Community of Concern
Assistance with Educational Costs
WKCTC tuition rate is $177 per credit hour. Books average roughly $125 per course. Depending on what program students choose to pursue, there may be additional fees and supplies required. Costs can add up quickly when furthering your education. Below are some resources you may want to look into to help offset some of the costs.
Federal Aid Form for Student Assistance. This application will determine what types of federal aid students are eligible to receive. Student may be eligible for free federal dollars to use towards educational costs as well as student loans. FAFSA Application became available for academic year 2019-20 on October 1st, 2018. You can complete your application by visiting: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
This application determines what scholarships student may be eligible to receive through WKCTC’s Foundation Department. WKCTC awards over 500 scholarships each year, made available through the generous support of our donors. The online student application for 2019-2020 opened October 1st, 2018. The deadline to apply for 2019-2020 scholarships is March 1st, 2019.
Scholarship Application: https://westkentucky.kctcs.edu/affording-college/paying-for-college/scholarships/index.aspx
The Work Ready Scholarship is a scholarship administered through KHEAA pertaining to prospective Kentucky students who have not yet earned an associate’s degree and are interested in pursuing credentials in the qualifying areas ( for 2018-2019 ) of health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction. This scholarship does not factor income into consideration so prospective students, who are not eligible for free federal aid that are interested in one of the mentioned areas, it’s a great opportunity to get tuition paid for while funding is available!
For further information visit: https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/work_ready?main=1
The Kentucky Colonels has joined with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to address a void in the system. The target is single working parents with children under the age of 12. The Kentucky Colonels Better Life Scholarship has awarded over $1,000,000 in college funding. Please contact Becky Haus at 270-534-3086 or Rebecca.email@example.com if you have questions or need additional information.
WIOA is designed to strengthen our workforce, assisting individuals who are displaced from their former positions or meet certain income guidelines in obtaining high growth – self-sufficient employment. Individualized career center services are available to assist with obtaining employment, comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans, counseling, and career planning. Training services are available if customers need help obtaining employment, linking to job opportunities in their community, including both occupational and basic skills trainings.
For further information about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grant and how it may be able to assist you in furthering your education, please contact your local provider:
Paducah Career Center (Kentucky): 270-575-7000
Shawnee Development Council (Illinois): 618-634-2201
The 15 to Finish Scholarship encourages students to take 15 credit hours a semester so they can complete their degree faster. To be eligible, students must enroll for 15 credit hours in two consecutive semesters (excluding summer).
For more information visit: https://westkentucky.kctcs.edu/15tofinish/index.aspx
Often employers will offer educational incentives through employee benefit packages. Make sure to check with your employer to see if they offer any type of educational reimbursement plans.
Assistance and Support Programs for Kentuckians
The goal of Kentucky’s public assistance programs is to build strong families and obtain services such as food, cash and medical assistance to become self-sufficient.
Types of Assistance Programs:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP - helps individuals and families
stretch their food budget and buy healthy foods.
Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program ( KTAP) - provides cash assistance to families with children to help pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, and other household expenses.
Medicaid - offers assistance to help cover costs for needed medical care including preventive health care.
Child Care Assistance Program - offers assistance to working families to pay for Child Care services.
Further information on assistance available or to complete an application, visit: https://benefind.ky.gov/
Non- profit organization that provides services to infants up to twelve year olds.
For more information: http://www.paducahday.com/ or call (270) 442-5437
Marlo Rhodes- Career Services, 270-534-3293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information visit: https://westkentucky.kctcs.edu/affording-college/paying-for-college/work-study.aspx
The Ready to Work and Work Program serves low income student/parents in the Purchase Area. We can help with:
Paid work experience on and off campus
Counseling, advising, and mentoring
Referrals to community resources
Job references and referrals
Job readiness, life skills
Academic success seminars
Team LAUNCH helps 18-24 year old young adults that have employment related barriers find careers by providing counseling and guidance in entering a certification program and/or gain employment skills through paid work experience.
Qualifying barriers include:
· Low Income Eligibility
· Parent/ Pregnant
· Legal Issues
· Aged out of the foster care system
· Dropped out of High School
· Documented Disability
· Have not attended school for the most recent calendar quarter
Team LAUNCH guides students toward the 5 high demand career pathways identified by KY: Business and IT, Construction, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation and Logistics, connecting students towards meaningful employment once certification is earned.
If you feel as though you may qualify and are interested in learning more about this program and how it could benefit you, please contact Anica Smith, Team LAUNCH Program Facilitator.
Team LAUNCH Program Facilitator
Skilled Craft Training Center
70 Hickory Road
Hickory, KY 42051
Paducah Area Transit – Paducah Transit Authority (PATS) provides reasonable, dependable, and available transportation to the residents and visitors of Paducah and surrounding counties. Our function is intended to assist the general public in providing transportation to meet their physical, communal, and emotional needs and to be a working partner for the residents of western Kentucky.
Bus Fare Information (pulled from website https://www.paducahtransit.com/ )
- Bus Fares: $1.00 per ride
- Ages 0-5: Free
- Ages 6-12: 50¢
- Students (to & from school, M-F): 50¢
- Ages 13-55: $1.00
- Seniors (55-69): 50¢ with a Seniors Card
- Seniors (70+ with Gold Card): Free for Life
- Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult (16 yrs or older)
- Book of 10 coupons: $8.00
- Monthly Bus Pass (unlimited rides): $30.00
- Monthly Bus Pass Replacement: $5.00