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First University Center Partners Announced

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) welcomed today the first four university partners of the University Center. Eastern Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College, Spalding University and Western Kentucky University will offer at the Elizabethtown campus bachelor’s and master’s degrees that align with in-demand career fields.

• 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 create a new local pathway for 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.

University Center donors, ECTC students, faculty and staff, and others gathered for a ceremony at ECTC today to welcome each university partner.

“Today we are bringing a vision to life,” said ECTC President Dr. Juston Pate. “Together with our university partners, we are creating exciting new opportunities that lead to better lives and stronger communities.”

The University Center gives students a path to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elizabethtown, making higher education more accessible and affordable. Moreover, the University Center helps the region retain local talent and develop a workforce that helps local employers succeed and attracts new business investment.

“Students who attain a degree locally are much more likely to connect with employers right here in our region and contribute to the future growth of our communities,” said Kenny Rambo, Heartland Communications Consultants CEO and University Center Campaign Committee co-chair.

Approximately $2.4 million has been committed to the $4.3 million University Center project. To learn more about supporting the University Center at ECTC, visit or contact the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.

ECTC officials are working to finalize University Center partnerships that align with other in-demand career fields, and said they look forward to announcing additional opportunities soon.

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

More specifically, interested students are invited to an EKU criminal justice information session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Regional Postsecondary Center Atrium at ECTC. Students may also contact Stephen Kappeler at or 859-622-6710 or visit