Higher Education in the I-71 Corridor

Companies located in KIEDA’s region have access to a community college for skill development and workforce training and are near a wide variety of universities that are ideal to recruit from.

Jefferson Community & Technical College

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Jefferson Community & Technical College is an educational gem with multiple locations, and strives to build a community where students can collaborate, find confidence, compassion, and success. With supportive and welcoming student life opportunities, such as various organizations and clubs, students are able to quickly build a network of friends. An endless variety of courses are offered to meet all students’ needs, including architecture, construction, financial accounting, horticulture science. Learn about Future 42, "The High-Tech Highway to Advanced Manufaturing Careers" here.

Northern Kentucky University

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NKU is a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati.

Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—NKU has become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While they are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, their professors still know their students' names.

University of Kentucky

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The University of Kentucky has a broad range of resources centered on a single campus in the heart of the Bluegrass. Their wide array of programs allows them to excel in multidisciplinary studies and fosters an environment of cooperative engagement across all colleges, programs, and research endeavors. Because of the lives they touch and teach, they remain anchored in their mission to Kentucky– to educate, innovate, heal, and serve. To be sure, their complex, multi-faceted mission looks different today in many ways than it did in 1865. However, their sense of responsibility to their communities on campus and across the region is resolute. The mission has evolved and grown. The vision of service to their Commonwealth and the world beyond remains the same. They remain their compass – the soul of the University of Kentucky.

University of Louisville

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Located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area, the University of Louisville is a highly accredited, state-supported research university spread out over three campuses. The Belknap Campus is a mere three miles from downtown Louisville and is home to eight of the university’s 12 colleges and schools. Located in downtown Louisville’s medical complex is the Health Sciences Center and the University of Louisville Hospital. The university seeks excellence and inclusiveness through teaching diverse undergraduate, graduate and professional students, providing engaged service that improves the quality of life for communities, and practicing research and creative activity.


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