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BCTC selected to be part of the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program

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...

Signing up for fall classes at Bluegrass Community & Technical College made quick and easy

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) wants to make it easy to enroll in classes this fall by offering students Express Enrollment, June  18-21, at the Newtown Campus. During this event, students will be able to: Apply for admission Submit all required documents, such as test scores or official transcripts Get assistance with financial aid questions and the Free Application for Federal...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College to graduate nearly 1900 in spring commencement

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will confer 3,695 credentials upon 1,898 candidates for graduation at the college’s commencement ceremony May 6 at 4 p.m. at the Alumni Coliseum on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, 641 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY. “We celebrate our graduates who have imagined more for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president....

BCTC student Jeffery Ishmael selected for the U.S. Department of State scholarship to study abroad

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and the U.S. Department of State have announced that Jeffery Ishmael, BCTC student, and state legislative intern, is one 1,000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year. “I’m...

Bringing Hope: Eastern Scholar House provides single parents housing and support

With a smile as sunny as the September skies above, Whitney Ballew looked out over the large crowd assembled at the dedication ceremony for the Eastern Scholar House on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. There was a time not that long ago that Ballew had about given up on her pursuit of a college degree, after having attended EKU and Bluegrass and Community and Technical College (BCTC). It...

Family University: Program shows parents, guardians are valued partners in students’ lives

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Parents, guardians, and other caregivers need to know they are valued partners in their students’ journey through Fayette County Public Schools. That’s why Miranda Scully and Rose Santiago are excited about the Family University initiative, which launched this fall. “We’ll provide a welcoming learning environment so our families can understand and navigate...

All in the Family: Grandmother and granddaughter will graduate together at BCTC

One thing that you notice when you meet Marcella Reynolds and Tulsa Owens-Buffin, is the family resemblance. They are grandmother and granddaughter to each other, with a distinct look in their eyes and a determined drive in their spirits. “We didn’t plan on attending college at the same time,” said Reynolds, “but it just sort of worked out that way.” And what a journey it’s been. Wanting...

R.J. Corman Railroad Group CEO King to deliver commencement address at BCTC

Craig King, president and CEO of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, will deliver the keynote address Sunday, May 8, for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) graduation commencement. The service will begin at 5 p.m. at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Frankfort, Ky. Nearly 2,000 candidates will be awarded credentials for graduation. Craig King (Photo Provided) King was appointed...

BCTC English as a Second Language students tell their stories and struggles in new book

“Slowly is the Journey,” a book of stories written by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) immigrant, refugee, and international students, was released last week, with an author reception and book signing celebration at the Cooper Campus.  Student authors read from their stories about the difficult journeys they have taken to create a better life for themselves and their families. Students...

Battelle Foundation presents $10,000 check to BCTC to support STEM program

Representatives from the Battelle Foundation, which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) programs, presented a check for $10,000 to the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Natural Sciences division. Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, and contributes to community development and education. Pictured...

BCTC’s North American Racing Academy receives grant from Thoroughbred Charities

Erin Crady, TCA Executive Director, is pictured with Remi Bellocq, NARA Executive Director, Laurel Martin, BCTC Foundation Executive Director, Dixie Hayes, Program Coordinator and Instructor, and Alicia Benben, Academic Coordinator/Instructor, at NARA for the check presentation and facility tour (Photo Provided)   Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s North American Racing Academy (BCTC-NARA)...

Construction underway on BCTC center
for high-skills jobs training in Georgetown

BCTC’s Georgetown campus will feature a 78,000-square-foot center housing the advanced manufacturing technology program. (Rendering provided)   Ground has been broken on a new Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus in Georgetown that will house the Advanced Manufacturing Center for high-skills jobs training in Central Kentucky.   The new campus will feature a 78,000-square-foot...

Ewwwww, gross! Fourth-graders at William Wells Brown get down and dirty with science

At William Wells Brown Science Night, crowds gathered to watch a yeast volcano experiment set up by the Nerd Squad, a nonprofit group that promotes STEM activities. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   As families and friends browsed through the Science Night exhibits, students at William Wells Brown Elementary in Lexington proudly explained what they’ve learned...

English jockeys now living American dream; Gilligan, Doyle among Turfway's top riders

Jockey Jack Gilligan and trainer Jeff Greenhill (Photo by John Engelhardt)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   As an aspiring jockey on his first visit to Kentucky, Englishman Jack Gilligan quickly realized he wanted to return. Two years after that initial sojourn, Gilligan ranks among the top riders at Turfway Park in Florence. By coincidence, he is joined on the leader board by...

English jockeys now living American dream; Gilligan, Doyle among Turfway’s top riders

Jockey Jack Gilligan and trainer Jeff Greenhill (Photo by John Engelhardt)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   As an aspiring jockey on his first visit to Kentucky, Englishman Jack Gilligan quickly realized he wanted to return. Two years after that initial sojourn, Gilligan ranks among the top riders at Turfway Park in Florence. By coincidence, he is joined on the leader board by...

BCTC computer and information instructor Tucker named Kentucky Professor of the Year

Cindy Tucker is the third BCTC instructor to be named Kentucky Professor of the Year (BCTC Photo)   Cindy Tucker, Associate Professor in Computer and Information Technologies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), has been named the 2014 Kentucky Professor of the Year.   Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement...

Partners Over Coffee: Alltech, BCTC team up to benefit Lexington campus, Haitian schools

BCTC students will be selling four flavor of Alltech’s Café Citadelle brand coffee, grown in Haiti, as a fund-raiser from now through April 4. (Photo from BCTC)   A new fund-raising partnership between Lexington’s Bluegrass Community and Technical College students and Alltech involves selling coffee from beans grown in Haiti. A portion of the proceeds will go to support education...

UWBG announces Big Bold Goal to improve lives of families at 'party with a purpose'

Kentucky basketball great Derek Anderson sign ed autographs during Tuesday’s kickoff celebration of the United Way of the Bluegrass Big Bold Goal at Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   United Way of the Bluegrass announced its Big Bold Goal at a public event in downtown Lexington Tuesday that included participation of dozens of partners that will help make...

UWBG announces Big Bold Goal to improve lives of families at ‘party with a purpose’

Kentucky basketball great Derek Anderson sign ed autographs during Tuesday’s kickoff celebration of the United Way of the Bluegrass Big Bold Goal at Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   United Way of the Bluegrass announced its Big Bold Goal at a public event in downtown Lexington Tuesday that included participation of dozens of partners that will help make...

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

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...