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 Things to Know About Kentucky Community and Technical College Students”
1. They are a large group. As of fall 2013 there are 92,365 students at KCTCS colleges. KCTCS is the largest provider of postsecondary education in the state representing 47.1 percent of all public undergraduate college students.
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 every Kentuckian. 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.
4. They have the most choices in online learning. KCTCS students can enroll in more than 77 online credential programs, the largest online learning selection in the state.
5. They are learning on their terms, when they say it’s time. In addition to the flexibility of online learning, KCTCS students can select convenient options like Learn on Demand and/or Learn by Term to fit their lifestyle.
6. 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 criminal justice; nursing; radiography; electrical technology; business management; and more.
7. They are prepared to transfer to a four-year institution. In the 2011-12 academic year, 12,330 KCTCS students transferred to Kentucky four-year colleges and universities. Research shows the majority of KCTCS transfer students perform at the same or higher academic level than students who begin at a four-year university.
8. They are part of a diverse group. African-American, Hispanic and other students of color represent more than 13 percent of KCTCS’ total student enrollment.
9. They are students at some of the top 10 percent of community colleges in the U.S. In a 2014 ranking by the Aspen Institute, four KCTCS colleges were among the nation’s top 150 best community colleges.
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 500,000 Kentuckians, visit www.kctcs.edu.