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Higher Education Begins Here!
The KCTCS Catalog serves as the students' guide to academic programs and services that our colleges provide. Students who enroll in an academic program should fulfill requirements as they exist at the time of such enrollment. If requirements change while the student is enrolled in a program, he/she may fulfill either the new or old requirements.
KCTCS makes every effort to include relevant, timely, and accurate information in the Catalog. However, KCTCS reserves the right to make changes in the calendar, admission policies, expenses, programs, curricula, course descriptions, or any other matters addressed or not addressed in this publication. Prospective students and enrolled students should check with college admission officers and academic advisers to learn of any changes. Also, some updates may be included in the online version of the Catalog located at www.kctcs.edu.
Message from President McCall
Welcome to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Higher Education Begins Here! Our statewide system of 16 colleges, located on 68 campuses, is here to provide you with a quality education that is both accessible and affordable.
If you are a new student at a KCTCS college or newly enrolled in a particular academic program, the 2010/11 Catalog is your guide to the many academic programs and student services we offer. It is an important tool to help you explore the educational opportunities available at each of the 16 KCTCS colleges.
Also, I invite you to visit our online version of the catalog located on the student section of the KCTCS Web site at kctcs.edu. This convenient, user-friendly tool will allow you to easily search from among our more than 600 program options.
KCTCS prides itself in providing students with an education that is not only affordable and convenient, but is also relevant to the workplace. Teaching is our top priority. Our faculty's focus is on you and your educational goals. Our instructors bring real world experience into the classroom to assist you in meeting the challenges ahead.
Thank you so much for your interest in KCTCS. On behalf of the entire System, I would like to wish you the best of luck
on your educational journey. If you have further questions, contact the KCTCS college nearest you or call 1-877-KCTCS-4U (1-877-528-2748).
Michael B. McCall, Ed.D.
History and Functions of KCTCS
Created by the Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is 16 two-year colleges that provide quality postsecondary education and workforce training. KCTCS colleges are committed to making education accessible, relevant and responsive to the needs of students, employers and communities.
Sixty-eight KCTCS campuses are strategically located across the Commonwealth, from Ashland to Paducah, from Covington to Bowling Green. Our alliance with the Kentucky Virtual Campus (KYVC) gives KCTCS a presence in cyberspace. KCTCS is the largest provider of Internet-based courses in the state offering more than 1,100 online courses through KYVC.
KCTCS colleges confer three types of credentials -- certificates, diplomas and associate degrees including: associate in arts, associate in science and associate in applied science, upon students who complete credit programs.
While continuing to emphasize its historical mission to provide general education, KCTCS is increasing its focus on occupational/technical education. KCTCS colleges have instituted more than 2,800 new programs and program options since 1998.
While providing credit-based academic and technical programs is a primary function of KCTCS, the System also views postsecondary education as a crucial resource for workforce development. KCTCS forges partnerships between colleges and businesses to provide Kentucky workers with the skills required today and to help industries and individuals develop the capabilities they will need tomorrow.
KCTCS also enhances learning opportunities for all Kentuckians through noncredit continuing education. From personal improvement to cultural activities, community development programs at KCTCS institutions are tailored to meet local needs. KCTCS colleges sponsor an array of fine arts programs that enrich their communities.
KCTCS institutions offer a wide range of student services, making the admission process easy to navigate. Students at KCTCS colleges are eligible for federal financial aid and a variety of need and merit-based scholarships.
While focusing on quality, KCTCS colleges are the best value in postsecondary education in Kentucky. Year in and year out, KCTCS tuition and charges are the lowest in the Commonwealth. Students at community and technical colleges benefit from a single, simple tuition and charge structure.
KCTCS colleges are enhancing efficiency and service to the Commonwealth at each of the System's 16 colleges by consolidating functions, services and programs, and by pursuing single accreditation under the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
For more information on how KCTCS changes the lives of students, please visit our Web site at kctcs.edu.
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
The mission of KCTCS is to improve the employability and quality of life of Kentucky citizens as the primary provider of:
- College and Workforce Readiness.
- Transfer Education.
- Workforce Education and Training.
In order to be responsive to the needs of communities and students, KCTCS institutions offer terms in a variety of lengths from two weeks to 16 weeks. The two primary terms begin in August and January. The colleges offer shorter sessions within these two terms, allowing students the flexibility to schedule classes to best meet their needs. A variety of sessions from two to eight weeks are also available during the summer months.
All KCTCS colleges follow a common policy for establishing important dates within each session such as deadlines for adding and dropping classes and receiving refunds. Students should contact the Records/Admission office at their local college for the local academic calendar.
The following closings are applicable to all KCTCS institutions:
5 Independence Day
6 Labor Day
25 Thanksgiving Day
26 Day After Thanksgiving
22 Day Before Christmas Eve*
23 Christmas Eve*
24 Christmas Day*
27 Institutional Closing
28 Institutional Closing
29 Institutional Closing
30 Institutional Closing
31 New Year's Day**
17 Martin Luther King Day
21 President's Day
22 Good Friday (1/2 Day)
30 Memorial Day
*Due to Christmas Day falling on a Saturday, these holidays will be observed on the dates above.
**Due to New Year's Day falling on a Saturday, this holiday will be observed on Friday.
* This page reflects KCTCS leadership as of July 1, 2010
Board of Regents
Mr. Thomas O. Zawacki, Chair
Mr. Larry Savage, Vice Chair
Mr. Porter G. Peeples, Sr., Secretary
Ms. Rhonda J. Arthur
Mr. Richard A. Bean
Mr. Elijah Buell, Jr.
Mr. Jackie B. Cecil
Dr. Michael Ginsberg
Dr. Gail R. Henson
Ms. Barbara A. Hoskins
Ms. Joyce C. Kelly
Ms. Johnna Reeder
Ms. Marcia L. Roth
Ms. Doris C. Thomas
Foundation Board of Directors
Mr. Lyle S. Hanna, Chair
Ms. Kathy Love, Vice Chair
Mr. Rick Music, Secretary
Mr. F. Lee Hess, Treasurer
Ms. Jean R. Hale, Immediate Past Chair
Mark A. Bailey
Dr. C. Nelson Grote, Emeritus Member
Dr. Anthony Newberry, KCTCS President Appointee
Mr. Thomas O. Zawacki, Ex-Officio
Dr. Michael B. McCall, Ex-Officio
Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE, Executive Director
Dr. Michael B. McCall
Dr. Jay K. Box, Chancellor
Mr. Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE, Vice President
Ms. Beth R. Hilliard, Senior Executive Assistant to the President
Dr. Gwendolyn G. Joseph, Vice President
Mr. J. Kenneth Walker, Vice President
Ashland Community and Technical College
Dr. Gregory D. Adkins
Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Dr. George D. Edwards
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Dr. Augusta A. Julian
Bowling Green Technical College
Dr. Nathan Hodges
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Dr. Thelma J. White
Gateway Community and Technical College
Dr. G. Edward Hughes
Hazard Community and Technical College
Dr. Kristin T. Williams
Henderson Community College
Dr. Patrick R. Lake
Hopkinsville Community College
Dr. James E. Selbe
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Dr. Anthony L. Newberry
Madisonville Community College
Dr. Judith L. Rhoads
Maysville Community and Technical College
Dr. Ed Story
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Dr. James S. Klauber
Somerset Community College
Dr. Jo Marshall
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Dr. William B. "Bruce" Ayers
West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Dr. Barbara M. Veazey