Versailles, Ky. - The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) announced today, during its quarterly Board of Regents meeting, that it awarded a record 9,632 associate degrees during the 2014-15 academic year, an increase of 52 over the prior year. Since 2000, KCTCS has experienced a dramatic increase in the awarding of credentials with the number of associate degrees tripling and the number of certificates increasing ten-fold.

The increase in associate degrees is especially significant given the fact that we are in the bottom of an enrollment cycle due to an improving economy, said KCTCS Board of Regents Vice-Chair Gail Henson. It is a testimony to the commitment of our faculty and staff to ensure our students are successful and achieve their educational dreams.

In other business the board approved 15 new program proposals. These include:

  • Ashland Community and Technical College Diploma in Dental Assisting.

  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College Diploma in Dental Assisting, Associate in Applied Science in Health Science Technology and Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant.

  • Hazard Community and Technical College Diploma in Diesel Technology: Medium and Heavy Truck Technician and Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Paramedic.

  • Hopkinsville Community College - Diploma in Pharmacy Technology, Associate in Applied Science in Agricultural Studies, Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Paramedic and Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting.

  • Madisonville Community College Associate in Applied Science in Health Science Technology.

  • Maysville Community and Technical College Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology.

  • Owensboro Community and Technical College Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology and Associate in Applied Science in Welding Technology.

  • Somerset Community College Associate in Applied Science in Visual Communication: Multimedia.

These new programs are part of our ongoing mission to align our curriculum with the needs of the business and industry within the local communities we serve, said Dr. Henson.

Additionally, the board received positive results from the organizations annual independent financial audit for fiscal year 2014-15. The opinion issued by Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PSC, was an unmodified opinion, the highest opinion offered by public accounting firms. KCTCS has received an unqualified opinion every year since its inception in 1998.

We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this audit, said Henson. It clearly demonstrates KCTCS commitment to strong stewardship and fiscal responsibility, which is key to accomplishing our role in fueling the states economy by being the primary provider of workforce training and providing Kentuckians with a clear path to finding a job.

Other action taken by the KCTCS Board of Regents included:

  • Ratification of 17 new credit KCTCS occupational-technical certificate programs.

  • Approved 7,845 academic credential requests (certificates, diplomas or associate degrees) between July 21, 2015 and October 5, 2015. The credentials include:
    • 5,239 candidates for certificates,
    • 464 candidates for diplomas, and
    • 2,142 candidates for associate degrees.

The next KCTCS Board of Regents meeting will be March 11, 2016 at the KCTCS system office in Versailles.