About KentuckianaWorks College Access Center

Who We Are

The KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC) is a one-stop center focusing on college access.  It provides financial aid, educational, and career counseling services to adults and youth in the Louisville area and in southern Indiana.

KCAC is a division of KentuckianaWorks Foundation. The Foundation is administered by KentuckianaWorks, a business-led workforce investment board that oversees workforce development initiatives in the Greater Louisville region. KCAC is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Federal TRIO Programs, and administered by KentuckianaWorks Foundation, Inc. KCAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or provision of services.

KCAC provides one-on-one assistance

  • Complete and file your financial aid (FAFSA) forms
  • Complete applications for admissions
  • Search for scholarships
  • Select a postsecondary institution
  • Career counseling and assessments
  • Advice on the fastest growing occupations
  • Counseling to rehabilitate student loans in default

KCAC provides services through the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) grant, the Educational Talent Search (ETS) grant and a new initiative called Degrees At Work.

The EOC grant primarily assists adults 19 years and older to enter postsecondary institutions.  Funded to serve adults, most of whom must meet low-income and first-generation college student criteria.  Targeted counties are Jefferson and Bullitt in Kentucky, and Floyd, Scott, Harrison and Clark in Indiana.

The ETS grant primarily helps youth in 5 targeted Jefferson County, Kentucky high schools successfully complete secondary education, enroll in postsecondary education, and successfully complete postsecondary education. Funded to serve youth, most of whom must meet low-income and first-generation college student criteria. The 5 targeted schools are Valley High, Iroquois High, Western High, Fairdale High and Liberty High.


Louisville Office
Jefferson Education Center (JEC)
200 W. Broadway, 7th floor • Louisville, KY 40202
Phone (502) 584-0475 • Fax (502) 582-9781
Monday & Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For walk-in hours, call (502) 584-0475
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Southern Indiana Office
Greater Clark County Schools
Clark County Middle/High School
2710 East 10th Street • Jeffersonville, IN 47130-6010
Call for an appointment
Phone (812) 218-1669, Press 7 
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KCAC Mission

To serve the youth and adults of the Kentuckiana area by providing counseling services that assist them in identifying and successfully completing their educational goals to enable them to achieve career expectations.

KCAC Goals

  • To exceed our federal performance objectives, as well as be responsive to our broader community goals
  • To develop and promote a comprehensive system of educational support services for all citizens, (with primary focus on low-income, first-generation college students, and other underrepresented groups), enabling them to pursue and complete postsecondary education and training
  • To support the development of a qualified and employable workforce through effective career counseling of youth and adults interested in postsecondary education
  • To work with a collaborative network of representatives from various sectors of the community who are committed to assisting youth and adults in pursuing their educational goals
  • To create a network and referral system to maintain open lines of communication with postsecondary institutions
  • To seek additional funding to support the growth of KCAC

Funding & Support

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.

KCAC programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO programs (initially just three programs - Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Currently, TRIO programs consist of Educational Opportunity Centers, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services and McNair Post-baccalaureate Programs.

For more information visit the Federal TRIO Programs website.

A member of

National College Access Network's mission is to build, strengthen and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams.


55,000 Degrees is a public-private partnership with the mission of launching Louisville into the top tier of our competitor cities with the bold goal of adding 40,000 bachelor's degrees and 15,000 associate's degrees by 2020.