Madisonville Community College was established in 1968 as a member of the University of Kentucky Community College System. A legislative action in 1998 created the Kentucky Community and Technical System, thereby separting Madisonville from its former parent body. The college joined forces with Madisonville Technical College in 2001, expanding both the curriculum and enrollment. The school operates three campuses in the region as well as several extension centers. North Campus and Heath Campus are both located in Madisonville, while the Muhlenberg Campus is in Central City. Madisonville CC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas are available from Madisonville CC in 19 distinct fields. The associate’s degree programs require two years of steady coursework and completion of specific program requirements. Upon graduation, students can transfer their associate’s degree to virtually any four-year institution and continue working towards the baccalaureate or beyond. Certificates and diplomas are usually more vocationally oriented programs that quickly prepare students for an in-demand career. These programs require less classroom time than the associate’s degree. Many such programs require hands-on training, such as mining technology or nursing.
The Medical Information Technology program offers students a variety of credentials. Students can pursue an associate in applied science (AAS) in one of four areas: administration, insurance coding, medical records and transcription. The AAS programs require from 62 to 67 credit hours each. Diplomas in insurance coding or transcription require as few as 38 credit hours, while a Medical Receptionist Certificate takes just 18 credit hours. These fields have grown rapidly alongside the high demand for skilled nurses and other health care workers.
Distance learning options extend the reach of Madisonville CC’s services. Nearly all of the college’s programs can be fully or partially completed online. The college operates a virtual library and online bookstore. A 24/7 technical support can solve most software difficulties. Madisonville CC also participates in the Kentucky Virtual Campus, a program offering thousands of courses from institutions all across the state.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The Madisonville Community College application can be turned in at the Admissions Office or completed online. Prospective students should also provide official high-school transcripts or GED scores. Transfer students also need to produce transcripts of previously completed college work.
Placement testing is an important tool that admissions officers use to ensure that incoming students enroll in the appropriate classes. The ACT, ASSET and COMPASS tests all measure proficiency in math, English and reading. The ACT test is the preferred choice, although scores below 18 on any one section may require the applicant to also take the COMPASS test. Applicants are advised to do their best but not panic. No one is denied admission to Madisonville CC because of test scores.
Financial aid programs make higher education affordable, especially for those at an economic disadvantage. Students begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This application determines how much a student and his or her family should reasonably contribute towards the expense of education. The purpose of a financial aid package is to make up the difference between the total cost of college and what the student can contribute. A package typically consists of grants and scholarships. A student can also borrow money from the federal government, but this option should be a last resort considering the low cost of a community college like Madisonville.
Pell Grants are the most common form of grant award. Administered by the federal government, Pell Grants are awarded to financially needy students and never have to be repaid. The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is another federal program designed for students with low Expected Family Contributions. Funds for the SEOG are limited, so not every eligible student will receive this award. The state of Kentucky provides grants to residents through the College Access Program (CAP). The conditions for receiving a CAP Grant are similar to those of similar federal programs.
The work-study program is a federally-funded initiative to provide part-time employment to students as part of their total financial aid package. These jobs are limited, so early application is encouraged. The goal of the program is to provide each student with work experience relevant to their future careers.
Students interested in scholarship opportunities should fill out the Madisonville CC scholarship application. The application consists of a one-page essay. Three letters of recommendation must be included with the completed application. Madisonville CC offers a variety of scholarships, some designed for students who have shown high academic achievement, others for students pursuing specific programs.
Student Financial Aid Details
Madisonville Community College has grown to serve nearly 5,000 students pursuing degree programs or continuing education. Approximately half of all students attend class part-time, and another half fall in the category of non-traditional. One-quarter of all students take classes at the Muhlenberg campus in Central City.
As a commuter campus, Madisonville CC does not offer student housing. However, the North Campus does feature a student center with breakfast and lunch items. Student center hours vary depending on the time of year.
Clubs and Activities
The Student Government Association is one of the most popular student-led groups on campus. Members develop leadership skills and build professional networks that can last a lifetime. Student Ambassadors represent the student body at civic functions and campus events. The job of a Student Ambassador may include giving campus tours or leading orientation sessions for newcomers.
For future teachers, the Kentucky Education Association – Student Program is a professional society that participates in local and national service activities. Several other professional groups on campus encourage the membership of students in many disciplines. The Kentucky Association of Nursing Students, Physical Therapist Assistant Club and the Economics and Finance Club all bring like-minded students together for networking and friendship.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The student to faculty ration at Madisonville CC is 14 to 1. A large portion of the faculty are part-time or adjunct status. Distance learning courses are not necessarily taught by Madisonville-based faculty. Online and interactive television courses are frequently hosted at other institutions and offered in Madisonville CC’s class schedule.
- The College Board. Madisonville Community College. 2011. Web. 3 August 2011.
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- Madisonville Community College. Madisonville Community College. 2011. Web. 3 August 2011.
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