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Education in Muhlenberg County Kentucky

The mission of the Muhlenberg County School System, with parent and community support, is to provide a quality education that instills in all students the will and ability to succeed, to be lifelong learners, and to contribute to society.

For the school year 2008-2009, Muhlenberg County Schools had a total enrollment of 5,277. Expenditures per pupil were $9,624 and the teacher to pupil ratio was 14.5 to 1 according to the Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability. For detailed data on Muhlenberg County K-12 schools from the annual Kentucky District Data Profiles, click here to download the PDF.


Madisonville Community College Named One of the  Nation’s  Top 10% Community Colleges by The Aspen Institute


Madisonville Community College (MCC) is committed to the collaboration with local political, business, and education leaders, to offer additional higher educational opportunities in Muhlenberg County. This partnership was taken to a new level in 2001 with the opening of the Muhlenberg County Campus and programmatically expanded several years later with MCC assuming coordination of the county’s adult education program. The partnership is expected to grow in the future with the planned addition of 25,000 square feet to the P. A and Pauline Shaver Education Center.  The Center was named in 2007 in recognition of a lead gift provided by Tom and Skip Shaver in honor and memory of Tom’s parents.


Madisonville Community College (MCC) is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation with an enrollment of more than 4,000 students and has been recognized by the prestigious Aspen Institute as one of the top 10% of community colleges in the nation. MCC’s mission as a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is to offer:


  • Associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in a variety of academic programs in health careers, industry focused, and other technical career areas, as well as transfer degrees for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. The college’s Advanced Industrial Integrated Program prepares students for careers in industry with a unique set of technical skills developed in close consultation with area business partners.
  • Technical training and professional development services for business and industry as well as personal enrichment classes for individuals through MCC’s Workforce Solutions Program.
  • Arts education and arts entertainment opportunities in the region through the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville.


The business and political leaders of Muhlenberg County, once the leading coal producing county in the nation, decided in the 1990s to move the county forward economically and educationally  by investing in the higher education training of its citizens. In cooperation with MCC, the “Muhlenberg Miracle” raised over $3 million of the total $4.2 million project budget needed for the acquisition of land and construction costs of the local campus near Central City. The campus opened for classes in fall 2001 and now has over 700 students taking more than 60 classes each semester.

Muhlenberg County students now also benefit permanently  from a $1.5 million estate gift provided by the late Iris Givens, a retired nurse from the U.S. armed forces.  The gift funds the  School Counts! Workforce and Scholarship program, along with assorted adult scholarships for students majoring in allied health and nursing fields.  School Counts is available to all Muhlenberg High School students who agree to participate in program criteria for four consecutive years.


MCC has a very extensive dual credit program for students at the Muhlenberg County High School. Students at the Muhlenberg Career and Technical Center take a variety of career and technical education classes as part of a pathway to programs at MCC. In addition, students take general education classes at the high school their senior year or participate in the MCC Jump Start Early College Program.


Students at the P.A. and Pauline Shaver Education Center can complete course requirements for an associate of arts or an associate of science transfer degree or take the general education core requirements in preparation for the many programs offered at MCC in Madisonville. Plans have been developed for a second building on the campus that will offer students program opportunities. Many county students complete their two year degree programs transfer to one of many 2 + 2 programs offered at the Madisonville Regional Campus of Murray State University, one of the Western Kentucky University campuses within reasonable driving distance, or another four-year school of their choice.

Madisonville Community College offers area businesses one of the state’s premier targeted job training for employees of local businesses through the MCC Workforce Solutions division. Our experienced instructors will come to your factory or office to teach short courses on subjects like computer skills, team building, industrial maintenance technology, mining skills, and advanced businesses applications like Lean Simulations. MCC also offers workforce skills assessments through its Assessment Center.


The Workforce Solutions program also operates the county’s adult education program. The Adult Centers for Educational Excellence (ACE2) Program provides much more than GED training. ACE2 provides the training necessary for area residents to become the best trained and certified workforce in high performance companies located in Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties.


MCC is also a vital part of the Muhlenberg County arts community, especially arts programming related to education;  the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts works with local primary and secondary schools to offer arts education and entertainment opportunities locally.  Interest income from the Muhlenberg County Endowment for Excellence is used to support arts programming and Muhlenberg County schools continue to participate in the Center’s comprehensive School Days schedule.

The Vision of the Muhlenberg County Career and Technical Center is; “To be an educational system that serves the needs of all students pursuing technical education and skills training.” And, its Mission is; “To develop a versatile individual by providing technical education and skills training in a safe environment.”

The stated goals of the center are

  • Provide technical skills training to secondary students that leads to successful post high school transitions.
  • Enhance career exploration options for secondary students.
  • Collaborate with local school districts to enhance the educational growth of all students.
  • Respond to the training needs of businesses and industry for the community.
  • Become an area center of excellence for continuous improvement of quality technical education for life long learning.

The Muhlenberg County Adult Education Center provides one on one learning for individuals to obtain their GED.   Services offered are GED orientation, TABE testing, and Testing.

Hours of operation:

  • Tuesday and Thursday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Testing Schedule:   Please call for an appointment

Phone Number:  (270) 338-2257

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center is a residential education and training program for young adults ages 18-24.  The center provides educational opportunities for young adults to obtain their GED or high school diploma.  They also offer training and certifications in medical and heavy industry trades.  Click the above link for more info or call (270) 338-5460.


Colleges & Universities Within 60 Miles of Central City


Madisonville Community College, Muhlenberg Campus Central City
21 Madisonville Community College, Health Campus Madisonville
21 Madisonville Community College, Main Campus Madisonville
21 Madisonville Community College, Technical Campus Madisonville
21 Murray State University, Madisonville Regional Campus Madisonville
32 Brescia University Owensboro
32 Daymar College, Main Campus Owensboro
32 Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro
32 Owensboro Community & Technical College, Downtown Owensboro
32 Owensboro Community & Technical College, Main Campus Owensboro
32 Owensboro Community & Technical College, Southeastern Campus Owensboro
32 WKU – Owensboro Extended Campus: Downtown Owensboro
32 WKU – Owensboro Extended Campus: Main Owensboro
32 WKU – Owensboro Extended Campus: Southeast Owensboro
34 Daymar College, Russellville Campus Russellville
36 Brown Mackie College – Hopkinsville Hopkinsville
36 Hopkinsville Community College, Main Campus Hopkinsville
36 Murray State University, Hopkinsville Regional Campus Hopkinsville
44 Bowling Green Technical College, KATI Campus Bowling Green
44 Bowling Green Technical College, Main Campus Bowling Green
44 Bowling Green Technical College, Transpark Center Bowling Green
44 Daymar College, Bowling Green Campus Bowling Green
44 44 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green
45 Henderson Community College Henderson
45 Murray State University, Henderson Regional Campus Henderson
50 Bowling Green Technical College, Franklin-Simpson Center Franklin
52 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
52 Daymar Institute, Clarksville Campus Clarksville, TN
52 Marion/Crittenden County EdTech Training Center Marion
52 Marion/Crittenden County EdTech Training Center Marion
52 Miller-Motte Technical College, Clarksville Campus Clarksville, TN
52 North Central Institute Clarksville, TN
53 Harrison College – Evansville Branch Evansville, IN
53 Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville Campus Evansville, IN
53 University of Evansville Evansville, IN
53 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
Muhlenberg County ATC Greenville
Ohio County ATC Hartford
Butler County ATC Morgantown
Webster County ATC Dixon
Russellville ATC Russellville
Christian County CTC Hopkinsville
Warren ATC Bowling Green
Aldwell County ATC Princeton
Henderson County ATC Henderson
Grayson County Area Vocational Education Center Leitchfield
Breckinridge County ATC Harned
Union County ATC Morganfield
Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance; not highway miles.
Kentucky Tech secondary schools, called Area Technology Centers (ATC), are operated by the Cabinet for Workforce Development.
Source: KY Cabinet for Workforce Development; KY Dept. of Education.