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WKCTC Kicks off its Education Express Tour March 15

Dr. ReecePADUCAH, Ky. (March 1, 2017) -  West Kentucky Community and Technical College will kick off its Education Express: Connecting Communities Tour with stops in Carlisle County and in Massac County, Ill., March 15-17.
 
WKCTC President Anton Reece announced the tour during the Paducah Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership breakfast Thursday at the Julian Carroll Convention. WKCTC was the sponsor of the breakfast which featured Lauren K. Brand, associate administrator for Intermodal Systems Development for the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration.
 
Dr. Reece said his vision for WKCTC includes expanding more into the region the college serves.
“We are going out to communities throughout our four river area; my entire team and I will be saturating these areas, spending quality time, not only in the schools but also with our nontraditional students, businesses and industries – and exploring workforce training opportunities.”
 
The tour is part of an effort for college officials to meet the communities it serves as well as for educators, parents and students to meet WKCTC faculty and staff. WKCTC personnel will be at:

  • Carlisle County High School from 9 a.m. to noon, March 15 to speak to high school students
  • A meet and greet reception from 4-6 p.m. March 17 in the Carlisle County Community Room (65 John Roberts Drive) in Bardwell.
  • Massac County High School from 9 a.m. to noon, March 16 to speak to high school students
  • A meet and greet reception from 5-7 p.m. March 16 at Central Hall (1009 North Avenue) in Metropolis.

West Kentucky is a two-year, comprehensive, regional college serving more than 8,000 students annually. The college offers more than 250 associate degree, diploma and certificate options in more than 40 academic and career programs, with classes offered in Paducah and Hickory as well as online.
An integral part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), WKCTC has been recognized by The Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation each of the four times the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence has been awarded. WKCTC was recognized for providing students with strong job training and continuing higher education opportunity, for achieving high completion and transfer rates, and for providing strong employment results for its graduates.
 
“We want to ensure that we are meeting relevant community needs to boost educational access, attainment and closing achievement gaps,” Dr. Reece said. “We really hope educators, business, community and religious leaders come out and meet our team.”
 
For more information, contact Janett Blythe, (270) 534-3079 or Janett.blythe@kctcs.edu