Sector 1: Higher Education Enhancement
Objective: To expand education access and affordability for K-12 low-income students entering
WKCTC pursuingthe high-wage, high demand technical pathways in coordination with Area
Technology Centers, Career TechnicalCenters, and Innovation Hub, preparing them for
successful entry into the workforce upon completion. In addition, seeking partnerships
with other institutions to expand access and affordability for WKCTC graduates who
transfer to specified programs of study at UK Engineering Paducah Campus, Murray State
University’s Paducah Campus, andother specified universities, with a focus on adult
and diverse students.
Anticipated Partners: Regional Area and County Technology Center (ATC/CTC, Paducah Innovation Hub, MurrayState University; University of Kentucky Engineering; Fisk University; Tennessee State University; University ofMemphis; Meharry Medical College.
Deliverables: Workforce readiness in high-wage high demand technical careers, Scholarships; 2+2 Agreements;Articulation Agreements; Establishment of new program in Computer Engineering Technology
Impact: Reaches students not currently on higher education pathway; provides financial assistance for “wrap-around” services in addition to tuition; expands outreach and recruitment opportunities through educationpartnerships; increases WKCTC enrollment; provides seamless pathways for obtaining 4-year degrees locally
Cabinet Members Assigned: Dr. Uppinder Mehan (Lead), Emily Peck, Octavia Lawrence, Bridget Canter, and Dr. Renea Akin