K-TECH Program Allows High School Students to Obtain Associate's Degree

Pikeville, KY. - A new program is giving students in Pike County the opportunity to get hands-on learning beyond the classroom, all while working to understand the expectations when it comes to entering the work force.

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced the Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH) program, the state's college-high school apprenticeship program, in partnership with the Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Pikeville Medical Center, the Pike County School System and Pikeville Independent School System.

The $627,000 Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship grant is a three-year grant, which will involve an apprenticeship program in the school system and will focus on healthcare and information technologies.

K-TECH provides students in grades 9-12 with traditional high school subjects, as well as an advance STEM curriculum developed by local business and industry partners.

Through the program, students will have the opportunity to meet potential employers, take dual credit course work, receive soft skills training and participate in paid apprenticeships.

To learn more about this exciting new program, check out this article published by WYMT.