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KCTCS Presidents Visit to WKCTC Provides Insight to Community Needs

On April 16, West Kentucky Community and Technical College was the next stop in Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay Boxs statewide listening tour to seek input for the KCTCS 2016-22 strategic plan.

During his visit, Box met with students, faculty, staff and community partners to get their ideas on how WKCTC can better serve the community in the future. That feedback will be used to create and implement KCTCSs upcoming strategic plan.

This is a conversation; we are listening and we are starting at the college level first...instead of starting at the top and pushing ideas down to the colleges, said Box. We want to know what students, faculty, staff and community leaders envision for this college and the community in the next five to seven years.

One stop for Box was the Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory. He toured various areas including welding technology, air conditioning technology and automotive technology programs.

We want everyone to know what a great facility and program we have here, automotive technology student Wesley Sullivan of Paducah told Box. There is so much we have to learn and now all we need is another Bob Gunn (Automotive Technology Program coordinator).

Some business leaders told Box the listening tour approach is beneficial for those involved. Anytime you have to guess about what your community wants, its not in your favor, said Ryan Drane, Graves County Economic Development president. So what you are doing is important, coming in with no preconceived notions and listening to the needs of the community, he told Box.

Box also visited the Paducah School of Art and Design, various classrooms and student service and academic areas to gather feedback during his visit to WKCTC.

Because our strategic plan will be what drives our entire institution for the next six years, it is vitally important that it is designed through a process that includes input from not just the colleges of KCTCS, but also the entire state that we serve, said Box.

For the latest information on the tour schedule and updates on the KCTCS strategic planning process visit

Students can now register for summer and fall classes at WKCTC. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visit for class offerings. Fall classes begin August 17.