About OCTC

Owensboro Community and Technical College

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Owensboro Community & Technical College is a public, two-year, open admissions college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is one of the sixteen colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS). The college values innovation, is focused on student learning, and is responsive to economic trends.

Most OCTC students are from the counties of Daviess, Ohio, Hancock and McLean in Kentucky, but many others travel from elsewhere in Kentucky and southern Indiana, attracted by the Advanced Technology Center and other distinctive programs. These include the first two-year degree program in Veterinary Technology in Kentucky, cutting edge training in alternative fuels, and the first Healthcare Facilities Leadership program in the country. The college encourages its graduates to continue their academic studies and has created pathways to baccalaureate degrees in every associate degree program offered.

The OCTC Workforce Solutions division provides training for the region and sets the pace for the nation. Workforce Solutions is currently working with the Gates Foundation sponsored Jobs for the Future and PBS station WGBH-Boston to create work-based learning activities in industry that will be disseminated on a national level.

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Owensboro 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, the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, and a brand new Convention Center that opened in 2014. In 2013 Owensboro was named an "All America City", and in 2009 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. In addition, the city has the distinction of being known as "Kentucky's #1 Sports Town" according to Sports Illustrated.

Owensboro is 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. Often called Kentucky's Festival City, Owensboro hosts more than 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 Centerto 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 one campus in Hancock County 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 Centre for Business and Research - 1010 Allen Street, Owensboro, KY 42303

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

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

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Owensboro Community and Technical College Student Profile

Fall 2016

4,001 Students Enrolled


  • 38% full time
  • 62% part time


  • 50% female
  • 50% male

County of origin

  • 60% Daviess
  • 11% Ohio
  • 8% Hancock
  • 6% McLean
  • 3% Breckenridge
  • 3% Indiana counties
  • 8% Other KY counties
  • 1% Other state