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20 Reasons to Celebrate KCTCS @ 20

How time flies when you’re educating Kentucky! The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. We became a unified system under the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997, which combined the state’s community colleges and technical schools. Here are some achievements from our first 20 years.

  1. KCTCS has risen from a fragmented group of technical and transfer-oriented colleges into one of the most comprehensive community and technical college systems in the country. (The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
  1. KCTCS consolidated 14 community colleges and 15 technical schools into 16 community and technical colleges with multiple campuses putting college within reach of most Kentuckians.
  1. The state’s technical school programs became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  1. The creation and accomplishments of KCTCS represent the crown jewel of higher education reform in Kentucky. KCTCS is the primary reason behind the increase in educational attainment. (The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
  1. From 2000-2012, KCTCS went from 38th in the nation to 5th in improving college enrollment of adults ages 18-34.
  1. KCTCS offers 700 career programs and is the largest provider of postsecondary, online and workforce education in Kentucky.
  1. Our colleges collaborate with businesses statewide and align programs with their needs so our students have the skills needed for jobs in their communities.
  1. Our Workforce Solutions group provided services for more than 3 million program participants.
  1. We offer 200+ programs for people who want to earn a credential and get to work quickly. Some can be completed in four months or less and can lead to jobs that pay up to $60,000.
  1. Our enrollment has increased by 20 percent.
  1. The number of credentials awarded increased by nearly 250 percent.
  1. KCTCS worked with the General Assembly to champion transfer legislation to ease the process for students transferring to our four-year partners.
  1. Several of our colleges have been finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
  1. KCTCS won the Charles Kennedy Equity Award for its commitment to diversity.
  1. We educate 82 percent of the state’s skilled trades workers.
  1. We award 66 percent of all nursing and allied health credentials, and 87 percent of all associate degrees in those programs.
  1. KCTCS established the North American Racing Academy (NARA), the first college-affiliated horseracing academy in the United States.
  1. The Kentucky Fire Commission trains 80 percent of Kentucky-trained firefighters.
  1. The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services licenses all first responders and emergency medical technicians.
  1. Since 2000, we have served nearly 875,000 Kentuckians!

Article written by KSR