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WKCTC to announce Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program winners March 11

For the fourth year, West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host its regional awards and scholarship program to recognize pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators, and staff members who work tirelessly on behalf of students in WKCTC’s 10-county region. This year’s Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program will be shared completely online via the...

WKCTC moves forward with plans for $15 million grant from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

The Paducah Junior College, Inc., (PJC) Board of Trustees approved a resolution Feb. 18 supporting the framework for use of a $15 million gift received in December from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and created a special committee to work with West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Anton Reece and the WKCTC cabinet on reviewing final details of the framework for gift utilization,...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College president outlines plans for recent $15 million gift

West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Anton Reece has outlined a tentative framework for how the college could use a recent $15 million gift. The historic gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott was donated last week to Paducah Junior College, Inc., which is the foundation for WKCTC. The donation is the largest gift from a single donor in the college’s history. “I...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College receives $15 million gift from MacKenzie Scott

West Kentucky Community and Technical College announced Tuesday a $15 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott — the largest gift from a single donor in the college’s history. In announcing the donation, Scott gave accolades for the college’s work on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and initiatives to further opportunities for low-income and disenfranchised students...

Dr. Gregory Lord selected as clinic director to lead UofL Dental Clinic at WKCTC campus in Paducah

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry has hired Gregory Lord, D.M.D., as clinic director of the UofL Dental Clinic located on the West Kentucky Community and Technical College campus. The hiring of a dental clinic director will allow more individuals in Paducah and surrounding areas to receive needed oral health care. Lord owned Lord Family Dental in Louisville for 10 years before joining...

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...