Champions Stories

Roddy Grimes, Stewart Richey Construction, Bowling Green, Former KCTCS Student

“Good afternoon Governor Bevin and legislators of our Commonwealth. It’s a pleasure and honor that I received an invitation to share with you today my past experience and views related to post-secondary education, which most appropriate for me is related to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.”  See Full Story


Ambrose Kevin O’Bryan,  Juris Doctorate, University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, Former KCTCS student

“My name is Ambrose Kevin O’Bryan and I am a former KCTCS student. Earlier this week I picked up my Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. I am a former foster child who came from a broken home. I was a High School drop out who began his academic career with a GED before joining the United States Navy in 2000. I recently learned of Governor Bevin’s proposed cuts to funding for KCTCS and I am appalled. I never took the ACT or the SAT. I was not eligible to attend a University when I first came home and picked up the books again. Nor was I prepared for that level of academic rigor. Jefferson Community College prepared me for the journey that ended with a Juris Doctorate. ”  See Full Story

Somerset Community College Faculty Letter to Governor Bevin

“On Tuesday, January 26, you introduced your first budget as governor, scheduled to take effect July 1. In the days following the delivery of the proposed budget, the details have been and continue to be dissected, critiqued, applauded, and criticized. This is not a surprise as all of us, as Kentuckians, have much at stake; thousands of people will be affected by every cut and every increase in funding. Many of us will be touched by various aspects of the budget, but what I, on behalf of the Faculty of Somerset Community College, am most concerned with and what we as Faculty will be most affected by are the proposed cuts to higher education (4.5% for this fiscal year and 9% for the following two years).” See Full Story

Dave Adkisson, President & CEO, Kentucky Chamber

“Dear President Stivers:

I am writing to express a serious concern that we at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce have about Governor Bevin’s proposed budget cuts for postsecondary education in the current fiscal year and the 2016-2018 biennium.” See Fully Story

Kurt Krug, Vice President, North American Human Resources, Communications & Governmental Affairs

“Dear Senator Higdon –

Although it has been several years since my active days with the Old Kentucky Home Board of REALTORS®, I have always enjoyed your willingness to hear directly from constituents within your district on matters that impact our families, colleagues and neighbors.

On behalf of INOAC, I would like to share our unwavering support for KCTCS which has consistently proven to be collaborative, flexible and supporting of our effort to thrive and grow both in both Nelson and Washington counties where we currently employ nearly 500 permanent residents – not including temporary personnel.” See Fully Story