Partnership with Kentucky Community and Technical College System

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In the Noyce Track-1 project, we are partnering with the Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS). KCTCS is comprised of 16 community colleges (with more than 70 satellite campus locations) and is the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state with an enrollment of 106,498 students (55% female and 45% male); 56% are Pell grant recipients, 44% are underrepresented minorities and 32% are first generation students.

In the Capacity Building project, we developed a 2x2 (two years at a KCTCS community college and 2 years at BU) course transfer plan in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics so that students from the KCTCS community colleges can seamlessly transfer and transition to BU to obtain a STEM degree with a teacher certification degree. The availability of scholarships from this Noyce grant will be critical in attracting qualified community college students who have completed an Associate is Science (AS) degree to transfer to BU to enroll as a Junior in their respective STEM discipline and obtain a teacher certification in their third year after completing the MAT degree. In our earlier Capacity Building project, we have already identified a contact person (STEM faculty) at each of the KCTCS community colleges who will work with Melisa Austin - Interim Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC), and assist with the KCTCS recruitment efforts and facilitate the transfer of Noyce scholars to BU.  

Under the Bellarmine University’s partnership agreement with KCTCS, students from any KCTCS campus can easily transfer their credits with no application fee. As part of the partnership, Bellarmine is offering KCTCS students a total tuition rate of $16,300 per year (inclusive of fees and course materials). Additionally, BU offers a generous financial aid package that further reduces any out of pocket expenses. Moreover, KCTCS students can take up to two free summer courses. Additionally, KCTCS students who live on campus can receive a $2,000 on-campus housing grant per year. Read more information about the BU-KCTCS partnership.

KCTCS student interested in applying to Bellarmine can find more information here: 

Find more information about KCTCS 

For link to the NKSP-KCTCS Brochure, click here. 

For link to the NKSP-KCTCS Flyer, click here.