Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), which includes 16 districts across the state of Kentucky. The college provides accessible and affordable education and training through academic and technical associate degrees; diploma and certificate programs in occupational fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; customized training for business and industry; and distance learning.
ECTC was formed by the consolidation of Elizabethtown Community College and Elizabethtown Technical College in 2004. The college is built on 80 acres of land in Elizabethtown off College Street Road and includes the Central Regional Post secondary Education Center, which also houses an extended campus of Western Kentucky University. Several ECTC extended campus sites are also functioning, most notably an instructional center on the Fort Knox Army Post and the Springfield campus. Classes are also taught in Bardstown, Brandenburg, Greensburg, Hardinsburg, Leitchfield and Munfordville. The college serves more than 5,000 students in both fall and spring semesters. In 1962 the first building was erected on the Elizabethtown Community College (ECC) campus, and the doors were opened in 1964 to 355 students from 11 counties. ECC operated under the University of Kentucky Community College System until 1998 when it became part of KCTCS. The college now serves students from 12 counties, including Breckinridge, Bullitt, Green, Grayson, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor, and Washington.
Elizabethtown Technical College (ETC) was founded in 1965 through a bond issue by the Elizabethtown Independent School Board. The Commonwealth of Kentucky provided equipment for the facility and assumed responsibility for its operation. In 1972 the state purchased the land and building from the Elizabethtown Independent School Board. In 1998 ETC became a technical college under the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
The consolidated college graduates nearly 500 students annually. More than 90 percent of graduates of technical programs find jobs in their fields of study. Many who complete pre-baccalaureate programs continue their education at four-year institutions throughout the state and the nation. Elizabethtown Community and Technical College celebrated a milestone in its history with its 40th Anniversary in the fall of 2004.