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BCTC celebrates its 75th anniversary with dedication of new campus on Newtown Pike

 (Photo by Judy Clabes)

Bluegrass Community and Technical College had two reasons to celebrate today: dedication of its new campus on Newtown Pike and its 75th anniversary. (Photo by Judy Clabes)


By Judy Clabes
KyForward editor

It really does take a village to build a better future, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College President Augusta Julian paid tribute to as many of the villagers as she could in the dedication ceremony of the new campus on Newtown Pike.


A healthy number of the villagers were in attendance for the event that also celebrated the 75th anniversary of what began in 1939 as a skilled trades school on the grounds of Lafayette High School.


Joining the celebration were a host of dignitaries, including Gov. Steve Beshear, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Dr. Michael McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Congressman Andy Barr, State Sen. Reginald Thomas, State Rep. Jesse Crenshaw and Councilmember Chris Ford.


 (Photo by Judy Clabes)

(Photo by Judy Clabes)

The throng of supporters and well-wishers was greeted by Annissa Franklin, chair of the college’s board of directors, who called BCTC the “college of opportunity,” and cited her own personal history as an example of the difference a good education makes. Her grandmother became a mother in the eighth grade and dropped out of school; her own mother was just out of high school when she was born.


Classes started in the new Newtown Campus Classroom Building last fall on 60 acres near the heart of downtown, the site of the old Eastern Hospital. Currently in use are the new classroom building, the Administration Building, a warehouse and the Megowan BUilding, home of the Lexington Police Academy.

A second new building and renovations to create a student center in the old Laundry Building are in the works. When four phases of campus development are completed, the Newtown Campus will serve more than 12,000 students.

The new classroom building has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Bulding Council.


 (Photo by Judy Clabes)

Gov. Steve Beshear, left, and BCTC President Augusta Julian (Photo by Judy Clabes)

Sponsors of the 75th anniversary event were AT&T Kentucky, Clark Energy, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, and Intercounty Energy Cooperative. Ross Tarrant Architects and Congleton-Hacker Company were construction contractors.

Those interested in supporting the new campus, can purchase an engraved brick to be installed on the historic law in front of the Administration Building. Two sizes of bricks are available at a cost of $150 or $350 and may be purchased online here. Order by mail by contacting Laurel Marin at 895-246-6584 or laurel.martin@kctcs.edu. The bricks symbolize BCTC students’ path to a successful future.

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