Kentucky Community and Technical College System resumes on-campus operations

Published 2:38 pm Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) received approval from the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) for its plan to begin stages of on-campus operations.

During this stage, most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely, and contact information is available on all college websites. Before visiting campus, individuals should contact their local college to find out what services are available on-site.

All Summer Session 1 classes are online, and it’s not too late to register for Summer 2 and fall classes.

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The fall term begins Aug. 17 and classes at the 16 colleges will be offered in a variety of formats. Colleges will offer fully online classes as well as face-to-face classes and some options that are a mixture of both. Face-to-face classes will have a strong online or remote instruction part, so if in-person classes must move online for a while the transition will be easier for students. The colleges also will offer a variety of scheduling options, including 16-week, 12-week and 8-week sessions.

“Because we don’t have on-campus housing and our class sizes are small, we are a good option for students who may want to stay healthy at home this fall,” KCTCS President Jay K. Box said. “Our classes transfer seamlessly to our four-year partners, and we’ve always been the top provider of workforce training in Kentucky.”

Each college and the System Office have developed an on-campus operations plan and designated a Healthy at Work Officer to oversee the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. All employees are required to take online training on health and safety protocols before they are allowed to return to work.

Safety guidelines for all people on campus include temperature self-checks and other health evaluations, social distancing inside and outside of all facilities, required face covering/mask and other specific recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Extensive signage reminding people of safety practices will be placed throughout any open buildings.

KCTCS will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update college plans based on any changes from the governor’s office, the White House, CPE and the CDC.

Students and prospective students can enroll online or call their local college for more information.