Yes You Can Go to College

SuperSunday_Logo_5YRI’m really looking forward to our fifth Super Sunday, the annual student recruitment event in which KCTCS partners with African-American and Latino churches around the state to host college information fairs. Since 2011, we’ve partnered with more than 150 churches to share the “Yes You Can Go to College” message with more than 33,000 individuals.
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Something to Cheer About

ky-ranked-2Here in Kentucky, we’re a little basketball crazy and completely dedicated to our teams. Now, a new report says basketball isn’t the only thing Kentucky ranks highly in nationally. A National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) study shows we rank above the national average in several areas.

From the 2000 – 2012 academic years, the time period NCHEMS studied, KCTCS experienced a dramatic increase in annual enrollment, growing from 73,000 students to 135,000. According to the report, one of the best ways to measure success is to look at the impact we’re having on Kentucky adults without college degrees. KCTCS now ranks fifth in the nation in terms of improving its reach to young adults ages 18-34.
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KY-FAME is All About Jobs

kfame_postKCTCS is taking part in a new partnership that will better train our students for jobs Kentucky businesses have to offer. Many of our state’s employers have good jobs available, but can find few skilled workers to fill them.

This is why I’m so energized by the new Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education program, known as KY-FAME. It’s a partnership of regional manufacturers who share the goal of creating a pipeline of highly skilled workers. KCTCS is playing a key role in this by providing dual-track, apprenticeship style training. Students will split their time between the classroom and the workplace, which allows them to have hands-on training and earn money while in school.
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Dreams and Promises

box_speechThis is an exciting time for me to take the helm at KCTCS. President Obama’s announcement about America’s College Promise has generated a great deal of interest and speculation among community colleges, students and legislators. Although there’s still much debate to come, the idea of free community college is enticing to prospective students of all ages.

Many Kentuckians dream of a better life where they can earn family-sustaining wages. America’s College Promise could open the door to those who believed it was closed to them and put them on a path to fulfill their dreams.
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Courage and Educational Equality

mlk_day2015Monday, the country celebrates a man of courage and the strides we’ve made in providing equality for all. It’s also when KCTCS kicks off its fifth annual Super Sunday, a recruitment event to promote higher education for African-American and Latino students. This year, Super Sunday is Feb. 22 at African-American and Latino churches around the state and will include college fairs to provide information on admissions, degree programs, financial aid, transfer opportunities and more.
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