Ten Bluegrass and Community and Technical College professors created a new course in 2003 called Introduction to Peace Studies. Since then, two more courses have been added. In 2004, BCTC created a focus area in Peace & Justice Studies, a concentration of courses totaling 16 hours within the 60-hour associate in arts degree, reports KentuckyLiving.com. Berea College, Madisonville Community College, Bellarmine University and University of Louisville offer programs in peace and justice education.
Consistent with the KCTCS Vision to be the nation’s premier community and technical college system, KCTCS is becoming a leader in practices, educational and workforce training opportunities, and community leadership related to sustainable development or sustainability. The most commonly accepted definition of sustainable development is found in the 1987 United Nations’ Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the "Brundtland Report"): "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Sustainability is more than “being green.” Multifaceted, sustainability touches every area of a college. Facilitating cultural change to enhance the well-being of people, sustainability includes improving efficiencies and effectiveness in a socially equitable manner. Implementing sustainable practices demonstrates responsible stewardship of social, economic, and environmental resources. KCTCS sustainability focus is on being “Green+”.