Study: SKCTC has $129.7M impact on region’s economy

Published 10:55 am Tuesday, March 13, 2018

For most people, a $6.20 return on every dollar invested is considered a good return. That’s the average amount students attending Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College receive, according to a new study by Emsi. Additionally, the study shows taxpayers receive a $2.90 return on investment (ROI) and society benefits $7 in added state revenue and social services savings for every dollar invested in the college.

The study also shows SKCTC, its students and alumni add $106.7 million to the region’s economy each year. Alumni contributions are enough to buy 16,410 front row UK basketball tickets or to support 1,457 jobs. Student spending is enough to buy a year’s worth of groceries for 268 families.

The study was conducted in the fall of 2017, and results of the analysis reflect fiscal year 2015-16. The study demonstrates that SKCTC creates value from multiple perspectives. The college benefits local businesses and the state’s economy by:

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• Increasing consumer spending in the state and supplying a steady flow of qualified, educated people into the workforce;

• Enriching the lives of students by raising their lifetime earnings and helping them achieve their individual potential;

• Benefiting state taxpayers through increased tax receipts across the state and a reduced demand for government-supported social services;

• Benefiting society as a whole in Kentucky by creating a more prosperous economy; and

• Generating a variety of savings through the improved lifestyles of students.

Data and assumptions used in the study are based on several sources, including the fiscal year 2015-16 academic and financial reports from KCTCS and the individual colleges, industry and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau, outputs of Emsi’s Multi-Regional Social Accounting Matrix model, and a variety of studies and surveys relating education to social behavior. The study applies a conservative methodology and follows standard practice using only the most recognized indicators of investment effectiveness and economic impact. For a full description of the data and approach used in the study, visit the KCTCS Better Lives for a Better Kentucky website for a copy of the main report.

Emsi, a CareerBuilder company, is a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data to educational institutions, workforce planners, and regional developers in the U.S. and internationally. Since 2000, Emsi has completed over 1,700 economic impact studies for educational institutions in four countries. Emsi has also conducted aggregate studies for 31 statewide community college systems. Visit for more information about Emsi’s products and services.