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BCTC Danville reaches goal, set to break ground on state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center

Through the State of Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grant and exceptional local support, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Danville will soon break ground on a state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center Danville Campus, located in the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park on Corporate Drive.

In 2016, BCTC was awarded one of 25 Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grants to build the Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Danville BCTC CampusDanville Campus. The award amount was $2,736,000. The entire project that is valued at $4,845,000, leaving just over $2.1M for the college to raise. BCTC contributed just over $1.1M, leaving $1M to be provided by the local community. The local match and commitment is a key component of the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative.

At a meeting of the City of Danville last night, the final $78K was committed and the $1M goal was achieved.

“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in our community for this project,” said Dr. Erin Tipton, Danville Campus director. “We can’t wait to complete this building and deepen the pool of skilled technicians who will reduce the skills-gap in high-demand industries in our community.”

Currently, three academic programs are operating at capacity, AMT, Electrical Technology and Industrial Maintenance Technology, sharing three classrooms used for lecture and laboratory instruction. A total of four academic levels of students rotate through these classrooms each semester, averaging over 64 hours each week. These training hours do not include the customized training conducted through the college’s Workforce Solutions department.

The additional space will expand the newly implemented Advanced Manufacturing Technician program and the Electrical and Industrial Maintenance program by doubling their annual capacity and increasing the number of program graduates from 38 to 76, annually.

The Advanced Manufacturing Center will have a high bay, open-lab concept consistent with workplaces in the manufacturing field. Four additional classrooms will surround the open lab providing space for instruction, student projects, meeting space, and other instructional-related activities. This state-of-the-art learning space will prepare students for their professions.

The following public and private organizations and individuals believe in the value of this facility to the students who will be served, and the community that will benefit as they enter the workforce:

Boyle County Fiscal Court
Boyle County Industrial Foundation, Inc.
City of Danville
Caterpillar, Inc.
Corning Incorporated Foundation
Harrodsburg-Mercer Co. Industrial Development Authority
Inter-County Energy
Whitaker Foundation
Danville Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, Inc.
Farmers National Bank
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc.
Kentucky Trust Company
Rotary Club of Danville
Stanford-Lincoln County Industrial Development Authority
Alan Turbyfill
American Greetings
Central KY Regional Jobs Training Consortium
City of Harrodsburg
Denyo Manufacturing Corporation
PBK Bank of Stanford
Stephen and Dorothy Rinehart
Robinson Hughes & Christopher PSC
William Shaver
Damon Talley
Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment
Trim Masters Charitable Foundation Inc.

For more information about the classes, programs and services at the BCTC Danville Campus, call 859-239-7030.

From Bluegrass Community and Technical College

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