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BCTC awarded $20,000 grant to develop Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician program in Kentucky

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has been selected by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program to be part of the 2019-2021 cohort.

Supported by the National Science Foundation, the MentorLinks program helps colleges to develop or strengthen technician training in STEM fields. BCTC has been approved for $20,000 to develop an Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician program, which would be the first program of this type in the state.

“There are only six Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician programs currently in the country,” said Laura Lynch, assistant dean of Skilled Trades and the principal investigator for the grant. “The program we are developing will prepare students for the rapidly growing and changing field. Traditional fabrication skills will be taught in conjunction with new advanced manufacturing and printing techniques.”

A key part of this project is its mentoring aspect. A MentorLinks Mentor Team will work with BCTC faculty to provide expertise they have learned while developing similar programs. James Hyder, from Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, and a professional consultant, has been assigned to assist BCTC faculty in curriculum development and resource development.

To learn more about the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician program at BCTC, please contact Laura Lynch at (859) 246-6583 or laura.lynch@kctcs.edu.

To apply to BCTC, visit the admissions page at https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/admissions/.

From Bluegrass Community and Technical College

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