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The education and workforce training ecosystem are agile, diverse, and responsive throughout Appalachia Kentucky. From a network of community and technical colleges, to specialized training facilities, and local workforce investment boards, the region is committed to working with business and industry to attract and maintain a competitive workforce.
Appalachia Kentucky is home to a variety of private colleges and universities. They include: Alice Lloyd College, Berea College, the University of the Cumberlands, University of Pikeville, Union College, Lindsey Wilson College, and Sullivan University.
The Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine is a part of the University of Pikeville. Since its opening in 1997, more than 1,000 physicians have graduated from the college. The Kentucky School of Osteopathic Medicine is the highest ranked osteopathic school in rural medicine and family medicine, according to U.S. News and World Report (2018).
The Kentucky College of Optometry is a part of the University of Pikeville. The college is the 22nd college of optometry in the country.
The HAAS Eastern Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) is a private training center specializing in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) credentials. The facility, located in Paintsville, Ky., is supported in part by the HAAS Automation and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation.
The University Center of the Mountains is located at Hazard Community and Technical College. The center is consortium of colleges and universities providing bachelors and masters’ degrees to the people of Appalachia Kentucky. Participating institutions are: Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Lindsey Wilson College, Midway University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health, and the University of the Cumberlands.
Eastern Kentucky University has an annual enrollment of over 14,000 students. The university offers 108 academic programs within five colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business and Technology, Education, Health Sciences, and Justice and Safety). The university is also home to the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, the Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies, and the EKU Center for the Arts.
Morehead State University has an enrollment of 11,000 students annually and offers 135 undergraduate programs and 14 pre-professional programs. The university is also home to the world-renowned MSU Space Science Center, which is a center for research in nanosatellite technologies. It has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an Institution of Community Engagement and has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best public regional universities in the South for 14 consecutive years.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System offers associate degrees and a variety of technical/career degrees, diplomas, and certificates.