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Hazard Community and Technical is one of the
Kentucky Community and Technical College System's
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premier colleges and the college of choice
for many in the Eastern Kentucky region.
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Every vehicle has to have an engine, and this
district that I have is a vehicle and the
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engines that we have are education opportunities.
This college is the engine, it's able to bring
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in a lot of resources and put out a lot of
energy. That's what helps move a vehicle or
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in my case district four.
HCTC was the first Kentucky recipient of the
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ACT Career Readiness and College Preparedness
Award for success with transfer rates of students
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who began college underprepared, as well as
overall success of those students. The award
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presented in April by Governor Steve Beshear
and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday
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recognized HCTC for its exemplary college
and career readiness efforts.
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As a foundation we see the roll of the community
college as being one of a partner in lifting
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up the entire region.
Serving our community is important to us our
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Workforce Solutions has the expertise to assist
businesses by providing start-up assistance
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and training. Workforce Solution is committed
to the employability and productivity of workers.
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We actively pursue grants to enhance our facilities
and program offerings. The Appalachian Regional
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Commission awarded 680 thousand dollars in
grants to renovate the Jolly Classroom Center
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auditorium and provided funding for a state
of the art energy efficient house, which provides
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We have been working on a special training
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at Hazard Community and Technical College
and partnering with the college has helped
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bring lineman training to Hazard. It's the
first time ever we have been able to do this.
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It will help our coal miners, we have a lot
of layoffs in this area right now and we are
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focusing on truing to help coal miners to
get back into a good job, a good career, and
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this lineman training lends a good opportunity
to do that.
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Our quality teaching makes HCTC a great institution.
We're proud of Mathematics Professor Michael
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Nyagol for being named the KCTCS New Horizon
Outstanding Faculty Person of the Year in
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It is a very good honor for me and I really
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owe it to the college who without them I would
not be named the winner.
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Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson visited HCTC's
Technical Campus during a Health Career Summer
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Camp to talk to students about the importance
of getting an education and to recognize students
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for completing the exploratory camp.
HCTC appreciates many partners and this year
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the Hazard Police Department was honored for
their service. They were recognized during
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the 2013 Hazard Perry County Civic Night with
the Outstanding Educational Leadership award.
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Students appreciate the opportunity to attend
college, and the wide variety of services
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provided to them. Our commitment is to student
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HCTC has been more than willing, and all the
faculty, to help as far as the wheelchair
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is concerned they have been great. All I've
got to do is ask for help and someone is always
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right there to assist when I need it.
We're affordable. 94 percent of our students
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receive some type of federal financial aid
or scholarship assistance.
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HCTC has had a major impact on the region
and those who transfer arrive at the university
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ready for the academic challenges.
Through the University Center of the Mountains,
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more students are obtaining bachelor and master's
degrees. Since the UCM opened its doors in
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fall 2004, through the collaborative efforts
of its partnering four-year institutions and
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the community college system, a total of 989
degrees, bachelor's and master's, have been
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awarded to eastern Kentuckians.
You may not feel at the time that you can
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do it but take baby steps. That's what I had
to do, was one class at a time, you have to
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work your way from the bottom up and sooner
or later it gets easier and easier.
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HCTC is committed to making this region a
better place to live.
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Student learning isn't just in the classroom.
The Student Ambassador program began last
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year to provide leadership opportunities.
I think the college had a lot of foresight
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at putting a program together that captured
the imaginations of a lot of young people
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that saw themselves in this role, but the
brilliance was rather than tell these kids
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about it, you can't tell someone about leadership
you have to actually give them the responsibility
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and therefore make leadership in them and
you did that. The college stepped out, put
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a program together got the kids excited about
it and stood back and let them either sink
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Our vision for the future involves a healthier
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people. We are working toward that goal with
new Wellness initiatives for students and
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Well I think the equipment here is top notch,
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I played professional basketball, played in
the NBA, played overseas, and I have had the
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opportunity to work out in some really good
facilities and this is one of the best facilities
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I worked out in.
The Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky
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based on the Hazard Campus of HCTC has served
125,000 elementary and middle school students
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since its doors first opened in 1999. In just
this year, a total of 7,000 have experienced
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the thrill of space exploration through simulated
missions and hands-on learning camps. The
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Challenger Center also offers LEGO competitions
that encourages students to excel in science
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Our Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series
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brings quality entertainment and our patrons
appreciate the wide variety of shows.
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I want to offer a special thank you to our
employees, students, and community partners
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for living each day with a passion to help
HCTC be a great place to work and learn. With
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your support and encouragement my first three
years here have been sensational. Most importantly
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you have established a solid foundation for
our futures to be more rewarding, compelling,
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and more fulfilling.
Maybe you've heard the old Chinese proverb that says, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." No matter how unsure you feel taking that first step, every single one after that will be a little easier. It also helps if you have a plan to follow.
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