April is National Community College Month and students at the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are hard at work preparing for their future careers or to transfer to a four-year institution. In honor of Community College Month here are:

10 Facts About Kentucky Community and Technical College Students

1. They are a large group. In the last academic year 127,211 students enrolled at KCTCS colleges. KCTCS is the largest provider of postsecondary education in the state, representing 47.1 percent of all public undergraduate college students enrolled in fall 2014.

2. They are close to home. With 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses statewide, a KCTCS campus is within a 30 minute drive of 95 percent of all Kentuckians. Many students say in addition to affordability, they choose to attend their local community and technical college because of the close proximity to family and friends.

3. They are saving money on higher education. KCTCS is the most affordable higher education institution in Kentucky, offering the lowest tuition. Students can attend two-years at a local community and technical college for the price of one year at a university.

4. They are learning on their terms, when they say its time. KCTCS students can enroll in more than 77 online credential programs, the largest online learning selection in the state. Students can select convenient options like Learn on Demand or Learn by Term to fit their lifestyle.

5. They are preparing to enter the workforce. KCTCS students can choose from more than 700 career-related programs including high growth, high demand and high wage fields like advanced manufacturing, criminal justice; nursing; radiography; electrical technology; business management; and more.

6. They are prepared to transfer to a four-year institution. Since 2010, KCTCS has transferred 86,174 students to four-year colleges nationwide and transferred 69,404 students to Kentucky four-year institutions; a 30 percent increase in transfer in just five years.

7. They are part of a diverse group. African-American, Hispanic and other students of color represent more than 14 percent of KCTCS total student enrollment. This represents a 19 percent increase since fall 2010.

8. They are students at some of the top 10 percent of community colleges in the U.S. In a 2015 ranking by The Aspen Institute, four KCTCS colleges were among the nations top 150 best community colleges. West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has been recognized three consecutive times by The Aspen Institute as an Aspen Prize Top 10 Community College and twice as a Finalist with Distinction.

9. They are earning credentials in record numbers. A report from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) ranks Kentucky second in the nation for improvement in credentials awarded. Since 2000, the number of associate degrees awarded has tripled and certificates increased tenfold. For the first time in history Kentucky surpassed the national average in associate degree attainment.

10. They will join an esteemed group of alumni. Former KCTCS students are now doctors, lawyers, professors and teachers, politicians, researchers, chefs, TV meteorologists, business owners, firefighters, jockeys, filmmakers, company managers, health care leaders and college administrators, just to name a few.

To learn more about KCTCS students and how KCTCS has transformed the lives of more than 750,000 Kentuckians, visit kctcsproud.com/.