KCTCS President Encourages Kentucky Business Leaders to “Rethink College”

Jul 25, 2012 - | 01:37 PM -

Dr. Michael McCall Joins UK, WKU Presidents for Postsecondary Education Panel Discussion on Meeting Kentucky’s Workforce Needs

Versailles, Ky. (July 18, 2012) – With dozens of Kentucky business leaders, legislators and educators listening, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall offered a new vision of college in Kentucky to meet the needs of the state workforce. 

Speaking to attendees at the Kentucky Chamber’s 7th Annual Business Summit and Annual Meeting,
Dr. McCall encouraged Kentuckians to consider all the options for higher education saying, “We need your help redefining college.  College is important yes, but college is not just going to a four-year university.  College is also going to KCTCS to receive a diploma, certificate or degree.  We have some great universities and we also have 16 great community and technical colleges where an education can improve a student’s quality of life.”

Research has shown the growth in jobs over the next 5-6 years in Kentucky and across the country will be in areas that require an associate degree, certificate or some higher education.

As the national dialogue continues on the cost of higher education, data recently released in the U.S. Chamber’s Leaders & Laggards report on public postsecondary education reflected the value of a KCTCS education.  The report cited Kentucky four-year public institutions have a cost per completion of $71,675 compared to $38,141 in cost per completion at Kentucky’s two-year colleges.   The report ranked KCTCS colleges in the top 10 nationally for efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Dr. McCall joined University of Kentucky (UK) President Dr. Eli Capilouto and Dr. Gary A. Ransdell, President of Western Kentucky University (WKU) for the Kentucky Chamber’s postsecondary panel discussion “Producing Enough Degrees to Meet Kentucky's Workforce Needs” on Tuesday, July 17 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. 

The panel jointly recognized the importance of successful transfers from community and technical colleges to Kentucky universities as a cornerstone in improving degree attainment.  Coincidentally, KCTCS sends more transfer students to UK and WKU than any other institutions. 

According to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) 8,376 KCTCS students transferred to in-state, four-year institutions in 2010-2011, of those 23 percent attended UK, 22 percent attended WKU. 

Dr. McCall remarked during the discussion that transfer is a component of KCTCS’ three prong mission that also includes college and workforce readiness and workforce training.  “We give KCTCS students two paths, to either go to work or go to transfer to a four-year institution,” said Dr. McCall.

(L-R)KCTCS President Dr. Michael B. McCall, WKU President Dr. Gary A. Ransdell and UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto attend the Kentucky Chamber’s postsecondary panel discussion “Producing Enough Degrees to Meet Kentucky's Workforce Needs” on July 17 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.