ECTC forum promotes campaign to gain more funding

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State system growing during decade of budget cuts

By The Staff

Area residents are invited to a forum Oct. 19 in Elizabethtown to learn more about a grassroots effort to garner additional support among state policy makers for Kentucky’s community and technical colleges.

The forum will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Center, 1030 N. Mulberry St.  It will focus on Kentuckians for Community and Technical Colleges, a statewide advocacy campaign launched earlier this month by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

KCTCS has become the largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training in Kentucky.   While enrollment at the 16 KCTCS colleges has increased dramatically during the past decade, KCTCS is the state’s only postsecondary institution that has experienced a decline in state funding since 1998-99.

At the Elizabethtown forum, KCTCS President Michael B. McCall will discuss the roles KCTCS and ECTC play in transforming the state and local economies, global perspectives on funding, and key issues. He also will give an overview of the KCTCS advocacy campaign, outline opportunities for community involvement and support, and respond to audience questions.

ECTC serves citizens and communities in 12 central Kentucky counties " Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor and Washington.