OCTC's Finch Present to Ohio Co. Chamber

SkillTrain and Work Ready KY Scholarship Opportunities

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OWENSBORO, KY (09/20/2017) Steve Finch, the County Coordinator/Lead Instructor at Owensboro Community & Technical College's (OCTC) SkillTrain in Ohio County presented to the Ohio County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Finch outlined programs available at OCTC and through SkillTrain, focusing on the community wide advantages of earning a GED, and scholarship opportunities available through the new Work Ready KY Scholarship.

"According to the US Census data Ohio County has 4,071 adult residents that do not have a high school diploma. We know that citizens who have a GED or high school diploma earn on average $9,300 more annually, so Ohio County is potentially losing about $37,860,300 in income each year" commented Finch. In addition to making a case for increasing educational attainment in Ohio County he outlined the positive impact it would have on the community, families, and businesses. For more information on earning at GED in Ohio contact Finch at 270.298.4470 or via e-mail at sfinch0004@kctcs.edu.

Finch also covered the requirements and opportunities available at OCTC with the Work Ready KY Scholarship program administered through the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The Work Ready KY scholarship is available to KY citizens who do not have a college degree and do not have any prior obligation to KHEAA. The scholarship will cover up to 32 hours of tuition in specific high demand programs, business/IT, transportation, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and construction trades. For more information on Work Ready Scholarship opportunities please contact Rebecca Simon at 270.686.3795 or via e-mail at rebecca.simon@kctcs.edu.


Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.

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