“What does Kentucky need our community and technical colleges to be in 2022?”
KCTCS President Jay Box is asking this question throughout Kentucky. The question is intended to spark the imagination of local and statewide stakeholders who share our passion for improving the lives of our fellow Kentuckians. So far, over 3,200 students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders have responded to the question, and we want your ideas too!
This feedback is invaluable in helping our system of 16 colleges design a future that provides the greatest possible benefit to Kentucky. Here are the themes that have emerged from the responses so far. We hope you’ll add to that list by responding to President Box’s survey!
Programs and Delivery
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to provide affordable, quality instruction across all modalities, including online offerings, flexible scheduling, and traditional classroom settings.
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to align programs with community, business, and industry needs to increase employability of students, and provide long term career pathways.
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to demonstrate a strong commitment to technical education program development and support with up-to-date technologies and equipment.
Values, Organizational Structure and Outcomes
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to balance the unique qualities of each of the 16 colleges with increased collaboration between the colleges to enable agility, efficiency, and a consistent student experience.
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to be in tune with the demands of the industries in all of the 16 colleges’ communities through the continued development and growth of business partnerships thus enabling students to be well equipped to obtain high quality jobs.
Student Concerns and Affordability
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to continue our focus on ensuring students’ experience with KCTCS processes, procedures, and policies is positive and consistent.
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to provide more opportunities for professional advising that is consistent across the system with quick response times.
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to increase our presence in the community and to help foster KCTCS pride and spirit by offering community-building opportunities.
Student Services and Support
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to increase support for students seeking job placement after graduation through career readiness advising and support.
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to provide System-wide training for Student Support departments so that staff response is consistent and timely.
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to continue supporting economic development in Kentucky by training and educating a globally competitive workforce. KCTCS colleges should be the institutions of choice for students and businesses by providing programs aligned with the local labor market and community needs and by predicting future needs.
Statewide Partnerships and Legislative Issues
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to continue to work with the legislature to secure funding from the state, as well as develop business partners, community connections, and development partners for sources of funding to ensure continued financial security.
- In 2022 Kentucky will need KCTCS to strengthen ties with high schools so that KCTCS is the first choice for higher education and to continue to improve the seamless transferability of credits and pathway programs to the state’s four-year institutions.