Two KCTCS colleges to move to online instruction amid coronavirus concerns

VERSAILLES, Ky. — The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are committed to maintaining the health and safety of their students.

Leadership teams at the system level and at individual colleges are working with state and local government and health officials, along with public school and university partners, to carefully monitor coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in their region.

“College faculty and staff understand the current state of emergency and have been preparing for several weeks to continue instruction while meeting community health needs,” KCTCS President Jay K. Box said.  “This preparation includes determining how classes can be delivered if traditional on-site education is no longer an option.”

Unlike the universities, KCTCS has no students living on campus. Additionally, the technical programs KCTCS colleges offer require access to equipment for hands-on training and skill assessment. KCTCS colleges also offer dual credit classes at local public schools and employment training at local businesses.

Each region of the state has differing risk levels and community needs. Therefore, two of our colleges – Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) – will be moving to online classes for a short period. BCTC will move to online classes March 22-April 4 and GCTC will move to online classes within a few days. Both colleges are working through how labs for technical programs will be available on a class by class basis. These two colleges will provide more information soon to students, faculty, staff and the public.

If other colleges receive guidance from their local health departments, or if Gov. Beshear shuts down public schools, the remaining 14 colleges will immediately move to online instruction and make appropriate campus closure decisions.

In the meantime, all colleges are following CDC guidelines and will continue additional daily cleaning. These protocols include more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, restrooms, student centers and other places where students and the public gather.

For the most current information on how KCTCS is responding to COVID-19, visit https://kctcs.edu/covid-19/.