What is K-TECH?
Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH) is a grant-funded project awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. K-TECH partners with Hazard Community and Technical College, our local high schools, and the employers to place high school students (grades 9th through 12th) in STEM apprenticeships in high demand jobs within the Healthcare and IT Fields, based on employer needs.
Watch our short view on an overview of the KTECH Program
See the frequently asked questions section below to fill out an application.
How does it work?
Starting in the 9th grade students will enroll in dual credit classes that will allow them to gain both high school and college credits at the same time. These classes will ultimately lead to an industry certification.
Students will continue their dual credit classes, and they will also begin doing their job shadowing in the apprenticeship field they have chosen.
Students are now apprentices. The students will begin their paid apprenticeship by gaining experience with hands-on training at the employer’s job site, while also continuing their dual credit classes.
Benefits of Participation
Enrolling in the dual credit classes the student will need to complete their apprenticeship will allow the student to gain both their necessary high school credits and college credits at the same time.
The hands-on job training the student receives during their apprenticeship gives them the skills they need to continue working in the field after graduating high school. These skills can be added to the student’s resume, and insures they have advanced skills when they become a part of the workforce.
The dual credit classes and hands on training provided through the apprenticeship programs can ultimately result in an industry certification specific to the program. Seniors can graduate from high school already certified in their field of study. (Example: Certified Medical Assistant)
- Community Health Care
- Medical Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Information Technology
- Telehealth Technician
- Surgical Technician
- Central Services
Current Employer Partners
- ARH (Hazard, Hyden, and Hindman)
- Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky (Hazard, Hyden, and Hindman)
- UK Healthcare (Hazard and Hindman)
- Hometown Pharmacy
Frequently Asked Questions
Fill out the K-TECH application. Use the application link to sign up, it is that easy!
Contact the guidance counselor at your high school to get enrolled in the dual credit classes you will need for your apprenticeship.
Hazard Independent High School- Jon Day ( email@example.com )
Perry County Central High School- Sabrina Miller (606-439-5888)
Buckhorn High School- Denise Colwell (606-398-7176)
Knott County Central High School- (school number: 606-785-3153)
Leslie County High School- Mary Feltner (606-672-1803) and Cynthia Collett (606-672-1815)
Each apprenticeship program has a career pathway designed to guide the students to enroll in the necessary classes to attain the industry certification. See the links on this page for each apprenticeship career pathway.
If during the school day- When the student’s shift is set to begin the high school will transport the student (via school bus) to the employer’s work location and return them back to school upon completion of the shift.
If after school or on weekends- The student will need to have their own transportation to and from the employer’s work location.
If the student decides they are no longer interested in a specific career pathway, the student is not obligated to continue on that pathway. The student has the option change to a new career pathway as well.
Contact Tim Koogler or Kimberly Cunagin
Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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