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UK, KCTCS create pathways allowing community college students to transfer into UK

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June 11, 2024

Students from all Kentucky Community and Technical College System schools will now be able to transfer to the University of Kentucky for a four-year degree, according to an agreement signed Monday by both schools.

The transfer agreement is designed to allow students attending any of the 16 KCTCS schools to transfer easily into UK for a four-year degree, and offer support to students like waived application fees and advisors who work specifically with the schools. New transfer pathways will be established to ensure the maximum amount of course credits transfer between schools.

It’s also designed to address workforce shortages around the state, while also expanding access to higher education in Kentucky, said UK President Eli Capilouto.

“It’s a critical step forward in building a more qualified workforce that can meet the Commonwealth’s needs,” Capilouto said. “By providing clear pathways, from associate degrees at KCTCS to baccalaureate degrees at UK, we are equipping more students with advanced skills and knowledge essential for today’s competitive job market.”

Ryan Quarles, president of KCTCS, said the agreement signed Monday was “historic” for opening up access to higher education in Kentucky.

“Today we are going to sign paperwork that just sends another clear message, that your dream is never too far away, whether you start with us or start with UK,” Quarles said.

From KCTCS to UK

KCTCS has 70 locations around Kentucky, where students can earn certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. The transfer agreement means students will have the option to continue their education with a four-year degree from UK.

Between 1,200 and 1,300 BCTC students transfer to UK each year, said Greg Feeny, president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College, with more coming from other community and technical colleges around the state. The new pathways will make transferring easier for those students, he said.

“A lot of students start their college career at our 16 community and technical colleges, knowing they want to pursue that four-year degree, and in this case, at the University of Kentucky,” Quarles said. “We’re reducing barriers so that we make sure we remove all roadblocks towards student success.”

More information about transferring between a KCTCS college and UK is available on both schools’ websites, or by emailing UKTransfer@uky.edu. The deadline for transfer students to apply for UK’s upcoming fall semester is July 1.

“For 27 years, KCTCS and UK have shared a common goal,” Capilouto said. “We’ve been partners in many ways, seen and unseen. But today’s agreement solidifies that which we have always known and treasured: that we can do more and be more for Kentucky when we do these things together.”

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