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Updates from our President

COVID-19 updates

June 15, 2020 • 3:20 p.m.

College Updates

We are so proud to again be selected as a Top 10 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute!

WKCTC is one of the 10 finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges. This is the College’s fifth time as an Aspen Prize finalist. In 2011 and 2015, WKCTC was honored as a Finalist with Distinction.

The 10 Aspen Prize finalists were selected from the nation’s 1,000 community colleges in a process that included qualitative and quantitative data analysis and engaged more than 30 experts in the field. These finalists all effectively identify, develop, and scale strategies to propel all students to not just complete college but also succeed after graduation.  

STUDENTS:
Beginning June 17, 2020, we will begin in-person services by appointment only. Request an advising appointment, or call (270) 534-3216. 

All in-person appointments must follow all of the guidelines listed below:

  • Please reschedule your appointment or request a virtual advising session if you are sick or not feeling well.
  • Please do not bring additional people to your appointment.
  • Please wear a mask for your entire visit. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.
  • Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment.
  • Please text (270) 883-1557 or call (270) 534-3216 when you arrive on campus.
     

For all of your advising needs or to register for summer or fall classes please contact the Advising Center at 270-534-3216 or wkctcadvising@kctcs.edu. You can also schedule an appointment at https://go.oncehub.com/wkctcadvisingcenter. The Advising Center is available for live chat on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am-6pm https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/9049520cd11743de8179b42a736a5adf.   

Any military or veteran student should contact Amanda Scheidegger in Veterans Services to discuss benefits that are available. Current military students may be eligible for Tuition Assistance (Federal or State) and veteran students may be eligible for GI Bill benefits. Please contact her at Amanda.scheidegger@kctcs.edu, 270-534-3110 (calls), or 270-258-1741 (calls or texts).

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

​June 8:

Announced the launching of a new effort that aims to provide health care coverage for 100 percent of Black and African-American people in the Commonwealth.

The Governor also made appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions, including Paducah’s Jonas Neihoff and Lindsay Batts as members of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Nominating Commission.

June 9:

Gov. Beshear encouraged all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in the primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is today.

The Governor announced the administration approved a proposal to allow the Kentucky State Fair to take place.

June 10:

Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

June 12:
The Governor said pursuant to his request, the Historic Properties Advisory Commission met and voted to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from the Capitol Rotunda. You can watch a video statement from Gov. Beshear here: https://youtu.be/sdlw6KcD6XM 

Paducah Chamber of Commerce Update:

Last Friday Dr. Anton Reece, chair-elect of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and WKCTC president, hosted a virtual call on topics that are impacting small businesses, in particular African American and minority owned businesses, during COVID-19 and beyond. Several local business owners participated in the call. To listen to the call, click here. It is posted on the Chamber’s website, paducahchamber.org  For  more updates from the Chamber, click here.

City of Paducah Update: 

There are energy assistance funds and other resources available for Atmos Energy customers during COVID-19. Please click here for more information.

 

 

College Updates
WKCTC has started a blog page on our website to feature essays by our faculty, staff and students. The first blog was by Dr. Reece, is posted, and can found at the following link. https://westkentucky.kctcs.edu/blog/posts/06032020-presidents-musings-on-racism-national-protests.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3HkR_jH_H2utpbaoEBt1TrnVQIQ5hUJ5f3d5JtuKoqvuxAULygAMONedg

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
June 3:
The Governor reported and spoke on the loss of one of the youngest Kentuckians to fall victim to COVID-19, a 9-month-old child from Hopkins County.

June 4:
Governor Beshear updated Kentuckians on new case numbers and Healthy at Work announcements.

June 5:
The Governor signed an executive order that extends previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills. This order will be in effect until July 7. He also signed an executive order prohibiting price-gouging, extending a previous order. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.

June 6:
The Governor reminded Kentuckians that the novel coronavirus is still in our midst and we need to take precautions to prevent its spread. He and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.  Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently, covering food and individually wrapping plates.

City of Paducah Update: 
With the Kentucky Primary coming up on June 23, here are the four options to help guide you in your decision either to vote in person or by absentee ballot. 

In person:

June 8-22 at McCracken County Clerk's Office, Monday thru Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm (no appointment needed)
June 23 at McCracken County Courthouse, 6am-6pm (only polling place in County - wear face mask to enter)
By absentee ballot:

Request ballot at http://govoteky.com  
Request ballot thru Clerk's office: call 270-444-4702 or email julie.griggs@ky.gov  
The City of Paducah along with event sponsor Independence Bank announced a plan for the community to enjoy a July 4th fireworks celebration that allows for the continued attention to health and safety through social distancing. On Saturday, July 4, the community is invited to turn its attention toward Paxton Park Golf Course for a fireworks show. Paxton Park will be closed to the public. The City has contracted again with Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics. The show begins at 9:15 p.m. and will focus on the use of high aerial fireworks that will be visible from many parts of the city. A rain date will be Sunday, July 5 if needed. 

Parks Updates:  The Parks & Recreation Department also announcing additional reopening plans effective Friday, June 5. Currently, Paducah’s parks are open during park hours. Close at sunset. 

The Parks & Recreation Department has returned a picnic table to each pavilion in the parks.  Please enjoy the outdoors while social distancing in groups of no more than 10 people.  Restrooms in Noble Park will have expanded hours but will close at sunset.  The public restrooms downtown on Jefferson Street will be open until 9 p.m.

For more specific park details, including mask/social distancing requirements, and for information about changes to city services, links to resources, and other information related to COVID-19, visit the City’s website, http://paducahky.gov/news/covid-19-resources-and-information.

College Updates:
Reminder: WKCTC is reopening its campus on a phased timeline with the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our number one priority. The gradual reopening (Phase one) began yesterday with a small group of faculty and staff coming back to campus. Please do NOT return to on-campus work until notified by your respective vice president, dean or department supervisor to do so. College officials are working to determine who will be coming on campus during Phase 2 and Phase 3. At this point, we do not know when those Phases will begin. Contact Bridget Canter, WKCTC’s Healthy at Work Officer, at bridget.canter@kctcs.edu or 270-534-3458 with any questions or concerns related to your return to on-campus work.
WKCTC’s fall term begins August 17 and classes will be offered in a variety of formats to include fully online classes as well as face-to-face classes and some options that are a mixture of both. Face-to-face classes will have a strong online or remote instruction part, so if in-person classes must move online for a while the transition will be easier for students. WKCTC will offer a variety of scheduling options, including 16-week, 12-week and 8-week sessions. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update college plans based on any changes from the governor’s office, the White House, CPE and the CDC.
Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
May 28: 

The Governor announced that the state will reopen the four Kentucky State Park lodges on June 8 that were previously designated to provide temporary housing for low acuity COVID-19 patients.

The four parks are:

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.
Gov. Beshear encouraged all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in next month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.
 
​In April, there was a brief security breach with the unemployment insurance system, which has been resolved. The Governor said he is concerned by the situation and asked the Transportation Cabinet inspector general – who is independent from the Education Cabinet – to conduct a full review. The Governor also said he is also reorganizing the unemployment insurance office, which will soon be under the Labor Cabinet, and bringing in new leadership.
​The Governor announced Kentucky Kingdom will reopen June 29 with extensive precautions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

May 29:

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray signed an executive order temporarily authorizing circuit court clerk offices to process expired driving credential renewals and replacement requests remotely.

Cardholders whose operator's license, permit or identification card was lost or expired between March 1 and June 30, 2020, may apply with their local circuit court clerk to receive a new card in the mail. Applicants requesting a card renewal must not require any testing. Circuit court clerks in the applicant’s county of residence will administer the application process and mail the credential directly to the applicant. More information is available on the Administrative Office of the Courts COVID-19 web page.

May 30 and June 1:

In addition to COVID-19 information, Gov. Beshear provided updates on the demonstrations in Louisville.

City of Paducah Update: 
The country has reached an important milestone in the 2020 Census. 60% of all of the households in the country have responded – that's nearly 89 million responses.  

For Kentucky, the response rate is 64.1% which is 13th in the country.  McCracken County has a response rate so far of 68.3% which is 24thout of Kentucky’s 120 counties.  Paducah has a response rate of 64.8%. We need to be counted!  

Respond to 2020 Census: https://2020census.gov/   It has never been easier to respond to the census on your own, whether online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail. #2020Census

Here’s a thank you message from the U.S. Census Bureau.  https://youtu.be/v_hhiuUEI5c

COLLEGE UPDATE

WKCTC is reopening it’s campus on a phased timeline with the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our number one priority. The gradual reopening (Phase one) will begin June 1 with a small group of faculty and staff coming back to campus. These individuals will be notified sometime this week by their supervisors and will be provided instructions for returning.  Please do NOT return to on-campus work until notified by your respective vice president, dean or department supervisor to do so. College officials are working to determine who will be coming on campus during Phase 2 and Phase 3. At this point, we do not know when those Phases will begin. Contact Bridget Canter, WKCTC’s Healthy at Work Officer, at bridget.canter@kctcs.edu or 270-534-3458 with any questions or concerns related to your return to on-campus work.
Student reminder: If you haven’t already registered for summer or fall classes, you can register now. We are here to help you!
First June Session: begins June 8 and ends July 26 (6-week classes)
Second June Session: begins June 8 and ends August 7 (8-week classes)
Third June Session begins June 22 and ends August 7 (6-week classes)

As the college maintains the safety of our faculty, staff, students and community during COVID-19, the majority of summer course offerings will be offered in an online format. Some in-person lab classes are also scheduled for the summer. Being able to offer these classes is dependent on Governor Andy Beshear’s approval for allowing students to return to campus.

Just contact the Advising Center to register for summer or fall classes at 270-534-3216 or wkctcadvising@kctcs.edu. You can also schedule an appointment at https://go.oncehub.com/wkctcadvisingcenter. The Advising Center is available for live chat on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/9049520cd11743de8179b42a736a5adf.

As the college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC, Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Community Technical College System, 2020 fall classes are planned in a hybrid format of online and in-person classes. WKCTC faculty, staff and administrators are working diligently to determine the best options for the fall semester classes.

We are going live this Thursday at 3PM to answer your questions! Tune in to the college’s Facebook or YouTube page! 

Thursday, May 28 • Topic Student Support and Engagement

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

May 18:
The Governor announced the appointment of Mark Carter as executive adviser leading the contact tracing efforts in the Office of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). Carter said the expanded seven-month contact tracing program combines public participation and the power of technology to help public health officials and health care providers contain the spread of COVID-19. He said information provided is kept completely private and confidential. Information regarding the individuals who have COVID-19 and people they have made in-person contact with recently is not released or made public. To view a video explaining contact tracing click here.

Gov. Beshear announced The Healthy at Work website now includes guidance for barbershops, cosmetology, hair salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors. Gov. Beshear said the state would also be expanding June 1 reopening guidance to include aquatic centers (which does not include public pools), fishing tournaments and auto/dirt track racing.

May 19:
The Governor said June 8 marks the projected return for museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries and distilleries. Further out, June 11 will bring back the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky State Park campgrounds and Otter Creek. On June 15, some child care and limited-contact youth sports will be allowed.

May 20:
Gov. Andy Beshear announced a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG) and can be used for reimbursements of expenses necessary to comply with public health guidelines and protect Kentuckians. To apply, eligible local governments with COVID-19-related expenses from March 1, 2020, to Dec. 30, 2020, must complete an application with expense documentation, which will be available on DLG’s website tomorrow at 8 a.m. (EDT). The funding will be allocated to city and county governments based on approximate population size as recorded in the most recent census data.

May 21:
The Governor announced that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander stated that on June 8, in-home child care programs can open. On June 15, center-based licensed child care programs can reopen to all families. Click to see the complete guidance for in-home child care and center-based child care. 

May 22:
Gov. Beshear has made several appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.

May 23:
Gov. Beshear reported that for only the second time in a month and half, there was zero new deaths to the virus to report. The total number of Kentuckians lost to the virus remains 391. At least 3,102 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

City of Paducah Update: 

Join the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and KCTCS on Wednesday, May 27th at 1:00 pm (CST) for a discussion on how the current health crisis is impacting access to child care in Kentucky. The discussion will feature: 

Shannon Gilkey, Vice Chancellor of Academics & Workforce.at KCTCS
Shannon Gilkey, Vice Chancellor of Academics & Workforce.at KCTCS
Sarah Vanover, Director of the Division of Child Care in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Bradley Stevenson, Executive Director of the Child Care Council of Kentucky
Julia Barfield, Senior Manager of Policy and Programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Center for Education and Workforce.
If you are not able to register because the participant limit has been reached, or you have a time conflict, you will be able to access the recording on the Kentucky Chamber's website after. Click here to register.

College Updates

KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box shared this message below today! Our Dr. Anton Reece joined Dr. Box and the other 15 KCTCS presidents for the video.
"Dear Colleagues, I know we are all disappointed that we were unable to conduct commencement services in May and have had to delay them until later in the year. However, the college presidents and I did want you and our students to know how proud we are of the outstanding work you have done during these very difficult pandemic circumstances,” said Dr. Box. “So we put together this video to celebrate and congratulate our students’ and your accomplishments. Please enjoy!” https://youtu.be/FDuz1cBOatM

We are celebrating the 2020 Honors Award recipients with a special tribute on May 20 on the college’s Facebook page. The celebration begins at noon!

Students:

Students: You can register for summer and fall classes today. We are here to help you!
First June Session: begins June 8 and ends July 26 (6-week classes)
Second June Session: begins June 8 and ends August 7 (8-week classes)
Third June Session begins June 22 and ends August 7 (6-week classes)
As the college maintains the safety of our faculty, staff, students and community during COVID-19, the majority of summer course offerings will be offered in an online format. Some in-person lab classes are also scheduled for the summer. Being able to offer these classes is dependent on Governor Andy Beshear’s approval for allowing students to return to campus.

Just contact the Advising Center to register for summer or fall classes at 270-534-3216 or wkctcadvising@kctcs.edu. You can also schedule an appointment at https://go.oncehub.com/wkctcadvisingcenter. The Advising Center is available for live chat on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/9049520cd11743de8179b42a736a5adf.

As the college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC, Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Community Technical College System, 2020 fall classes are planned in a hybrid format of online and in-person classes. WKCTC faculty, staff and administrators are working diligently to determine the best options for the fall semester classes.

Students: We are going live again today and Thursday at 3PM to answer your questions! Tune in to the college’s Facebook or YouTube page! 

Today • Topic “Benefits of WKCTC”
Thursday, May 21 • Topic “Parent Q&A”
Reminder to all: Each Monday, the Clemens Fine Arts Center's Inside Out series features 10-15 minute concerts by local musicians online. The spirit of this idea is to support local and regional singer/songwriters and brighten lives at the same time through music. Check out the introduction by Dr. Anton Reece, and watch the videos on the Inside Out Music Project. You access the music each Monday at artsinfocus.org. Enjoy!   

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

May 12: Gov. Beshear said Kentuckians need to be resilient, resourceful and resolute in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), even as warmer weather brings new opportunities for gatherings – and virus transmission. He also discussed how children are being affected by the virus.

May 13: The Governor announced the next step in the reopening of the state’s health care sector. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued directives governing the opening of hospitals and other health care facilities.

May 14: Gov. Beshear announced that the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (KEWDC) has been awarded more than $43.7 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for education programs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also announced that beginning May 22, groups of 10 people or fewer may gather and that the state’s travel ban is expiring the same day, the Friday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. 

May 15: The Governor announced that as part of the Healthy at Work initiative, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet (TAHC) will reopen tourism in an effort to generate revenue to boost the state’s economy and offer Kentuckians opportunities to explore the commonwealth through in-state travel. The THAC will open Kentucky State resort parks, recreational parks, lodges and cabins to the public for normal business hours beginning June 1. Park guests will be required to follow social distancing and public health guidelines. Guests can begin making reservations beginning Tuesday, May 19. Reservations can be made online at parks.ky.gov.

Students:
Thank you for your patience and understanding in the rescheduling of your May commencement that was postponed due to COVID-19. As we continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, Governor Beshear, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, we have rescheduled spring commencement for Saturday, December 19. The 2020 Spring and Fall Commencement will be held together that day at the Carson Center. You will be receiving a survey via email in the next few days asking you if you plan to attend the ceremony. We look forward to celebrating in person!

Reminder: Do you have advising questions or need to speak to someone about your upcoming semester? The advisors in the Advising Center are ready to live chat with you!

Chat is available for 30-minute sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Live chat with us on your computer, tablet, or phone
Use Chrome or Firefox for your browser
Have your webcam ready (optional), we would love to see your face!
Have your microphone ready

You can also reach us at wkctcadvising@kctcs.edu or (270) 534-3216. You can also schedule an appointment with the Advising Center.

Good Friday afternoon WKCTC Family,

This semester has brought many unexpected and difficult changes for the country, the state, and WKCTC due to COVID-19. You have adapted and overcome the challenges of the past two months with an unwavering spirit for serving our students and supporting each other. You epitomize the words, “We’re all in this together.”

As you know, another change we’ve had due to COVID-19 is having to postpone our 2020 Spring Commencement. This postponement was disappointing for our students, their families, and us. As we continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, Governor Beshear, and KCTCS, we have rescheduled commencement that was originally scheduled for tomorrow for Saturday, December 19. The 2020 Spring and Fall Commencement will be held together that day at the Carson Center. I know, as I do, you look forward to celebrating the success and accomplishments of our students and seeing their smiling faces as they walk across the stage.

I have recorded a video congratulating our student graduates and announcing the new commencement date that will air tomorrow on the college’s Facebook page. I didn’t want the day to pass by without recognizing their hard work and achievements.

Students:

Good Luck with Finals! Dr. Reece encourages you and offers you some tips for this week. You’ve got this!

Do you have advising questions or need to speak to someone about your upcoming semester? The advisors in the Advising Center are ready to live chat with you!

Starting tomorrow, chat is available for 30-minute sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

To live chat with us please:

use your computer, tablet, or phone
Use Chrome or Firefox for your browser
Have your webcam ready (optional), we would love to see your face!
Have your microphone ready
You can also reach us at wkctcadvising@kctcs.edu or (270) 534-3216. You can also schedule an appointment with the Advising Center.
Beginning today, for the next six Mondays – our Clemens Fine Arts Center's Inside Out series features 10-15 minutes concerts by local musicians online. The spirit of this idea is to support local and regional singer/songwriters and brighten lives at the same time through music. Check out the introduction by Dr. Anton Reece, and watch the videos on the Inside Out Music Project. You access the music each Monday on the Clemens Fine Arts Center website!

We are celebrating our faculty and staff who are retiring with a video tribute. With over 190 years of combined service to the college, we want to thank them for their dedication and wish them the best in the next chapter in their lives.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

April 28: Governor Beshear unveiled a new, 10-point plan that aims to guide businesses as they prepare for a gradual reopening while continuing to keep all workers and patrons safe. He said the guidelines apply to most employers.

April 29: The Governor announced tentative schedule for reopening many industries in May, as well as which industries will still need to stay closed until a later date.

May 1: Gov. Beshear wished Kentuckians a Happy Oaks Day and Derby weekend. He also recognized Horses and Hope and breast cancer survivors across Kentucky. Horses and Hope is a project of former First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program, University of Louisville, with the support of the Pink Stable, a committee of Kentucky horse owners, riders, trainers, farm owners, jockeys, and others. Horses and Hope has been expanded to offer prevention and early detection programs for seven different cancers. For more information, contact Kentucky Cancer Program at 1-877-326-1134. He said Oaks Day is the day where they do a survivor’s parade, where those who have battled and overcome or who are still dealing with breast cancer get a great honor, where the twin spires light up pink.

Also as of May 1, The Governor said Kentucky had moved up to 13th place in the nation for census response rates. More than 59% of Kentuckians have already completed the 10-minute survey. Those who haven’t can fill out the census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

College Updates:

Dr. Reece encourages you and offers you some tips for Finals Week. You are almost there. You’ve got this!

The final count is 628 COVID-19 tests conducted on campus last week during drive-through testing. Available drive-through testing sites in our area open to all Kentuckians who want a COVID-19 test April 27-May 1 are listed below.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital
803 Poplar Street
Murray, KY 42071
Mon. – Fri.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open to first responders, health workers and anyone with symptoms. Call to register at 270-753-0704


Trigg County Primary Care Clinic
214 Main Street
Cadiz, KY 42211
WKCTC, Graves County Economic Development and Greer Neon Company Inc. joined forces to provide five intubation boxes to Lourdes-Mercy Health. 

Intubation is the process of inserting a tube into a patient’s airway when they are being placed on a ventilator. Because of the nature of COVID-19, the intubation process presents new risks to the health care workers performing this procedure on an infected patient. An intubation box is a protective shield between a patient and medical staff member that is placed over the head and shoulders of a patient as they are intubated.

In addition to the boxes, David Silverstein, Director of the UK Paducah campus, along with faculty members John Baker, Derek Englert and Charles Lu, and students partnered with WKCTC to print 1,000 face shields to donate to the hospital.

“We are here for our community during this pandemic, and collaborative efforts such as this demonstrate that our community is here for us also and for that we are grateful,” Lourdes Foundation President Jessica Toren.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

In his April 27 update, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky took the first step in reopening its health care industry yesterday. He offered new details on restarting the sector while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe from COVID-19. This phased reopening of health care services is based on Healthy at Work initiative the Governor introduced to help businesses restart operations safely when the time is right. 

Under Phase 1, health care practitioners can resume non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:

Hospital outpatient settings
Health care clinics and medical offices
Physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists
Dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)
This initial Phase 1 does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons and other industries or other settings, nor does it apply to elective surgeries or procedures.

Phase 2 is set to begin Wednesday, May 6. Phase 3 is scheduled to start Wednesday, May 13. Officials want the final stage, Phase 4, to begin Wednesday, May 27. For more on phase specifics visit KY Healthcare Reopening Phases.

Also, as of yesterday, the Governor said dental offices may reopen under Phase 1, provided they follow certain protocols and have the proper equipment to do so. The Board of Dentistry, along with the Kentucky Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Hygienists’ Association and a number of other groups have developed the following guidelines for safely operating dental offices under Phase 1.

The Governor said that by May 11, everybody working for an essential business that is reopening should be wearing a mask. Going to the grocery, into any place of business or any place where social distancing of keeping at least six-feet apart might be broken, the Governor said every Kentuckian should be wearing a mask.

The Governor said yesterday Kentucky was making great strides in addressing an unprecedented wave of unemployment insurance claims. Read more at his April 27 Update.

College Updates:

You are have overcome so many obstacles. Keep your momentum going! Register now for summer and fall classes to stay the course to reach the goals you've set for yourself. We are here to support you! To register and/or inquire about resources for support, please contact your advisor or contact the Advising Center at wkctcadvising@kctcs.edu or (270) 534-3216. You can also schedule an appointment with the Advising Center. Contact us today.

We know you have questions about honors and commencement that were postponed due to COVID19. As we continue to adhere to federal and state restrictions, we are in the process of rescheduling both events. A decision will be coming soon, and we will let you all know when we have new confirmed dates. We look forward to celebrating your achievements with you and your families. Thank you for being patient. We're all in this together.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

From the Governor’s site, Kentucky is working with partners to expand drive-thru testing throughout the commonwealth open to all Kentuckians who want a COVID-19 test. Drive-thru testing in our areas is listed below. A full list of drive-thru locations can be found at the link above.

Kentucky Drive Thru Testing – April 27 to May 1

Murray-Calloway County Hospital
803 Poplar Street
Murray, KY 42071
Mon. – Fri.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open to first responders, health workers and anyone with symptoms.
Call to register at (270) 753-0704

Trigg County Primary Care Clinic
214 Main Street
Cadiz, KY 42211
Mon.– Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open to everyone older than 5 months. Registration on site.

Gov. Andy Beshear recently issued an Executive Order, following a recommendation from Secretary of State Michael Adams, which outlines procedures for Kentucky’s Primary Election on June 23. All Kentuckians who are registered to vote in the upcoming primary will be able to vote by mail through an absentee ballot. The State Board of Elections will also be working on a plan to safely conduct limited in-person voting and a possible drive-through voting option, so that voters who cannot vote by mail can also exercise their right to vote.

College Updates:

Reminder: Many students recently received an email from Bank Mobile regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Students with educational expenses associated with moving instruction to online/remote due to COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance. Please note the emergency funding application will be available soon, and WKCTC is committed to ensuring eligible students receive funding in the quickest means possible. Awards will be distributed through Bank Mobile.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

The Governor announced in his briefing yesterday that Monday, April 27, the state will begin the gradual restart and reopening of our Phase 1 health care services and facilities. However, they will operate vastly different than they did before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). View the detailed guidance.

​He also reminded Kentuckians of the precautions the state is taking in long-term care facilities, including: encouraging all residents to wear masks, canceling communal dining and social activities, minimizing entry into resident rooms, restricting non-essential personnel from entering the building, daily temperature checks and adopting a low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care. Read more details.

Gov. Beshear recognized Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19-25, an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a critical role in health care and patient advocacy. He thanked the many lab professionals working during this very trying time.

City of Paducah Updates:

The City of Paducah recently announced the distribution of the first round of checks from the Small Business Relief Fund. See the list of 72 businesses. A second round of funding will be opened at a later date with funding based upon the amount of donations to the Community Foundation which will be matched by the City of Paducah up to $100,000.

Small for-profit businesses, that are not a franchise or franchise-affiliated, with 25 or fewer employees and a brick-and-mortar presence within the Paducah city limits were eligible to apply for the funds. The funds must be used for expenses limited to rent, mortgage, payroll, and utilities with required documentation to prove the expenditures provided to the City of Paducah by September 1, 2020.

Businesses that have questions about the Small Business Relief Fund should contact City of Paducah Grants Administrator Ty Wilson at 270-444-8509 or by email at twilson@paducahky.gov.

College Updates:

Many students recently received an email from Bank Mobile regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Students with educational expenses associated with moving instruction to online/remote due to COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance. Please note the emergency funding application will be available soon, and WKCTC is committed to ensuring eligible students receive funding in the quickest means possible. Awards will be distributed through Bank Mobile.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that the phased restart of Kentucky’s economy will begin next week, on Monday, with a segment of the health care services industry. He said initially the easing of restrictions will allow for diagnostic and radiology testing, as well as non-urgent, emergent, in-person office and ambulatory visits. Gov. Beshear added the phased health care services reopening is the first under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced Tuesday to help businesses reopen safely when the time is right. The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America. He said a foundational basis for safely reopening the economy requires a massive scaling up of testing capacity in the commonwealth.

City of Paducah Updates:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidance on the use of face masks/coverings and how to make your own. In the attachment, there is an easy way to make one that uses only scissors and a t-shirt (no sewing). Plus, there’s a way to make one with a bandana and rubber bands.

A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. Cloth face coverings are especially important to wear in public in areas of widespread COVID-19 illness.

College Updates:

Over 180 COVID-19 tests were conducted Tuesday in the lower Carson Hall parking lot. Testing will resume tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 5:30 p.m. Cleanup and resetting the parking lot are scheduled for Friday morning. Register for the free testing online or call 1-888-852-2567.
 
Students: The faculty and staff at WKCTC are here to support you and help you cross the finish line. Don’t lose sight of your goals. You have overcome so many barriers. Please don’t give up now! Register now for summer and fall classes to stay the course and FINISH STRONG. To register and/or inquire about resources for support, please contact your advisor or contact the Advising Center at wkctcadvising@kctcs.edu or (270) 534-3216. Contact us today.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! You can learn about three ways to take action as Earth Day goes digital.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the launch of “Healthy at Work,” a new initiative to help Kentucky businesses reopen safely as we fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Governor urged all Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home, following federal and state guidelines on social distancing and limiting contacts. He added Kentucky families and businesses also must prepare for the day when we begin to reopen our economy. “Healthy at Work” offers a phased approach to reopening Kentucky’s economy, based on criteria set by public health experts and advice from industry experts. This approach is designed to ensure the commonwealth’s citizens can safely return to work while still protecting the most vulnerable Kentuckians. Phase 1 is a state-readiness evaluation. Phase 2 is an individual business-readiness evaluation.

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available in the commonwealth. He praised all of the individuals who have answered the call and donated these essential items for the state’s health care workers. Among the PPE items where Kentucky has seen growth in inventories, Gov. Beshear reported the state has on-hand about 1.5 million surgical masks, 365,000 N95 masks, 930,000 KN95 masks, 446,000 face shields, 4.5 million gloves and 37,000 gowns. All areas showed improved stocks over the past couple of weeks.

Gov. Beshear took part Tuesday morning in a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the Kentucky victims of the coronavirus after the number surpassed 150 a day earlier. Bells rang in the Capitol Rotunda, and a Kentucky State Honor Guard placed a wreath at the foot of the statue to President Abraham Lincoln. The Governors said the flags at the Capitol are also still flying at half-staff to also honor the Kentuckians lost to COVID-19.

City of Paducah Updates:

The City of Paducah has created a COVID-19 Wellness Check Program for people to submit applications for wellness calls to be made to City residents. Within three days after receiving an application, city employees in the Customer Experience and Administration departments will call the resident. Wellness Checks are offered for time periods Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Checks can be daily on the weekdays or once per week on Mondays. This is a temporary, free service offered by the City of Paducah.

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Updates:

Guidance has been issued on the Governor’s Executive Order about paying temporary total disability benefits to employees who have been removed from work by a healthcare provider due to occupational exposure to COVID-19. Get more information from the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.

College Updates:

COV-ID19 drive through testing began this morning in the lower parking lot of Carson Hall. Testing continues from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Thursday of this week. McCracken County and State Emergency Management and Kentucky State Police are in charge of the testing. Register for testing online or call 1-888-852-2567. 

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:

In his briefing yesterday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a presentation of wreaths at the Capitol today in honor of the more than 150 Kentuckians lost to the novel coronavirus. He said a Kentucky State Police Honor Guard will mark the losses during the wreath-laying ceremony. The Governor said he will show a video of the ceremony during today’s briefing.

The Governor also advised the commonwealth’s education leaders to keep facilities closed to in-person instruction for the rest of the school year. He said every health care professional advised that this is the right course of action to take and noted that same advice is being followed in many states, including Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. He said the move is in line with newly released guidelines from the White House as well as Kentucky’s own newly announced benchmarks that the commonwealth must meet in order to start reopening the state’s economy while keeping Kentuckians safe from COVID-19.

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who is also secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, appeared Monday via video link to offer an update on unemployment as the state continues to process an unprecedented number of claims and payments. She said on average the state is seeing about 13,000 new claims per day. She urged those seeking benefits not to reapply and not to open a new claim if they have already applied. The only people who need to reopen a claim are those requesting an additional 13 weeks because the original benefits have expired. Lt. Gov. Coleman said a new technology team is working to address the delays, and more than 1,000 new workers have been hired and trained to handle calls.

REMINDER - COVID-19 Testing at WKCTC: Gov. Andy Beshear announced last week during his daily update that Paducah was one of four cities to have new COVID-19 testing sites in partnership with Kroger Health. Paducah’s drive-through testing site will be on WKCTC’s campus. WKCTC is not in charge of the testing. All testing will be conducted by McCracken County and State Emergency Management and Kentucky State Police. Testing will be in WKCTC's Carson Hall lower parking lot from Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

Students who have been coming to our campus locations for Wi-Fi access should enter and exit campus only through the Anderson entrance and use the Anderson parking lot. You will not be allowed on the Carson side of campus.  Students can continue Wi-Fi access in the parking lots at PSAD or the Skilled Craft Training Center near Mayfield. WKCTC faculty and staff will not be allowed on campus this week.

Register for testing online or call 1-888-852-2567. The testing is done free of charge. Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours. Those eligible for the tests include people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, shortness of breath and cough; health care workers and first responders who may have been exposed to coronavirus; and anyone with mild symptoms who also may have been exposed to COVID-19. 


GED Help: Times are uncertain right now with all that is happening with the COVID-19. But one thing is certain. If someone has wanted to get their GED, they can begin now, and we are here to help them get started!

We can help students complete the GED enrollment paperwork, prepare them for the READY test, and sign them up for Google Classroom and an online learning program if needed. If students need some support to help their kids with their coursework at home while they are working on their GED, we can help with that too. And it can all be done with our great instructors by phone, email and online.

We will continue to stay in touch and help students with anything they need until we are able to safely return to campus and schedule their GED test. Everything, including the GED test, is free! Start here, Start Now. You’re Worth it! Just call Tammy Maines, WKCTC Skills U coordinator, at tammy.maines@kctcs.edu or 270-534-3156.


Financial Aid – Has COVID-19 caused income changes since filing FAFSA? The FAFSA for the 2020-21 school year must be completed initially using the family’s 2018 income information. You should submit a Special Circumstance Request if there is a significant change in your financial situation, or if your FAFSA does not capture a financial difficulty that you are currently facing.

Financial aid administrators (FAA) have statutory authority to use professional judgment to make an adjustment on an individual basis to the cost of attendance or to the information used in calculating the student’s estimated family contribution (EFC) to reflect a student’s special circumstance. The use of professional judgment where students and/or their families have been affected by COVID-19 is permitted, such as in the case where an employer closes for a period of time as a result of COVID-19. In making professional judgment determinations, FAAs must obtain documentation to substantiate the reason for any adjustment. These could be current pay stubs or unemployment compensation determinations.

Students/families finding themselves in this situation should contact the WKCTC Financial Aid office at 270-534-3467 or wk-financialaid@kctcs.edu. We can help determine if you meet the criteria for the adjustment and provide you with the appropriate forms for reconsideration for federal and state aid.


Governor Andy Beshear Updates: Gov. Beshear announced during his Saturday briefing the state’s new Long-Term Care Task Force and provided key updates on how the commonwealth and Kentuckians are working to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Task Force is working to protect some of the Kentuckians who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and the health care workers who serve them. The Governor said health care-associated infections (HAIs) are an important public health and safety issue, and the task force is partnering with outside agencies to coordinate and maximize the efficiency of HAI prevention efforts across Kentucky.

The Governor praised the thousands of health care workers who are caring for the rest of us, many at a heightened risk of contracting the coronavirus. He also put a spotlight on front-line workers who have kept the wheels of commerce and industry moving while other large sectors have shut down. Gov. Beshear also took time Sunday, April 19 celebrate the efforts of everyday Kentuckians, noting that the sacrifices everyone has made is paying off in a lower infection rate, less stress on the health care system and ultimately lives saved.
Gov. Beshear reiterated the details about newly announced benchmarks that the commonwealth must meet in order to start reopening the state’s economy while keeping Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus. The Governor said the state’s seven benchmarks – which reflect guidance from the White House – would determine the phases for reopening parts of the economy.

Benchmark criteria for Kentucky to move to the first stage:
   •  14 days of decreasing cases
   •  Increased testing capacity and contact tracing
   •  Personal protective equipment (PPE) availability
   •  Ability to protect at-risk population
   •  Ability to social distance and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  
      guidelines on large gatherings
   •  Preparedness for possible future spike
   •  Status of vaccine and treatment
Read more information on the White House’s criteria and all three proposed phases of reopening.

Kentucky schools provided more than 4.65 million meals, including breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to students in March through feeding sites, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. On average, 230,000 children were served meals each day.

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Updates: U.S. Chamber for Small Businesses: The grant application process opens today at 2 p.m.  Businesses in Paducah and McCracken County, that employ between 3 and 20 people and located in the zip codes of 42001, 42002, 42003 or 42086 are eligible to apply for a short-term relief grant from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Save Small Business Fund will offer $5,000 grants that have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application process is quick, should only take about 10 minutes and requires only the business’s W-9 form.

COVID-19 Testing at WKCTC: Gov. Andy Beshear announced yesterday during his daily update that Paducah was one of four cities to have new COVID-19 testing sites in partnership with Kroger Health. Paducah’s drive-through testing site will be on WKCTC’s campus. WKCTC is not in charge of the testing. All testing will be conducted by McCracken County and State Emergency Management and Kentucky State Police. Testing will be in WKCTC's Carson Hall lower parking lot from Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Register for testing or call 1-888-852-2567. The testing is done free of charge. Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours.

Those eligible for the tests include people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, shortness of breath and cough; health care workers and first responders who may have been exposed to coronavirus; and anyone with mild symptoms who also may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Other Kroger Health drive-through locations will be in Madisonville, Somerset and Pikeville. The goal is to test up to 330 people per day at each location. The overall goal of the partnership is to conduct 20,000 tests over the next five weeks. Get more information regarding drive-through testing.

Ready to Work Program: We continue to provide remote student services as we all are working together to support one another during this unprecedented time.
Our Ready To Work program (RTW) is designed to assist low-income parents who are pursuing their GED, enrolling in college classes, or have graduated from WKCTC. The program assists students in meeting their TANF  (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) work requirements through a combination of school and paid work-study opportunities. All students must be KTAP (Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program) eligible. Services provided to students include: referrals for transportation, counseling, childcare assistance, financial counseling to assist former students with re-enrollment, and other resources to assist parents while pursuing their educational goals. Until we are able to safely return to campus, we are ready to help students by email, phone or online with anything they need with the RTW program. Please contact Kiki West-Johnson, Ready to Work Coordinator at kiki.johnson@kctcs.edu or 270-534-3423. Faculty/staff, if you would like to refer a student who may qualify for the program, please contact Kiki. Stay home, Stay safe, Stay connected with us!

Financial Aid – Has COVID-19 caused income changes since filing FAFSA? The FAFSA for the 2020-21 school year must be completed initially using the family’s 2018 income information. You should submit a Special Circumstance Request if there is a significant change in your financial situation, or if your FAFSA does not capture a financial difficulty that you are currently facing.

Financial aid administrators (FAA) have statutory authority to use professional judgment to make an adjustment on an individual basis to the cost of attendance or to the information used in calculating the student’s estimated family contribution (EFC) to reflect a student’s special circumstance. The use of professional judgment where students and/or their families have been affected by COVID-19 is permitted, such as in the case where an employer closes for a period of time as a result of COVID-19. In making professional judgment determinations, FAAs must obtain documentation to substantiate the reason for any adjustment. These could be current pay stubs or unemployment compensation determinations.

Students/families finding themselves in this situation should contact the WKCTC Financial Aid office at 270-534-3467 or wk-financialaid@kctcs.edu. We can help determine if you meet the criteria for the adjustment and provide you with the appropriate forms for reconsideration for federal and state aid.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
Gov. Andy Beshear announced in his update yesterday that Kentucky is joining with Governors Tony Evers of Wisconsin, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, Tim Walz of Minnesota and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan to closely coordinate plans to reopen the regional economies when the time is right. The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Governor announced he was working with Governors Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Mike DeWine of Ohio. The coordinated effort is aimed at looking beyond the COVID-19 outbreak now includes seven governors. While each leader ultimately will make their own decision regarding their state’s plans, Gov. Beshear said the collaboration will lead to a more effective eventual opening of different parts of the economy. The Governor said no decision has been made on the timing for reopening Kentucky’s economy, adding that he will rely on the expertise of public health leaders to make any determination.

Gov. Beshear will continue regular calls and planning sessions with neighboring governors and other leaders during the coming weeks. As action is taken, the governors will continue to provide updates. Visit Kentucky's COVID-19 website for the latest information on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19.
State Parks Open for COVID-19
Gov. Beshear announced the opening of state facilities to house people ill with or who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Initially, the shelters will be available at Lake Barkley and Lake Cumberland state parks. The program is a partnership with the Kentucky Department for Public Health and local health departments, the Kentucky Department of Parks, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Kentucky National Guard and volunteer medical staff. The Governor said the facilities will be made available to those who can care for themselves with minimal medical intervention and need to be isolated but lack their own homes, cannot self-isolate within their homes or live with people at heightened risk of contracting the virus. He said the shelters will not be able to be used for those who need significant care and significant monitoring.
Interactive Maps Available: View Confirmed Cases, Cases by County, Cases by Sex, Cases by Age Group, Confirmed Deaths, Deaths by Sex and Deaths by Age Group. In the event of a discrepancy between case confirmations, please note kycovid19.ky.gov is reporting confirmed cases by the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH), and is working diligently to confirm cases as they are reported to KDPH. View the Mobile Dashboard. View the Desktop Dashboard.

City of Paducah Updates:
The Spring Clean-Up Day event that was scheduled for Saturday, April 18 is postponed until further notice.
Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Updates:
White House Unveils Plan to Reopen America: On Thursday, April 16, President Trump released a three-phase plan to reopen businesses across the country. The plan will be implemented on a state-by-state basis at the Governors' discretion based on several factors including a downward trajectory of symptoms and cases, hospital availability and testing. The plan is based on up-to-date data and is designed to mitigate the risk of resurgence and protect the most vulnerable. View the complete plan.

New Grant Available for Small Businesses – Businesses in Paducah and McCracken County, that employ between 3 and 20 people are eligible to apply for a short-term relief grant from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Save Small Business Fund will offer $5,000 grants to businesses that have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application process is quick, should only take about 10 minutes and requires only the business’s W-9 form. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund. This fund is a key pillar of the U.S. Chamber’s Save Small Business Initiative. The application process will open on Monday, April 20 at 2 p.m. (CST).  Learn more at savesmallbusiness.com.
PPP and EIDL Programs Suspended Pending need for Additional Appropriation from Congress: On Thursday the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: “The SBA has processed more than 14 years’ worth of loans in less than 14 days. The Paycheck Protection Program is saving millions of jobs and helping America’s small businesses make it through this challenging time. The EIDL program is also providing much-needed relief to people and businesses. By law, the SBA will not be able to issue new loan approvals once the programs experience a lapse in appropriations. We urge Congress to appropriate additional funds for the Paycheck Protection Program—a critical and overwhelmingly bipartisan program—at which point we will once again be able to process loan applications, issue loan numbers, and protect millions more paychecks. The high demand we have seen underscores the need for hardworking Americans to have access to relief as soon as possible. We want every eligible small business to participate and get the resources they need.”


Send us a Photo! We are asking our members to let us know if you are willing to be in our group photo collage. The collage will be used to send a message of support to everyone. If you are willing, let us know and we will send you the instructions. It’s easy, you just hold up a sign with a specific word on it, take a picture of you and the sign in front of your store, and send it to us. We are looking for 20 businesses to participate. Let us know by emailing the Paducah Chamber of Commerce! 

Students: Financial Aid – Has COVID-19 caused income changes since filing FAFSA? The FAFSA for the 2020-21 school year must be completed initially using the family’s 2018 income information. You should submit a Special Circumstance Request if there is a significant change in your financial situation, or if your FAFSA does not capture a financial difficulty that you are currently facing.

Financial aid administrators (FAA) have statutory authority to use professional judgment to make an adjustment on an individual basis to the cost of attendance or to the information used in calculating the student’s estimated family contribution (EFC) to reflect a student’s special circumstance. The use of professional judgment where students and/or their families have been affected by COVID-19 is permitted, such as in the case where an employer closes for a period of time as a result of COVID-19. In making professional judgment determinations, FAAs must obtain documentation to substantiate the reason for any adjustment. These could be current pay stubs or unemployment compensation determinations.

Students/families finding themselves in this situation should contact the WKCTC Financial Aid office at 270-534-3467 or wk-financialaid@kctcs.edu. We can help determine if you meet the criteria for the adjustment and provide you with the appropriate forms for reconsideration for federal and state aid.

Help from TRIO SSS:  We continue to provide remote services and support to our TRIO SSS (Student Support Services) members, as we stay “healthy at home." Staff and part-time tutors are continuing to reach out to students to conduct appointments and tutoring remotely. Registration for summer and fall semesters is being completed through new platforms to simulate face-to-face advising. We want to be sure our members have what they need to complete this semester successfully. Coming Soon: an online Application for Membership to TRIO SSS. TRIO will be accepting more members for fall semester! Learn more information about TRIO.
Census Video Challenge: The Census Open Innovations Lab (COIL) is currently running the “Get Out the Count” Video Challenge, where participants are encouraged to submit their most engaging, impactful and informative videos about the 2020 Census. The deadline for submission is now May 7th, with a possible $30,000 grand prize, along with $10,000 for the runner up and $10,000 for the best student entry. CPEP is encouraging staff to reach out to partners to participate, especially those who may have already created videos.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
Gov. Beshear announced that his administration is deepening ties with neighboring Indiana and Ohio in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Governor said he, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine have agreed to continue close discussions on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, with an eye toward eventually coordinating plans to reopen the states’ economies. Gov. Beshear said that the collaboration is essential but that each leader ultimately would make his own decisions.
Gov. Beshear announced The Co-Immunity Project, a collaboration between not only public and private institutions, but also among private health care companies that normally compete against each other. They are banding together, contributing different capabilities to this project with the same goal of delivering a testing regime that can save lives and get a community of people back to work. The Co-Immunity Project will focus on comprehensive testing, centered on antibodies and developing donor plasma resources. The Governor said the project would test for antibodies of those who have been infected in the past and may have developed an immunity.
Gov. Beshear announced new fundraising numbers and an oversight panel for the Team Kentucky Fund, an online platform to provide help to Kentuckians severely affected financially during the COVID-19 emergency. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman appeared during Wednesday’s update remotely via video to announce the five-panel co-chairs. - Jerry Abramson, Steve Henry, Crit Luallen, Daniel Mongiardo and Steve Pence, all former Kentucky lieutenant governors. Lt. Gov. Coleman said the fund would complement other efforts from the state’s unemployment payments to federal stimulus.
Gov. Beshear said that right now there is more than $1.8 million raised or pledged to the Team Kentucky Fund, and he praised the generosity of the many people, businesses and private donors who have donated to help out their fellow human beings. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Team Kentucky Fund.
City of Paducah Updates:
Greenway Trail Phase V Approved:  At the April 14 meeting, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Jim Smith Contracting for the project. Phase V starts on the river side of the floodwall at Jefferson Street and connects with the recently constructed Greenway Trail Phase IV near the Transient Dock. Phase V includes a separate Greenway Trail path for cyclists and pedestrians and an improvement to the roadway for vehicles. Schultz Park will be getting a makeover. Phase V is funded through a Federal Highway Administration Transportation Enhancement Grant and the Boyles Trust Fund.

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Updates:
Great News from the SBA: As of Monday, April 13, Kentucky has been approved for 17,216 loans through the Payment Protection Plan (PPP) for a total of $3,336,402,794. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has produced a national report card, showing what states and what types of businesses have received the PPP loans to this point. For more information on SBA, contact Sharron.johnson@sba.gov or call 1-502-276-7655. She is the Lender Relations Specialist/Economic Development Specialist, Western Kentucky Representative, Kentucky District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration.
New Small Business Resource Guide: America's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Grow with Google and the Washington SBDC Network have created a Small Business Resiliency Guide to help small businesses create a plan for recovery.
Employer’s Handbook on Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance: The Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development has created a handbook for employers related to unemployment insurance and COVID-19.
Send us a Photo! We are asking our members to let us know if you are willing to be in our group photo collage. The collage will be used to send a message of support to everyone. If you are willing, let us know and we will send you the instructions. It’s easy, you just hold up a sign with a specific word on it, take a picture of you and the sign in front of your store, and send it to us. We are looking for 20 businesses to participate. Let us know by emailing the Paducah Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Resource Site: Please visit our COVID-19 website.

A special message from KCTCS President Dr. Box: This week begins our second month of adjusting to the work-from-home protocol.  I know it has been tough on me, and I expect it has been for you also. With that in mind, I recorded a short message for you.  I hope you will take the time to watch. Also, I’d appreciate hearing from you. How are you doing? Please feel free to drop me an email or even record a video and send my way.  Remember, we are all in this together.


Insider Higher Education Article: A featured an article about searches appropriately entitled "Pandemic Unsettles Hiring Cycle for College Presidents" was in yesterday’s Insider Higher Education. Dr. Box was specifically mentioned in this article with regard to postponing his retirement date. He is staying in his position through the end of September. We appreciate Dr. Box’s continued strong leadership and commitment during this time.


Census Video Challenge: The Census Open Innovations Lab (COIL) is currently running the “Get Out the Count” Video Challenge, where participants are encouraged to submit their most engaging, impactful and informative videos about the 2020 Census. The deadline for submission is now May 7th, with a possible $30,000 grand prize, along with $10,000 for the runner up and $10,000 for the best student entry. CPEP is encouraging staff to reach out to partners to participate, especially those who may have already created videos.

Follow up to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)– How to Request FFCRA Leave: On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). The law is effective April 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020. While this act has extensive provisions in response to COVID-19, the following areas are important for employees of KCTCS. If you have any questions about either the Public Health Emergency Sick Leave or the Expanded Family Medical Leave Act provisions, please contact Bridget Canter.

How The Federal CARES Act Impacts Your Healthcare FSA - Chard Snyder: With the new law, you are now able to purchase, or be reimbursed for over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, and cough suppressants. These type of items used to require a prescription to use your Healthcare FSA. A prescription is no longer required. The law is retroactive to January 1, 2020. You will be able to us your Chard Snyder benefit card for these purchases, but unfortunately, not yet.
Students: Do you have questions about accessing campus resources such as advising, counseling services? Do you have other questions? The Advising Center can help. Just contact Krystal Boone, our Advising Information Specialist. She's got the answers for you!
270-534-3216 (phone), krystal.boone@kctcs.edu  email), 270-883-1557 (text)

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
In his update yesterday, Gov. Beshear said Kentuckians are answering the call for needed PPE. He said Kentucky currently has the following PPE stocks on-hand: 4.2 million gloves, 355,000 surgical masks, more than 153,000 face shields, 37,000 gowns, more than 5,000 coveralls, and more than 279,000 respirator masks. The Governor said Kentucky needs more every day since the nature of PPE is meant for single or very limited uses. He asked anyone who is able to donate PPE or call 833-GIVE-PPE (448-3773). In addition, PPE donations are also being accepted at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth.
Gov. Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff for one week in honor of the more than 100 Kentuckians who have passed away due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Flags should be lowered to half-staff until sundown on Monday, April 20. Gov. Beshear encouraged individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Kentucky to join in this tribute.
Kentuckians must remain cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including the Governor's website, Kentucky's official COVID-19 website and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
City of Paducah Updates:
Paducah City Commission meetings are now being conducted by video conferencing. You can watch meetings and keep up with what’s happening in the city at on channel 11.
Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless was recently asked by the Kentucky League of Cities to write an essay with regard to how we are coping with the COVID-19 crisis in our community. The essay is based on the Mayor's background in public health.  KLC is a tremendous resource for cities and Kentucky leaders. Read her informative and interesting essay.
The Spring Clean-Up Day event that was scheduled for this Saturday is postponed until further notice.
If you haven’t completed the 2020 Census, you may be receiving (or have already received) a paper questionnaire in the mail.  Please take the time to complete it.  It takes only a few minutes, and it’s so important since many funding opportunities are based on census data.  We want everyone counted! Right now, Kentucky is in 17th place. Encourage your friends and family to complete the census – we want to be the best in the country.  Currently, Kentucky has a response rate of 50.4% with the national response rate at 48.6%.  McCracken County’s rate is 54.6%.  For more info, visit the 2020 Response Rate Map. You can also fill out the 2020 Census online.

Be Counted. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of our community. We encourage you to complete the census online today! Remind your family and friends to do so also. It only takes a few minutes to count all who usually live in your home—including those not related to you. Complete the census today by visiting 2020CENSUS.GOV.
Direct Payments to Americans: The IRS announced that Economic Impact Payments will be distributed automatically to most people starting this past weekend. Visit the IRS site and FAQ's that will answer questions of eligibility and payment details.
Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
Gov. Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff for one week in honor of the more than 100 Kentuckians who have passed away due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Flags should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise today until sundown on Monday, April 20. Gov. Beshear encouraged individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Kentucky to join in this tribute.

Gov. Beshear urged everyone affected by unprecedented job losses to apply for unemployment benefits. If you or someone you know need to get a handle on the Unemployment Insurance process, the UI Help Line is 502-564-2900. The Paducah Career Center number is 270-575-7000.

He reminded anyone who is able to donate PPE at giveppe.ky.gov or by calling 833-GIVE-PPE (448-3773). In addition, PPE donations are also being accepted at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth.

The Governor recently convened a new task force aimed at addressing concerns in Kentucky's long-term care facilities, where residents and staffers are at elevated risk to coronavirus outbreaks. The new 10-member advisory board is comprised of professionals who represent a range of specialties and perspectives.
Kentuckians must be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including the Governor's website, Kentucky's COVID-19 website, and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

City of Paducah Updates:
The Paducah Board of Commissioners is holding a called meeting today at 5:30 p.m.  The entire meeting will be conducted by video conferencing.  To view the meeting, watch Government 11 (for Comcast subscribers) or view the live streaming on Youtube. A few topics on tonight’s agenda:
Small Business Fund expenditure approval
Emergency repairs to building adjacent to former Kresge Building
Construction contract – Greenway Trail Phase V along Riverfront
The Spring Clean Up Day event that was scheduled for this Saturday is postponed until further notice.
All City offices will be closed to the public until further notice. City services are continuing; however, those needing to contact the City should use other means including phone, email, or online. Information about changes to city services, links to resources, and other information related to COVID-19 can be found on the City’s website, or by calling 270-444

During this unprecedented time with COVID-19, Kentuckians, including many KCTCS students, have been hit hard with illness and job loss. KCTCS will receive approximately $36 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress last week. Each of the 16 KCTCS colleges will receive a portion of these funds ranging from just over $800,000 to more than $5 million.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, this emergency financial aid can be used by students for course materials, technology, housing, food, healthcare and childcare costs. This week, KCTCS should receive further information and guidance on when and how the funds will be distributed to students. Here is a breakdown of what KCTCS colleges will receive.
Ashland Community and Technical College • $1,897,125
Big Sandy Community and Technical College • $1,809,773
Bluegrass Community and Technical College • $4,961,119
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College • $2,426,734
Gateway Community and Technical College • $1,797,783
Hazard Community and Technical College • $1,248,333
Henderson Community College • $806,658
Hopkinsville Community College • $1,399,325
Jefferson Community and Technical College • $5,179,693
Madisonville Community and Technical College • $1,069,051
Maysville Community and Technical College • $1,992,396
Owensboro Community and Technical College • $1,789,723
Somerset Community College • $3,029,445
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College • $2,424,487
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College • $1,616,993
West Kentucky Community and Technical College • $2,444,514

WKCTC has not yet received funds or instructions for how to distribute funds we have been allotted. We will communicate that information as soon as we can and will share information as soon as it is known. In the meantime, encourage current and prospective students to fill out the FAFSA if they haven’t already done so because most federal financial aid require that be done.

Honors and Commencement Postponed: We have postponed the honors ceremony and commencement due to COVID-19 federal and state restrictions. Honors was scheduled for April 30th and commencement was scheduled for May 9th. While it’s disappointing to postpone these celebrations, we will reschedule both ceremonies as soon as it's possible! We will let everyone know when we have new confirmed dates. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our great students soon! We will all get through this together!

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
The Governor recently announced a partnership with Kroger Health to expand the COVID-19 testing capability in Kentucky. The state’s first drive-through testing site will be free of charge and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 13, through Thursday, April 16, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Any future locations will be announced and the overall goal of the partnership is to conduct 20,000 tests over the next five weeks through a web portal. Those eligible for the test include those with symptoms, health care workers, first responders, those 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions. Kentuckians can  call 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3).
Gov. Beshear has expanded the number of workers who can receive workers compensation if they are ordered to be quarantined. The coverage previously had been extended to health care workers and first responders. Coverage now will be extended to military, active National Guard, child-care workers, grocery workers, corrections officers, domestic violence shelter workers, child advocacy workers, rape crisis center workers, postal workers and Department of Community Based Services workers.
Executive order limits will also call for only one person per household to visit essential businesses at one time. There are exceptions for households in which one adult is caring for children and cannot leave them at home alone, as well as for people with disabilities who cannot go to the store without a guardian/assistance.
The CDC encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. You can also find numbers to Kentucky Health Departments on our website.

Additional Changes to City Services: As the City of Paducah continues to implement the federal and state directives regarding social distancing to slow the spread COVID-19), officials are making additional adjustments to facility access and services.
All City offices will be closed to the public until further notice.  This includes City Hall, the front desk at the Paducah Police Department, access to the Fire Stations, the Parks & Recreation Department office, and the Compost Facility.  City services are continuing; however, those needing to contact the City should use other means including phone, email, or online.
Changes have also been made regarding services such as garbage collection, brush/limb collection, parks and recreation facilities/program, dropping of payments to the Finance Department and obtaining a fire permit.
Information about changes to city services, links to resources, and other information related to COVID-19 can be found on the City’s website.
The general information phone number for City government is 270-444-8800.  During normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.), Customer Experience Specialists will take your call and guide you to the appropriate department or service.  After hours, please leave a message.
Necessities Grant Program: The City of Paducah is proud to be a partner in the Necessities Grant Program through the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County. Visit the weblink to learn more about this assistance program. Plus, if you can donate, your dollars are greatly appreciated and will be helping members of our community.
Direct Payments to Americans: The IRS announced that Economic Impact Payments will be distributed automatically to most people starting this past weekend. Payments are up to $1,200 per individual and $500 per child. Payments would start to phase out for individuals with gross incomes more than $75,000, and those making more than $99,000 would not qualify at all. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will receive the payments automatically. In the near future, those receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits and Railroad Retirement benefits will also receive their payment. For those who don’t normally file a tax return, including those with too little income to file, should use a new web tool, available only on IRS.gov, to register for faster payments using direct deposit. Click on “Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here” for the tool. Otherwise, the payment will be mailed to you.
Information for Potential Remote Workers: A new website has been launched with a goal of connecting residents to remote work through Flexjobs. Mayor Brandi Harless announced the website on Friday. The launch of this website is a partnership among WKCTC, the City of Paducah, Kentucky Workforce Board, Paducah Area Chamber and Paducah/McCracken County NAACP. The site provides those interested in remote working opportunities with information about resume writing, remote job opportunities, in-demand skills for remote jobs and a virtual job fair. The virtual job fair is April 16 and those interested would need to have a Flexjobs membership that requires a small fee to participate in the job fair. 

Campus Closes Early Tomorrow: WKCTC will close at noon tomorrow in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Therefore, Dr. Reece will not be sending out an afternoon update tomorrow. Enjoy the extra time this weekend and have a wonderful Easter.

Honors and Commencement Postponed: We have postponed the honors ceremony and commencement due to COVID-19 federal and state restrictions. Honors was scheduled for April 30th and commencement was scheduled for May 9th. While it’s disappointing to postpone these celebrations, we will reschedule both ceremonies as soon as it's possible! We will let everyone know when we have new confirmed dates. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our great students soon! We will all get through this together!

Help from TRIO SSS: We continue to provide remote services and support to our TRIO SSS (Student Support Services) members, as we stay “healthy at home." Staff and part-time tutors are continuing to reach out to students to conduct appointments and tutoring remotely. Registration for summer and fall semesters is being completed through new platforms to simulate face-to-face advising. We want to be sure our members have what they need to complete this semester successfully.

Coming Soon: an online Application for Membership to TRIO SSS. TRIO will be accepting more members for fall semester! Read more information about TRIO.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
Gov. Beshear will add a new retail restriction to halt door-to-door solicitations. Kentuckians need to avoid door to door sales and fundraising that can potentially spread the novel coronavirus from house to house.
New executive order limits will also call for only one person per household to visit essential businesses at one time. There are exceptions for households in which one adult is caring for children and cannot leave them at home alone, as well as for people with disabilities who cannot go to the store without a guardian/assistance.
The Governor says Kentucky will also renew the executive order to allow Kentuckians to get 30-day refills on prescriptions. Pharmacists will be able to dispense emergency refills for up to another 30-day supply of non-scheduled medications to Kentucky residents. It also gives pharmacists wide discretion in dispensing medications to fight COVID-19, requiring only that they follow guidelines and advice of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health or the state commissioner of public health.
He recently announced Kentucky received the federal funding stream to begin making the additional $600 per week payment to those Kentuckians receiving unemployment insurance benefits as soon as Thursday night. This will be made in a separate payment from other unemployment benefits. Kentuckians do not need to do anything to receive this payment. Gov. Beshear said he expected Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton to offer an update on the added benefit at today’s briefing.
He is asking Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.
The CDC encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. You can also find numbers to Kentucky Health Departments on our website.

Social Distancing Bingo: Paducah Main Street is sponsoring Social Distancing Bingo. Just visit the Paducah Main Street Facebook page to find out how to join the play. You could win a $25 gift card to a Downtown Paducah business of their choice.
Online resources for the federal government assistance: The federal government has streamlined a lot of the assistance information. (disaster relief loans, healthcare assistance, and food stamps).

As we all continue to work together through the COVID-19 pandemic, the KCTCS Board of Regents is delaying the search for a new system president. The work to prepare for the search has been postponed with the goal of posting the job at the end of August and having a new president announced in January 2021. More information about the search will be available on the presidential search website when the process resumes.

Additionally, KCTCS President Jay Box is staying in his position through the end of September to continue to lead the system through this uncertain time and ease the transition for Interim President Dr. Paul Czarapata. Dr. Czarapata is a KCTCS vice president who oversees the system’s technology. The board named him interim at the March board meeting and planned for him to assume the role when Box retired. We appreciate Dr. Box’s continued strong leadership and commitment during this time.

Help from TRIO SSS: We continue to provide remote services and support to our TRIO SSS (Student Support Services) members, as we stay “healthy at home." Staff and part-time tutors are continuing to reach out to students to conduct appointments and tutoring remotely. Registration for summer and fall semesters is being completed through new platforms to simulate face-to-face advising. We want to be sure our members have what they need to complete this semester successfully.

Coming Soon: an online Application for Membership to TRIO SSS. TRIO will be accepting more members for fall semester! Get more information about TRIO.

City of Paducah Shares Shopping Safety Measures: Getting groceries and supplies are essential are during these uncertain times. As we continue to get what we need, let’s all please be mindful and thoughtful in our every action. If the parking lot of the store you wish to visit is fairly crowded, make the decision to come back when it is not as busy. Choose to send one person in with a list of essentials.
In an effort to promote social distancing, several of the big-box stores are implementing new guidelines such as limiting the number of people in the store, constituting one-way movement through the store, increasing the presence of signage and announcements, and reducing store hours to provide additional time to replenish products and clean the stores. If you would like to learn more about the changes due to social distancing, please read the news releases from the following corporations that have a presence in Paducah. We are all in this together!
Home Depot
Kroger
Lowe’s
Walmart

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
The CDC encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. You can also find numbers to Kentucky Health Departments on our website.

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including the governor's webpage, Kentucky's COVID-19 webpage and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

He recently said that Kentucky is adopting on a voluntary basis the new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that people wear cloth masks in some situations. Read more about the new CDC guidance on masks.

The Governor recently announced more than 300 members of the Kentucky National Guard had been activated to help at hospitals and food banks.
He invited all Kentuckians to make a tax-deductible donation if they can to the Team Kentucky Fund. This fund provides assistance to Kentuckians who have been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

Kentucky Unemployment Insurance (UI) Filings: If you or someone you know need to get a handle on the Unemployment Insurance process, the UI Help Line is 502-564-2900. The Paducah Career Center number is 270-575-7000.

Online resources for the federal government assistance: The federal government has streamlined a lot of the assistance information (disaster relief loans, healthcare assistance, and food stamps).

• We're Strong Together: As we continue to work and teach remotely, it’s important for you to remember that even though we’re apart, you’re not alone. We are 16 colleges strong working together to make sure our students are successful. We recognize this is challenging and sometimes frustrating, but here is a message from the college presidents and Dr. Box to remind you we’re all in this together!

Faculty and Staff: Until further notice building access will be limited to Tuesday and Thursdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is in part due to the high volume of daily access and in turn the high volume of re-cleaning but mostly for your safety and security. Excluded are business office, cabinet and campus operations.

Students: Do you have questions about accessing campus resources such as advising, food pantry, counseling services? Do you have other questions? The Advising Center can help. Just contact Krystal Boone, our Advising Information Specialist. She's got the answers for you!
o 270-534-3216 (phone), krystal.boone@kctcs.edu email), 270-883-1557 (text).

• Campus Closed: All KCTCS colleges will be closed a half-day Friday, April 10th to observe the Good Friday holiday.

Governor Andy Beshear Updates:
o Gov. Beshear recently said that Kentucky is adopting on a voluntary basis the new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that people wear cloth masks in some situations. The new CDC guidance on masks can be found here.
o He invited all Kentuckians to make a tax-deductible donations if they can to the Team Kentucky Fund. This fund provides assistance to Kentuckians who have been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.
o Information regarding possible price gouging, contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Branch at 888-432-9257 or fill out the price gouging complaint form.
o Report observations of non-compliance with the restrictions on workplace and public gathering at 833-KY-SAFER.
o Donate personal protective equipment at Kentucky State Police posts across the state. He is asking Kentuckians who have surplus PPE supplies to donate them for health care workers and first responders. The hotline is 1-833-GIVE-PPE (that's 1-833-448-3773).

Be Counted! As of yesterday, the national response rate is 44.5 percent. Kentucky has a response rate of 45.6 percent. McCracken County’s rate is 50.2 percent. If you haven’t responded to the 2020 Census, please respond so that we can get McCracken County up toward 100 percent. Submit your census form today!

Small Business Relief Fund: WKCTC has joined the City of Paducah and the Community Foundation of West Kentucky in Paducah’s Small Business Relief Fund Program. Our Allison Smith, Rayla Trigg and Kevin O’Neill are working together to review the Small Business Relief Fund applications using a rubric developed by the city. Small businesses that are not a franchise or franchise-affiliated, with 25 or fewer employees and a brick-and-mortar presence within the Paducah city limits may be eligible to apply for the funds. Applications being accepted through April 10 at 4:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, can contact the Community Foundation or call 270-442-8622.

View a special message for students from WKCTC President Anton Reece.
Faculty and Staff: Beginning today April 6th and until further notice building access will be limited to Tuesday and Thursdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is in part due to the high volume of daily access and in turn the high volume of re-cleaning but mostly for your safety and security. Excluded are business office, cabinet, and campus operations. We do appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Students: Do you have questions about accessing campus resources such as advising, food pantry, counseling services or other questions? The Advising Center can help. Just contact Krystal Boone, our Advising Information Specialist. She's got the answers for you!
270-534-3216 (phone), krystal.boone@kctcs.edu (email), 270-883-1557 (text)

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Take a break from work and classes and visit the library's Stress Relief Resources guide. It contains helpful books, links, articles, and videos on relaxing music, exercises, coloring pages, puzzles, and other items that can help relieve stress and anxiety. We will continue to update this regularly, so be sure to check back!

The FBI is warning against Coronavirus scams. Among the most common scams that the FBI warns you about in addition to phony test kits:

  • Emails from “official sources. Many messages claim to be from the U.S Centers for Disease Control or other organizations offering information on COVID-19.
  • Be wary of websites using apps claiming to trace COVID-19 cases worldwide; scammers are using malicious website to infect and lock devices until payment is received.
  • Phone call asking for personal information.
  • Scammers are spoofing local health department phone numbers and texting potential victims for their Medicare or Medicaid information.
  • Criminals are knocking on doors claiming to be health officials.

    Governor Andy Beshear updates:
    Kentuckians must be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including the Governor's web page, Kentucky's official Covid 19 webpage and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    He is asking Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

    People can now donate personal protective equipment at Kentucky State Police posts across the state. He is asking Kentuckians who have surplus PPE supplies to donate them for health care workers and first responders. The governor's office says currently the greatest need is for medical gloves. He also announced a new hotline and website donors can use to streamline the process. The hotline is 1-833-GIVE-PPE (that's 1-833-448-3773). Visit the Personal Protective Equipment webpage.
    Kentuckians who have questions about the coronavirus can call the state hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

All KCTCS colleges will be closed a half-day Friday, April 10th to observe the Good Friday holiday.

Critical steps in COVID-19 fight. Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentuckians to stay focused on three key steps that can be done here to blunt the deadly outbreak: social distancing, boosting testing and health care capacity. He asked everyone to help by maintaining good social distancing and staying safe at home. And the Governor said officials in government and industry were working tirelessly to add hospital beds, intensive-care units and ventilators to sites throughout the commonwealth.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider.

Matheson Library. WKCTC’s physical library is closed at this time, but library resources and assistance are still available! In Blackboard, choose eLibrary under Student Resources on the main page. Or, from the main WKCTC website, choose Current Students at the top of the page, then scroll to and select Library. Ask a Librarian for help or contact 737-242-0016. 
 
Many online library resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from most devices.

Select Find Resources on the Matheson Library homepage where you can search across the online databases for thousands of full-text articles in EBSCOhost, ProQuest, or Gale Databases; over 130,000 eBooks (ProQuest); and over 42,000 Films on Demand streaming videos. Or, you can begin with one of our 47 Library Guides , starting points for recommended resources in particular subjects, programs, or courses and link directly to sources that you need for your papers, projects, and assignments.

Library staff will continue to be available to assist patrons through the Ask a Librarian link, using the Contact the Library emails or phone numbers, or by calling 737-242-0016.

Tutoring Center can help. College can be challenging in the best of times. Adapting to the current demands of learning at WKCTC isn’t something you have to do alone. The Tutoring Center is ready and remote to help you with many of your class and learning technology-related challenges. They are helping students through online conferencing platforms, like GoBoard and Zoom, and they are helping over the phone through Google Voice. Give them a call and let them help you stay on track or get back on track for a win this semester! You can reach the Tutoring Center at 270-534-3179 or Mason Tudor at mason.tudor@kctcs.edu.


Kentucky Governor Update. Read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19. Each day at 4 p.m. CDT, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages. Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including the Governor's webpage, the Covid 19 KY webpage and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Beware of Scams. The Better Business Bureau issued a warning for potential scams.  Download a PDF of those potential scams
Reporting hotline. Gov. Beshear announced the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline 833-KY SAFER (833-597-2337) for complaints about non-compliance with coronavirus mandates. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Make an online complaint.

Be Counted. We encourage you to complete the census online today and remind your family and friends to do so also. It only takes a few minutes to count all who usually live in your home—including those not related to you. Complete the census today.

Tutoring Center can help. College can be challenging in the best of times. Adapting to the current demands of learning at WKCTC isn’t something you have to do alone. The Tutoring Center is ready and remote to help you with many of your class and learning technology-related challenges. They are helping students through online conferencing platforms, like GoBoard and Zoom, and they are helping over the phone through Google Voice. Give them a call and let them help you stay on track or get back on track for a win this semester!

You can reach the Tutoring Center at 270-534-3179 or Mason Tudor at mason.tudor@kctcs.edu.

Kentucky Governor Update. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has asked Kentuckians to keep focused on what we can do to fight novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As of 5 p.m. April 1, Governor Beshear said there were 680 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, 93 of which were newly confirmed. There were two new deaths reported Wednesday, raising the state’s toll to 20 deaths related to the virus.  There is a lot of information circulating about COVID-19. For updates about what’s going on in Kentucky, you can sign up to have news updates from Governor Beshear delivered right to your inbox or cell phone. You can also watch Governor Beshear’s daily updates live his Facebook page or streamed live on WPSD Local 6.
Summer and Fall Classes. We know our students are diligently working to complete this semester through remote learning. For those who will need to continue on in the summer or fall to complete their education goals, it’s important for you to know that our advisors are here and ready to help you get enrolled for Summer and Fall 2020 classes.  Please contact your advisor today to register. If you need more help, contact us at wkctcadvising@kctcs.edu.

Bookstore Note. Now is the perfect time to check the college bookstore’s website and make sure they have your class properly paired with the correct text, kit, etc.  Faculty who have not made a decision or change on their materials for summer and fall should definitely check the bookstore’s web site and if you don’t see anything adopted, should contact Todd Mitchell at toddk.mitchell@kctcs.edu.

Be Counted. We encourage you to complete the census online today and remind your family and friends to do so also. It only takes a few minutes to count all who usually live in your home—including those not related to you. Complete the census today.
Need Federal Assistance? The federal government has streamlined a lot of the assistance information (disaster relief loans, healthcare assistance, and food stamps).

Unemployment Benefits. Need to find out about unemployment benefits because of COVID-19? 
Be sure to check your email daily. Don’t let a full mailbox keep you from receiving important WKCTC messages.

All computer labs on WKCTC campuses are now closed until further notice.

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a drive-thru and delivery resources guide that might be helpful to those residents in the Paducah/McCracken County area. 


Today is Census Day! We encourage you to complete the census online today and remind your family and friends to do so also. Today is the day you should count all who usually live in your home—including those not related to you. Complete the census today.
The federal government has streamlined a lot of the assistance information (disaster relief loans, healthcare assistance, and food stamps).
Need to find out about unemployment benefits because of COVID-19? Find your state’s information.
Some area publications are providing free online subscriptions to their publications online. Like this month’s Paducah Life magazine. Paducah’s VUE is also online.
Feeling a little stressed? Watch this video.
Be sure to check your email daily. Don’t let a full mailbox keep you from receiving important WKCTC messages.
All computer labs on WKCTC campuses are now closed until further notice.
The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a drive-thru and delivery resources guide that might be helpful to those residents in the Paducah/McCracken County area.
Wi-Fi is available outside some of WKCTC’s buildings. WKCTC students can access Wi-Fi from their vehicles in the parking lots of the following buildings (locations listed by best access first)
Anderson Technical Building parking lot near the main entrance (best location)
Back parking area of the Emerging Technology Center
First two rows of the parking lot near the Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory
First row of the parking lot near Clemens Fine Arts Center/Student Center
The back area of the Paducah School of Art and Design in the back parking lot near Kitchen Café
Graves County Schools, Graves County Fiscal, and West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications (WK&T) have joined forces to create seven places throughout Graves county where residents will be able to access the internet free of charge. The hotspots are located at Graves County High School and six elementary schools (Fancy Farm, Farmington, Lowes, Sedalia, Symsonia, and Wingo). WK&T Operations Manager Stacey Riley said families who need internet access would be able to sit in their vehicles in the parking lot and connect to the internet wirelessly. 

 Please continue to reach out to our faculty and staff with questions about your class assignments and needed support services.
In case you missed my COVID 19 student video - please watch Dr. Reece's video on YouTube
All computer labs on the WKCTC campus are closed until further notice. 
Wi-Fi is available outside some of WKCTC’s buildings. WKCTC students can access Wi-Fi from their vehicles in the parking lots of the following buildings (locations listed by best access first)
Anderson Technical Building parking lot near the main entrance. This is the best location of all of them.
Back parking area of the Emerging Technology Center
First two rows of the parking lot near the Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory
First row of the parking lot near Clemens Fine Arts Center/Student Center
The back area of the Paducah School of Art and Design in the back parking lot near Kitchen Café.
Graves County Schools, Graves County Fiscal Court and West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications (WK&T) have joined forces to create seven places throughout Graves county where residents will be able to access the internet free of charge. The hotspots are located at Graves County High School and six elementary schools (Fancy Farm, Farmington, Lowes, Sedalia, Symsonia and Wingo). WK&T Operations Manager Stacey Riley said families who need internet access will be able to sit in their vehicles in the parking lot and connect to the internet wirelessly.
The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a drive thru and delivery resources guide that might be helpful if you live in the Paducah/McCracken County area.

• Watch a special message for students from WKCTC President Anton Reece
• As per Governor Andy Beshear’s directives, all computer labs on WKCTC campuses are now closed until further notice. Please note that WKCTC is working on options for students without computer and internet access.
o Wi-Fi is available outside some of WKCTC’s buildings. WKCTC students can access Wi-Fi from their vehicles in the parking lots of the following buildings (locations listed by best access first)
 Anderson Technical Building parking lot near the main entrance (best location)
 Back parking area of the Emerging Technology Center
 First two rows of the parking lot near the Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory
 First row of the parking lot near Clemens Fine Arts Center/Student Center
 The back area of the Paducah School of Art and Design in the back parking lot near Kitchen Café.
o Graves County Schools, Graves County Fiscal, and West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications (WK&T) have joined forces to create seven places throughout Graves county where residents will be able to access the internet free of charge. The hotspots are located at Graves County High School and six elementary schools (Fancy Farm, Farmington, Lowes, Sedalia, Symsonia, and Wingo). WK&T Operations Manager Stacey Riley said families who need internet access will be able to sit in their vehicles in the parking lot and connect to the internet wirelessly.

 

WKCTC will be closed Friday, March 27, as previously planned for Spring Break. No Update will go out tomorrow, but you can visit our website at westkentucky.kctcs.edu for any new information.
As per Governor Andy Beshear’s directives, all computer labs on WKCTC campus are now closed until further notice.  Please note that WKCTC is working on options for students without computer and internet access.
Wi-Fi is available outside some of WKCTC’s buildings. WKCTC students can access Wi-Fi from their vehicles in the parking lots of the following buildings (locations listed by best access first)
Anderson Technical Building parking lot near the main entrance. This is the best location of all of them.
Back parking area of the Emerging Technology Center
First two rows of the parking lot near the Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory
First row of the parking lot near Clemens Fine Arts Center/Student Center
The back area of the Paducah School of Art and Design in the back parking lot near Kitchen Café.
Graves County Schools, Graves County Fiscal Court and West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications (WK&T) have joined forces to create seven places throughout Graves county where residents will be able to access the internet free of charge. The hotspots are located at Graves County High School and six elementary schools (Fancy Farm, Farmington, Lowes, Sedalia, Symsonia and Wingo). WK&T Operations Manager Stacey Riley said families who need internet access will be able to sit in their vehicles in the parking lot and connect to the internet wirelessly.
Like many of us, you may be struggling with major life events such as a change in employment, or loss of childcare. Jana Wilson, our Four Rivers Behavioral Health Counselor, is accepting referrals.
You may also call (270) 442-7142 to schedule an appointment. All counseling will be done online or by phone. Please identify yourself as a WKCTC student to make an appointment. Students in crisis should call 1-800-592-3980.
Because of the fluid nature of this situation, it is important that you check your email regularly and make sure your mailbox is able to receive incoming messages. (Empty your trash.)
New Kentucky Unemployment Insurance (UI) Filings: Governor Beshear announced yesterday that more Kentuckians are eligible to receive unemployment. These include independent contractors, small business owners, substitute teachers, cosmetologists and others. They should file on the date assigned by the first letter of their last name. If someone is unsure if they should file or not, they are encouraged to go ahead and file. Click here for the complete filing schedule. The UI Help Line is 502-564-2900. The Paducah Career Center number is 270-575-7000.

• WKCTC will offer only online/remote classroom instruction through the last day of instruction on May 2nd and use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4 – 10. This decision will help provide consistency for students and faculty who are impacted by conflicting dates and messaging from multiple colleges.
• The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) continues to assess the time when each of its colleges, including WKCTC, can fully reopen its facilities to students and the public and return to normal operations. KCTCS will continue to follow the guidance from the Governor’s Office and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) in any Systemwide decision.
• Spring Commencement ceremonies have been postponed with a decision on a new date to come later this spring.
• Wi-Fi is available outside of some WKCTC’s buildings. WKCTC students can access Wifi from their vehicles in the parking lots of the following buildings (locations listed by best access first)
o Anderson Technical Building parking lot near the main entrance. This is the best location of all of them.
o Back parking area of the Emerging Technology Center
o First two rows of the parking lot near the Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory
o First row of the parking lot near Clemens Fine Arts Center/Student Center
o The back area of the Paducah School of Art and Design in the back parking lot near Kitchen Café.

Carolyn Perry    
carolyns.perry@kctcs.edu
SC/FA        
270-534-3205

• FACULTY AND STAFF - For your safety and security, we have distributed to our Security staff (attached) a building access sheet and ask that you contact them at (270) 564-8403 when accessing a campus building. Maintenance and Operations will also utilize this information to re-clean the area accessed.
• Wi-Fi is available on the Paducah campus if needed by WKCTC students. WKCTC students can access Wifi from their vehicles in the parking lots for the Anderson building, Nemer building, Clemens Fine Arts building, student center, Crounse building and the Emerging Technology Center. Those using the Wifi will need to park as close as possible to one of the buildings listed above.
• Calls to WKCTC’s Financial Aid, Business and Payroll offices are being answered in the usual manner.
• WKCTC’s bookstore in the Anderson Building is closed to foot traffic but filling online orders.
• Important Numbers to Know:
o Local Hotline for City Services and Local Resources: 270-444-8800
o State COVID-19 Hotline: 800-722-5725
o State Hotline to Report Noncompliance: 833-597-2337
o Consumer Protection Hotline to Report Price Gouging: 888-432-9257
• PATS Change of Service: Paducah Area Transit System (PATS) is reducing services beginning today to help protect employees and customers. These are the details:
o Fixed route bus service is shut down for at least the next three weeks. The passenger waiting areas closed.
o For scheduled service, PATS is limiting rides to one person per vehicle until further notice. All fares within the city limits will be $2 per ride.
o Customer service phone support will be available between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note, call volumes and wait times may be greater than usual.
• WKCTC is on Spring Break this week -March 23-27. Only designated necessary WKCTC staff are reporting to campus; all other WKCTC employees who are not on spring break are working from home.

WKCTC is on Spring Break this week — March 23-27. Only designated necessary WKCTC staff are reporting to campus; all other WKCTC employees who are not on spring break are working from home.
For WKCTC students who do not have Internet access, Matheson Learning Resource Center (MLRC) Room 5 on the main campus and Skilled Craft Training Center computer lab in Hickory, KY will be open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on March 23-25.
WKCTC's maintenance and operation is setting up a sheet that will be carried by security personnel on shift for faculty and staff to sign after accessing campus buildings. This is for safety and security and will let WKCTC personnel know to check spaces for re-cleaning.
Calls to WKCTC's Financial Aid, Business and Payroll offices are being answered in the normal manner.
WKCTC's bookstore in the Anderson Technical Building is closed to foot traffic but filling online orders.
On March 21, President Trump signed into law a measure which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefit to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The law gives VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies, allowing for continued payment of benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training. Thanks to the law, GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly payments they have received until the school resumes in-person classes.
Students receiving GI Bill benefits are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically. VA will work closely with schools to ensure enrollments are accurately certified and processed timely. Updates will be provided to students via direct email campaigns and social media regarding VA's efforts to implement these new changes. Students with specific questions can contact the Education Call Center at: 888-442-4551 between 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday - Friday.
 

• REMINDER: WKCTC will be on Spring Break next week — March 23-27. Only designated
necessary WKCTC staff are reporting to campus; all other WKCTC employees who are
not on spring break are working from home. FOR WKCTC students who do not have
internet access, Matheson Learning Resource Center (MLRC) Room 5 on the main
campus and Skilled Craft Training Center computer lab in Hickory, KY will be open
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. TODAY and March 23-25.
• The United Way of Paducah-McCracken County is working to address the emergent
needs of our local community and will work with community partners to best serve our
neighbors. But they also need our support. We need your support. To respond to
emergent needs in Paducah-McCracken County text GIVE to 77513 or donate to United Way.
Keep up with what's going on at the McCracken County Public Library Facebook
page. They offer a wealth of online resources, and more are being added. Visit the McCracken County Public Library's website.
• It will take all of us, working together, to get through this. That starts by taking care of
yourself. Follow guidelines for hand washing and disinfection. Respect social distancing.
Limit contact with others as much as possible, especially those who are the most
vulnerable. Check on your family, friends, and neighbors. Make phone calls. Use Skype
or FaceTime. Stay in touch. We WILL get through this.

Only designated necessary WKCTC staff are reporting to campus; all other WKCTC employees are working from home through March 27.  During this time, continued measures to thoroughly clean and sanitize the campus buildings will occur.
WKCTC has limited access to college buildings to the general public (non-students) until further notice.
FOR WKCTC students who do not have internet access, Matheson Learning Resource Center (MLRC) Room 5 on the main campus and Skilled Craft Training Center computer lab in Hickory, KY will be open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. March 19 and 20 and March 23-25.
Except for the MLRC 5 and the Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory, entrance doors at all WKCTC buildings will remain locked. If a faculty or staff member needs to access a building and does not have a key, they are to contact the security officer on duty at (270) 554-8403.
The Assessment and Testing Center in the Emerging Technology Center is suspended until further notice.
WKCTC’s Campus Cupboard: please contact Amy Elmore at amy.elmore@kctcs.edu for new procedures to receive supplies until further notice.

WKCTC is NOT CLOSED!
Effective today, WKCTC has limited access to college buildings to the general public (non-students) until further notice.
Students are taking their WKCTC classes remotely online
WKCTC’s faculty and staff are working remotely also until further notice.
Skilled Craft Training and MLRC Room 5 are available to WKCTC students who do not have internet access. Seating is limited on a first come, first served basis.
Multiple daily cleaning and heavy-duty cleaning worksheets are complete and being distributed to maintenance and custodians today.
Once unused classes are cleaned, they will be locked until campus operational resumption.
An event cancellation worksheet is being updated daily.
Hand washing information has been posted in bathrooms and bulletin boards.
WKCTC’s Center Café, located in the Student Center, and Kitchens Café, located in Lower Town Paducah, are closed until further notice.
The College’s operator has been updated on changing activities, and the operator’s default message now reads "thank you for your call; for the most up to date information, please go to our local web page” at westkentucky.kctcs.edu.
Daily COVID19 updates are also posted on the WKCTC Website at westkentucky.kctcs.edu
 

News Release
Paducah, KY (03/13/2020) — In response to COVID-19 concerns, West Kentucky Community and Technical College will be moving from in-person classes to remote learning, beginning Monday, March 16, school officials announced today.

"Because safety is our number one priority and as a precautionary step, in-person classes will be immediately moved to remote learning," WKCTC President Anton Reece said in a message to students Friday afternoon. "Beginning March 16th and until further notice, students should not report to class."

Remote learning occurs when students and instructors cannot meet in a traditional classroom. Information is typically transmitted via technology such as email, discussion board, videos, audio, etc.

Dr. Reece said WKCTC will not be closed; faculty and staff will be reporting to be able to provide online learning and services for students as needed.

"WKCTC faculty and staff understand the current state of emergency and have been working to provide what is needed for our students," Dr. Reece said. "This preparation includes determining how classes can be delivered since traditional on-site education is no longer an option."

For students who do not have online access, the college is working to provide limited online access on our Paducah campus.

Unlike the universities, WKCTC has no students living on campus. Additionally, the technical programs WKCTC offer require access to equipment for hands-on training and skill assessment. Students will be receiving additional information about classes from their instructors.

In the meantime, the college is following CDC guidelines and will continue additional daily cleaning such as spraying the computer lab equipment, bathrooms and door handles with disinfectant; providing alcohol-based sanitizer; and posting health-related reminders throughout the campus.

Dr. Reece also emphasized this situation is "fluid." "We stand ready to make the necessary adjustments as advised or required by Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), state and federal agencies," Reece said.

We understand the recent news about COVID-19 has raised many questions and concerns among WKCTC students, staff and faculty. We appreciate all of your heightened awareness and concern about our campus community during this time. As of today, our area has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. We recognize this is a rapidly evolving situation. KCTCS and WKCTC leadership are taking this very seriously and meeting regularly to address emergency management plans.

Our students, as well as the entire campus community, are understandably worried. Many are not just worried about getting ill, they are concerned about classes, working to pay bills, and supporting family needs. Please know we are diligently working on plans to support our students, faculty, and staff. More to come soon on specific actions.

In the meantime, we are following CDC guidelines and will continue additional daily cleaning, providing alcohol-based sanitizers and posting health-related reminders throughout the campus.

Here are some other things we are doing currently across campus to help keep our environment clean and safe:

We have stepped up are disinfecting of hard surfaces, such as door handles and office/classroom desks.
Disinfectant wipes have been purchased for computer labs.
Wall mounted hand sanitizer stations have been changed to alcohol base.
“Wash Your Hands” signage has been posted to all bathrooms and public bulletin boards.
Bottled hand sanitizers to be purchased for high traffic areas in office suites and foyers.
The college pandemic plan is being updated.
Emails regarding updated information on the COVID-19 virus are being sent to members of the President’s cabinet including KCTCS Matrix spreadsheets.
IT prep – landline to cell phone transfer (President Cabinet and Crisis Committee Team members)
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work through this unprecedented circumstance, and we will keep you updated.