The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved a 2016-18 biennial operating budget request of $206,548,000 (2016-17) and $216,183,700 (2017-18) during its quarterly meeting today at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College.

The biennial operating budget builds on the 2015-16 base appropriation of $190,162,300 and includes additional funding from several areas including tuition stabilization funds, performance funding
and a workforce development trust. The specifics are outlined below:

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Base Appropriation

$190,162,300

$190,162,300

$199,798,000

Tuition Stabilization

1,750,000

1,750,0000

Performance Funding

9,635,700

9,635,700

Workforce Development Trust

5,000,000

5,000,000

Total

$190,162,300

$206,548,000

$216,183,700

The tuition stabilization funding is proposed as an offset for ensuring that community and technical college tuition remains affordable for students. During the current academic year, KCTCS was the only public higher education institution in the state that did not raise tuition. The performance funding component is part of the Council on Postsecondary Educations (CPE) funding proposal based on credential production, retention rates, student success, transfer rates and workforce training. The Workforce Development Trust is part of funds earmarked for KCTCS within the CPE Bucks for Brains proposal. These funds will be used to increase the Workforce Endowment which KCTCS will match dollar for dollar to enhance programs designed to assist business and industry with training the employees they need to remain competitive in the global economy.

I applaud President Box and the board for this budget recommendation, said KCTCS Board of Regents Chair Marcia L. Roth. It will allow our 16 colleges to continue their mission of providing Kentuckians with a quality education that is both affordable and accessible. It will also allow us to provide employers with the workforce training support they need to grow their operations and build the future workforce needed to support the economic demands of the states future economy.

The KCTCS Board of Regents also approved a capital funding request for the 2016-18 biennia of $708,927,000. The proposed capital budget request is based on the KCTCS 2016-22 Six-Year Capital Plan.

In addition, the board approved the Pikeville Technology Center project that will be located on the Pikeville campus of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). This project involves the construction of al 15,000 square foot technology center with classroom space, lab space and a high-bay training area to house a telecommunication training program.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved the naming of the John W. Clark Training Center at Ashland Community and Technical College.
  • Approved five new academic programs:
    • An associate in applied science in electrical technology, engineering and electronics technology, and industrial maintenance for Big Sandy Community and Technical College,
    • An associate in applied science in electrical technology and industrial maintenance for Hopkinsville Community College.
  • Approved or ratified 39 certificate programs
  • Approved 17,658 academic credential requests (certificates, diplomas or associate degrees) between April 14, 2015 and July 20, 2015.

The credentials include:

    • 10,186 candidates for certificates,
    • 1,161 candidates for diplomas, and
    • 6,311 candidates for associate degrees.

The next meeting of the KCTCS Board of Regents will be December 4 at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System office in Versailles.