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

The University Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is a consortium of postsecondary partners that provide high-demand bachelor's and master's degree programs to the Central Kentucky region. The partnership engages universities and colleges to deliver advanced degrees based on student, employer, and community demand. 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. While still in the planning stages, the University Center is projected to begin offering baccalaureate programs in 2021.

The University Center is a cost-effective means to increase access to advanced degree programs. The University Center is not a new university, but instead a partnership which encourages collaboration and sharing resources to benefit the students and community.

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 University Center 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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