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WKCTC Receives Mini Grant

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is one of 11 colleges and universities recently awarded a student success mini-grant from the Council on Postsecondary Education.

The grants, which range from $2,000 to $5,000 were awarded to implement short-term, specific strategies to increase persistence and graduation rates for near completers with 75 or more credit hours.

Dr. H. Steve Freeman, vice president of institutional development at WKCTC, said the college received $5,000 for the first year and could receive an additional $5,000 for the second year for a total grant of$10,000, which the college will match.

WKCTC will use the grant to help students seeking a health science technology associate degree in applied science to successfully complete their degree. An academic success coach will provide academic advising and career counseling toward this goal.

To be eligible for the mini-grants, institutions were required to address at least one of the root causes of student attrition, as identified at the 2012 Kentucky Student Success Summit. Other winning proposals included the following institutions:

  • Ashland Community and Technical College
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College
  • Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
  • Gateway Community and Technical College
  • Henderson Community College
  • Hopkinsville Community College
  • Madisonville Community College
  • Murray State University
  • University of Louisville
  • Western Kentucky University