One Book Read Events | WKCTC

One Book Read Events

One Book Read

March 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Haws Gym

The One Book Read planning committee is happy to collaborate with WKCTC Student Services on this event, bringing together career prospects with local non-profits. Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation addresses varied social issues that include food insecurities and homelessness.

WKCTC students and community members are encouraged to attend the fair to meet employers, attend breakout sessions, gain new skills, and learn about community resources.

More than 35 employers and organizations are registered for the fair. The list is below. 

  1. Atlas Equipment Services
  2. Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation
  3. Wellpath
  4. United Systems & Software Inc.
  5. TempsPlus, Inc - Employment Services 
  6. Kentucky State Police
  7. Army
  8. Paducah Police Department
  9. Owensboro Health
  10. CSI, Inc 
  11. WKCTC
  12. Baptist Health Paducah
  13. Caring People Services, LLC
  14. Worthington Industries
  15. Pepsi MidAmerica
  16. NAMI
  17. Lotus Children's Advocacy & Sexual Violence Resource Center
  18. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
  19. West Kentucky Allied Services
  20. Four Rivers Behavioral Health
  21. Hope Unlimited Family Care Center
  22. KY Foster & Adoptive Parent Training Support Network
  24. Kentucky Campus Compact
  25. NeuroRestorative Kentucky
  26. Waterfront Services 
  27. Fast Pace Health
  28. Consolidated Electrical Distributors
  29. WKCTC-Ready to Work
  30. River Haven Nursing & Rehab
  31. Marshall County Hospital
  32. Marquette Transportation
  33. ContinueCare Hospital Paducah
  34. Market House Theatre
  35. James Marine, Inc.
  36. KY Department of Corrections-WKCC
  37. Withers Broadcastin
  38. Life Care Center of La Center

The One Book Writing Contest is the opportunity for students to respond to the One Book Read Text, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

Deadline: November 16, 2021

All entries should be sent to:

Contest Guidelines

Entries will be judged in three genres:

  1. Poetry
  2. Essay
  3. Short Fiction


  • Poetry: Danni Quintos (Bluegrass)
  • Essay: Jenny Williams (Hazard)
  • Short Fiction: Savannah Sipple (Bluegrass)

Entries will be eligible for a $50 first place or $25 runner-up prize in each genre. Students may submit work to more than one genre but may only win first place in one.

Questions? Contact Mary Maupin

or Amelia Martens

Contest Prompts:

  1. What does it feel like to live in this “divided nation?”
  2. In what ways do you see division in America?
  3. Where do you find evidence of unity amongst the division?
  4. What does the “American Dream” look like to you, here in the 21st century?
  5. Respond to one piece from the book - this could be extending the conversation, writing your version of the experience, refuting the narrative presented, or using the structure of a piece to write your own.

November 13, 2021

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • FREE

Paducah School of Art and Design’s 2D and Graphic Design Building, Room 205

905 Harrison Street • Paducah, KY

Community members, students, and prospective students are invited to a generative creative writing workshop which will draw on prompts from WKCTC’s One Book Read, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation.

Attendees are asked to bring writing instruments and paper. Instructor will provide prompts and facilitate this creative writing workshop.

Questions? Contact Amelia Martens

November 18
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Crounse 101

In-person and virtual speakers will discuss issues related to food, including food insecurity, perceptions, experiences, cooking, and growing food.


  • Chef Jessi Donaldson, Director of Campus Dining and Catering at WKCTC.
  • Heidi Suhrheinrich, Executive Director of Paducah Cooperative Ministry.
  • Jenny Williams, Serves on the Community Farm Alliance Board, is Chair of Northfork Local Foods, and co-hosts “What’s Cookin’ Now”, a podcast/FB Live event through the Hindman Settlement School. She is also a Professor of English, Hazard Community and Technical College.


Britton Shurley, One Book Read Selection Committee Chair and Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts, Business and Social Sciences at WKCTC.

Questions? Contact Amelia Martens