Now’s the time to prepare for a new career | KCTCS

Now’s the time to prepare for a new career

Frankly, I’m stumped. I’m trying to understand why enrollment at our colleges is down. Normally, when large numbers of people are out of work, enrollment in community college grows. But not this time. And not just in Kentucky. It’s a nationwide issue.

I’ve heard all the thoughts behind the lack of interest in college this fall, but for me, what I’m hearing doesn’t add up for several reasons.

  • We know extended unemployment is running out soon, so people need to prepare as soon as possible to get back into the workforce.
  • We know some jobs aren’t coming back, which offers an opportunity for those who are unemployed to learn new skills for different jobs.
  • Although some daycares have closed, most are up and running.
  • We hear cost is a factor, but with the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship and scholarships some of our colleges are offering, students can attend for free or nearly free.

I understand that some people have concerns about coming back to campus. We have a large number of online programs that cover a wide range of interests. For people who prefer in-person learning, I want you to know that our colleges are doing everything they can to keep our campuses clean and sanitized.

Kentucky, there are a great many jobs out there for the taking. To qualify for them, you must have the right skill set, and to acquire it, there’s no better place than our 16 colleges. But don’t just take my word for it. A recent survey by Opportunity America showed that community colleges help individuals pivot their skills to adapt to today’s workplace and the changing economy.

Still not sure college is for you? Check out our new website that offers information about high demand careers. If you’ve lost your job, want a better job or just aren’t sure what we offer, this site is a great place to start. What’ve you got to lose?

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