Accelerate You!

West Kentucky Community & Technical College offers a unique opportunity for students with low placement test scores. 
Accelerate You! provides an "on-ramp" directly into college-level courses without slowing students down in non-credit courses.

If you have low placement test scores, especially in math, and you:
  • are a first time, full-time student, or
  • are a student coming to college after being out of school for an extended period of time, and
  • are interested in Applied Technology or Health Science Technology program

then the Accelerate You! program may be exactly what you need to complete your credential.

Accelerate You!

  • Save time and money
    • Skip non-credit courses
    • Enroll directly in classes needed for your degree
  • Provides a customized schedule including
    • A clear pathway to your desired credential
    • A learning community of fellow classmates taking the same schedule as you
    • A dedicated Success Coach that
      • is in class with you
      • provides extra help weekly with your most difficult classes
      • assists with time management, organization, and study skills

Sample First Semester Schedule will include:

FYE 1051 (Orientation to College) 1 Credit Hour
MAT 116 (Technical Mathematics) 3 Credit Hours
Technical Courses
AOCCR (Accelerate You! Support) - required for all Accelerate You! students

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Sample First Semester Schedule will include:

NAA 100 (Nursing Assistant Skills I) 3 Credit Hours
FYE 105 (Achieving Academic Success) 3 Credit Hours
MAT 110 (Applied Mathematics) 3 Credit Hours
OR
MAT 150 (College Algebra) 3 Credit Hours + MAT 100 (College Algebra Workshop) 2 Credit Hours
AOCCR (Accelerate You! Support) - required for all Accelerate You! students

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How do I know if the Accelerate You! program is right for me?

If you answer “yes” to the questions below, Accelerate You! is a good opportunity for you to explore.

  • Are you a new student, a student returning to college after being out of school for an extended period of time, or a current GED-seeking student with only one section left to complete?
  • Are you going to be a full-time student?
  • Do you have low placement test scores? Students scoring less than 20 in Reading, 18 in English, or 19 in Math on their ACT are required to take placement testing.
  • Are you interested in one of our Applied Technology programs or the Health Science Technology program?

What is the cost of the program?

There is no additional cost for the Accelerate You! program.

Are the classes taught at a faster pace?

No. The name of the program, Accelerate You!, does not mean that classes are taught at a faster pace. The program helps “Accelerate You!” by allowing you to skip non-credit classes traditionally required if you have low placement test scores.

Can I still work and be in the Accelerate You! program?

Yes, although your availability to work will be limited and you need to dedicate enough time each week for homework and study time. The Accelerate You! program is a four or five day per week schedule depending on your program.  There is flexibility to have a part-time job evenings or weekends.

College-level courses have prerequisites that must be met by students before taking the course.  For instance, students must have an ACT 20 in Reading before taking PSY 110, ACT 18 in English before taking ENG 101, and ACT 19 in Math before taking MAT 110, MAT 116, or MAT 150 with MAT 100.  

Students in the Accelerate You! program will be required to attend supplemental instruction time, designated on their schedules as “AOCCR.”  This is either one or two hours per week depending on your program.  This replaces non-credit courses and can save you lots of credit hours and money!

Students that have low placement test scores and do not enroll in the Accelerate You! program will be required to take the non-credit courses indicated by test scores.

CaRon McClureBefore starting back to college, Ca’Ron McClure worked at Community Options in Paducah as a life skills therapist. She had stopped attending college because she was “unfocused and undetermined.” She was also “too afraid to ask questions in front of a large classroom,” but her desire to become a nurse gave her the motivation to try college a second time. Since her math score was not high enough to take college level math, Ca’Ron enrolled in the Accelerate You! program. She was able to take MAT 100/150 without taking transitional courses first. Ca’Ron said Accelerate You! “helped me with studying and helped me more one-on-one.” She said, “If there had been an AY! program when I attended college before, I would have never quit.” She feels the program helped her to “stay focused and determined to finish.” Ca’Ron believes others who are considering AY! should “take the class, because you won’t regret it!”

Olivia ChellOlivia Chell graduated from Pope County High School in May 2017 and began attending WKCTC the following August. Olivia was not sure what she wanted to major in so she decided to pursue an Associate of Arts degree. In order to complete her degree within two years, Professor Tina Ragsdale recommended that she sign up for the Accelerate You! program. By doing so, Olivia was able to successfully complete MAT 100/150. When asked how the program helped her, Olivia said, “Accelerate You! helped by giving me time to ask questions and a success coach to walk me through each problem.” She feels the program “helps students with any problem they might have, allows for more time and practice, and eases all anxiety about math.” Olivia’s advice to other students thinking about signing up for Accelerate You! is, “Definitely do it!”   

Megan DotsonMegan Dotson
Director 
Accelerate You!
270-534-3354
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megan.dotson@kctcs.edu

Laurie SwickLaurie Swick
Coordinator 
Accelerate You!

270-534-3312
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lswick0001@kctcs.edu
Hubie HarrisHubert Harris
Success Coach Accelerate You!
270-534-3866
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hharris0044@kctcs.edu
Ben HottelBen Hottel
Success Coach Accelerate You!
270-534-3266
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bhottel0001@kctcs.edu
Britta LymanBritta Lyman
Success Coach Accelerate You!
270-534-3379
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blyman0003@kctcs.edu