West Kentucky Community and Technical College


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

Information Summary

Ranks 32nd in Kentucky and 2098th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 61.9
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $5,248
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 18 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 67% / 44%
Enrollment Total (all students) 6,193

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.


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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

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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

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