HCTC Celebrating National Career and Technical Education Month

Staff Report

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is the largest provider of workforce training in the Commonwealth preparing 82 percent of the state’s skilled trades workers and awarding 69 percent of allied health credentials. Hazard Community and Technical College is highlighting its role in educating the local workforce during Career and Technical Education Month.

It’s no secret that those who earn a postsecondary credential are in demand, earn more and suffer less unemployment. But, many people may not realize a four-year degree is not necessary to build the skills needed for a high paying job. HCTC offers programs that can be completed in four months or less that lead to careers that pay up to $60,000.

“There are many people who are unemployed or stuck in low-wage jobs that think they don’t have the time or money to get training,” noted HCTC President Dr. Jennifer Lindon. “But they can improve their family’s lives and work toward achieving their dreams in a very short time, and there are many ways to pay for college.”

HCTC offers numerous programs, including the Lineman and Fiber Optic training program and Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD). The Lineman Program is geared toward laid-off coal miners and is short-term training. CADD is a credit program with entry in August and January of each year.

Kentuckians who further their education at HCTC also help further the state’s economy, which means there’s more funding available for infrastructure, education and other needs. A recently released study shows Kentucky is in the bottom five of least educated states. A better educated work force positively affects existing employers and Kentucky’s ability to attract new businesses, all of which need skilled workers.

For more information on high-wage, high-demand career and technical programs at HCTC, visit Hazard.KCTCS.edu

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