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PED EducationThe Kentucky Skills Network is Kentucky’s one-stop workforce system that helps companies find ways to maintain and grow a thriving workforce based on market demands. We are a partnership of dedicated workforce professionals from the Cabinet for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Labor Cabinet, and the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. The core deliverables of the Skills Network include employee recruitment, customized training and training incentives.

The Kentucky Skills Network is about ease of service, professionalism, quality resources and results. In 2014, our stable of services provided training for nearly 85,000 Kentuckians in a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, energy, distribution and research and development. This includes approvals for over $14 million in training incentives to more than 4,000 companies located in the Commonwealth.

For more information about the Kentucky Skills Network’s resources visit www.KentuckySkillsNetwork.com

 

In 2014, our stable of services provided training for nearly 85,000 Kentuckians in a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, energy, distribution and research and development.

 

Highway 62 College and University Corridor

Paducah’s Highway 62, near Interstate 24, is known as the “Paducah Highway 62 College and University Corridor.” The area serves the Paducah Labor Shed’s 233,225 population with higher education offerings. The corridor is in the process of offering higher education to more than 12,000 students per year. Broken down, 10,000 students attend West Kentucky Community & Technical College, 2,000 students attend the Murray State Paducah Campus and 200 students attend the University of Kentucky’s Paducah Engineering Campus.

Murray State University's Paducah Campus

Murray State University, a top tier regional university for 18 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report, features a regional campus in Paducah. MSU offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, computer information systems, elementary education, integrated studies, interdisciplinary early childhood education, middle school education math/science, nursing (BSN), social work and special education. It offers master’s degrees in business administration, human development and leadership, information systems, nursing, public administration, school administration, school counseling and teacher leadership.

In January of 2013, Murray State opened the new campus in Paducah which will educate 2,000 students per year.

The new campus features degree programs in the following fields:

  • Distribution/Logistics/Supply Chain Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Applied Engineering
  • Allied Health/Health Care Administration Information
    Technology/Computer Engineering
  • Business Administration Nursing (BSN)
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle School Education
University of Kentucky's Paducah Engineering Campus

The University of Kentucky has an engineering campus in Paducah.  Bachelor’s degrees at the Paducah campus include mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. The campus averages 200 students per year, 70 in chemical engineering and 130 in mechanical engineering.

Murray State University's Paducah Campus

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Highway 62 College and University Corridor

Paducah’s Highway 62, near Interstate 24, is known as the “Paducah Highway 62 College and University Corridor.” The area serves the Paducah Labor Shed’s 233,225 population with higher education offerings. The corridor is in the process of offering higher education to more than 12,000 students per year. Broken down, 10,000 students attend West Kentucky Community & Technical College, 2,000 students attend the Murray State Paducah Campus and 150 students attend the University of Kentucky’s Paducah Engineering Campus.

 

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Murray State University Paducah Campus

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Murray State University’s Paducah Campus

Murray State University, a top tier regional university for 18 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report, features a regional campus in Paducah. MSU offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, computer information systems, elementary education, integrated studies, interdisciplinary early childhood education, middle school education math/science, nursing (BSN), social work and special education. It offers master’s degrees in business administration, human development and leadership, information systems, nursing, public administration, school administration, school counseling and teacher leadership.

 

In January of 2013, Murray State opened the new campus in Paducah which will educate 2,000 students per year.

 

The new campus features degree programs in the following fields:

 

Distribution/Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Physical Therapy

Applied Engineering

Allied Health/Health Care Administration Information
Technology/Computer Engineering

Business Administration Nursing (BSN)

Computer Information Systems

Elementary Education

Middle School Education

 

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University of Kentucky’s Paducah Engineering Campus

 

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The University of Kentucky has an engineering campus in Paducah.  Bachelor’s degrees at the Paducah campus include mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. The campus averages 150 students per year, 60 in chemical engineering and 90 in mechanical engineering. ukengineering_night

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Featuring more than 200 associate degrees, diplomas and certificate options and recognized annually in the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation. Also named a top five community college in the nation by the Aspen Institute.

West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC) provides higher education to more than 10,000 students per year. WKCTC, on average, awards more than 500 associate degrees, 200 diplomas and 1,500 certificates per year. More than 1,600 high school students per year are enrolled in dual-enrollment credit courses earning college credits while still in high school.  WKCTC provides 40 academic and technical areas. Whether seeking an associate’s degree in arts or science that will transfer to a four-year university; training for a career in maritime, computers, business, health and human services, or industrial and engineering technologies; or taking a short, intensive-training program, WKCTC is committed to academic excellence as is exemplified by an experienced, dedicated faculty. WKCTC’s two-year programs are designed to easily transfer to four-year universities.
Popular academic programs include:West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC) provides higher education to more than 10,000 students per year. WKCTC, on average, awards more than 500 associate degrees, 200 diplomas and 1,500 certificates per year. More than 1,600 high school students per year are enrolled in dual-enrollment credit courses earning college credits while still in high school.  WKCTC provides 40 academic and technical areas. Whether seeking an associate’s degree in arts or science that will transfer to a four-year university; training for a career in maritime, computers, business, health and human services, or industrial and engineering technologies; or taking a short, intensive-training program, WKCTC is committed to academic excellence as is exemplified by an experienced, dedicated faculty. WKCTC’s two-year programs are designed to easily transfer to four-year universities.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Nursing (RN Training)
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics
  • Business Administration
  • Office Systems Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Information Technology
  • MIT: Electrical Technology
  • Registered Nursing
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Welding Technology
WKCTC Emerging Technology Center

WKCTC is also home to the Emerging Technology Center which features an 18,000 square-foot high bay area built to allow customizable training for a variety of companies. Within 30 days WKCTC has the ability to plug in equipment specific to a company’s needs and build a customized training program

  • Air Conditioning Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Diesel Technology
  • Fire/Rescue Science Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Marine Technology
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • MIT: Electrical Technology
  • MIT: Engineering Technology
  • MIT: Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Welding Technology
WKCTC Unique Programs

West Kentucky Community & Technical College offers a culinary arts program with the following degree and diploma opportunities: catering and personal chef, culinary arts, and food and beverage management. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in the culinary arts, food and beverage management, restaurant management, catering, institutional food service, and as professional chefs. Course work includes, but is not limited to, the following subjects: basic food preparation, knife skills, baking and pastry arts, international cuisine, nutrition, sanitation and safety, catering, cost control, and management techniques and functions. Class work includes both a commercial kitchen/laboratory setting and a lecture setting. The program uses the teaching philosophy of the American Culinary Federation and the National Restaurant Education Foundation.

WKCTC has added logistics and operations management degree and certificate programs. The degree program is an associates in applied science degree. The program teaches students about the sourcing, procurement, conversion and logistics concepts associated with the production and delivery of goods and services.

West Kentucky Community & Technical College recently began a marine technology program.  The curriculum for the program primarily is online with flexible components to accommodate the changing schedules of inland mariners.

Participants may receive a degree in:

  • Marine Technology
  • Marine Engineering
  • Marine Logistics Operations
  • Wheelhouse Management

Participants may receive Certificates in:

  • Marine Industry
  • Marine Technology Business.
Community Scholarship

The Community Scholarship Program (CSP) provides scholarship funding for up to 60 credit hours toward a technical certification and/or an associate degree at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Students from all participating McCracken County high schools (public, private, and students who are home schooled in McCracken County) may enroll in this program. Students must be enrolled by October 1 of their freshmen year, graduate with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, achieve a minimum 95% cumulative attendance record during high school, and incur no major discipline referrals during high school. The CSP scholarship will pay the balance of tuition not paid by federal, state, and other scholarship grants for which a student is eligible. The program’s focus is to increase high school graduation rates and increase the number of high school graduates who transition to postsecondary education in McCracken County.

 

The Rotary Club of Paducah initiated the idea for the CSP as a public-private partnership with strong participation and funding being provided by Rotary, the City of Paducah, McCracken County Fiscal Court, Paducah Junior College, Inc.,  Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering, Community Financial Services Bank, Computer Service, Inc., Edward Jones Investments, Paducah Bank, Paducah & Louisville Railway, and Paducah Power System.

Commonwealth Middle College
  • Allows students to take high school classes while enrolled at West Kentucky Community & Technical College
  • 100 students per year
  • Juniors can take two college classes each morning and their high school classes (English, chemistry, physics, U.S. history, government/economics, pre-calculus, algebra II and geometry) in the afternoon. Seniors are continuing to earn college credit while finishing their high school requirements. Classes count as dual-credit.
Universities Outside the Corridor

Below are other universities located in the Paducah area but not in the Highway 62 College and University Corridor:

  • Murray State University’s Main Campus
  • 10,416 students
  • U.S. News and World Report top tier regional universities for 18 consecutive years
  • Five academic colleges
  • Located 65 miles from Paducah in Carbondale, Ill.
  • 20,037 students
  • Offers more than 170 academic degree programs across all levels: associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral
  • Top 5 percent of all U.S. higher education institutions for research as ranked by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • The Automotive Industry Planning Council ranks the automotive technology program number one in the country

Bachelor Degree Programs

Business and Public Affairs

  • International Business
  • Telecommunications Systems Management
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

Education

  • Career and Technical Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Learning and Behavior Disorders P-12
  • Middle School Education

Health Sciences and Human Services

  • Athletic Training
  • Communication Disorders
  • Exercise Science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Social Work

Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Applied Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Engineering Physics

Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Paducah

Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.

Two-Year Colleges Within 60 Miles of Paducah

Institutions engaged in furnishing academic, or academic and technical, courses and granting associate degrees, certificates, or diplomas below the baccalaureate level.

Kentucky Technical Schools Within 60 Miles of Paducah

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