A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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...

WKCTC’s Robot Extreme Challenge draws 32 teams and nearly 200 students for annual competition

Nearly 200 students competed for top honors at the fourth annual Robot Extreme Challenge (RCX) held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. With 32 teams participating in the competition, the most to compete in an RCX tournament at the college, the day’s events were divided into a morning competition for elementary and high school student and an afternoon competition for middle school...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College celebrating March Registration Madness

March Madness is one of the best times of the year for basketball fans. West Kentucky Community and Technical College has its own big game this month with its March Registration Madness (MRM). Now in full swing, the college’s MRM encourages students to register for 2018 summer and fall classes during March in order to get their name into a drawing for great prizes at the same time. When students...

WKTC Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program set for red-carpet celebration March 15

The winners of West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program will be announced during a red-carpet celebration March 15 in WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Theatre. The program, which begins at 5 p.m., will include local musical performers Calvin Cole, Jr., and Amanda Wilson, and feature nationally known speaker and trainer Dr. Lucian Yates...

Bluegrass band Old Salt Union to play WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center’s Backstage Pass March 3

East St. Louis string bluegrass band Old Salt Union is set to play a Backstage Pass at West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The theatre’s Backstage Pass series features local and regional artists in a listening-room, intimate concert setting on the Clemens stage and the audience will get an entertaining, up close and personal show...

WKCTC celebrates 200th Science Seminar with “Journey of Discovery” Feb. 26 at Waller Hall

Renowned theoretical physicist and international best-selling author Stephen Hawking said, “Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations.” This idea fits nicely into West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Science Seminar Series, which will present its 200th seminar Monday, February 26. WKCTC Professor Emeritus...

WKCTC Kam Challenge basketball game Feb. 24 to honor former Stars player Kam Chumbler

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will again recognize one of its own with this year’s Kam Challenge basketball game at 2 p.m. February 24 in the college’s Haws Gym. Kam Chumbler (Photo from WKCTC) The Kam Challenge is in memory West Kentucky Stars basketball player and high school basketball star, Kam Chumbler who died tragically in 2015. Many of his former teammates and coaches...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College honors 2017 donors, unveils nine new endowments

Nearly 100 donors, WKCTC students, faculty and staff attended a Donor Recognition Reception at WKCTC January 30 (Photo from WKCTC) This will be a tough weekend for Hickman County’s Greg Godby and his family as February 2 marks the one year anniversary of his wife, Kim’s, death. But he is proud of the scholarship established in her honor that will help students at West Kentucky Community...

WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center to play host to popular political satirists Capitol Steps Feb. 16

Putting the “mock” in “democracy” since 1981, the Capitol Steps bring their irreverent political satire to West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center on Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan...

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...

WKCTC establishes new awards and scholarship program to honor regions educators

Sometimes they work late hours. Sometimes they use their own money to enhance what they are teaching in their classrooms. Sometimes it’s just the warm smile given on a cold day. West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has established a new awards and scholarship program to recognize those pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators and staff members who have gone...

Registration now open for WKCTC Seniors Learning for Fun spring program; courses begin Jan. 16

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Seniors Learning for Fun Program for this spring begins January 16. The college is offering a variety of program offerings and senior learners are encouraged to register now for the series, which begins January 16 and runs through May 8. Individuals can register for one or all courses for $30. All offerings (except the annual trip) will be held...

New book analyzes impact of Kentucky’s ‘Rebel Press’ on public opinion during the Civil War

Throughout the Civil War, the influence of the popular press and its skillful use of propaganda was extremely significant in Kentucky. Union and Confederate sympathizers were scattered throughout the border slave state, and in 1860, at least twenty-eight of the Commonwealth’s approximately sixty newspapers were pro-Confederate, making the secessionist cause seem stronger in Kentucky than it was in...

WKCTC’s Paducah School of Art and Design to host community involved art exhibition by Ruth Baggett

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) will open Extension of Thought, a community involved art installation by Ruth Baggett with a free community reception January 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bill Ford Gallery. The gallery is located at PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. The...