This increase in enrollment clearly shows KCTCS is providing Kentucky what it needs right now; real opportunity for individuals to transform their skills and knowledge in order to meet the workforce demands of today's economy
Versailles, KY (Vocus) August 26, 2009
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) announced today an estimated record enrollment of more than 100,000 students for the 2009 fall semester, an 11.2 percent increase over fall 2008. This represents the third largest annual enrollment increase since the statewide system of 16 college and 67 campuses was formed in 1998, and the largest since 2001.
“This increase in enrollment clearly shows KCTCS is providing Kentucky what it needs right now; real opportunity for individuals to transform their skills and knowledge in order to meet the workforce demands of today’s economy,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.
While final numbers will not be known until late fall, preliminary analysis indicates the majority of the enrollment increase is occurring in technical and distance learning programs, showing a significant portion is due to individuals returning to college to upgrade their skills. Enrollment in online programs is up 29 percent for students taking at least one online class, and 14 percent for students exclusively enrolled online. To meet this demand KCTCS has added nearly 1,000 sections of online classes.
“The technical programs at our colleges are bursting at the seams,” said Dr. McCall. “We are adding evening classes and adjunct faculty in order to meet the needs of our students who are interested in areas such as advanced manufacturing and allied health.”
During the 2008-09 academic year, KCTCS eliminated programs, reduced the number of courses and services offered to students and reduced the number of faculty positions in order to absorb a $13.5 million reduction in state appropriations. KCTCS began the 2009-10 year with an additional $4.4 million cut to its budget.
“KCTCS has experienced an eight percent reduction in state appropriations since 2007 and this enrollment increase is straining our already limited resources,” stated Dr. McCall. “Kentucky’s economic recovery depends upon KCTCS’ ability to fulfill our unique role in higher education of providing the citizens of this state with the higher education access and opportunity they need to be successful in today’s global economy.”
Every year the Kentucky Community and Technical College System provides real opportunity to real people – transforming the economy of the entire state by transforming the lives of the people who live in it. Help us continue transforming lives and our state’s economy by joining the Kentuckians for Community and Technical Colleges at kctcs.edu.