2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Kentucky

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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These 13 community colleges represent the best places in the state of Kentucky to earn an online associate degree or certificate. Owensboro Community and Technical College, ranked #6, offers a very impressive number of online degrees and certificates. Students can choose among 16 different online associate degrees, including some unique options such as an AAS in Business Administration Systems - Equine Business Management, an AAS in Marine Technology, and an AAS in Mining Technology, alongside more traditional degrees such as an AAS in Criminal Justice and an AS in Business Administration. Tuition at Owensboro Community and Technical College costs just $5,220 annually.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 $5,220 Louisville (and 3 others)
# 2 #2 $5,394 Paducah (and 5 others)
# 3 #3 $5,742 Ashland
# 4 #4 $5,220 Lexington
# 5 #5 $5,568 Maysville
# 6 #6 $5,220 Owensboro
# 7 #7 $5,568 Somerset
# 8 #8 $5,220 Hazard
# 9 #9 $5,220 Bowling Green
# 10 #10 $5,220 Florence
# 11 #11 $5,220 Prestonsburg
# 12 #12 $5,220 Henderson
# 13 #13 $5,742 Elizabethtown

2020 Online Community Colleges in Kentucky - Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Jefferson Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,220
  • Locations: Louisville (and 3 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Located in Louisville, Jefferson Community and Technical College allows students to enroll for online courses from any of the 16 community colleges that make up the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. As such, 50 different associate degrees, nearly 100 certificate programs, and nearly a dozen online diploma programs are available. AAS degrees are available in such disciplines as administrative office technology, business administration systems, computer and information technologies, criminal justice, energy management, logistics and operation management, marine technology, medical information technology, mining technology, and more. Most disciplines have multiple degree tracks. Associate in Science and Associate in Arts transfer degrees are available for students who wish to continue their studies at a four-year institution.

#2 West Kentucky Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,394
  • Locations: Paducah (and 5 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

West Kentucky Community and Technical College, located in Paducah, offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in business administration systems, computer and information technologies, criminal justice, logistics and operations management, marine technology, and medical information technology. Multiple tracks are available for each program. Associate in Arts and Associate in Science transfer degrees are offered as well. In addition, WKCTC offers online certificate programs in nine areas: computer aided drafting, international logistics, logistics technology, marine culinary, marine industry, marine technology business, marine technology engineering, medical coding, and medical transcription. WKCTC has partnered with Ed2Go so that students can take more than 300 individual, instructor-led courses online.

#3 Ashland Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,742
  • Locations: Ashland
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland, Kentucky offers an online Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration with two tracks: business accounting and business management. Also, an online Associate in Applied Science in Computers and Information Technology is available with several tracks: network administration, information security, internet technologies, business software and support, and network technologies. In addition, online certificate programs are offered in 14 different disciplines. Distance learners can study according to their own schedules, as the programs generally feature asynchronous coursework. Many individual online classes can be taken through ACTC as well.

#4 Bluegrass Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,220
  • Locations: Lexington
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers Associate in Applied Science degrees in administrative office technology, business administration systems, computer and information technologies, information management and design, interdisciplinary early childhood education, and medical information technology. Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are available as well. In addition, BCTC offers approximately 30 online certificate and diploma programs. These programs are fully online; students never have to go to campus. The Blackboard online learning system is used to deliver coursework, and students can learn asynchronously. Students should plan to spend about ten hours per week for each online class.

#5 Maysville Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,568
  • Locations: Maysville
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Maysville Community and Technical College, located in Maysville, Kentucky, offers ten Associate of Applied Science degrees. The AAS in Criminal Justice degree is available as a general program and with three emphases: corrections, law enforcement, and security loss and prevention. The AAS in Medical Information Technology is offered as a general degree and with five tracks: electronic medical records, medical administrative, medical coding, medical office management, and medical transcription. The degree requires 64 credit hours to complete, and students in this program must do an internship or cooperative experience.

#6 Owensboro Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,220
  • Locations: Owensboro
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

More than 80 online associate degrees are offered at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky. Associate of Applied Science and Associate in Science degrees are available in 14 major areas, most with multiple tracks to choose from. Additionally, more than 130 online certificate programs and many diploma programs are offered as well. As a part of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, OCTC is linked with other community colleges in Kentucky to maximize the number of online programs and courses available to students.

#7 Somerset Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,568
  • Locations: Somerset
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Located in Somerset, Kentucky, Somerset Community College offers more than 25 online associate degree programs. Associate of Applied science degrees are available in business administrative systems, computer and information technologies, criminal justice, medical information technology, and visual communication. Most of these programs have multiple tracks. SCC also offers nearly 60 online certificate programs in such varied subjects as corrections, electronic health records specialist, law enforcement, medical coding, digital photography, and sales. As a member of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, SCC uses the Blackboard online learning system to deliver coursework.

#8 Hazard Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,220
  • Locations: Hazard
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky offers online Associate of Applied Science degrees in business administration systems, computer and information technologies, criminal justice, health information technology, and medical information technology. Multiple tracks are available with all degrees except health information technology. A general Associate in Arts and Associate in Science are also available online, bringing the total to 16 different associate degree programs. HCTC has approximately 30 certificate programs and three diploma programs that can be completed online as well. As with other online programs at Kentucky’s community colleges, students can choose to learn by term – with start and finish dates – or opt for Learn on Demand, allowing them to study at their own pace.

#9 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,220
  • Locations: Bowling Green
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green offers various online associate degrees. These include administrative office technology, business administration systems, computer and information technologies, criminal justice, energy management, general occupational and technical studies, health information technology, healthcare facilities leadership, human services, information management and design, logistics and operations management, marine technology, medical information technology, mining technology, and paralegal technology. Most of these subjects have multiple tracks. About 90 online certificate programs, along with several online diploma programs are offered as well. SKCTC works with both the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the Kentucky Virtual Campus to make such a wide variety of online programs available to distance learners.

#10 Gateway Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,220
  • Locations: Florence
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Gateway Community and Technical College, headquartered in Covington, Kentucky, offers online Associate in Science and Associate in Arts transfer degrees. These programs are designed for those who wish to continue their studies in a four-year institution; students who complete their AA/AS degree typically enter as juniors, complete two more years, and receive a bachelor’s degree. Many five-, eight-, 10-, and 12-week classes are offered online as well. Most are fully accredited and transferable. Classes are available 24/7, allowing students to balance their studies with their other commitments.

#11 Big Sandy Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,220
  • Locations: Prestonsburg
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Headquartered in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, Big Sandy Community and Technical College offers nearly 60 different online associate degrees. Associate of Applied Science degrees are available in administrative office technology, business administration systems, computer and information technologies, criminal justice, marine technology, medical information technology, mining technology, and several other subjects. Many are available with multiple emphases. The college offers an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science as well. More than 110 online certificate programs and nearly 20 diploma programs are also available. Most of the coursework is completed asynchronously. Additionally, BSCTC has partnered with Ed2Go to offer many instructor-led online courses. These non-credit courses are delivered in a six- or eight-week format.

#12 Henderson Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,220
  • Locations: Henderson
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

More than 20 associate degrees are available online at Henderson Community College in Henderson, Kentucky. Associate of Applied Science degrees are offered in agriculture, business administrative systems, computer and information technologies, and logistics and operations management. Many are available with multiple tracks. For example, the AAS in Computer & Information Technologies can be taken with a focus on applications, information security, or network administration. A general Associate in Arts and Associate in Science are also offered. Approximately 40 online certificate programs are available as well. In addition to these programs, over 1,000 online courses are offered through HCC and the Kentucky Community & Technical College System.

#13 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,742
  • Locations: Elizabethtown
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Located in Elizabethtown in north-central Kentucky, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College offers online Associate of Applied Science degrees in six different disciplines: administrative office technology, business administration systems, computer information technology, criminal justice, human services, and medical information technology. Multiple tracks are available in most. Also, ECTC has nearly 50 online certificate programs and about ten online diploma programs. The college has partnered with Ed2Go, making hundreds of online classes available to distance learners. The classes are instructor-led and come in six- and eight-week formats. New lessons are usually available twice a week.

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