Recently there have been some discussions about college education and whether it remains a wise economic choice in providing a pathway to high wage career opportunities. High school seniors and their parents are considering college choices such as private four-year institutions where tuition and fees exceed $30,000 annually or public four-year colleges and universities where costs are approximately $9,000 per year. Frequently overlooked is the still affordable cost of a career and technical education at a community college where average costs are less than $3,500 annually.

Madisonville Community College (MCC) joins with its high school partners and the Association for Career amp; Technical Education in observing February as Career and Technical Education Month. MCC works closely with several local school districts to provide dual credit opportunities in many career fields so that high school students can get an early start in their career preparations.

According to MCC s Chief Academic Affairs Officer Dr. Deborah Cox, MCC is a great choice for students in our area to take advantage of our outstanding faculty and the wide variety of career and technical training programs offered. Students can choose to complete a two-year associate degree, diploma or certificate in challenging high wage, high demand professional careers in areas such as health care, business, and applied technology.

Perhaps most well-known for its Nursing Program where graduates can earn starting salaries of $37,500 (LPN) to $56,800 (RN), MCC also offers other outstanding health-care related programs. These include:
Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic (average salary $31,000)
Medical Information Technology (average salary $34,100)
Medical Laboratory Technician (average salary $46,800)
Occupational Therapy Assistant (average salary $41,000)
Physical Therapist Assistant (average salary $40,500)
Radiography (average salary $32,000)
Respiratory Care (average salary $39,000)
Surgical First Assistant and Surgical Technology (average salary $29,000)

MCC also offers the only Biomedical Technology Systems program in Kentucky and graduates may potentially earn an annual salary of $44,000. A relatively new program at MCC which has had strong student interest is the Human Services program that offers course scheduling flexibility through its online delivery. For students interested in pursuing a career in business, MCC has a range of Business Administration Systems and Computer/Information Technologies tracks available. Career training programs are also offered for those with interests in Criminal Justice (average salary $31,000), Paralegal (average salary $45,000), Health Care Informatics (average salary $35,000), and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (average salary $27,000).

Over the past ten years, MCC has revamped its applied technology programs to meet the demands of 21st century employers. The Advanced Integrated Technology (AIT) program, with its online lectures, offers students a rigorous training program for high-demand, high wage industry positions. The AIT program will be enhanced with the fall 2015 offering of the new Manufacturing Process Operations certificate in Advanced Integrated Manufacturing geared for persons interested in industrial operations careers.

MCC is the only community college in western Kentucky offering Mining Technology; successful graduates may earn an approximate annual salary of $47,300. Another program unique to MCC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the online Energy Management program. MCC s Welding program, with graduates earning approximately $36,000 annually, continues to draw strong interest from area residents.

More information about these career and technical training programs can be found on the MCC website at

To schedule a program visit or to inquire about enrolling at MCC, contact the Enrollment Center at 270-824-8621.

Access to quality training program has never been easier with MCC s offering of several fully online programs and the large selection of online courses. In addition, Madisonville Community College is proud of its reputation as a leader in Kentucky among all state-funded colleges and universities for the percentage of students who graduate.

*Salary information obtained from U. S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics