Renee Back of Jackson, Transfer Advisor with the University Center of the Mountains, was awarded the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling Community Advocate award for her advising service to students.
Raelena Wilson of Hazard Community and Technical College is one of three students from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to win a $500 scholarships just for logging on to a website to learn more about transferring to a four-year institution.
The University Center of the Mountains (UCM) is a dynamic consortium of postsecondary educational institutions bringing more bachelor's and master's degrees and educational opportunities close to home in southeastern Kentucky. The partnership will add other universities and colleges to deliver more advanced degrees based on student, employer and community demand.
The eight present partners are:
The UCM service area is the Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) which serves the following eight counties: Perry, Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Lee, Leslie, Owsley and Wolfe.
Since the UCM opened its doors in fall 2004, through the collaborative efforts of its partnering four-year institutions and the community college system, as of December 2013, 1000+ degrees (bachelor's and/or master's) have been awarded to eastern Kentuckians.
The UCM provides increased access to bachelor's and master's level degree attainments for both traditional and non-traditional students by overcoming several of the challenges (geographic and financial access) that have previously made it difficult for Eastern Kentuckians to earn a post-secondary education by bringing select bachelor's and master's degree programs closer to home. In addition, the UCM partnership provides efficient use of financial resources and human resources (while also avoiding duplication of services) during increasingly difficult economic times because of the shared use of administrative/staff resources and shared classroom, meeting, and office space provided within the UCM facility on the Hazard HWY 15 South campus of HCTC.