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WKCTC's College Academy Kickoff

Nearly 100 faculty and administrators from area high schools and area technology and career technical centers attended West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges kickoff event for its new College Academy on Monday, April 30. The West Kentucky College Academy (WKCA), encompasses all programs that connect high school students,primarily juniors and seniors, to postsecondary education.

The mission of the College Academy is to benefit students and help them achieve college course work in hopes that they earn a credential, said Lorry Beth Wilson, WKCTC K-12 Partnerships director. WKCA, a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), and the Kentucky Office of Career and Technical Education, is accredited through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

This partnership provides the college with the stability that will increase the college-going rate not only in our region, but across the state of Kentucky, said Barbara Veazey, WKCTC president. The partnership between WKCTC and area high schools is one of the reasons the college was named one of the top five community colleges in the nation, Veazey said. Dual credit is all about getting high school students into college and moving toward a career pathway. The West Kentucky College Academy is a continuation of our dual credit efforts and a new beginning for building on our strong relationships with the high schools, which will only increase student success.

Terry Sullivan, Fulton County Area Technology Center information technology instructor, said the WKCA is a wonderful opportunity for the high school students in our region. We have many students who are ready to start taking college courses and get a head start on their futures. This is the perfect opportunity for them to do that.

WKCTC faculty and administrators and the high school representative shared ideas about syllabi and course offerings during the kickoff event. Its so important for us to talk and make sure that the curriculum and content is aligned for the high school and college courses, said Lisa Stephenson, KCTCS Dual Credit Project Manager. We are working to meet our common goal - commitment, dedication and the success of the students.

For more information about the West Kentucky College Academy, contact Lisa Stephenson at 270-534-3282, lisa.stephenson@kctcs.edu or Lorry Beth Wilson at 270-534-3117, lorrybeth.wilson@kctcs.edu.