Two colleges come together to offer more opportunities in Southeastern Kentucky.
Soon students can get a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration from Midway College, without leaving their community college.
The President of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College began working with Midway College after seeing a need in his area.
"It's a great thing for students because it allows most of them to stay near their home communities and not have to travel great distances," said Dr. Bruce Ayers.
"Their only opportunities in that area were to do things at a private college or university and have to leave the communities," said John Robinette, Eastern Regional Director of Midway College.
Graduates say the Allied Health Program is tailored for people already in the workforce. Students in the 18-to-24 month course only go to class one night a week.
"It's designed for the working adult. The ease and access of the program makes it very convenient for someone who works and wants to go back to school," said SKCTC graduate and Harlan ARH employee, Jack Blanton.
SKCTC's I-TV Network will allow students at all five campuses to take the course together. Instructors will travel between each location.
"Not only does the area need the program, but the job opportunities are here as well," added Ayers.
Keeping students local is also something that benefits hospitals in Southeastern Kentucky. The Community CEO of Harlan ARH says about 75% of his workforce got their education from SKCTC.
"They are by far the biggest provider of healthcare employees for us in this region of Kentucky," said Dan Stone.
Making it win-win for everyone involved.
The Midway College Allied Health Bachelor's Program is expected to begin at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College campuses this fall.