Best of the Best

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Named 2011 Chamber of the Year 

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce received the prestigious Chamber of the Year award from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association (ACCE) in 2011.  The Chamber of the Year award is the highest achievement in the chamber profession, recognizing excellence in financial performance, member programs, and internal operations.

“It was very exciting to be named the winner,” said Elaine Spalding, Chamber President. “We have the best business community and the most wonderful board, volunteers, members, and staff in the country. I am extremely proud of everything our team has achieved and pleased to be recognized by our professional organization.”

The Paducah Chamber became a qualifier when it placed above the national average in net percent gain in members, retention, and non-dues income for 2012.  ACCE’s Chamber of the Year qualifiers demonstrate a chamber’s mastery and application of core principles and techniques used by successful chambers of commerce across the United States.

WKCTC Named One of the Nation’s Top 10 Community Colleges 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College was named as one of the ten finalist community colleges by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program in the fall of 2011.

It is a remarkable accomplishment for our local community college, which offers more than 400 degree, diploma, and certificate options in more than 40 technical and academic programs.

“West Kentucky Community provides advising to help students and Technical College works hard to make sure that students learn and are prepared for the workforce, and it shows,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “The number of students who have completed their programs is climbing. Paducah and the whole state have something to be proud of in West Kentucky Community and Technical College.”

WKCTC increased the number of students completing its programs by 23% over a recent five-year period, a significant achievement and the biggest improvement out of the top ten community colleges recognized today by the Aspen Institute. WKCTC makes a concerted effort to continually improve student success by using information on student learning to improve classroom instruction and structure. For example, the college working and altering what is not, WKCTC is helping more of its students earn the degrees and certificates that lead to jobs and economic stability.

WKCTC President Barbara M. Veazey said recognition by the Aspen Institute is a tremendous honor, not only for the college, but also for the region and state.  “To me it means two things: First, the commitment that the community has made over the years in both money and time – that commitment has been well placed.  For our students, it says that they are going to a college that provides an excellent education, and we have the support services to help them be a success, both on campus and after they graduate.”