Dr. Koffi Akakpo, vice president for Business, Administrative and Student Services, North Central State College, Mansfield, Shelby and Bucyrus, Ohio • Dr. Anthony Clarke, president, Southeastern Community...

Public university sector makes gains in bachelor’s degrees, graduation rates in 2017-18

The Council on Postsecondary Education heard annual performance presentations by campus presidents of the public four-year institutions at meetings last week at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green. Despite deep budget cuts and a flattening enrollment, the public four-year universities increased bachelor’s degrees by 2.6 percent in the 2017-18 academic year, totaling...

CPE launches employability initiative to prepare graduates for workplace success

The Council on Postsecondary Education, joined by representatives from six Kentucky colleges and universities, has launched an employability initiative that will bring together employers and educators to assess and affirm that higher education programs prepare graduates for the workforce. In partnership with The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education, Kentucky’s Essential...

Some KCTCS students’ backpacks a little lighter, wallets a little fatter this year as a result of First Day

Go to any college campus and you will see students lugging around heavy backpacks. But for Kentucky Community and Technical College System students enrolled in courses using Barnes & Noble College First Day, their backpacks are much lighter. Through First Day, Barnes & Noble College’s inclusive access model, course materials are offered at a lower price, billed to students upon registration...

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...