Posters and billboards around Muhlenberg County direct adults to speed up your
education! as part of a cooperative effort through the Felix E. Martin, Jr. Foundation,
Madisonville Community College (MCC), and the Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress in
support of the county s quest for the Work Ready Community designation. With this
designation, business and industry leaders would recognize Muhlenberg County as an
area to be considered for expansion or location purposes for its highly-skilled workforce.
The current speed up your education! campaign encourages adults to: 1) finish their
GED or improve their computer skills; 2) take the National Career Readiness Certificate
test designed to measure the employability of those who take the test; or 3) complete
their associate degree.
One of the biggest challenges to securing the Work Ready Community designation is
meeting the criteria that one-fourth of the county s adult population between the
ages of 25 and 64 have the equivalent of an associate degree or higher. Muhlenberg
County is close, with 22.4% at that level; however, Ken Robinson, CEO and President
of the Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress, projects that an additional 470 degrees will
be needed to meet the goal.
MCC Chief Student Affairs Officer Dr. Jay Parrent has been working with Muhlenberg
County leaders in the Work Ready Community effort and notes that MCC provides local
adults with ample pathways to close that gap. Not only is there the Muhlenberg County
Campus where a student can take all the classes needed for an associate in arts or
an associate in science degree for transfer to a four-year institution, students can
also take the required general education courses for one of more than twenty career
training programs offered by MCC. Moreover, students needing flexibility to work
around job and family obligations will find many online course opportunities offered
by the college.
Madisonville Community College has long been noted for the excellent nursing and allied
health programs offered on MCC s Health Sciences Campus (750 North Laffoon Street,
Madisonville). Business administration, information technology, education and early
childhood education are just a few of the many programs offered on MCC s North Campus
(2000 College Drive, Madisonville). There are also excellent career opportunities
in applied technology fields such as welding, HVAC, mining, biomedical technology
systems, and advanced integrated technology. Students interested in human services,
paralegal, energy management, or health care informatics careers will find flexibility
in these 100% online programs. For more information on the various program options,
visit MCC s website at madisonville.kctcs.edu.
For those concerned about the cost of going to college, Penny Jessup, student affairs
specialist at the Muhlenberg County Campus, shares that MCC is the most affordable
option for local residents. MCC tuition costs are less than 40% of the public four-year
institutions and nearly three-fourths of MCC students receive federal financial aid.
Moreover, the Felix E. Martin, Jr. Foundation has generously provided additional financial
help for students, age 25 and older with at least 30 college-level credit hours, to
complete their associate s degree. Students accepted in the Martin Scholars program
receive a $250 cash stipend each semester they make satisfactory progress toward a
degree at MCC. In addition, participants receive a $400 bonus when they complete their
degree at MCC. Students interested in becoming a Martin Scholar are invited to visit
the Muhlenberg County Campus on Thursday, July 17, anytime from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to
learn more the program.
MCC s fall semester classes start on Monday, August 18. Call Penny at 270-757-9881
or visit the Muhlenberg County Campus (406 West Everly Brothers Blvd., Central City)
to get started.