Kentucky College Coaches Program Prepares

Maysville, KY (March 7, 2011) - Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) has partnered with Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) to provide additional services to over 70 high schools and area technology centers. The Kentucky College Coaches program will place 65 full-time and 19 part-time recent college graduates as coaches throughout the state.

The college coach has been working with our students to complete financial aid forms and college applications, address housing concerns, and contact advisors and program coordinators, said Melanie Jamison, principal at Mason County Area Technology Center. Our hope is that the transition from high school to college will become easier for our students.

KyCC, in partnership with Berea College, was awarded an AmeriCorps grant of $908,000 annually for up to three years to develop the Kentucky College Coaches Program. This grant was awarded by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service with federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

According to Kim DeVaughn, associate dean of distance learning and dual credit programs at MCTC, Just having the opportunity to place someone at the schools so students have the added resource on site is an important piece of the puzzle. DeVaughn is coordinating the placement of college coaches in schools throughout MCTCs service region. Each college graduate placed through this program will be able to serve as a coach up to two years.

We have so many talented young men and women at the area technology centers, said Dr. Juston Pate, chief academic officer at MCTC. These coaches will have an opportunity to connect with those students and assist in all areas of college readiness.

For more information about this program, contact Kim DeVaughn at 606-759-7141, extension 66130.