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Community Colleges in Kentucky

As the twenty-sixth most populous state in the country, Kentucky is proud of their nearly two dozen community colleges. A community college is a state-funded higher education institution that confers undergraduate degrees and certificates. The typical duration of time a student will spend in a community college is two-years based on full-time study. The certificate programs offered by community colleges in Kentucky provide students with core knowledge and skills to step into a trade, vocation, or industry job. Certificate programs can be as short as a few months or as long as two-years dependent upon the constructs of the course, state mandated hours, and industry requirements. Degree programs conferred a Kentucky community colleges will generally be an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), or Associate of Science (AS).

Popular Degree Programs at Kentucky Community Colleges

Degree tracks offered by Kentucky community colleges will range from general AA programs to direct-entry programs. The general Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides students with a mix of humanities, arts, sciences, and life skills to help prepare students for additional coursework or a variety of entry-level positions. A direct-entry degree, on the other hand, is designed to help students develop the competence and skills to step directly into a given vocation after graduation. A few examples include the following direct-entry degree tracks , auto mechanic, esthetician, welding, electrician, cosmetology, , nail technician, medical assisting, auto body, diesel mechanic, and phlebotomy. Conversely, you may be interested in studying more traditional degree programs like bookkeeping, accounting, criminal justice, retail management, occupational therapy, finance, sheet metal technology or political science.

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Community Colleges in Cincinnati, Middletown

We have ranked the community colleges in the Cincinnati and Middletown area by the percent of students who either completed their degree or transferred to a 4-year institution. Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, KY ranked as the #1 community college in this area. Visit their official website at http://gateway.kctcs.edu/

Gateway Community and Technical College Highlights

  • Serving students from Florence and surrounding areas
  • 43% of students either graduated or transferred to a 4-year college/university
  • Tuition & fees are about $3,900 per year for state residents ($13,200 for out of state)

Top Community Colleges in Cincinnati and Middletown

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
43%Gateway Community and Technical CollegeFlorence, KY5,000
36%Cincinnati State Technical and Community CollegeCincinnati, OH10,000

Community Colleges in Huntington, Ashland

We have ranked the community colleges in the Huntington and Ashland area by the percent of students who either completed their degree or transferred to a 4-year institution. Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland, KY ranked as the #1 community college in this area. Visit their official website at http://ashland.kctcs.edu/

Ashland Community and Technical College Highlights

  • Serving students from Ashland and surrounding areas
  • 35% of students either graduated or transferred to a 4-year college/university
  • Tuition & fees are about $3,800 per year for state residents ($13,100 for out of state)

Top Community Colleges in Huntington and Ashland

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
35%Ashland Community and Technical CollegeAshland, KY3,000
14%Mountwest Community and Technical CollegeHuntington, WV2,000

Other Community Colleges in Kentucky

The table below lists all the other community colleges in Kentucky that do not belong to any large metropolitan or urban concentrated area. The table also displays the "Rate" column, which is the percent of students completing course work.

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
50%West Kentucky Community and Technical CollegePaducah, KY6,000
44%Owensboro Community and Technical CollegeOwensboro, KY4,000
40%Madisonville Community CollegeMadisonville, KY4,000
39%Maysville Community and Technical CollegeMaysville, KY3,000
39%Hopkinsville Community CollegeHopkinsville, KY3,000
39%Elizabethtown Community and Technical CollegeElizabethtown, KY6,000
38%Bluegrass Community and Technical CollegeLexington, KY10,000
35%Somerset Community CollegeSomerset, KY6,000
35%Hazard Community and Technical CollegeHazard, KY3,000
34%Henderson Community CollegeHenderson, KY2,000
32%Jefferson Community and Technical CollegeLouisville, KY12,000
32%Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeCumberland, KY3,000
30%Bowling Green Technical CollegeBowling Green, KY4,000
27%Big Sandy Community and Technical CollegePrestonsburg, KY5,000

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Kentucky in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.