Work Ready Ky provides nearly $1.2 million to ECTC students in 2021-22 | ECTC

Work Ready Ky provides nearly $1.2 million to ECTC students in 2021-22

Published on Jun 3, 2022

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) students received $1,183,972 through the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. The scholarship was awarded to a total of 454 students in business and IT, construction and trades, transportation and logistics, healthcare and advanced manufacturing programs. 

“That’s nearly $1.2 million saved for our future skilled workforce,” said ECTC President Dr. Juston Pate. “The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship removes the No. 1 barrier to a college education — cost. Further, students in these programs graduate ready to enter high-paying career fields available right here in our region.”

The scholarship is available to Kentucky residents who do not have an associate degree or higher and enroll in an eligible high-demand program. ECTC has more than 20 academic programs eligible for the scholarship with more than 150 options ranging from certificates that can be completed in as little as four months to associate degrees. WRKS covers up to 60 credit hours and up to $400 per year in fees. 

“I thought it was too good to be true when I first heard about it,” said Cody Arnold, who earned an associate in applied science degree in computer information technology in May. “My degree cost me $435.”

Arnold said he would have borrowed money to cover his tuition if not for the WRKS. Instead, he has no student debt and is planning to work toward a bachelor’s degree at the University of the Cumberlands. He is a junior systems administrator with Nelson County Schools, where he was a student worker during high school and continued to work while attending ECTC. 

Across the 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, more than 3,300 students received nearly $8 million in the 2021-22 academic year.

Changes to the scholarship will help part-time students in the 2022-23 school year. WRKS has been available to qualified students for 60 credit hours or four semesters, whichever comes first. The four-semester limit no longer applies. 

“At the college, we’re very excited to see this change. It levels the playing field for our part-time students,” said ECTC Financial Aid Director Michael Barlow.

To learn more about WRKS including a list of eligible academic programs, visit workreadyky.com or call 270-769-2371.