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West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Mission Statement/Status of Accreditation

West Kentucky Community and Technical College champions student success, provides excellence in teaching and learning, and advances economic development. The College:

  • advances academic excellence and intellectual inquiry through the collaboration between engaged learners and dedicated faculty and staff;
  • provides premier academic and student services to foster student success;
  • delivers innovative, flexible access to education with pathways to transfer and/or employability;
  • cultivates community partnerships as an integral component in assessing and providing programs for cultural, educational, economic, and civic development;
  • responds to community needs through customized training and continuing education to meet the changing demands of regional business and industry; and
  • fosters a campus culture advancing diversity and inclusion and promoting equity and global responsibility.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College, a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, is a public, two-year degree granting institution serving western Kentucky with a tradition of accessible, affordable, and quality education and a commitment to meet the academic, workforce training, and lifelong learning needs of the community.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree. Questions about the accreditation of West Kentucky Community and Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org).

Academic Programs

Transfer Curricula

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science

Transfer Curricula/Art Related

An Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree is designed to transfer into a Baccalaureate of Fine Arts (BFA) program at a four-year institution. Individual Associate in Fine Arts (A) degree curricula in each group is noted by an A in parenthesis.

  • Visual Art (A)

Occupational/Technical Curricula

Occupational/Technical Curricula: The program listing represents broad groups of instructional programs offered by the college. Individual certificate (C), diploma (D), and Associate in Applied Science (A) degree curricula in each group are noted by C, D, and A in parenthesis.

  • Advanced Nursing Assistant (C)
  • Air Conditioning Technology (C, D)
  • Apprenticeship Studies (A)
  • Auto Body/Collision Repair Technology (C, D)
  • Automotive Technology (C, D, A)
  • Business Studies:
    • Administrative Office Technology (C)
    • Business Administration (C, D, A)
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design (C, D)
  • Computer and Information Technologies (C, A)
  • Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (C, D, A)
  • Construction Technology (C, D)
  • Cosmetology (C, D)
  • Criminal Justice (C, A)
  • Culinary Arts (C, D, A)
  • Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene (D)
  • Diesel Technology (C, D)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (A)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (C)
  • Fire Science Technology (C, D, A)
  • General Occupational/Technical Studies (A)
  • Health Science Technology (A)
  • Heavy Equipment Operation (C)
  • Human Services (C)
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (C, A)
  • Logistics and Operations Management (C, A)
  • Manufacturing Industrial Technology:
    • Electrical Technology (C, D, A)
    • Industrial Maintenance Technology (C, D, A)
  • Marine Technology (C, A)
  • Mechatronics (C)
  • Medical Information Technology (C, D, A)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (C, A)
  • Nursing (A)
  • Pharmacy Technology (C, D)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (A)
  • Practical Nursing (C, D)
  • Radiography (A)
  • Surgical Technology (A)
  • Truck Driver Training (C)
  • Visual Communication:
    • Design & Technology (C)
    • Multimedia (C, D, A)
    • Printing (C)
  • Welding Technology (C, D)

Contact Information

West Kentucky Community and Technical College
4810 Alben Barkley Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 554-9200
westkentucky.kctcs.edu

General Information

Office Phone number
Accessibility Services (270) 534-3406
Admissions/Records 1-855-GO-WKCTC (1-855-469-5282)
Advising Center 1-855-GO-WKCTC (1-855-469-5282)
Adult Learning Center (Adult Education/GED program) McCracken County (270) 534-3451
Adult Learning Center (Adult Education/GED program) Graves County (270) 856-2422
Assessment Center 1-855-GO-WKCTC (1-855-469-5282)
Bookstore (Anderson Technical Building) (270) 534-3247
Business Office 1-855-GO-WKCTC (1-855-469-5282)
Challenger Learning Center (270) 534-3101
Clemens Fine Arts Center Box Office (270) 534-3212
Community Education (270) 534-3335
Commonwealth Middle College (270) 534-3350
Financial Aid 1-855-GO-WKCTC (1-855-469-5282)
General Information (270) 554-9200
Human Resources (270) 534-3085
Library (270) 534-3197
Nursing (270) 534-3466
Marketing and Communications (270) 534-3083
Paducah School of Art & Design (270) 534-3901
Purchase Training Center (Mayfield) (270) 247-9633
Security (270) 564-8403
Skilled Craft Training Center (Mayfield) (270) 856-2400
Workforce Solutions Assessments (270) 534-3490
Transfer Advising Center (270) 534-3187
TRIO - Student Support Services (270) 534-3180
University of Kentucky College of Engineering (270) 534-3129
Veterans Affairs (270) 534-3187
Website http://westkentucky.kctcs.edu

Administration

Position Name
President/CEO Dr. Anton Reece
Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Uppinder Mehan
Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development Kevin O’Neill
Vice President of Business Affairs & Human Resources Bridget Canter
Vice President of Operations Shay Nolan
Vice President of Student Services Emily Peck
Vice President of Institutional Advancement Lee Emmons
Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kate Senn
Associate Vice President of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness Dr. Renea Akin
Associate Dean of Student Services Octavia Lawrence
Director of Marketing and Communications Janett Blythe
Director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center Todd Birdsong
Director of Adult Education/SkillsU Tammy Maines
Dean of Allied Health and Personal Services Division TBD
Dean of Applied Technologies Division Stephanie Milliken
Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts, Business and Social Science Division Britton Shurley
Dean of Nursing Division Shari Gholson
Dean of Science, Math, Computers and Information Technology Division TBD

Faculty

This page reflects faculty names and their degree/credential as of July 1, 2021.  This information is updated annually.

Aho, Paul R, Associate Professor, MFA, University of South Florida, 1979
Akin, Selenia R, Professor, EdD, Vanderbilt University, 2010
Arnone, Samuel J, Associate Professor, BS, Southern Illinois University, 1998
Ashmore, Teresa L, Instructor, BSN, Purdue University, 2012
Baker, Jonathan H, Instructor, AAS, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 2016
Balcerzak, Amanda C, Instructor, PharmD, University of Kentucky, 2009
Barrett, Beverly J, Instructor, PhD, Capella University, 2018
Bell, Kristy M, Instructor, MSN, Chamberlain University, 2020
Blaine, Patricia A, Professor, MA, Fort Hays State University, 1981
Broadbent, Kathryn P, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Louisville, 1988
Buchanan, Patricia A, Professor, MS, Murray State University, 2016
Burgess, Melissa A, Assistant Professor, MS, Murray State University, 2000
Cahill, Charles S, Associate Professor, MS, California Polytechnic State University, 2009
Caldwell, Paul H, Associate Professor, BS, Murray State University, 2016
Campbell, Mary J, Assistant Professor, MS, Southern Illinois University, 1993
Carrico, Mary C, Professor, MSN, Jacksonville University, 2016
Cates, Joel D, Associate Professor, MS, Murray State University, 2011
Collins, Melissa L, Instructor, BSN, Murray State University, 2020
Coltharp, Heather L, Professor, MSE, University of Kentucky, 1999
Craig, Paul L, Instructor, MA, St. Catherine College, 2016
Crider, Stacey L, BS, Mid-Continent University, 2011
Darnell, Dustin J, Instructor, AAS, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 2018
Darnell, Joshua R, Instructor, Welding certifications, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 2015
Dickerson, Craig T, Professor, AAS, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 2008
Dobbins, Charidy D, Assistant Professor, MSN, McKendree University, 2017
Donner, Jason W, Associate Professor, MA, Murray State University, 1995
Dotson, Megan E, Associate Professor, MAE, Murray State University, 2010
Draffen, Carla K, Professor, MBA, Murray State University, 1987
Driver, Timmy E, Professor, AAS, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 2006
Dubois, Evin D,  Assistant Professor, MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
Duncan, Gwendolyn L, Assistant Professor, MA, International Theological University, 2006
Durbin, Laura R, Professor, MSN, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2013
Durbin, Melissa N, Instructor, MPA, Murray State University, 2006
Elder, Ashlee C, Instructor, MSN, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2019
Engelland, Erik J,  Associate Professor, AAS, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 2010
Esau, Emily R,  Assistant Professor, MFA, Academy of Art University, 2016
Farrell, Laura K,  Assistant Professor, BS, Mississippi University for Women, 2009
Fennel, Krista A, Instructor, MSN, Murray State University, 2002
Fiddler, Stephanie A, Instructor, BSN, University of Memphis, 2015
Fiser, Angela M, Instructor, MSN, Chamberlain University, 2016
Frick, Tyra L, Associate Professor, EdD, Murray State University, 2017
Gar, Joseph D,  Assistant Professor, PhD, University of the Cumberlands, 2015
Gholson, Shari D, Professor, DNP, Northern Kentucky University, 2017
Goodaker, Gary W, Professor, MS, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1997
Green, Curtis D, Associate Professor, AAS, Southern Illinois College, 2009
Gunn, Robert G, Associate Professor, BA, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1981
Hamilton, Sarah C, Instructor, MSN, Walden University, 2017
Harper, Shawn, Professor, MS, Murray State University, 1990
Hely, Sueann Wade, Professor, MBA, Murray State University, 1983
Henry, Greta G, Associate Professor, MS, Murray State University, 2004
Hofer, William S, Associate Professor, AAS, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 2011
Holland, Virgil T, Professor, AS, Murray State University, 2012
Hopkins, Allison A, Instructor, BIS, Western Kentucky University, 2019
Hopper, Carrie D, Associate Professor, MS, Murray State University, 2008
Jackson, Crystal M, Instructor, BS, Murray State University, 2010
Jarvis, DeAnn, Professor, MEd, Memphis State University, 1989
Johnson, David C, Assistant Professor, AAS, Ivy Tech Community College, 2008
Johnson, Jonathan B, Associate Professor, MS, Bellevue University, 2012
Jones, Latoya A, Professor, DC, Life University, 2001
Jordan, Tracy L, Associate Professor, MA, Murray State University, 1986
Keeling, LeeAnn,  Assistant Professor, BSN, Chamberlain University, 2017
Knapp, Jo A, Professor, MA, Murray State University, 1990
Kuiper, Betty L, Instructor, DNP, Murray State University, 2019
Liu, Sarah S, Professor, PhD, Old Dominion University, 2006
Lyons, Vanessa E, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2015
Mahoney, Joseph D, Professor, MA, Murray State University, 1990
Martens, Amelia R, Assistant Professor, MSEd, Indiana University, 2013
Maupin, Mary E, Instructor, MA, Missouri State University, 2008
McDanel, Tracy L, Professor, BS, Murray State University, 2009
Milliken, Stephanie K, Professor, MS, Murray State University, 1996
Morgan, Tiffinee S, Professor, MA, Murray State University, 1998
Mulcahy, Carissa A, Instructor, BSN, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2013
Neitzke, Tanya M,  Assistant Professor, MFA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2011
Newborn, Bradley C, Assistant Professor, BS, Morehead State University, 2018
Nickell, David L, Professor, MA, Western Kentucky University, 1982
Paul, Kelly K,  Assistant Professor, MA, Murray State University, 2010
Petitt, Christy L, Professor, MSN, University of Southern Indiana, 2007
Potts, Gregory S, Assistant Professor, BAE, University of Kentucky, 2017
Powell, Lyman R, Assistant Professor, AAS, John A. Logan College, 1988
Ragsdale, Tina L, Associate Professor, MS, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2008
Reese, Gary L, Professor, MPA, Murray State University, 1987
Renfrow, Sarah B, Instructor, BSN, Murray State University, 2007
Robbins, Ronald W, Instructor, MS, Murray State University, 2010
Russell, Kimberly G, Professor, MA, Southeast Missouri State University, 2000
Savage, Kimberly J, Assistant Professor, BS, Murray State University, 2003
Shreves, Michelle R, Instructor, BSN, McKendree University, 2018
Shurley, Britton M, Professor, MFA, Indiana University, 2007
Sills, Eric W,  Assistant Professor, AAS, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 2015
Simmons, Randall R, Professor, MFA, University of Cincinnati, 1995
Smith, Mary Allison, Professor, MS, University of Colorado at Denver, 1998
Stephenson, Lisa G, Professor, EdD, University of Kentucky, 2012
Sullivan, Amy L, Assistant Professor, MSLS, University of Kentucky, 2017
Taveras, Victor M, Associate Professor, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
Taylor, Brent E, Associate Professor, MA, Murray State University, 2002
Taylor, Jason D, Professor, MS, Murray State University, 2000
Teague, Sanci E, Associate Professor, MA, Murray State University, 2009
Thompson, Julie E, Professor, MAT, Murray State University, 1999
Toon, Nichole M, Professor, MS, Murray State University, 2016
Uthoff, Candace N,  Assistant Professor, AAS, Paducah Community College, 1992
Wade, Constance L, Professor, MA, Murray State University, 1991
Wadlington, Corey M, Professor, MAE, Austin Peay State University, 1999
Walker, Robin N, Instructor, MBA, Murray State University, 2003
Warren, Doralyn A, Instructor, BSN, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2012
Watson, Stacey A, Instructor, MA, Fort Valley State University, 2015
Winstead, Jessica K, Instructor, MSN, Capella University, 2017
Wooley, Kristyn L, Instructor, Licensed Cosmetologist and Instructor, KY Board of Cosmetology
Wright, Kelly R, Professor, MS, Murray State University, 1984