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Supportive Services

Assistance with Educational Costs

WKCTC tuition rate is $179 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:


KHEAA is the state's college access and financial aid agency. Additionally, we administer the KEES money scholarship program and several state grants. We provide financial aid information and can discuss financial aid awards, types of financial aid, etc., as well as FAFSA support. If you've got financial aid questions, KHEAA is a great place to start!

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:

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:

WKCTC Financial Aid Office  
WKCTC Anderson Technical Building – Rm. 106

At WKCTC, we believe no one should miss out on a college education because they think they can't afford it. That's why we offer the lowest tuition in the state and three ways to pay:
Scholarships and Grants: funds that you don't have to repay
Work-study: a program where you work (generally at the college) to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.
Loans: money that is lent to cover expenses, but MUST be repaid with interest. Keep in mind that you are responsible for repaying your student loans even if you don't graduate.

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 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

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. 

Supportive Assistance

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:

Paducah Day Nursery 
2425 S 25th Street, Paducah KY 42003
Phone: (270) 442-5437

The Paducah Day Nursery is a non-profit corporation that was established in 1911, and incorporated in 1916. Originally started for working mothers to have a safe place for their children, Paducah Day Nursery continues its journey to provide quality care for children of parents with limited resources. We strive to produce a safe, comfortable, supportive environment in which each child is inspired to reason, explore, communicate, create and cultivate a positive self-image.
We provide childcare to over 130 children from low income families and parents that are continuing their education. Most of our children come from families of single parent homes with a very limited income. Not only do we provide them with a great learning environment and 3 meals and a snack a day but we try to have each child we serve ready for school and to also meet daily needs of that child.

Section 8 Housing 
2330 Ohio Street, Paducah KY 42003
(270) 444-8542

Housing Resources, Federal Program that assist families with housing based on income.

Scholar House

Address: 1035 Old N Friendship Rd, Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 450-4219

Apartments for full time students with dependent children. All utilities included. Affordable on-site daycare. The Scholar House is a program designed to help students succeed. They work to try to alleviate as many stressors as they can so goals can be achieved.

WKCTC Accessibility Services Office   
WKCTC Anderson Technical Building- Rm 106
Phone: (270) 534-3406

The Accessibility Services Office at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is responsible for promoting accessible campus environments for students with disabilities, working with students and others to identify reasonable accommodations that remove barriers to access and ensuring that accommodations determined to be reasonable are provided and effective. The Accessibility Services Office is committed to recognizing disability as a valued aspect of diversity through discussion and collaboration.

Four Rivers Behavioral Health-Student Health and Wellness Center 
WKCTC Anderson Technical Building – Room 136

FRBH/STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS provides outpatient individual and group therapy to UK/WKCTC students, and the community at large. We provide the following types of counseling:
Personal Counseling: Stress, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, divorce, relationship, self-awareness, sexuality identify
Health Counseling: alcohol and drug, abuse, eating disorder, battery-domestic violence, addictions, self-esteem/image, smoke cessation assistance, tobacco counseling
Educational Counseling: time management, stress management, test anxiety, decision making
Emotional Counseling: angry outburst, aggression, incoherent or irrational speech/behavior, class disruptions, suicide, threats, self-harm, cutting
Workplace Counseling: workplace issues, downsizing, layoffs, communications, lack of teamwork, time/organization management, harassment.
Any individual in need is eligible to receive services without regard to race, religion, disability, national origin, or gender. Free/no charges or payment for services from those individuals without a payer source. Those who have a payer source: Four Rivers will bill third party payer source.

McCracken County Public Library 
555 Washington Street, Paducah KY 42003
(270) 442-2510

"Empowering everyone to discover, grow, learn, and play through our programs, services, and resources.”

100 Fountain Ave, Paducah KY 42001
Phone: (270) 443-1317

Supplying supportive services to homeless or at risk of being homeless to Veterans and their families.
iHOPE/Four Rivers Behavioral Health  
425 Broadway Street, Paducah KY 42001

The iHOPE program provides early intervention services to young people managing first episode or early episode psychosis. Engaging in treatment early leads to faster recovery, increased self-sufficiency, and an overall better quality of life. iHOPE provides intensive individual, group, and family therapy as much as needed by the client. We also provide targeted case management, employment assistance, and peer support. "
West Kentucky Allied Services
( Several Locations)

Non-profit community action agency who assist low-income and aged individuals. We have several programs - weatherization, homecare, healthcare assisters, home care services, job training for over 55, LIHEAP - utility assistance."

Sunrise Children's Services 
3565 Lone Oak Rd. Suite 2
Phone: (270) 554-3714

Sunrise Children's Services provides care & hope for hurting KY families and children through Christ-centered ministries. We are one of the KY's oldest and largest child care agencies providing a full continuum of services for abused and neglected children, young adults and at-risk families. The Paducah region offer's Therapeutic foster care, Respite care and Foster-To-Adopt to children and families. Also offered is the Independent Living program and VentureON to young adults ages 18-20.

Easterseals West Kentucky 
801 North 29th Street, Paducah KY 42001
Phone: (270) 444-9687

Easterseals West Kentucky's mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults of all abilities by promoting personal development, independence, inclusion, and equality.
Children and adults with disabilities and special needs find highest-quality services designed to meet their individual needs when they come to Easterseals West Kentucky. Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals.

Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club 
2956 Park Ave., Paducah KY 42001
Phone: (270) 444-9124

The Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club has been a pillar of the community since 1953. Our mission is to enable all children especially those that need us most to be all they can be as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. We do this at the club through proven programing that will enrich the lives of the youth we work with. The Boys & Girls club is a safe place for kids to go after-school filled with mentors eager to help them with the challenges they'll face.

Lotus Sexual Violence and Child Advocacy Center 
Phone: (270) 534-4422

Lotus is your regional state-designated child advocacy center and sexual violence resource center serving all 8 counties in the purchase region.
Our comprehensive-team approach provides intervention and restorative services to all-age survivors of child abuse and sexual violence including family and legal advocacy, forensic & therapy services.
Our mission is supporting survivors, strengthening families, and empowering communities to end child abuse and sexual violence. Lotus has brought hope to survivors for more than 30 years, at no charge.

Merryman House Domestic Violence Crisis Center 
Phone: (270) 443-6001

Merryman House is a comprehensive advocacy * support program in Western Kentucky committed to Saving, Building & Changing the lives of those affected by domestic violence. We are a 24 hour emergency shelter with a 24 hour crisis hotline. Some of the services we offer are; comprehensive advocacy & support, housing stabilization, mental health support, financial literacy, economic support and emergency protective orders. We also have an Outreach program to service clients who are not in shelter, but still require assistance.

KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
416 S. 6th Street, Paducah KY 42003
Phone: (270) 575-7367

KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation offers assistance to eligible consumers who have a disability and are looking for work.

Kentucky Career Center – Paducah  
416 S 6th St, Paducah, KY 42003
Phone: (270) 575-7000

Employment Services Include:
• Filing unemployment claims over the internet
• Registering yourself as a job seeker
• Counseling, assistive technology and other services for people with disabilities
• Assistance preparing a resume and interviewing
• Resources to help you identify interests and skills
• Skills training
• Skill level testing
• Self-directed or staff-assisted job search
• Labor market information

WKCTC Adult Education 
WKCTC Anderson Technical Building- Rm 111

We offer FREE help for people wanting to earn their GED and for anyone that wants to enroll in WKCTC but needs their placement scores higher to do so.

WKCTC Accelerate You!
Benjamen Hottel 
(270) 534-3266

Accelerate You! helps WKCTC students improve math skills by giving students the opportunity to enroll immediately into required, credit-bearing courses in their program of interest without taking and paying for non-credit developmental courses. AY! helps students achieve academic goals and enhance success by providing multiple layers of support inside and outside of the classroom.

Students are required to attend extra support added to their printed schedule as AOCCR (Accelerating Opportunity College and Career Readiness – required supplemental instruction for AY! students).

WKCTC Veterans Affairs
WKCTC Anderson Technical Building -Room 106 
Phone: (270) 534-3110

WKCTC Veterans Services helps VA students and their families receive Veteran Education Benefits such as GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, etc. so they can attend school at West Kentucky CTC. We provide academic advising and counseling of VA benefits to qualified students.
WKCTC Student Success Center
WKCTC Matheson Learning Resource Center
Phone: (270) 534-3179
We encourage and facilitate academic success, by helping students gain confidence in ability to do college and connect with the college through peer tutoring.

Matheson Library, West Kentucky Community & Technical College 
Phone: (270) 534-3197

Matheson Library provides a wide range of print and electronic resources, including books, eBooks, audio CDs, DVDs, streaming videos, and more; reference, research, and information services; and library instruction for not only online and on-campus WKCTC students, but also for community patrons in McCracken County.

WKCTC Student Life
Haws Gym- Room 104
Phone: 2705343118

Student Life table to include Student Organization, Student Government, WK Basketball and WKCTC Food Pantry information.

Shawnee Development Council, Inc.  
530 W Washington Street, Karnak IL 62956
Phone: 618-634-2201

Shawnee Development Council is a community action agency serving the southernmost counties of Illinois. It is our mission to enable individuals, families, and communities to determine their needs and obtain the resources required to accomplish their goals of self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.

Western Kentucky Reentry Council 
400 S 6th Street, Paducah KY 42001
Phone: (270) 559-5871

Our organization is working to help those who have been involved in the legal system and are needing assistance. We host event to help them integrate back into society by providing access to resources, employers and helping with obtaining expungement information
Family Service Society 
827 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah KY 42001
Phone: (270) 443-4838

Family Service Society provides assistance to residents of Paducah/McCracken County in need by assisting with basic needs such as food, clothing, prescription medications, emergency dental, utility assistance, personal hygiene items, household goods and Christmas food assistance.
United Way of Paducah-McCracken Co. 
333 Broadway, Paducah KY 42001
Phone: (270) 442-1691

The United Way of Paducah-McCracken County serves our community by improving conditions in education, income and health.
Paducah Lifeline Ministries – Ladies Living Free
Residential and non-residential recovery program helping those who struggle with life controlling problems.

If you are short on food, the Campus Cupboard can help!
We provide supplemental food supplies to any currently enrolled student.
Requirements: Must be a current student and be able to provide a current schedule with picture ID or your student ID card.  
Open by appointment!  To schedule pickup, contact Amy Elmore at (270) 534-3118 or 

Employment Assistance

WKCTC Career Services Office
Anderson Technical Building- Room 100
Phone: (270) 534-3293

The Career Services Office provides assistance to WKCTC students and alumni with academic and career exploration; job, internship, and career searches; resume and job search document preparation; interview skills; the Career Ambassador program, and much more! Start taking advantage of these free services today and turn your college into a career!

The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study whenever possible.


For further information visit:

Ready to Work  
WKCTC Anderson Technical Building- Rm 130

Ready to Work is designed to assist low-income parents pursuing a GED, enrolling in or attending college classes, and previous graduates from WKCTC. The program assists students in meeting their KTAP/TANF work requirement through a combination of school and paid work-study (on and off campus). All students must be KTAP 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 low-income parents while pursuing their educational goals.

WKCTC Team Launch  
Phone: (270) 856-2428

Works with 18-24 year old out of school youth with barriers to employment. We help them figure out what they want to do for a career, help them earn a short term certification and/or provide work experience. We are a support system while they work their way into a career.

Kentucky Career Center – Paducah  
416 S 6th St, Paducah, KY 42003
Phone: (270) 575-7000

Employment Services Include:
• Filing unemployment claims over the internet
• Registering yourself as a job seeker
• Counseling, assistive technology and other services for people with disabilities
• Assistance preparing a resume and interviewing
• Resources to help you identify interests and skills
• Skills training
• Skill level testing
• Self-directed or staff-assisted job search
• Labor market information

Paducah Universities

Murray State University Paducah Campus 
4430 Sunset Avenue, Paducah KY 42001
(270) 442-4753

Murray State University's Paducah Regional Campus offers a full-service campus for students enrolled in Murray State courses and programs with services including program advising, registration and admissions. The Paducah Regional Campus provides a variety of program offerings including not only Bachelor degree programs, but also four Master degree options. Courses are taught by Murray State faculty and are provided in small class sizes with schedules tailored to your lifestyle needs through day, evening, weekend, and online course delivery.

UK College of Engineering
WKCTC Crounse Hall, “Follow the Blue from the Lobby”
Phone: (270) 534-3129

The University of Kentucky, in collaboration with West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers studies leading to bachelor’s degrees from UK in Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.


PATS – Paducah Area Transit System

Visit the Paducah Area Transit System website

580 Harrison Street, Paducah KY 42001
Phone: (270) 444-8700

Public & Medicaid Transportation Provider. Paducah Transit Authority (PATS) provides reasonable, dependable, and available transportation to the residents and visitors of Paducah and surrounding counties. The 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.