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BCTC celebrates opening of new Science Education Center on the school’s Newtown Pike campus

The dedication of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Science Education Center (SEC) took place Monday with an open house and ribbon cutting. Community partners, city, county and state officials, college leadership, students, faculty and staff celebrated the opening of the SEC on the Newtown Campus in Lexington.

“This project represents a true community partnership: our college, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), government, and business and industry partners,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president. “Our facility will promote the growth and development of minds and train future scientists.”

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Science Education Center (Photo from BCTC)

This 64,000 square foot facility is home to the biotechnology and environmental science programs. It also provides labs for biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, organismal biology, physics and astronomy, as well as offices for 20 faculty and staff, and student support areas.

“With this new science building, we have a place to incubate dreams and purpose for our students,” said Ron L. Walker, Jr. chair of the BCTC Board of Directors.

“The Science Education Center and the expansion of the Newtown campus has been one of our top funding priorities for the last four years,” said Kimberly Marshall, chair BCTC Foundation Board of Directors. “We are very grateful for the generosity of every donor that made an investment in the establishment and expansion of this campus.”

Dr. Jay Box, president of KCTCS, reminded the audience that community colleges successfully train students who fuel local economies. “I’m so happy to celebrate with you today,” said Dr. Box. “It is imperative that we invest in our students and communities through projects like this.”

The $24 million SEC project was funded through the BuildSmart initiative approved by the Kentucky State General Assembly in 2014 and supported by many regional and community partners.

“Real leadership understands the importance of education and the contribution it makes to society,” said Senator Reginald Thomas, Kentucky Senate. “That’s what this Science Education Center will do.”

BCTC summer classes begin today and June 25 for session II.

From Bluegrass Community and Technical College

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