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WKCTC marks fourth year recognizing regional educators; nominations accepted online until Nov. 30

Being an educator was already a challenging career before COVID-19 was added to the mix. Recognizing pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators and staff members who have gone beyond their daily responsibilities is even more important as school employees continue to face challenges due to the pandemic. For the fourth year, West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host...

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...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College one of 10 finalists for prestigious Aspen Prize

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has announced that West Kentucky Community and Technical College is one of 10 finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges. This is West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s fifth time as an Aspen Prize finalist. In...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College honors area educators at regional awards program

More than 300 fellow educators, family, friends and students were on hand to cheer for and recognize nominees in the third annual Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program on March 5 at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Faculty, administrators and staff from throughout the Jackson Purchase and Southern Illinois were nominated for awards in four categories: distinguished faculty...

New study show WKCTC’s impact on graduates’ earning potential and regional economy

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has a crucial impact on graduates’ earning potential and the regional economy, according to a new research study. The study by Emsi, a national provider of research to education institutions, shows that the average associate degree graduate from WKCTC will earn an additional $8,200 each year compared to someone with only a high school diploma....

West Kentucky Community and Technical College selected as finalist for 2020 Bellwether Awards

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is one of 30 community colleges selected as 2020 finalists for the highly coveted Bellwether Awards. Bellwether Finalists represent leading institutions of higher education whose outstanding and innovative programs and practices in community college education were selected among competitive submissions as exemplary. In February, the finalists will undergo...

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...

Grace-filled political conversations the topic of upcoming book discussion at WKCTC Oct. 21

It’s been said that politics should never be discussed at the dinner table. Political conversations can make even the closest family members stop talking to each other. Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, co-authors of the hit political book, “I Think You’re Wrong, But I’m Listening: A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations,” will visit West Kentucky Community and Technical...

WKCTC organizes group for fact-finding mission to South Carolina; focus on economic development

More than 20 city and county officials, educators, and community and business leaders will leave Paducah early on March 28 on a chartered bus, embarking on a two-day, fact-finding trip to Greenville, S.C. The trip, organized by West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is one part of a two-part initiative the college has launched to compliment not only Paducah/McCracken County’s economic...

WKCTC’s Paducah School of Art and Design celebrates 10th anniversary with ‘Block Bash’

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design first opened its doors to offer classes at 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah in August 2008 with drawing, painting and digital photography. Now the art school, with its completed three-building campus, covers two blocks on Paducah’s Madison and Harrison Streets and offers more than 40 programs each semester....

West Kentucky Community and Technical College receives National Preservation Assistance Grant

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has received a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), college officials announced today. The NEH announced on December 12 the awarding of $14.8 million for 253 Humanities Projects nationwide. WKCTC received one of 58 preservation assistance grants awarded. Starting in...

Deadline is Dec. 7 for nominations for WKCTC’s Regional Educator Awards and Scholarship Program

Students, parents, educators and others have until December 7 to submit nominations to West Kentucky Community and Technical College to recognize pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators and staff members. This is the second year for WKCTC’s Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program established by WKCTC President Anton Reece to highlight the valuable role preK-12...

WKCTC accepting nominations for second Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is accepting nominations for second regional educator awards to recognize pre-kindergarten through high school teachers, administrators and staff members who have gone beyond their daily responsibilities and have worked tirelessly on behalf of students, parents and the community in our region. WKCTC is accepting nomination through December 7. In establishing...

Family-friendly activities part of Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 22

Family-friendly activities that include crafts, ancient food traditions and games will be part of Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 22. The day — part of Kentucky Archaeology Month — will feature demonstrations and hands-on educational activities about archaeology for the whole family from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a mock excavation for kids, artifact...

More than 300 students awarded scholarships to West Kentucky Community and Technical College

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has awarded $550,000 in competitive, donor-funded scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year, college officials announced today. “We are grateful to the generous donors who make scholarships possible,” said Lee Emmons, vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of Paducah Junior College (PJC), the foundation that...

KY FAME helping to meet workforce need; first cohort graduates from unique apprenticeship program

Improving job skills while working can often be a struggle for today’s technical workers. Hiring new workers with the appropriate technical skills to replace or move into a growing number of manufacturing openings being made today by a growing number of retiring baby boomers are becoming a significant nationwide challenge for employers. A new industry and education partnership have brought a...

City of Paducah, WKCTC awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant for proposed art park

West Kentucky Community and Technical College and the City of Paducah partnered together for an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and have been awarded $25,000 for a proposed art park adjacent to the College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD). NEA’s Our Town program encourages local partnerships that integrate design and the arts into the fabric of the community...

Paducah’s Philip McCabe featured artist at upcoming exhibit at WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center

Paducah photographer and artist Philip McCabe’s recent work examines narcissism within our culture. “Existential Vacuum” will open with a free reception April 6 at 5 p.m. to close the visual arts exhibitions for the 2017-18 West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center. Narcissism comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, the handsome young man who falls...

WKCTC offering walk-in advising for Summer, Fall semesters on Wed. and Thurs. through May 10

Anyone interested in registering for classes at West Kentucky Community and Technical College for the summer and fall semesters can take advantage of walk-in advising each Wednesday and Thursday between April 4 and May 10. The WKCTC advising team and faculty advisors will meet with students to help them through the enrollment process including assistance with building a class schedule, developing...

WKCTC honors area educators at inaugural Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program

Dr. Lucian Yates, III, recognized the pressure of being the featured speaker of the inaugural Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, especially as it was being held on the “Ides of March” – March 15. While the Ides of March may be known for a host of bad events such as the day in Roman times for settling debts and the day...