West Kentucky College Academy is designed to benefit students by providing a seamless pathway to postsecondary education while reducing student expense and time to credential attainment, with the ultimate purpose being the completion of a postsecondary credential.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College has helped Western Kentucky high school students earn college credits for three decades. Earning college credit has evolved into helping students obtain college and career readiness benchmarks, enhanced by encouraging students to challenge themselves by making the last two years of high school a precursor to college. Over time, the program has grown into a partnership with 17 high schools, six area technology and career technical centers, and multiple home schools. With the increasing opportunities, challenges, and future goals, West Kentucky College Academy was developed.
The College currently offers dual credit through several options, including concurrent enrollment, on-campus, and online. Students advisement exists at the secondary campus and by appointment on the postsecondary settings. Course advisement relates directly to the student's chosen program plan and high school graduation requirements. West Kentucky College Academy maintains an approximate enrollment of 1,100 secondary students for each fall semester.
West Kentucky College Academy is actively working to promote the importance of earning a post-secondary credential and helping to educate a strong, vital workforce. Encouraging high school students to begin their post-secondary education early increases the likelihood of the students to transition to a postsecondary institution. Thus, increasing the potential of earning a credential. West Kentucky College Academy is working to break through the barriers of accessibility, affordability, and college readiness by providing resources and building strong partnerships
In 2014, WKCTC earned National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) accreditation. This accreditation was created to identify colleges who exhibit excellence in program quality through five specific standards: curriculum, faculty, students, assessment, and program evaluation.
NACEP works to ensure that college courses taught by high school teachers are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus. As the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP helps these programs adhere to the highest standards so students experience a seamless transition to college and teachers benefit from meaningful, ongoing professional development. To advance the field and support our national network of members, we actively share the latest knowledge about best practices, research, and advocacy.
Students must earn a high school diploma or GED for a college certificate, degree, or diploma to be awarded.