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Lindsey Wilson College Arrives in Paducah

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Lindsey Willson College(August 19, 2010) - College officials and representatives of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce commemorated the arrival of a transfer program between West Kentucky Community and Technical College and Lindsey Wilson College with a ribbon cutting in the Anderson Technical Building Thursday, August 19, 2010. Those who cut the ribbon were: Dr. Martin Wesley, regional academic director at Lindsey Wilson College; Georgia Ellis, LWC regional enrollment director; Dr. John Rigney, dean of the School of Professional Counseling at LWC; Dr. Barbara Veazey, WKCTC president; Dr. Tena Payne, WKCTC vice president of academic affairs; Dawn Cleary, LWC site coordinator; Jason Amyx of Paducah, a WKCTC graduate who was one of the first students to sign up for the Lindsey Wilson program at WKCTC; and Glen Anderson, chair-elect of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.

Beginning this month, West Kentucky Community and Technical College students are able to continue their college education at Lindsey Wilson without stepping foot out of the region. Thanks to a joint cooperative program between WKCTC and Lindsey Wilson, WKCTC students will be able to earn a bachelors -- and eventually a masters degree -- in counseling and human development by attending classes at the WKCTC Paducah campus.

Glen Anderson, chair-elect of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, praised the college officials for bringing the new program to Paducah. Educational opportunities for our citizens, opportunities like youre offering to our community, were excited about, Anderson told the audience. Its an area of training and an area of education that in the long term will offer economic benefits to our community and to our business community to grow.

Dr. Martin Wesley, regional academic director for LWCs West Kentucky community campuses, said Lindsey Wilson officials were excited about the partnership with West Kentucky. This is a win-win situation for WKCTCs students because they will be able to earn a four-year degree or a masters degree while they continue to attend classes in Paducah, he said.

Lindsey Wilson classes are offered on Friday and Saturday in the year-round program. This is an essential degree that fills a need in western Kentucky, said WKCTC President Barbara Veazey. We are pleased to be a partner in this opportunity.

Wesley said if students enroll in the program full time, they should be able to earn a bachelors degree in little more than a year and a masters degree in just six semesters. The first bachelors degree cohort began classes this month, and the first masters degree cohort will begin classes in January.

Wesley noted that the Lindsey Wilson program would help address a critical health need in the region. There is a well-documented and severe shortage of qualified mental health professionals in the Purchase area, and we look forward to working with WKCTC officials to address this need, Wesley said. Lindsey Wilson is committed to becoming a permanent member of this community.

Lindsey Wilsons graduate program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, which is the accreditation arm of the American Counseling Association.

Its a very thorough and exhaustive examination of your program, Wesley said. When you achieve CACREP accreditation or reaccreditation, its a clear signal to the profession that your program is among the best in the nation. Lindsey Wilson has one of the top human services programs in the nation, so this partnership with West Kentucky was a natural one for us.

Founded in 1903, Lindsey Wilson is a distinctive liberal arts college affiliated with the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Lindsey Wilson, based in Columbia, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in 20 career areas, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and masters degrees in three career areas. The college has community campus partnerships with 21 community and technical colleges in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.