Taking the smart approach


In South Central Kentucky we see education as the foundation for a prosperous, skilled workforce. Not only are we home to the Carol Martin Gatton Academy which was ranked the best high school in America three years in a row by Newsweek Magazine, but we are also the first metropolitan area in America to implement the acclaimed FranklinCovey™ Leader in Me school transformation initiative at every grade level.

Our elementary and secondary school systems rank high in Kentucky and the U.S. because of our region’s commitment to strong community values, supportive business leaders and parent involvement.

Western Kentucky University’s 20,000+ students and faculty lead higher education across the region. Our top-performing Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College campuses focus on career-building associate degree and certificate programs tailored to regional business needs.

The Leader in Me

The Leader in MeIn an effort to increase the quality of available workforce and improve soft skill development of our future workforce, South Central Kentucky is working to implement the Leader in Me Program in our schools.

This program, designed by Dr. Stephen Covey, teaches students about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by incorporating the language and concepts in their curriculum. Warren County is on the track to become the first community in the nation to implement the program in all schools. There are four Lighthouse Schools in Warren County - only 187 schools in the world have obtained Lighthouse status.

To learn more about The Leader in Me, click here.  




Ford Next Generation Learning: Career Academies

The Career Academy framework represents a shift from traditional learning techniques and environments to a hands-on, project-based, career-focused structure that provides students with the skills they need to compete in the professional world.

Career Academies afford students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in their career pathway providing them with the ability to graduate high school holding an industry certification or a variety of related credentials.

Planning is underway to integrate career academies in Warren County and will launch at the beginning of the 2017-18 SY. Learn more about Ford Next Generation Learning here.



Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s automotive technology program offers curriculum in engines, fuel, on-board computers, manual and automatic transmissions, steering, suspension and brakes. The skills learned can be used in troubleshooting, performing preventive maintenance, servicing and repairing automobiles. Students at SKYCTC work with sophisticated computer programs and get plenty of hands-on experience with a variety of vehicles.

The automotive technology program at SKYCTC is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. Students have the opportunity to take tests leading to certification by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.




Western Kentucky University is a strategic partner in the OnTrack initiative, offering support from the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, Gordon Ford College of Business and Center for Gifted Studies.








Warren County Area Technology Center is located in the Kentucky Transpark. The ATC serves the students of Bowling Green Independent Schools and Edmonson and Warren Counties.The ATC focuses on career readiness while preparing students for a seamless transition into a post-secondary institution or a career setting. National industry certifications are offered in each of the program areas at the ATC. The ATC offers dual credit courses in conjunction with Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in most programs. The automotive technology program offers courses in engine repair, manual transmission, brake systems and steering and suspension.