Celebrating KCTCS at 20

1. KCTCS has risen from a fragmented group of technical and transfer-oriented colleges into one of the most comprehensive community and technical college systems in the country, according to The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).

2. KCTCS successfully consolidated 14 community colleges and 15 technical schools into 16 community and technical colleges operating on more than 70 campuses within a 30-minute drive of most Kentuckians.

3. As part of KCTCS, the technical school programs became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This elevated the programs and provided a pathway for students to transfer to four-year institutions.

4. NCHEMS reported the creation and accomplishments of KCTCS represent the crown jewel of higher education reform in Kentucky, and that KCTCS is the primary reason behind the increase in educational attainment.

5. The NCHEMS report showed from 2000-2012 (the duration of the study), KCTCS went from 38th in the nation to 5th in improving college enrollment of adults ages 18-34.

6. KCTCS is the largest provider of postsecondary, online and workforce education in Kentucky.

7. KCTCS collaborates with businesses around the state and aligns its programs with their needs to make sure our students have the skills needed for jobs in their communities. As those needs change, so does our curriculum.

8. Our Workforce Solutions group provided services for more than 3 million program participants since its inception and has served as many as 6,200 businesses in one year.

9. For people who want to earn a certificate and go directly to work, we offer more than 200 programs. Some programs can be completed in four months or less and can lead to jobs that pay up to $60,000.

10. Since KCTCS was established, enrollment has increased by 20 percent.

11. We also have increased the number of credentials awarded by nearly 250 percent. In academic year 2016-17, KCTCS broke its prior records for number of graduates and credentials awarded.

12. KCTCS worked with the General Assembly to champion revolutionary transfer legislation, which has eased the process for KCTCS students transferring to the state's fouryear public institutions. This legislation has become a national model.

13. Several of our colleges have been honored as finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Some were honored multiple times, and in 2013, five were ranked in the top 10 percent with two in the top 10 — the most of any state.

14. The Association of Community College Trustees awarded KCTCS the Charles Kennedy Equity Award for its commitment to diversity.

15. KCTCS educates 82 percent of the state’s skilled trades workers.

16. KCTCS awards 66 percent of all nursing and allied health credentials, and 87 percent of all associate degrees in nursing and allied health.

17. KCTCS established the North American Racing Academy (NARA), the first college-affiliated horse-racing academy in the United States.

18. As part of KCTCS, The Kentucky Fire Commission offers an associate in applied science degree in Fire/Rescue Science Technology. The Kentucky Fire Commission trains 80 percent of Kentucky-trained firefighters.

19. The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) is also part of KCTCS. KBEMS licenses all first responders and emergency medical technicians.

20. Since 2000, we have served nearly 875,000 Kentuckians!


Value of the System

A statewide system of colleges is the most efficient and cost effective way to deliver higher education to Kentuckians.

Without a system, KCTCS colleges would need an additional $50 million and more than 800 additional staff to provide the same level of services.

Additionally, students would pay $31 more per credit hour in tuition. (based on 2016-17 tuition)

The System saves money for the colleges and the Commonwealth by providing:

  • Significant volume, scope and scale discounts
  • Synergy - enhanced level and quality of services
  • Reduced need for college personnel to be specialized in key areas
  • Cost effective services, such as:
    • Information technology systems
    • Software
    • Telecommunications
    • Administrative services
    • Human Resources
    • Financial services
    • Academic and student services
    • Bookstore operations
    • Marketing
    • Legal services