Founded in 1976, WKEC currently serves 26 rural school districts in far western Kentucky. These districts – which include 80 elementary schools, 34 middle schools, and 30 high schools – represent 70,000 students and more than 5,600 certified staff members.
WKEC is one of eight educational cooperatives formed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1976 to optimize district expenditures for goods and services. Since that time, WKEC's services – provided by a staff of 60 – have expanded to include teacher professional development, administrator training, special and adult education, grant writing, and unified purchasing.
To enhance innovative educational opportunities by engaging, equipping and empowering all.
To be a catalyst for our districts to transform their future through learning and collaboration.
Students are our primary concern and ultimate customers.
The unique educational environment in each individual district is enhanced by cooperation.
Lifelong learning enhances the quality of life.
Service is the reason for our existence.
Sharing information is an important tool for understanding.
Education is fundamental to a democratic way of life.
The entire community benefits from and has a responsibility to the educational process.
People working together produce the best result.