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College Offers A Ride

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Many kids ride the bus to school, but soon many college students will be able to do the same thing.

Administrators do not want a lack of transportation to prevent people from getting an education.

Cristy Wilkinson knows what it is like to not have a ride to school, “When I first started coming here I ended up having to walk, yeah, I walked for the first couple of years,” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson is now working on her graduate degree at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.

She got her bachelor's degree after two years of walking to school.

She now has a car, but is glad to hear others will have some help.

“I think it's awesome because a lot of the students can't make it because they don't have a way, they don't have anybody to bring them, or they don't have a vehicle,” Wilkinson said.

In fact, administrators at the college say that's one of the biggest challenges keeping students from furthering their education.

“It's very difficult to plan your schedule, to get to class, when you don't have the transportation to get there, you can't count on it,” Larry LaFollette said.

So for a small fare, SKCTC students in Harlan County will soon be able hitch a ride on one of three buses, or large vans that will travel up and down highway 119.

The pilot project between the college, state transportation officials, and the Harlan County Community Action Agency will begin to at the beginning of the Spring semester in January.

Officials hope to expand routes across the county as demand grows.

The cost will be around 12 dollars per week.

School officials urge any student who thinks they might need a ride to school to sign up during Spring registration.


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