Our History

West Kentucky Technical CollegeWest Kentucky Community and Technical College is a product of two inspirational institutions, Paducah Community College and West Kentucky Industrial College (later known as West Kentucky Technical College) and is an integral part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System maintained by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

WKCTC is governed by a seven-member district board appointed by the governor and derives its support largely from student tuition and fees as well as legislative appropriations.

Pjc buildingWKCTC’s history dates back to 1909 when one parent institution, West Kentucky Technical College, was established as a teacher training college for African-Americans.  Its other parent institution, Paducah Community College, was original called Paducah Junior College when it was formed 1932.  The two colleges were consolidated in 2003 and now proudly bear the name West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

See the recent college's timeline.

Book cover of Janett Blythe's book, Upward StrideIn 2008 Upward Stride, a history of WKCTC was published by The Donning Company Publishers.  The 160-page pictorial history, written by Janett Blythe, Director of Public Relations, contains information about the long and diverse history of a College that is today a vital part of the city of Paducah and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

To purchase a book, contact:

Janett Blythe 

For information about WKCTC please contact our Office of Public Relations.

At this time, West Kentucky Community & Technical College does not have an organized alumni organization. However, there is an alumni association for the former West Kentucky Vocational-Technical School. See the link below.

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