It’s KCTCS Duel Credit Week

Dual Credit Week: new data highlights life-changing impact in the commonwealth

Nearly 27,500 Kentuckians took more than 5,000 dual credit courses last fall, earning a combined 142,000+ credit hours and saving $13 million in tuition

VERSAILLES, Ky.– The Kentucky Community and Technical College System continues to celebrate Community College Month by recognizing the 27,454 dual credit students from 354 high schools who enrolled in KCTCS last fall.

Representing 35% of total fall enrollments, these students earned a combined 142,624 credit hours and saved an estimated $13 million in tuition costs. Looking to the future, KCTCS reminds parents and students that enrollment is now open for the fall semester.

Dual credit courses offer students a college-level education while earning both high school and collegiate credits. Students who enroll in dual credit courses can save 50% of tuition costs, and they are more likely to complete a college degree. Those who complete at least four dual credit courses can earn a degree from KCTCS in just three semesters.

“Dual credit courses are a cornerstone of KCTCS. We are empowering high school students to earn their degrees and enter the workforce on the fast track,” said KCTCS President Ryan Quarles. “Nearly half of all Kentucky public undergraduate students are enrolled at KCTCS for a reason. We are the most affordable and accessible higher education option in the state, and we want what’s best for Kentucky and its workforce.”

KCTCS dual credit students gain a solid foundation. Ellen Braden, a Louisville lawyer, started her journey with dual credit courses at Owensboro Community and Technical College. She is now an employment defense attorney at Dinsmore and Shohl LLP, representing businesses in cases of discrimination, hostile work environments and more. Each year, thousands of students like Braden build their education and skills through dual credit courses at KCTCS.

As Kentucky’s economy continues to grow, KCTCS is a crucial tool in supporting the students and businesses that feed the commonwealth’s growth. Last year, KCTCS partnered with more than 2,600 Kentucky companies to build strong talent pipelines, graduating more than 16,000 students in key sectors, including healthcare, skilled trades, manufacturing, logistics and business services.

Students interested in kick-starting their education can learn more about dual credit courses at

About the Kentucky Community and Technical College System
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is comprised of 16 colleges and a system office created to serve all areas of the commonwealth. With an annual enrollment of over 100,000 students, KCTCS is Kentucky’s largest provider of workforce training and postsecondary education. KCTCS is united in its commitment to making life better for our students, communities and the citizens of Kentucky.