Designed to help improve economy in Eastern Kentucky
VERSAILLES Ky. (March 11, 2016) — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved a new Associate of Applied Science in Broadband Technology for Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).
The program is designed to help improve the economy in the southeastern and eastern regions of the state home to the KentuckyWired and Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiatives.
KentuckyWired, launched last year, is designed to expand high-speed broadband coverage throughout the state, beginning in Eastern Kentucky. KentuckyWired is expected to help Eastern Kentucky go from having one of the nation’s slowest and least accessible broadband services to one of the nation’s best. It would also make costs more competitive nationally, hopefully making the region and the state more attractive to businesses.
KCTCS colleges, including five in the SOAR region, have been designated Community Anchor Institutions and will serve as distribution hubs for connectivity with new buildings to house fiber optic cable built on their properties. That makes KCTCS colleges a priority location for creating improved coverage in communities throughout the commonwealth. The Broadband Technology program at BSCTC will provide a trained workforce to support the need for installation and maintenance to support this initiative.