University Center | ECTC



Contact Information

Megan Stith 

Chief Institutional Advancement Officer

600 College Street Road

RPC / 2nd Floor, Room 200 E

Phone: (270) 706-8721



University Center

rendition of future University Center from hallway perspective

Thanks to the generous support of our community, the vision for a University Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is closer than ever to becoming a reality! The University Center is a consortium of postsecondary partners that provide high-demand bachelor's and master's degree programs to the Central Kentucky region. These programs complement ECTC degree options, allowing students to complete their associate degree through ECTC and transfer to a University Center partner institution to complete their bachelor’s degree.

A renovation of the Student Center will provide a hub for ECTC transfer students and house University Center partners, with services planned to begin in 2022. 

The pandemic has made access to local, affordable, and relevant post-secondary education options even more critical, and an Anonymous Donor Advised Fund at Central Kentucky Community Foundation has offered an additional $250,000 in matching funds to encourage community support of the project. All donations made before October 28, 2021 will be matched dollar for dollar, allowing your gift to make an even greater impact. 

WesBanco leadership with ECTC President, Dr. Pate, holding a huge donation check  

“When I learned of the University Center and
understood the benefit to our Region, I
immediately knew the importance of this effort.
Education is so critical to our communities’
overall success.” – Marilyn Ford, WesBanco City
President, Heartland Region/Sr Retail Officer

Donate NowLearn how you can support the UniversityCenter capital campaign here.

University Center partners and Programs

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) logo Lindsey Wilson College logo Spalding University logo Western Kentucky University (WKU) logo

We are proud announce new partnerships that will provide a local pathway to bachelor’s degrees that align with in-demand career fields. ECTC University Center partner institutions and programs include:

  • Eastern Kentucky University is offering its nationally recognized bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
  • Lindsey Wilson College will offer a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in accounting and human resource management and a bachelor’s degree in human services/counseling.
  • Spalding University’s offering will allow registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
  • All programs offered at the Elizabethtown campus of longtime ECTC partner Western Kentucky University now will be offered as part of the University Center.

For more information about degree programs offered through the University Center, please contact Darrin Powell at 270-706-8406 or

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the University Center benefit students and employers? How will classes be offered? What services will the University Center provide? Learn more about the innovative University Center collaboration coming to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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