Now that we’ve reached the end of the legislative session, it’s time to say “Thanks!” to the thousands of Champions, especially our Business Champions, for answering the call to participate in our Fuel the Force campaign. Although we are still awaiting the final budget, I want to assure you your efforts helped to make a real difference.
KCTCS is the Commonwealth’s institution. It belongs to our students, faculty, staff, business and industry leaders, community members, officials and policymakers. With that in mind, we took a different approach to advocacy efforts. In my opinion, a message is stronger when it comes from those who do not have to speak for us, but choose to speak for us, on their own time and in their own way. Your visits, phone calls, letters, emails and social media posts have demonstrated how important KCTCS and your local college are to you, your workforce and your community. At one point in the campaign, nearly 8,500 of you contacted legislators on behalf of KCTCS. This is a phenomenal response, and I thank you for it.
Because of your advocacy efforts, stakeholders and policymakers across Kentucky now have a better understanding of how KCTCS fuels Kentucky’s workforce. I sincerely hope that this understanding will be reflected in the budget. As we’ve said from the beginning, an investment in KCTCS is an investment in Kentucky jobs.