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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents is delaying the search for a new system president. The work to prepare for the search has been postponed with the goal of posting the job at the end of August and having a new president announced in January 2021.

Additionally, KCTCS President Jay K. Box approached the board chair about staying in his position through the end of September to continue to lead the system through this uncertain time and ease the transition for Interim President Paul Czarapata.

Lexington Herald-Leader

Jay K. Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), announced his retirement today during the KCTCS Board of Regents meeting. Box will leave the system at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30, 2020.

Box was named the second president of KCTCS on November 19, 2014. He is a community college graduate and has more than 30 years of experience in community college leadership.

Big Sandy Community & Technical College

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to announce the Aspen Institute has ranked three KCTCS colleges among the top 150 in the country. Those selected are:

•Big Sandy Community and Technical College

•Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

•West Kentucky Community and Technical College

“To achieve this recognition is no small feat,” KCTCS President Jay K. Box, said. “All of us at KCTCS are extremely proud of these colleges and celebrate this great news with them.”

KCTCS

Fundraisers and presidents from all 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently signed the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethics pledge.

They were joined by KCTCS President Jay K. Box and AFP President/CEO Mike Geiger along with KCTCS Vice President Benjamin Mohler and the development staff in Versailles. 

KCTCS

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved a 2020-2022 biennial budget request to be submitted and considered by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) during their quarterly board meeting. 

This request includes a seven percent increase to performance funding in 2021 and a 10 percent increase in 2021-22. It also includes a request to support the expansion of nursing programs at all KCTCS colleges.

The Lane Report

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved Dr. Gail R. Henson as chair for a one-year term beginning July 1 during their quarterly meeting today at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

Dr. Henson lives in Louisville and is retired from Bellarmine University. She served as a professor and past chair of the Department of Communication, which she founded in 1987. She also directed the Brown Scholars and Senior Interdisciplinary Program.

Somerset Community College

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers has announced that the new University Center of Southern Kentucky (UCSK) will open with the fall semester of 2019 on the campus of Somerset Community College (SCC).

Rogers launched the initiative with Dr. Jay Box, President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; Dr. Carey Castle, President and CEO of Somerset Community College; and local community leaders in the Lake Cumberland region.

KCTCS

The Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) Board of Regents reviewed a two-year action plan, Creating a Better Life, during its quarterly board meeting today. 

The plan lays out the strategies and tactics needed to implement the KCTCS strategic plan and is aligned with other statewide education and workforce plans developed by partners including the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB).

The Creating a Better Life plan’s goals are to:

•Increase educational attainment of working adults,

The Morehead News

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is offering a new scholarship to help students complete their associate degrees in two years or less.

The 15 to Finish scholarship will pay $500 to students who successfully complete 15 credit hours in a semester and enroll for an additional 15 hours the next semester. Research shows students who take at least 15 hours a semester are more successful, graduate sooner and save money.

KCTCS

Dr. Kristin Williams has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) effective August 16.

She is no stranger to the system. Williams currently is president of Henderson Community College, has served as interim president of Hazard Community and Technical College and was chief academic officer at Hopkinsville Community College. Prior to joining KCTCS, she was vice president at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida.

KCTCS

During its quarterly meeting today, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents received an update on the work being done to develop career pathways for high school students entering KCTCS colleges. KCTCS and the Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) have created a curriculum alignment project intended to develop common pathways and dual credit opportunities that can be implemented statewide; these pathways will serve as models for course alignment between secondary and postsecondary partners.

KCTCS Announces New Vice President

Feb 20, 2017
KCTCS

  Dr. Larry Ferguson has been named vice president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). He will oversee advancement, grants and contracts and alumni affairs. He also will serve as the executive director of the KCTCS Foundation.  

KCTCS Vice President Receives National Recognition

Nov 15, 2016
KCTCS

  Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) vice president Paul Czarapata has been named one of Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017.

This award honors individuals who have had a positive impact on their organization through technology. Honored individuals manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams with interesting challenges, envision innovative solutions to business problems and effectively manage and execute IT strategies.

vivint.com

This week is National Fire Prevention Week, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) Kentucky Fire Commission encourages everyone to identify fire risks around their homes and make sure smoke detectors are working.

This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

KCTCS Recognizes Benefactors

Oct 10, 2016
KCTCS

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) honored college benefactors at a Celebration of Philanthropy Awards dinner Saturday, Oct. 1 in Louisville. Hundreds of business people and dignitaries from across the Commonwealth attended the event, which provides an opportunity for KCTCS to honor leading individuals, business and foundations for their generous philanthropic and voluntary support to KCTCS.

KCTCS

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents received an update on a number of innovative academic programs designed to align KCTCS curriculum with the needs of the state’s business and industry during its quarterly meeting today at Ashland Community and Technical College. The programs include the integration of soft skills education into the KCTCS curriculum and a Joint Associate-Bachelors (A2B) Nursing Career Pathway Program. 

BSCTC

Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), was a presenter at the Appalachian Region Commission’s (ARC) Aspire Appalachia Conference held on Wednesday, August 31 at the Millennium Centre.

The one-day event focused on collaborations in rural development.

“You cannot do this alone,” Dr. Stephenson told those in attendance. “It takes collaboration, motivation and an approach that focuses on results, not who gets the credit.”

South Carolina Aerospace

The president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) says it needs to do a better job explaining the value of technical and vocational training to younger students.

Dr. Jay Box made the comment during a press conference in Morehead on Tuesday (March 31). It followed a public forum during which he listened to civic and business leaders offer their views on what they think the future focus of the system should be.       

KCTCS

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay Box begins a listening tour this week with stops at all 16 KCTCS colleges, seeking input for the KCTCS 2016-22 strategic plan.

Throughout March and April, Box will gather feedback on the future of KCTCS colleges and the system as a whole from students, faculty, staff and community partners. College communities will consider the question “What does your community/region need for the college to be by 2022?”

Calahe

On Sunday, February 22, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) and each of its 16 colleges will partner with churches statewide for Super Sunday, an annual student recruitment initiative specifically targeting African-American and Latino students.

This year marks the fifth anniversary for the information fairs that enable KCTCS advocates to connect with prospective college students and their families.

Kentucky's Community College Chief Supports Obama's Free Tuition Plan

Jan 31, 2015
KCTCS

The newly-appointed president of Kentucky's Community and Technical College System says President Barack Obama's call for free tuition would be a great investment.

Known as America's College Promise, Obama's plan would pay for two years of community college for students who keep their grades up.

In the words of Jay Box, who oversees the 16 community colleges across Kentucky, America's Promise would quickly become Kentucky's promise.

KCTCS

Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) president- elect Dr. Jay Box announces that Dr. George Edwards has been named interim chancellor effective Jan. 26.

As the system-level chief academic officer, the chancellor provides leadership, direction and support for academic affairs, economic/workforce development, institutional research and effectiveness, distance learning initiatives, professional development and external collaborative relationships.

WTVQ

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall has announced the appointment of Stephen Vacik,Ed.D. as the next president of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC).

Dr. Vacik has served as president of Colby Community College in Kansas since 2011 and his career at community colleges spans 18 years. Dr. Vacik is a former Academic Dean and Vice-President of Instruction at East Mississippi Community College and he previously held several faculty and administrative positions at Bevill State Community College.

KCTCS

The Kentucky General Assembly honored Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall on April 14 with a resolution for his more than 15 years of service as the founding president of KCTCS.

Dr. McCall was accompanied by his wife, Carolyn, in the House and Senate Chambers. Senator Julian Carroll made introductions and initiated the resolution in the Senate.

Representative James Kay made the introduction of the same resolution in the House.

The Kentucky Community College and Technical System (KCTCS) has chosen Dr. Larry Ferguson as the vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions.

Ferguson was selected following an extensive national search. He is currently the dean of resource development and external affairs at Ashland Community and Technical College.   He begins work in his new role with KCTCS on April 16.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents, during its quarterly meeting today (March 14), announced the selection of a presidential search consultant and committee to assist in the selection of the next KCTCS president. Current and founding KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced in November his plan to retire January 15, 2015. 

Build Smart Funding For MCTC Rowan Campus

Mar 10, 2014

The head of the Rowan Campus of the Maysville Community and Technical College believes the Morehead area will have a new school in a couple of years.

Russ Ward believes the Kentucky General Assembly will sign-off on the State Community and Technical College’s 145-million dollar “Build Smart” program for capital projects on all the KCTCS campuses.

When that happens, Ward says, it’ll make possible the construction of a 28-million dollar facility in Rowan County. He says 21-million will be generated through a student fee and the rest will have to be raised privately.

KCTCS Investment Plan Announced

Feb 3, 2014
Campus Explorer

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced a plan for Kentucky’s community and technical colleges to enable construction and renovation projects on every two-year campus across the Commonwealth.

Gov. Beshear and KCTCS Pres. Michael McCall announced the 194-million dollar initiative at a press conference on Monday (Feb. 3).

The plan is called The Build Smart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness.

Beshear says it includes 16 projects, one on every two-year campus. He says it’s the largest single investment in the KCTCS since its founding.