Hopkinsville Community College, located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is one of 16 members of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Founded in 1965, the school added a campus at the nearby Fort Campbell Army Base a few years later. The 69-acre main campus maintains a cozy, small town atmosphere while delivering course work at the cutting edge of technology. This community college began offering computer classes like data processing in the early 1980s, well ahead of the curve of most two-year schools. With accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and a 1.6 million dollar endowment, HCC looks to provide quality and affordable educational opportunities for many years to come.
The associate in arts degree focuses on social sciences and the arts. The associate in science, naturally, focuses instead on math, engineering and the so-called hard sciences. Students earning either of these degree are poised to continue their education at a four-year institution. As they work through their individual programs, students are encouraged to consult with their advisers to carefully plan a course schedule.
The associate in applied science is a more vocational-oriented degree program. Each AAS program stresses valuable workplace skills and readies the student to contribute effectively in the field of their choice. Some AAS degrees allow for transfer into a four-year program, while others do not. Students should consider their future goals before settling down into any program.
Diplomas and Certificates
Diploma and certificate program are fast-track pathways into meaningful occupations. This college offers these programs in several fields, from computer aided drafting to welding. For a full-time student, many of these programs can be successfully completed in less than two years. Diplomas and certificates often require a large amount of hands-on experience, as jobs like machinist or welder require physical dexterity and a mind for safety.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Hopkinsville CC has an open admissions policy, therefore any applicant with a high-school diploma or GED will generally be admitted. The only exception to the policy is the nursing department, which has specific entrance requirements. There are no application deadlines, and admitted students will be allowed to register for classes for the upcoming semester.
The application is online and free. Applicants should have all personal and contact information handy, in addition to the names and addresses of all high-schools and colleges attended.
High-school applicants and other first-time college students must supply transcripts or GED score reports. Also, scores from a standardized test such as the ACT or COMPASS should be provided to the Admissions Office. Transfer students will be required to send official transcripts from all previous colleges attended. A GPA of at least 2.0 for prior college work is a prerequisite for prospective transfer students.
Visiting students may take courses provided they submit a letter from their home college confirming eligibility. As with all students, visitors also need to turn in high-school transcripts and standardized test scores. High-school students can get a jump-start on their post-secondary education with permission from a parent or guardian and the endorsement of their school counselor.
Students who need financial assistance to attend college should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, immediately after applying and each year of attendance thereafter. The FAFSA helps aid officials craft an awards package that best fits the student’s situation. The three main types of financial aid are grants, scholarships and loans.
Grants and Scholarships
The federal government maintains two grant programs that have helped countless students pay for their education. These are the Pell Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Both of these awards are based on financial need as demonstrated by the student’s FAFSA.
College Access Program grants are awarded to Kentucky residents enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester. Like similar federal programs, the CAP grant is based entirely on financial need.
Work-study programs allow a student to earn a paycheck while earning skills they can parlay into a future career. The work-study program is administered by the federal government, although school officials oversee hiring and training. Only a limited number of such positions are available each semester, so early application and persistence are essential.
Scholarship programs are typically awarded to students who show a history of high scholastic achievement. Hopkinsville CTC distributes a local scholarship application, which eligible students should fill out as early as possible. External scholarship opportunities abound, but discovering them is entirely up to the student.
Federal Stafford Loans require students to enroll in entrance and exit counseling, which are available as brief seminars online. Every borrower signs a Master Promissory Note, informing them of the responsibilities incumbent on them in terms of repayment. Due to the affordability of a community college education, loans are generally not encouraged except in cases of true need.
Student Financial Aid Details
This school enrolls over 3,000 students each semester. More than two-thirds of these students are women, and half qualify as non-traditional. The retention rate – that is, how many freshmen return for their sophomore years – stands at nearly 38 percent.
Unlike many community colleges, nearly one third of students here come from out-of-state. Two facts explain this oddity. First, this school has a reciprocal agreement with Montgomery County, Tennessee, that grants residents in-state tuition rates. Second, the Fort Campbell campus provides services to students from all over the 50 states.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The student to faculty ratio is 23 to 1. For decades, music and performing arts faculty members have continued the tradition of providing free theater and concert performances to the community of Hopkinsville.
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