Big Sandy Community And Technical College

Big Sandy Community And Technical College

Big Sandy Community and Technical College is one of the 16 two-year public colleges under the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. It was established in 2003 after Prestonsburg Community College and the Mayo Technical College merged. BSCTC has the following campuses:

  • Hager Hill Campus
  • Mayo Campus
  • Pikeville Campus
  • Prestonsburg Campus

BSCTC offers degrees, diplomas and certificates in various fields of study, including general education, coal mining, construction technology, business studies, criminal justice, health and human services, information technology, transportation technology and visual communication. Apart from these, workforce training programs are also available.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College also sponsors a number of student organizations and clubs. Among these are Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Kentucky Associations of Nursing Students, Chess Club, Christian Student Union, Criminal Justice Club, Dance Team, Democratic Club, Gamer Guild, Multicultural Student Organization and the Music and Drama Club.

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Big Sandy Community and Technical College
One Bert Combs Dr
Prestonsburg , KY 41653

Big Sandy Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Mechanics and Repair150HVAC, industrial mechanics, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Construction Trades147masonry, carpentry, electrician
Medical Administration137medical secretary
Liberal Arts115liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies
Business and Management83business management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine73registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Engineering Technician66engineering technology, surveying tech, drafting
Office and Administration65executive secretary
Medical Support and Technology52dental hygienist, respiratory care tech
Production Trades30welding
Computer Science and Engineering22computer and info science
Security and Law Enforcement18criminal justice and administration
Family and Social Work11social work
Beauty and Cosmetology2cosmetology
Media1communications tech

Number of programs and degrees for Big Sandy in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year58819
Associate's degree25513
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years12914

Big Sandy Student Body

In 2007-2008, Big Sandy had a total enrollment of 4,856 students (2,601 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 1%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 16%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 18%
18-19 24%
20-21 13%
22-24 9%
25-29 9%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Big Sandy Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 55 %
Part-Time 26 %

Big Sandy Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Prestonsburg, Kentucky for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kentucky Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Big Sandy Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,904
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,360
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Big Sandy participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 199600)

Big Sandy Faculty

Big Sandy has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track02
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2938

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year4$66,3268$70,151
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*1*
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year9$59,54010$68,835

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year16$55,89915$57,602
Associate professoracademic year10$45,94713$46,794
Assistant professoracademic year3$39,15710$38,668
Instructoracademic year11$36,04611$34,410
All faculty totalacademic year40$46,69649$45,664

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Big Sandy Degree Programs (2007)

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Construction Trades

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Communications Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

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What Sets Big Sandy Apart:

% of degrees in medical administration
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 4%$pretty_college $award_cats{$char}
Number of degree programs
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 14%Big Sandy Number of degree programs
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Big Sandy Number of students
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Big Sandy Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in mechanics and repair
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Big Sandy % of degrees in mechanics and repair
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Big Sandy Male % of student body
% of degrees in production trades
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Big Sandy % of degrees in production trades
% of degrees in engineering technician
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Big Sandy % of degrees in engineering technician
% of degrees in construction trades
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Big Sandy % of degrees in construction trades

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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