PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will offer three new degree programs beginning in January.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved Associate of Applied Science degree programs in Electrical Technology, Engineering and Electronics Technology and Industrial Maintenance Technology at its September meeting in Bowling Green.
“These three programs are in high-wage, high-demand fields and we feel that offering a degree program in these areas will elevate our students to sustainable wage employment after graduation,” said BSCTC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “As we work towards diversifying the economy of eastern Kentucky, it is vital that we develop a highly-skilled and highly-educated workforce.
The Electrical Technology program is aimed towards the areas of manufacturing, digital telephony, industrial and commercial electricians. Students receive training in areas including electrical components, motor controls, transformers, rotating machinery, programmable logic controllers, telephone/communications installation, construction wiring (residential and commercial) and National Electrical Code training to prepare for electrical licensure.
The Engineering and Electronics Technology program specializes in Digital Telecommunications, fundamentals of manufacturing (Mechatronics), electronic devices and digital fundamentals.
Students in the Industrial Maintenance program learn the principles and accepted practices of the maintenance trade and include courses in air conditioning, carpentry, electricity, machine tool, metal fabrication and welding.
Myra Elliott, dean of Academic Affairs, said the new programs will bring opportunities to students.
“Students will have the opportunity to earn a degree in a specific field, and we feel that will make them more marketable to potential employers,” she said. “Additionally, there are transfer opportunities to continue their education or pursue specific credentials and licensure.”
BSCTC to offer hospitality managment prorgram in January: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Hospitality Management track within its Business Administration program beginning in January.
Students who complete this track will be able to work in areas such as food and beverage, lodging, human resource, gaming, travel and tourism management.
For more information, contact Paula Thompson at (606) 218-1253 or email [email protected]