About OCTC

Owensboro Community and Technical College

Student using a beakerOwensboro Community & Technical College is a public, two-year community and technical college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and one of the sixteen colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS). It serves the region of Daviess, Ohio, Hancock and McLean counties and draws a strong base of students from Perry and Spencer counties in Indiana. Its enrollment also includes students from many other counties in Kentucky and Indiana who were attracted by its Advanced Technology Center and other distinctive programs. The college values innovation, is focused on student learning, and is responsive to economic trends, as evidenced by its Biotechnology program which lends support to the emerging plant-based biotech industry and the Cancer Research Center in Owensboro, its Mechatronics program which supports local industry and the STEM initiatives in area schools, and its Breaking Through initiative (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) for underserved and underskilled young adults. The college encourages its graduates to continue their academic studies and has one of the highest transfer rates to baccalaureate institutions in the state.

A teacher standing over a students shoulder watching them weldOwensboro is Kentucky’s fourth largest city. Located on the Ohio River, it is the cultural, medical, retail, and business hub for northwestern Kentucky. It is home to several unique attractions, such as the RiverPark Center performing arts and civic center, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. In November 2009 Owensboro was named as a one of “America’s Best Places to Raise Your Kids” by Business Week based on the city’s educational opportunities, atmosphere, crime rates, cultural opportunities, career access, and housing. Owensboro has the distinction of being known as “Kentucky’s #1 Sports Town” according to Sports Illustrated. It is also a Learning Community, a place that believes in lifelong education, with two award winning public school districts and a highly successful parochial school system. In addition to OCTC, Owensboro is home to Kentucky Wesleyan College, Brescia University, and a branch campus of Western Kentucky University. Called Kentucky’s Festival City, Owensboro holds over twenty annual festivals and events. From barbeque to bluegrass, from fine arts to fine dining, from festivals to Broadway shows, Owensboro offers something for everyone!

Academic Programs

OCTC awards associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in a variety of disciplines. For a complete listing, visit Programs of Study. We also have a Transfer Center to provide students with assistance in transferring courses to OCTC or in accumulating credits to transfer to a particular college or university.

Campus Locations

OCTC has three physical campuses in Daviess County and offers courses on-site in the surrounding counties as well as a wide variety of online offerings.  Please make note of the campus location when selecting your courses to avoid confusion on the first day of classes.

OCTC Main Campus 4800 New Hartford Road Owensboro, KY 42303 270-686-4400

OCTC Downtown Campus 1501 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301 270-686-4444

OCTC Southeastern Campus 1901 Southeastern Parkway Owensboro, KY 42303 270-686-4488

OCTC Hancock County Center 8010 HWY 60 West Lewisport, KY 42351 270-295-4330

Toll Free-1-866-755-6282 (OCTC)

Directions or Campus Maps

Owensboro Community and Technical College Student Profile

Fall 2012

4,768 Students Enrolled


  • 41.5 percent full time
  • 58.5 percent part time


  • 57.2 percent female
  • 42.8 percent male

County of origin

  • 64.2 percent Daviess
  • 10.6 percent Ohio
  • 7.2 percent Hancock
  • 4.9 percent McLean
  • 3.2 percent Breckenridge 
  • 3.1 percent Indiana counties
  • 1.3 percent Muhlenberg
  • 5.3 percent other KY counties
  • 0.4 percent other states