Kentucky Community and Technical College System
|Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)|
|Motto||Higher Education Begins Here|
|President||Dr. Michael B. McCall|
|Colors||Blue █ and Gold █|
Headquartered in Versailles, Kentucky, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) comprises 16 colleges with over 70 campuses. Programs offered include associate degrees, pre-baccalaureate education to transfer to a public 4-year institution; adult education, continuing and developmental education; customized training for business and industry; and distance learning. KCTCS was founded as part of the Postsecondary Improvement Act of 1997 (House Bill 1), signed by former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton, to create a new institution to replace the University of Kentucky's Community College System and the Kentucky Department of Education's network of technical schools. The Kentucky Fire Commission, a separate state entity responsible for training emergency responders, also became part of KCTCS at that time.
In 1948, The Northern Extension Center of the University of Kentucky is founded in Covington. It is the unofficial beginning of the University of Kentucky Community College System.
In 1957, representing the Ashland Independent School District’s Board of Education, Ashland Oil & Refining Company founder and CEO Paul G. Blazer presented a proposal to President Frank G. Dickey and the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for the University to take over the day-to-day operations and curriculum of the nineteen year old Ashland [municipal] Junior College, creating the Ashland Center of the University of Kentucky as the second university extension center. Ashland Independent School District retained ownership of the property and building.
President Dickey successfully expanded the program by developing University of Kentucky Extension Centers in Fort Knox (1958), Cumberland (1960), and Henderson (1960).
Authorized by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed by Governor Bert Combs on March 6, 1962, a mandate was placed upon the University of Kentucky to form a community college system. President Dickey had concerns of adequate legislative funding. In 1964, the Board of Trustees implemented the legislation and established the Community College System, changing the extension centers to community colleges in Covington, Ashland, Fort Knox, Cumberland, and Henderson; and creating Elizabethtown. 
KCTCS includes the following community and technical colleges:
- Ashland Community and Technical College (Ashland)
- Big Sandy Community and Technical College (Paintsville, Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Hager Hill)
- Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Lexington, Danville, Lawrenceburg, Winchester, Georgetown)
- Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (Elizabethtown)
- Gateway Community and Technical College (Covington, Florence, Edgewood and Highland Heights)
- Hazard Community and Technical College (Hazard, Jackson, Hyden, Hindman)
- Henderson Community College (Henderson)
- Hopkinsville Community College (Hopkinsville)
- Jefferson Community and Technical College (Louisville)
- Madisonville Community College (Madisonville)
- Maysville Community and Technical College (Maysville, Cynthiana, Morehead)
- Owensboro Community and Technical College (Owensboro)
- Somerset Community College (Somerset)
- Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (Bowling Green)
- Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (Cumberland)
- West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Paducah)
- ""E Pluribus Unum!" "One Out of Many" An Oil Company Grows Through Acquisitions, An Address at Lexington by member Paul G. Blazer, American Newcomen Society, copyright 1956 (pages 5 & 6)".
- John E. Kleber Editor-in Chief, The Kentucky Encyclopedia: Blazer, Paul Garrett (Lexington : University of Kentucky Press, 1992)Page 87.
- "Former UK president Frank Dickey dies: Kentucky.com Lexington Herald Leader by Jennifer Hewlett 08/09/2009".
- "A Chronology of UK". University of Kentucky Special Collections & Digital Programs Division. January 2, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
- "Community College System".
- "BCTC academics by location". Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Kentucky Community and Technical College System
- Kentucky Department of Education
- Kentucky Virtual University
- Kentucky Virtual Library
- Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
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