University Center of the Mountains
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.
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The UCM faculty and staff are available to assist you with your transfer needs. We have advisors available and other resource people who can assist you in: considering program/career pathways, applying for four-year college/university admission, applying for graduate school admission, and applying for scholarships. Please call us at 606-487-3182 between 8am and 4pm, and we will connect you with the appropriate UCM resource person who will move you forward. Physical facilities are closed for the moment in response to pandemic health and safety measures; however, faculty and staff are working remotely and continue to be available to assist you, so give us a call at 606-487-3182 or email us at: email@example.com
*If you need an evening advising appointment or you need computer access in the evenings for class work/proctored exams, please contact the UCM at 606-487-3182.
The eleven present partners are:
- Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Fort Campbell Campus (ERAU)
- Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC)
- Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)
- Kentucky State University
- Lindsey Wilson College (LWC)
- Midway University
- Morehead State University (MSU)
- Northern Kentucky University (NKU)
- Sullivan University College of Pharmacy
- UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health
- University of the Cumberlands
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 2019, 1,400+ degrees (bachelor’s and/or master’s) have been earned by eastern Kentuckians working through the UCM partners and student resources. In fall 2005, the UCM had 5 partners, 15 bachelor’s degrees and 1 master’s degree; today, the UCM has 12 partners and features 39 bachelor’s degrees, 35 master’s degrees and 7 doctoral degrees.
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.