Southeast to open a new work-ready facility in Knox County

“This has been a long time coming,” said one of Southeast’s Student Advisors, Erica Farmer.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) will soon open its doors to offer new educational opportunities in Knox County.

On Tuesday, Dr. Erin Reasor, SKCTC's Dean of Healthcare and Technical Programming, confirmed tentative opening date is expected for Fall 2022.

Southeast has partnered with KCEOC Community Action Partnership and Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) to transform the old Barbourville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center into the new Barbourville Work-Ready Training Center located on 210 Wall Street.

To start off the center’s grand opening, students will have the chance to enroll in programs such as computerized machine manufacturing, welding, nurse’s aide, medical assisting, or plumbing.

Southeast’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Kevin Lambert, advised anyone who may be interested in these programs needs to contact SKCTC as soon as possible to get enrolled for the Fall semester.

SKCTC also offers a wide range of scholarships, grants, and loans to make getting an education affordable. For example, Student Advisor Erica Farmer said she typically offers The Work-Ready Scholarship to students.

The scholarship is available to all Kentucky residents, those who have a high school diploma or GED, and anyone without an associate degree or higher.

“I recognized it was important to find grant-funding for students who need books, scrubs, shoes, or supplies…whatever they may need to get them through college,” said Farmer.

If interested in SKCTC, a student can apply to SKCTC and complete the FASFA, and then apply for the Work-Ready Scholarship, which all SKCTC student advisors can assist with the process if needed.

“Once the FASFA is completed and financial aid goes through, then a student can apply for the Work-Ready,” she added.

SKCTC offers 6–8-week classes in a traditional classroom setting or distance learning (online courses), as well as day or evening classes to fit any busy schedule.

For more information about SKCTC visit or to ask questions, contact Dr. Erin Reasor at 606-589-3054 or or contact Student Advisor Erica Farmer at 606-248-2180 or

Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at the Kentucky Daily

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