REASONABLE KCTCS capital bonds plan sensible way to meet needs

By Editorial, The Paducah Sun
We cast a wary eye whenever Kentucky talks about increasing bonded indebtedness. The commonwealth had debt obligations (including pensions) of about $64 billion at the end of 2012, or almost $14,600 per person. In August 2012 Barron’s, one of the nation’s leading financial publications, ranked Kentucky 47th in the nation in financial health because of the state’s pension deficit and high total debt per capita.

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Students represent SKCTC in Frankfort

Chris Jones|SKCTC

An assembly of students from Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College recently represented their college in Frankfort. They were there, along with other students from the 16 colleges within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, in support of the KCTCS Build Smart initiative. While in the capital, they met with legislators from the Southeast service area of Harlan, Bell, Knox and Letcher counties. The group was led by Dr. Lynn Moore, right, Southeast president, and Veria “Cookie” Baldwin, second from left, college director of admissions, along with counselor Ronald Brunty.

Governor’s Budget Address

…Almost 100,000 students access education through the two-year system and its 16 colleges and 73 campuses. These students aren’t just recent high school graduates – they’re also working adults looking to advance their skills and adults needing to get back into the workforce. But there is no way our two-year colleges can handle this huge task with their current infrastructure. And there is no way that these infrastructure needs can be met only by the General Fund …

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