Local community college steps up to help MCU students

A local school reaches out to help Mid-Continent students figure out how to continue their education after the university shuts down. West Kentucky Community and Technical College Interim Dean of Enrollment Manager Nate Slaton said, “Education is a gateway to the future, and they’ve had that taken away from them instantly. We are going to do everything we can as a community college to help.”

WKCTC is one of several schools offering to help Mid-Continent students get the information they need to take control of their futures. We broke the news one week ago that MCU will close June 30th. They are releasing transcripts for students who want to transfer.

WKCTC held an enrollment assistance event for those students at their Skilled Craft Training Center in Mayfield on Tuesday. They offered information about admissions, their programs and services, the transfer process, and financial aid.

“We were completely unprepared for it, just like the faculty, staff, and students at MCU were,” said Slaton. Without much notice, Nate Slaton and about 30 volunteers with WKCTC put together ab informational session for Mid-Continent students looking to transfer. “We knew it was our job, as part of the community, as a community college, to jump in right away,” he said.

Though WKCTC is a two-year school, Slaton said they can offer courses for almost any student. “You can stay with us in the summer, you can stay with us in the fall, and you can get credits that are transferable to a four-year college.”

Interim Financial Aid Director Angel Rhodes said there’s more good news for MCU students. “Most of them that we’ve seen have been in much better state financially than what they thought.” Many don’t owe the department of education because MCU misfiled their paperwork. She said, “They thought they were taking out loans. They thought they were using their grant eligibility, but because MCU was not able to draw those funds down, it’s still there remaining for them.”

That’s a piece of good news for students who have been searching for solutions. “They’re coming here with a clean slate, and those students are especially are the ones we want to get into high demand, high wage fields,” said Slaton.

There is no admission fee at WKCTC, so MCU students are able to apply for free. They only ask students to have a transcript on hand if they come in for advising.      

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