Kentucky is the first state in the nation to pilot a certification process that ensures college graduates are ready for the workforce with essential employability skills.
Last year, nearly 77,000 degrees and credentials were awarded, up almost 5% from the previous and up 39% from a decade ago. These numbers help keep the commonwealth on track to meet its goal of 60% of the working population with a postsecondary credential by 2030.
Demand for registered nurses in Kentucky far exceeds supply. In 2018, KCTCS awarded 840 nursing credentials — that filled 31% of the state’s total need. Increased funding all allow all 16 KCTCS colleges to hire more nursing faculty and provide year-round course offerings.