Already unique as the only funeral service program in Kentucky, the program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College has received full accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education.
Denise Shumate, the program’s director, told members of the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce that all the recent graduates have found employment. She said all graduates are now eligible to participate in the national board examination. She added graduates are required to take a state test in order to practice in a particular state.
Shumate said the program, which is only offered on the Cumberland campus at SKCTC, prepares students for a rewarding career through the mastery of concepts in accounting, business, finance, counseling and embalming.
The program, entering its third year, will welcome a class of 20 for the fall 2014 semester, Shumate said. In addition to the 68 hours required for the degree, 15 hours are general education classes. Shumate said classwork is conducted on Monday and Tuesday for first-year students. Classwork for second-year students is offered on Wednesday and Thursday.
“We’ve talked about this program at Southeast for the better part of 20 years, and we never seemed to find the correct time. So, finally in 2011 we decided to go ahead with the program,” said Shumate.
“I began in the classroom and have come full circle and am now back in the classroom and I love it,” Shumate said.
In other action, the chamber:
*Announced Williamson ARH will host a reception to celebrate their partnership with UK HealthCare Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network on July 23 at 2 p.m. in Williamson;
*Announced a Health Impact Series will be held Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hazard Community and Technical College featuring U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Eli Capilouto, president of the University of Kentucky. This is free and open to the public;
*Announced Sen. Mitch McConnell will make a campaign stop in Harlan, at Carroll Engineering, on Aug. 7.
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