By Mary Hemlepp, KCTCS System Office
Beginning this fall, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)
will offer a free dual credit class to Kentucky public high school juniors, allowing
them to earn high school and college credit at the same time. The KCTCS program for
juniors aligns with Gov. Matt Bevin s new dual credit initiative primarily for high
school seniors, which provides them the opportunity to take two college courses via
the new Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship.
All KCTCS colleges will participate in the state s scholarship program. There is no
cost to students for either the KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship or the Kentucky
Dual Credit Scholarship. If students chose to take more classes than are covered by
the state scholarship, which is primarily for seniors, they would pay $52 per credit
The governor s goal is for graduates to leave high school with a minimum of nine postsecondary
credit hours. By committing $600,000 to a scholarship program for juniors, KCTCS is
helping students meet that goal.
We believe it s important for high school juniors to take the first step in transitioning
to college work by taking a free class through one of our colleges, KCTCS President
Jay K. Box said. As the dual credit leader in the Commonwealth, KCTCS is very appreciative
of Gov. Bevin s commitment to providing college-level coursework to high school students.
We believe that by taking a class during their junior year, students will build confidence
and feel comfortable attending a KCTCS college close to home after high school graduation.
Providing dual credit opportunities to Kentucky high school students to reduce the
cost and time required to get a college degree has long been a priority for KCTCS.
Whether students want to quickly earn a credential and go to work or transfer to a
four-year university to earn a bachelor s degree, the nine free credit hours earned
in high school will give students a head start.
More information will be available on the KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship by