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For many LaRue County residents, it can be a struggle to determine whether the return on an investment of time and resources for college is worth it. Others may question whether they can succeed.

 However, it has been proven that those with a college degree earn considerably more than those who have a high school diploma or GED. 

 According to the American Association of Community Colleges, the average person with an associate’s degree will see an increase in earnings of $10,700 each year compared to someone with a high school diploma or the equivalent. This translates to $1,843,600 during their working lifetime, which is an increase of $470,800 over someone with a high school diploma or GED.

Students see a significant economic benefit, in that for every one dollar spent on expenses and forgone time and money for a community college education, he or she will see a return of investment of $3.80. And, those who go on to earn bachelor’s or graduate degrees can expect their lifetime earning potential to increase significantly.

 “Postsecondary education contributes to quality of life and career success, especially in the jobs of tomorrow involving technology and requiring some college study,” said Dr. Diane Owsley, interim provost and chief academic officer at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. 

“Navigating the college landscape often can be a daunting, even intimidating, experience,” she said. “We can help students better understand the educational opportunities that are available to them and the processes involved in getting started in college study.”

LaRue County residents who would like to explore postsecondary education options at ECTC are invited to a special information session on April 22, on ECTC’s Elizabethtown campus.

The informal RSVP College Fair (Reward initiative, Stimulate learning, Valuable service, and Premiere programs.) will be 4-7 p.m. in the atrium of the Regional Postsecondary Education Center, which is located on College Street Road in Elizabethtown. Featured will be information about college majors and career choices, application procedures, financial aid program, and other aspects of college study at ECTC.

The event is free and open to the public and participants are eligible for door prizes. Reservations are not required to attend.

For more information contact Joella Spataro at 270-706-8405 or joella.spataro@kctcs.edu; or Diane Owsley at 270-706-8406 or diane.owsley@kctcs.edu.

ECTC is a comprehensive community and technical school that serves citizens and communities throughout its 12-county service region. It serves more than 7,000 students through some 30 academic and technical training programs and graduates more than 600 people each year. Last year more than 350 LaRue County citizens enrolled at ECTC. Most received some form of financial aid to help meet their college expenses.