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WORK READY Saves ECTC Students $1 Million in Tuition
Kentucky Ag Connection - 06/29/2020

In the 2019-20 school year alone, nearly 450 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College students attended college tuition-free, completely or partially thanks to the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS), totaling more than $1 million in tuition saved!

ECTC is one of the first colleges in Kentucky to reach the $1 million mark for total amount of tuition saved in one year through Work Ready. The Work Ready program, which began in 2017, offers free tuition for eligible students who are enrolled in high-demand programs.

Since the program began in Fall 2017, it has grown steadily at ECTC from 155 students benefitting per year to 447 students so far in 2019-20. A total of 732 individual students have saved more than $2 million in tuition through Work Ready in three years.

There are no age or income restrictions on the Work Ready KY Scholarship. Students who are not eligible for federal Pell grants or state CAP grants can benefit greatly from WRKS as long as they meet the eligibility requirements: They must be Kentucky residents who don't already have a degree and are enrolled in one of five program areas: Business/IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care, Construction, and Transportation. Work Ready will pay any tuition not already covered by other grants or scholarships.

Lander Ryan standing next to machine in Industrial Maintenance lab "I've been a huge fan of the Work Ready Scholarship since I found out about it," Lander Ryan, Elizabethtown, said. Lander studied Industrial Maintenance and Electrical Technology. "I wasn't eligible for Pell grants, so Work Ready was the answer to my prayers. The biggest advantage is that there are no income limits, so a middle class family like mine doesn't have to take out loans. I came out of a two-year degree with a decent savings and a $25 an hour job waiting. I tell everyone they need to check out Work Ready."

Ashley McKinney standing next to a bed with mechanical patient in a nursing labNursing student Ashley McKinney, Grayson County, is also a fan of Work Ready. "Seriously, the Work Ready Scholarship is the real deal. I'm not eligible for Pell Grants or other financial aid, and I didn't want to take out loans. This pays my tuition, so I can live on my own. Check out the KHEAA website, it's easy to apply, and so worth it!"

ECTC President/CEO Dr. Juston Pate said, "We work hard to eliminate barriers to education and training, and the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship has definitely made an impact by providing affordable, and often free, tuition for our students. We're excited that ECTC students have saved millions of dollars in tuition since Work Ready began three years ago, and we encourage students to take advantage of this incredible opportunity."


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