JCTC offers free college classes to those 65 and older

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 Pursue a new interest, follow a passion, go exploring, all completely tuition free. But there is a catch. You must be 65 or older.

Jeffer-son Commun-ity and Technical College has dedicated itself to lifelong learning. 

As part of that mission, all classes are free for students who are 65 years or older, in a program known as the Donovan Scholarship.

There are no required test scores or previous college experience required to enroll.

Donovan Scholars also have the option to audit courses. While students don’t receive college credit for an audited course, they also can choose to skip exams and not complete assignments.

Auditing allows students to enjoy lectures, class participation and other personally fulfilling aspects of the class, without the pressure of preparing for exams or completing homework.

Students interested in attending fall classes, which begin Aug. 13, should apply as soon as possible. 

Applying is free and easy, simply visit the college website, www.Jefferson.KCTCS.edu and click the “Apply Now” link at the top of the page. Or stop by the JCTC Carrollton Campus. 

Upon admission, all it takes is a valid photo ID to have your tuition waived.

Donovan Scholars can take advantage of a wide range of courses and programs from criminal justice to the history of Kentucky.

All college courses are open to Donovan Scholars.

New course

A new course this fall will be Comparative Religion, taught by the Rev. Chris White of First Baptist Church.

The course introduces students to a comparative analysis of world religions, emphasizing beliefs, rituals, artistic expressions, and cultural and social organization.

Welcome week

When the Fall semester begins in less than a month, the Carrollton Campus will host Welcome Week, Aug 13-17, which includes daily activities for new and returning students. 

Welcome Week will allow students to get familiar with campus and campus resources as well as join in fellowship with classmates.

Local businesses have added to the fun of welcome week by donating giveaways for students. Donors include:  Artful Gifts, Cornerstone, Craig’s, Down on Main Street, Subway, Taco Bell, Hometown Pizza, El Nopal, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dress Barn, McDonald’s, Tara’s Nu-Wave, Mane Studio, Purse Heaven, and Barry Bowtastic.


Heather Yocum is Student Affairs Specialist at JCTC Carrollton.