As we fight against state appropriation cuts another report citing KCTCS as a national leader in awarding credentials offers additional proof of why we need more funding, not less.
The Council on Postsecondary Education issued the “Kentucky Completion Report” showing growth at KCTCS, four-year and independent institutions ranked eighth in the nation. The largest 10-year growth was in undergraduate workforce certificates, which increased by more than 12,000 awards between 2004-05 and 2013-14. The greatest growth was in workforce trades, up 111 percent; health, up 85 percent; and STEM, up 51 percent. There also was a 52 percent increase in the number of associate degrees awarded.
This is exactly the direction we need to be headed, and it’s proof positive that we are fulfilling our mission to improve the lives and employability of people throughout the Commonwealth. To continue along this path and grow our credential awards even more, we have to be able to meet the needs of our students and our state’s businesses.
Our students come to us to help them achieve their dreams. To do this, we must have the resources to provide the type of education they seek and the type of training today’s employers so desperately need. While we’re overjoyed with CPE’s report, we know our ability to repeat it is in jeopardy.
Please join the fight to keep our budget whole by signing our Fuel the Force petition and letting your legislators know it’s imperative for the future of KCTCS and Kentucky’s economy to fund higher ed.