Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) is a two-year educational institution located in central Kentucky. The school is part of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, which has 16 colleges across the state on 67 campuses.
While the Elizabethtown Community College (established in 1964) and the Elizabethtown Technical College (established in 1965) were originally two separate entities, the two were consolidated in 2004 as ECTC. Over 5,000 students attend classes each year.
The Allied Health & Nursing Program is an important part of the college. Associate Degree in Applied Science programs include Dental Hygiene (Integrated), Registered Nursing, Radiology and Respiratory Care.
Business Administration degrees are also well represented, with students having the option to earn AAS degrees in Accounting, Human Resources, Real Estate and Management. Also, the growing fields of Medical Information Technology and Office Systems Technology programs have four associate degree options.
Associate degrees in Arts and Science can be obtained, along with associate degrees in Fire and Rescue Science and a number of Criminal Justice programs, including Corrections, Law Enforcement and Security and Loss Prevention.
Beyond that, the school offers a number of options for students who wish to acquire useful skills to obtain technical work. Diplomas in Heating Venting and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology are offered, along with Carpentry and Plumbing.
Students who want to pursue marketable skills in other technology fields can pursue diplomas in Automotive Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Diesel Technology and Welding Technology. As the automotive industry shifts to other technologies, many of these career fields offer existing career prospects to students.
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ECTC offers a number of unique programs for students who are either fresh out of high school or contemplating a career change later in life. For example, one of the off-campus sites for college work is Fort Knox Military Installation. Area students can take classes here in lieu of traveling to Elizabethtown. Naturally, the opportunity for military students is extensive, as taking classes and training for service can often be handled simultaneously.
Beyond that, in partnership with the Meade County Education and Career Center, adults can attend classes in GED prep, computer skills, resume writing and more — all free of charge at the Fort Knox site.
Acknowledging the realities of life, the college is also embracing distance learning as part of its curriculum. Gas prices may keep many students away from campus, but these programs aim to turn that factor into a manageable issue.
Applicants are encouraged to visit the Welcome and Admissions Center on campus or stop by the Fort Knox Center to ask questions and look around. There are no deadlines for admission applications, but as the school operates on four quarters, it is best to apply early in order to begin in a specific season. There is currently no application fee to apply.
Students can fill out an online application. High school transcripts must be forwarded with the application, or GED scores as an alternative. ACT or Compass scores should also be included to determine placement and the best program of study.
To begin the financial aid process, all applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Tuition payment plans are available, free of charge.
Many different scholarships are available, the highlights are:
- The Marc Beeler Memorial Journalism Scholarship: For journalism or communication majors about to complete their second year of college, this endowment would pay for pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in journalism or a related field.
- The Brewer Scholarship for New and Returning Students: Established in the year 2000, this scholarship annually goes to students who demonstrate excellent character, achievement in academics, high potential and financial need.
- Commonwealth Scholarship: For Kentucky residents who have graduated in the top 10th percentile of their high school class, the Commonwealth Scholarship will cover the first year of tuition. There is a possibility for a second year of tuition to be granted to students who maintain a GPA over 3.0.
- First Federal Savings Bank Scholarship: For students who have a parent working at First Federal Bank, the scholarship will cover a full year’s tuition. A 3.0 GPA is required.
- Hardin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship: A unique opportunity is available for Nursing students who demonstrate high academic ability and financial need. Two years of tuition will be paid by the scholarship. Upon completion of studies, the recipient works for two years in Hardin Memorial Hospital.
For further opportunities, applicants can contact the financial aid office.
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Although ECTC does not provide on-campus housing, there are many programs to make them feel at home.
The computer lab and “Learning Lab” are great resources for students. The Learning Lab features help in most subjects and access to the Virtual Campus as well, where students workshop online from anywhere their studies have taken them.
There is a Veteran Affairs Office on campus in the Academic/Technical Building.
In terms of clubs and activities, there is an overwhelming list of choices for students. In addition to a Biology Club and a Chess Club, there are Christian Ministry groups for Catholics and Baptists, a College Republicans Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).
Greek organizations are also present on campus. Phi-Theta Kappa, the international honor society for exceptional students, meets twice a week. Phi Beta Lambda, the organization for students interested in and practicing business, has a chapter with many members.
Intramural sports make hanging out after class more enjoyable, as basketball, beach volleyball, flag football and non-physical activities like chess, checkers and video gaming are maintaining popularity.
The Scrub Club (for nursing students) and the Psychology Club are organizations that try to promote the common goals of focused students on campus. Partnering up with like-minded students is an excellent way to keep moving forward.
The Heartland Review is a literary journal partially funded by the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. Students are encouraged to submit poetry, stories and artwork. An annual poetry contest began in 2009.
A student-supported newspaper is also on campus for students who wish to write, edit or display some of their photography.
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Getting to know faculty members can be as easy as logging on to the school’s website. Faculty members have contact information listed in a profile, along with courses being taught and other relevant information. This terrific resource is one of the ways in which the college aims to connect students with teachers and foster an educational environment that helps each party succeed.
The school is accredited to grant associate degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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