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College President Makes Stop In Eastern Kentucky

By: Michael Phillips Email
By: Michael Phillips Email

It's where nearly half of all Kentucky college students get at least part of their education. Friday, the president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College system made a couple stops in the mountains.

Chris Hibbard says his work study job makes college possible for him at a campus close to home.

"Without this job, I wouldn't be able to do anything. I would probably be working some job somewhere trying to figure out how to get by," Hibbard said.

Kentucky Community and Technical College President Michael McCall was on tour Friday talking about how to help more students like Chris.

"In order to get that better job, they need the education and training, they need the skills to get that better job," McCall said.

Officials say it's students like Chris that need the extra money, but also want to stay close to home that are the future of the community and technical college system.

"What is it that we need to do to make sure that we achiever the goals and mandates that were laid out back in 1997," McCall said.

"At a local level, we are looking at our own internal structure and the strategy where we might make ourselves as student friendly as possible," said Dr. Allen Goben, President and CEO of the Hazard Community and Technical College.

Officials say that's just where they're starting. To do all that they'll need some extra funding from the state, but they say that funding will pay itself back plus some.

You can find more information about the legislative review and what the community and technical college system is already doing in state by logging on to http://www.kctcs.edu.


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