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Located in Paducah, Kentucky, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) is the choice two-year institution of thousands of students each year. The institutions is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is only one of 16 two-year open-admissions colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is a fairly new institution with older roots. It was established in 2003 with the consolidation of Paducah Community College (founded in 1932) and West Kentucky Technical College (founded in 1909). This consolidated institution today prides itself as a community-based, close-to-home institution that offers and affordable, innovative and convenient education.

Enrollment at WKCTC is approximately 7,000 students. These students are able to choose from a wide range of academic programs ending in Associate Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Many students choose to earn two-year associate degrees at WKCTC before transferring to a four-year college as well. The most popular programs of study at WKCTC are Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Business Administration and Management and Industrial Maintenance. West Kentucky Community and Technical College does what it can to accommodate students from all walks of life. It offers distance-learning classes for those who live far away as well as night and weekend courses for those working full-time. Those not looking to earn specific degrees but instead aiming to improve knowledge in a specific area should also look into special courses offered at the school.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Workforce Solutions program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is one of the most unique programs offered at the institution. Providing both credit and non-credit training for economic development in Western Kentucky, it aims to participate directly in community well being.

The Workforce Solutions Training Center at WKCTC consults companies to develop training programs for employees, customizing courses to meet even the most specific needs. It provides a wide range of services, ranging from workforce assessments to special conferences, all aimed at preparing area workers to excel on the job.


WKCTC has an open admissions policy, meaning that any person who has graduated from high school, earned a GED or is eligible to take the GED test will be admitted into the college. Applicants are asked to submit an application for admission, complete an entering student survey, and present other required documentation. This includes high school transcripts, GED test results and placement scores from any approved assessment test for first-time freshmen, official transcripts from previously attended colleges for transfer students and a letter of good standing for visiting students.

Admission criteria does vary with certain courses of study at WKCTC, including allied health programs. Students interested in finding out more about these subjects should directly contact a career counselor at the school’s advising center.

Financial Aid

West Kentucky Community and Technical College takes great pride in its affordability. Administrators work with students on an individual basis to ensure that those who wish to receive a WKCTC education will be able to do so. Pell, SEog and ACG Grants are available to eligible students, as are loans and work-study programs.

Those interested in receiving financial aid at West Kentucky Community and Technical College should first contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. The staff at WKCTC helps and guides students through the financial aid application process and also provides information on other ways to pay for college, such as scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5415th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body of West Kentucky Community and Technical College is a diverse one, tied closely to the surrounding community. Though only about 30% of the students at WKCTC are full-time attendees, all students are encouraged to get involved.

Several organizations and clubs are available for students looking to get involved. These include the African-American Student Alliance, the Baptist Student Union, the Writer’s Club and the Community Chorus – just to name a few. Students are also asked to become directly involved in the way in which the institution runs and functions by becoming a part of a student government organization.

WKCTC strives to accommodate all of its students, offering disability services, cultural diversity programs and other student resources such as computer labs, childcare assistance and a bookstore.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Golf
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball

Information Summary

Ranks 35th in Kentucky and 2126th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 30 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.02
Forcible Rape 18 0.07
Robbery 28 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 139 0.55
Larceny 959 3.81
Vehicle theft 50 0.20

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2101

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3230th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,456 $3,456 $12,096
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $144 $144 $504
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,456 $4,456 $13,096
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,281 $14,281 $22,921
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,306 $7,306 $15,946

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,240 $3,360 $3,240 $3,360 $11,160 $11,760
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,975(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,850(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,850(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3066th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,608 ($52,465 male / $49,073 female)
Number of FT Faculty 139 (59 male / 80 female)
Number of PT Faculty 410
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $4,469,812

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