The 2017-2018 academic year has been one of growth at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, and opportunity for its students.
Over the past year the college has started a grant-funded first-year experience program for students and added eight programs: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, robotics and automation, advanced automotive manufacturing, hospitality management, health science technology, diagnostic medical sonography, and an ROTC partnership with Western Kentucky University. New painting and drawing classes provide more elective options for students in transfer programs.
First Year Experience (FYE 105) was offered for the first time at ECTC this fall. This 3-hour college success course covers the essential skills freshmen need to master, regardless if they’re 18 or 48 – skills like time management, career/life planning, campus resources, and basic study skills.
In June the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents approved degrees in Health Science Technology (HST) and Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). These are in addition to the nursing, CNA, radiography, and respiratory care programs already offered.
The Health Science Technology Degree offers several tracks, and allows students to earn stackable certificates as they progress, meaning they build on each other toward a diploma or degree. Students can work and pace themselves as they earn their credentials. The HST Degree will help fill a need in rural health care settings, where graduates will be qualified to perform a variety of jobs.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree is a selective admissions program that will start in the Spring 2019. Students who are interested in the program can begin taking their general education classes this Fall, so they may be ready to enter the program in the Spring.
Graduates of the program will be qualified to provide diagnostic patient services under the supervision of a licensed physician. Sonographers may work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, medical clinics, physician offices, diagnostic imaging centers, rehabilitation facilities, urgent care centers, research laboratories, athletic training facilities, and trauma centers.
Students interested in high-paying careers in manufacturing and industrial maintenance fields have three new options: robotics and automation, advanced manufacturing, and AMTEC (Automotive Manufacturing Education Technical Collaborative). Typical starting wages in these fields are more than $22 an hour.
Robotics and automation, a new track in the Engineering and Electrical Technology Program, prepares students to work with the 2,000-plus robots in use by companies throughout our service area.
Advanced manufacturing, known as KY FAME, is a selective admissions track in the Industrial Maintenance Program that allows students to gain valuable work experience by working three days a week in a manufacturing environment and two days on campus in the classroom.
The AMTEC track teaches students the advanced skills they need to succeed in a globally competitive workforce. They learned the multi-skilled maintenance trade, with an emphasis on the skills needed in automotive industrial facilities.
ECTC’s Agriculture Technology degree is a two-year program designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in agriculture technology and agriculture-related services. Certificates and a degree are available in technology and sustainability tracks, and credits can transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
A new partnership with Western Kentucky University will offer an ROTC program to ECTC students. Students can take a military science course each of four semesters, and enroll in any program offered by ECTC.
As an option in Business Administration System, the hospitality management track can support careers in tourism, hotel and restaurant management, and more.
Some credentials in some of these new programs are eligible for free tuition! The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program is for people who want to get trained quickly for high wage, high demand careers. This scholarship provides FREE TUITION for programs in five fields...health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction/trades. NO INCOME or AGE LIMITS! Kentucky residents who haven't earned a college degree of any type, but have a high school diploma or GED, are eligible for the free tuition for certificates or diplomas in one of those five fields. ECTC offers many of the programs that are eligible.
For more information on these new programs, or any of the dozens of programs and transfer options offered at ECTC, call the Welcome and Admissions Office at 270-706-8800 or visit https://elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/Admissions/. Students can register now for both Summer and Fall classes.