Big Sandy Community and Technical College is one of 16 2 year open enrollment colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Formerly two separate institutions, the Prestonburg Community College and Mayo Technical College were merged in 2003. Since then two additional campuses have been added.
The four campuses are located in Prestonburg, Paintsville, Pikesville, and Hager Hill. Individuals within the school's service area may also apply to the nearby schools of HCTC (Hazard Community and Technical College) and ACTC (Ashland Community and Technical College).
BSCTC offers associate's degree programs which take two years alongside shorter technical programs for certificates. BSCTC offers a wide range of classes and programs during the daytime, evening and weekends. The goal of the school is to assist students in achieving their goals.
Individuals working toward academic transfer will complete the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying for transfer to a four year institution to transfer earned credits and complete the final two years, earning one's bachelor's degree. Students transfer to public schools in Kentucky will have an easier time transferring due to agreements in place that guarantee admission of all prerequisites are met.
Individuals transferring to out of state or private schools will have to meet the varying transfer requirements of individual schools and should meet with a counselor to develop a curriculum that assists in matching such requirements.
Career training and technical programs provide education in a career related or technical field, resulting in the development of skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as qualified professionals.
Courses are taught in both classroom and simulated settings, with such controlled environments used to develop practical experience necessary for mastering certain necessary skills. Such programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or degree that demonstrates competency.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students wishing to apply to BSCTC will have to fill out and submit an application, submit a high school diploma or GED score, ACT or COMPASS test scores for placement, and transcripts from all secondary schools attended. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to discuss goals, program enrollment and curriculum, and should also participate in orientation to familiarize themselves with the campus.
Financial aid forms are available on the BSCTC website for interested applicants; they must be printed out and filled then returned to one of the BSCTC campuses financial aid department for review. The primary form necessary for aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used by the school to determine one's need and aid program eligibility. Aid types include grants, loans and scholarships, all of which must be applied for prior to the start of each academic year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $3,500-$4,200
- Out-of-State: $12,000-$14,830
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $150-$180 per unit
- Out-of-State: $520-$620 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||98%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||97%||$5,339|
|Receiving Student Loans||29%||$4,493|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To support students and graduates, Big Sandy Community and Technical College may provide services to students like:
- Online course work available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares Big Sandy Community and Technical College against community colleges in Kentucky.
|Big Sandy Community and Technical College||Floyd County||Kentucky|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1978)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Big Sandy Community and Technical College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
- Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, KY (38 miles away)
- Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland, KY (51 miles away)
- Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland, KY (55 miles away)
- Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, KY (97 miles away)
- Somerset Community College in Somerset, KY (110 miles away)