Our Three Campuses

BSCTC: College at a Glance

Student in front of GazeboBig Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) offers more than 25 academic and technical programs on four campuses (Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Paintsville and Hager Hill) conveniently located throughout our service area. With an enrollment of over 4,700 students, BSCTC is an affordable choice when it comes to higher education. By staying close to home, you’ll go far in reaching your goals. 

Get to know Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is one of 16 two-year colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)., our goal is to prepare students for successful transfer to Kentucky four-year colleges or for immediate entry into fulfilling careers.


According to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), the average community college student can save more than $7,000 a year as compared to attending a public university in the state. Attending BSCTC is a smart choice. In addition to grants and loans, we offer a wide variety of scholarships. Last year, the Big Sandy College Education Foundation, Inc., through the generosity of corporate partners and donors, awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships to deserving students, making the dream of a college education a reality. An investment in a college education is an investment in your future. 

Flexibility & Options

Student in Nursing LabBSCTC offers classes in a traditional classroom setting and online through its Distance Learning program. Distance Learning is an alternative for many students who cannot attend classes on campus due to scheduling conflicts, childcare, work or other commitments. Through our partnership with the Kentucky Virtual Campus, you can choose from more than 1,100 classes and earn your degree from the comforts of your own home for a fraction of the cost of other universities. 

We offer more than 200 credentials: Associate degrees (Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, as well as Associate of Applied Science in various programs), diplomas and certificates. Choose which path is best for you; whether it is a short-term certificate that gets you back into the workforce or an associate degree to provide a start towards a baccalaureate degree from a state college or university. 

Student Centered

At BSCTC, you come first. Our students are some of the best and brightest in our region and share a passion to serve others and their communities. Our caring faculty and staff have an unwavering commitment to your success. They are the foundation of producing successful graduates. 


Whether your class is on campus or online, you’ll discover the BSCTC difference. With campuses conveniently located in Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Paintsville and Hager Hill, you’ll discover a big-college atmosphere in a small-college environment. From student clubs, parks, walking trails and the East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium, our campuses are as much a part of the community as they are a part of the educational landscape in eastern Kentucky.

Dr. Edwards and Students on Campus


Fast Facts Fall 2013

Enrollment Fall 2013

  • Total: 4,754
  • Full-time: 51%
  • Part-time: 46%
  • Female: 48%
  • Male: 52%
  • High School Students enrolled in dual-enrollment/dual credit courses: 229
  • Students enrolled in distance education courses: 2,515 

Top Five Counties of Enrollment

  • Pike
  • Floyd
  • Johnson
  • Magoffin
  • Martin 

Top Five Feeder High Schools (Fall 2013)

  • Johnson Central High School
  • Pike Central High School
  • Shelby Valley High School
  • East Ridge High School
  • Prestonsburg High School

Financial Aid

  • Students receiving financial aid: 95%* Fall 2012 



Most Popular Majors

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Nursing (RN Training)
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Electrical Technology
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Human Services

Total Credentials Awarded 2012-2013:

  • Associate Degrees:  380
  • Diplomas:  130                               
  • Certificates:  854
  • Total:   1,364 

Community/Economic Development Participants 2012-2013:

  • Adult Education enrollment: 886
  • Community Education enrollment: 193
  • Workforce Solutions enrollment: 3,011