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Once you register you will have access to your KCTCS Student E-mail, our PeopleSoft student info system, and our Blackboard course information system. To get started: visit > Current Students > User Center > Setup Your User Profile and activate your account today! Download the KCTCS APP and select Owensboro as your campus! Contact or (270) 686-4541 for help.

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Deadlines... Institutional closings... Holidays... Start dates... End dates... Commencement ceremonies... Take a look at the academic calendars for important information regarding all of these dates and events!



Regular hours: M-TH 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. and F, 9 a.m.-12p.m. Extended hours: posted during RUSH periods. Students can sell textbooks back for cash; the best time to sell books is during final exam week. Rental books are due on the last day of final exams. Starting one week before classes begin each semester, financial aid can be used for bookstore purchases. Textbooks can be purchased online at Shop OCTC and shipped directly to you.



Download The KCTCS App! This handy app keeps everything all in one location, making it easy for you to find: course schedule, billing info, financial aid info, a community wall, and electronic check-ins that will be used at events for Merit credit. Help us save trees and time by downloading the KCTCS app, available for iOS and Android (search "KCTCS" in app store) devices, and then select Owensboro as your campus.

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Every month, the OCTC Marketing Team works together to compile helpful information, interesting stories,a nd upcoming events (including Merit Approved) just for students! Keep an eye on your KCTCS email at the beginning of each month for the Pathfinder Post!



SNAP Emergency messages are sent out to students, faculty, and staff in the event of emergencies including campus closings, weather events, and more. Students are automatically enrolled upon admission. To opt out, reply to the text, "STOP."



Keep up with Merit Approved events and be sure to fulfill those requirements for your First Year Experience (FYE) classes! Some events you may not expect are "Merit Approved!"

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4800 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

(270) 686-4400 | Toll Free: 1-866-755-OCTC (6282)
24/7/365 HELP Desk Available: 1-855-5GO-OCTC

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Owensboro, KY 42301

(270) 686-4444

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Owensboro, KY 42303


graduation cartoonAre you planning to graduate from OCTC soon? At the beginning of your final semester, meet with your academic advisor to prepare for graduation. To find your advisor, go to MyPath > Student Self-Service and your advisor's name and contact info should be on the right side menu. Feel free to contact the Pathfinder Den at for help! Caps and gowns can be ordered through the OCTC Bookstore. If you're planning to graduate Dec. 2023, the graduation application is open Sept. 4 - Sept. 29, 2023. If you're planning to graduate May 2024, reach out to your academic advisor to plan ahead!



sad face cartoonWeather Happens - When it does, we get the word out. If you text, our SNAP message alert system ( is the best way to find out what is happening. If you don’t text, don’t worry—we post it on our website (, send an email, post on Facebook, Twitter, and we also notify: WFIE-TV, WTVW-TV, WEHT-TV, WEVV-TV. A decision to cancel classes due to inclement weather will be made by 6 a.m. for day classes (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and 3:30 p.m. for evening classes (5:30 p.m. or later) when possible. If the weather causes a delay in opening the campuses, students should resume the normal schedule for class at the time announced (i.e., if campuses open at 10 a.m., students should report to class beginning at 10 a.m. or after). If you have an off-campus class—check this out: If the class is on a high school campus and high school classes are cancelled, the OCTC off-campus classes are cancelled. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the instructor and administration.

Life Happens – If you have a concern, complaint, or just have a question, please talk with someone. You can speak with an instructor, a counselor, or the Vice President of Student Affairs. We can’t help if we don’t know—and we want to help. Please, feel free to contact for some guidance.


Lost & Found is located in the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) - Lower Level, Switchboard. Call (270) 686-4400 for help!


All OCTC campuses are tobacco-free. There should be no tobacco use on campus. E-cigarette use is also prohibited.


(operated by Barnes & Noble) | (270) 686-4523 | Main Campus, Upper Level Campus Center, M-Th: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. F: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Order online at Shop OCTC

Visit our webpage! | (270) 686-4400 | Main Campus, ATC Bldg. | During regular academic semester; M-Th: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., F: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | (270) 686-4418 | Main Campus, Campus Center Lower Level, M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Main Campus, Cyber Center, Lower Level LRE, M-F: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Downtown Campus, Room 14D, M-F: 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Computer labs closed Sat. & Sun.
Available for children ages 6wks-4yrs. Students must meet income eligibility requirements and be enrolled at OCTC | (270) 683-6377 | Pathfinder Den, Main Campus, Campus Center, Lower Level 

Visit our webpage! | (270) 686-4669 | Main Campus, Admin. Bldg., M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 1-855-5GO-OCTC | A fee payment drop box is available on the Main Campus in the Administration Building, or pay on-line at: MyPath and select “Student Admin Prd.” | (270) 686-4520 | Main Campus, Upper Level Campus Center, M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | call (270) 686-4541 | accessible online under the College Help Desks' tile under MyPath | (270) 686-4590 | Main Campus, M-F: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | DT Campus, M-F: 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m., (270) 686-4466 | SE Campus, (270) 686-4590 | Chat with us online M-F: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Visit our webpage! | (270) 686-4683 | Main Campus, Campus Center, Lower Level, M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., after hours by appointment only 

Visit our webpage! | (270) 686-4454 | Downtown Campus, M, W, F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., T, Th: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | (270) 686-4522 | Main Campus, Campus Center, Upper Level, M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Main Campus, ATC Lower Level (ATC102), M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | (270) 852-8964 | Main Campus, Learning Resource Center (LRE), Lower Level, M-F: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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A = Associate Degree; D = Diploma; C = Certificate

Program/Dept. Contact
Administrative Office Technology (A,C)

Taylor Ladd (270) 686-4593

Agricultural (A,D,C)

Chris Cummins (270) 686-3780

Air Conditioning Technology (A,D,C)

Larry Stone (270) 686-4476

Associate in Arts (A)

Victoria Brown, Success Coach (270) 686-4627

Associate in Science (A)

Victoria Brown, Success Coach (270) 686-4627

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)

Abbi Ruppert (270) 686-4531

AFA Theatre Arts (AFA) &

Technical Theatre (C)

Grae Greer (270) 686-4626

AFA Visual Art (AFA)

Abbi Ruppert (270) 686-4531

Automotive Technology (A,D,C)

Billie Harris (270) 686-4461

Business Administration (A,D,C)

Michael Boyd (270) 686-4584

Communications (C)

Taylor Washum (270) 686-4621

CDL (Truck Driving) (C)

Pete Mattingly, Success Coach (270) 686-3786

Computer & Information Technologies (CIT) (A,C)

Tim Williamson (270) 686-4604

Computerized Manufacturing & Machining (CMM) (A, D, C)

Danny Moseley (270) 686-4441

Criminal Justice (A,C)

Brock Peterson (270) 686-4601

Diesel Technology (A,D,C)

Walt James (270) 686-4498

Electrical Technology (A,D,C)

Justin Payne (270) 686-4458

Early College (A)

Nikki Wimpelberg (270) 686-4596

EMS/EMT/Paramedic (A,C)

Joe Dennison (270)499-8269

Engineering & Electronics Technology (A,D,C)

Richard Hall (270) 686-4462

Fire Science Technology (A,D,C)

Jimmy VanCleve (270) 273-3187


Alicyn Rodgers (270) 686-4641

Healthcare Facilities Leadership (A,C,D)

Mike Canales (270) 852-8142

Industrial Maintenance Technology (A,D,C)

Sean Steele (270) 686-4468

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (A,D,C)

Amanda Merritt (270) 686-4408

Medical Assisting (A,D,C)

Natalie Horstman (270) 686-4600

Medical Information Tech (A,C)

Taylor Ladd (270) 686-4593

Nursing (A)

Dr. Lori Donahoo (270) 686-4548

Nurse Aide (C) & KY Medication Aide (C)

LaTasha Shemwell

Plumbing (C)

Ceary Crisp (270) 686-4623

Radiography (A)

Michelle Tudor (270) 686-4646

SkillTrain/Adult Education

(270) 686-4444

Surgical Technology (A)

Zara Basham (270) 686-4650

TechX (C)

Pete Mattingly, Success Coach (270) 686-3786

Veterinary Technology (A)

Dr. Laura Boarman (270) 686-4585

Welding Technology (A,D,C)

Shawn Gannon (270) 686-4406

Visit the Program Finder for more information about our academic programs!


Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. Compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, (which prohibits sex discrimination), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in regard to employment at OCTC is coordinated by Sharmy Davis (270) 852-8159, acting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator, Owensboro Community and Technical College, 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303, phone (270) 686-4504. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the above regulations in regard to situations other than employment should contact the acting coordinator for Title VI / Title IX / ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) at the individual campus. For more information, contact Barb Tipmore, Main Campus, 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303, phone (270) 686-4530. OCTC complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Public Law 92-380, on all its campuses. Inquiries regarding the law should be directed to the appropriate school office. Compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination, and with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is coordinated by KCTCS, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, KCTCS, 300 North Main Street, Versailles, Kentucky 40383 phone 859-256-3264. Efforts to comply with the laws and regulations applicable to people with disabilities -- as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 -- are also coordinated by the Director of Diversity and Employee Relations. Questions concerning compliance with regulations may be directed to the KCTCS Director of Human Resources, 300 North Main Street, Versailles, Kentucky 40383, phone 859-256-3338, or to the Director of the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Questions may be directed to the KCTCS Student Affairs Division or the Human Resource Coordinator’s Office at each college. Questions about admission to any college in KCTCS should be directed to the appropriate admissions office. 

Crime Log | The OCTC Crime Log can be found at

Student Financial Aid | Priority Deadlines for Financial Aid: FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid: Fall Semester Only - by July 1, each year; Spring Semester Only - by Dec. 1, each year; OCTC Scholarship Applications - by April 1, each year. FAFSA on the Web | Students are required to file a FAFSA every year in order to receive Financial Aid/Direct Loans. FAFSA can be filed online at starting Oct. 1 every year. Please, email to set up an appointment for assistance filing the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Resources | OCTC participates in the following financial aid programs: Federal Pell Grant; KY Cap Grant; Federal SEOG Grant; Federal Workstudy Program; and the Federal Direct Loan Program. OCTC offers the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, KEES awards, and many scholarship resources. Scholarship applications are available in January and are awarded for the next academic school year. Applications are due by April 1st.

Financial Aid Processing and Check Disbursement | Financial Aid awards are calculated on a sliding scale based on enrollment each semester. Full-time students are eligible for 100% of their grants for the semester and part-time students are eligible for 50%. Pell Grants and student loans are available for fall, spring, and summer. Check with the FA Office for eligibility and limitations. Students with financial aid awards that exceed their tuition and bookstore charges can expect to receive a refund 4-6 weeks after the first day of class. Refunds are processed via BankMobile.

Mandatory Repayment of Financial Aid | Federal Title IV regulations require students who stop attending classes to return all or a portion of Title IV grant or loan funds. The amount to be returned will be based on the actual number of days attended in the term. Students who stop attending classes, do not officially withdraw, or receive all failing grades (“E, F, Z, etc.”) MUST pay all or a portion of Title IV aid back at the end of the semester. Repayments of over-awards or repayments due to lack of attendance or withdrawal will be due to the US Department of Education within 30 days of written notice.

Student Loans | Direct loans are available to eligible students who meet the criteria. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester. Students must complete the FAFSA process, and an online loan request through student self-service. New student loan borrowers are subject to a 30-day hold on all loan disbursements. First term courses are often prerequisites for classes held during the second bi-term. Students who do not receive a passing grade or drop such a prerequisite first bi-term course must pay back any financial aid disbursed toward the second bi-term course. Financial Aid Policies and Procedures | All federal, state, and OCTC Financial Aid policies and procedures are kept on file in the Financial Aid Office for student viewing.

Tuition and Costs

Tuition Refund Policy | Withdrawal Dates Amount or Tuition Refunded

  • On or before June 9 = 100%
  • June 9-21 = 50%
  • After June 21 = No Refund

Due to the Reauthorization of Higher Education Act, new refund regulations will be applied to Title IV aid recipients who completely withdraw during their first semester, or stop attending and fail to officially withdraw from classes.

Tuition Payment Plan | Students may choose to participate in a tuition payment plan. This plan, managed by the Nelnet Campus Commerce, will allow students more flexible payment options. There is a $25 per semester, non-refundable fee for all students who sign up for the plan. Students must register prior to signing up for the payment plan.

  • Mar. 1 - May 5:  no down payment required; 3 payments May-July
  • May 6 - 26: 50% down payment required; 2 payments June-July

No payment plans will be accepted after May 28. To apply for this payment plan, visit (make sure any pop-up blockers are disabled).

Withdraw | Students may withdraw from classes and automatically receive a grade of W after classes begin. The W grade indicates only that the student withdrew and does not affect their grade point average. After mid-term (see Academic Calendar) the instructor may assign a grade other than W based on the instructor’s course policy. See Academic Calendar for last day for a student to withdraw from a class.

Withdraw online | go to MyPath > Student Self-Service > Academic Records > Withdraw/Drop Request.

Option to repeat | Students may request to repeat a course as necessary to improve a grade.