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Drive-thru COVID-19 testing begins Monday on Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing will begin operations next week on the Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus at 500 Newtown Pike in Lexington, emergency management officials and Gov. Andy Beshear have announced. Lexington will be part of the next round of cities in the state to have COVID-19 testing sites in partnership with Kroger Health. Director of Emergency Management Patricia Dugger said...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers free online classes during COVID-19 crisis

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is committed to serving the communities and industry partners as everyone navigates the current public health crisis. To boost the Bluegrass, BCTC Workforce Solutions is offering a free, one-credit online class, April 15 through May 15. This is an opportunity to explore a new career pathway. “We understand that many are facing uncertainty regarding employment...

Dr. Koffi Akakpo: It’s clear that higher education matters to Central Kentucky and to our entire state

As we discuss budgets and goals, review accomplishments and meet with our governor and legislators, it is clear that higher education matters to Central Kentucky and to our state as a whole. Emsi, a national higher ed research firm, conducted a study in 2019 that determined Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s total annual economic impact on Central Kentucky is $419M in added income and 6,516...

Thomas Barrow Stephens joins Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors

Thomas Barrow Stephens has been joined the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors. Stephens is an attorney and entrepreneur focused on new business development and government modernization. Stephens held various positions in government, and most recently he was the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary. In addition, he served on numerous boards including the Kentucky Registry of...

Jake Gibbs, a ‘warrior for his District,’ an avid environmentalist, dies unexpectedly at age 66

Staff Report Third District Councilmember Jake Gibbs, 66, died unexpectedly Tuesday. He is survived by his wife, Anita, and his two daughters. “Jake was a real warrior for his District,” said Mayor Linda Gorton in a statement. “He enjoyed and fiercely protected our historic neighborhoods and downtown. An avid walker and cyclist, he staunchly defended the environment, encouraging...

New study shows BCTC’s significant impact on region’s economy, earning potential of graduates

A new study by Emsi, a national provider of research to educational institutions, shows investments in Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) during FY 2018-19 have had a significant effect on Central Kentucky’s economy. In addition, the average associate degree graduate from BCTC will earn an additional $9,900 each year, compared to someone with only a high school diploma. Furthermore,...

Scott County High School students take advantage of BCTC Middle College program to earn credits

Scott County Schools partnered with Bluegrass Community and Technical College this fall to pilot the new Scott County Middle College program that offers an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to earn 15 credit hours each semester toward high school and college graduation requirements. Natalie Dellinger, along with 12 other Scott County High School students, enrolled in five college classes...

KCTCS to invest $2.7 million to close workforce gaps; BCTC hires Gary Robinson as project coordinator

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is investing $2.7 million during the next three years to close workforce gaps by promoting apprenticeship opportunities. Bluegrass Community and Technical College has hired Gary Robinson as a full-time project coordinator to oversee the program in Central Kentucky. Gary Robinson Robinson has been an active leader in industry and education for over...

Olivia Johnson Scholz to join Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors

Olivia Johnson Scholz has joined the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors. Scholz founded the Bluegrass Business Cooperative (BGBC) that serves small businesses throughout the region. The BGBC provides guidance that helps independent businesses save money while improving operational efficiency. Olivia Johnson Scholz In addition, Scholz serves as the president and chief financial...

BCTC holds ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate opening of food pantry, career closet for students

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Heart of BCTC, a food pantry and career closet for students. The Heart of BCTC was born from the dream of a BCTC graduate and the hard work of staff and faculty who believe in Helping Everyone Attain Resources Together (HEART). Many college students across the nation, and in Central Kentucky,...

BCTC breaks ground on newest project at Newtown Campus, renovation of former Eastern State laundry

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) held a groundbreaking ceremony last week to mark the beginning of the newest building on the Newtown Campus, a renovation of the historic Eastern State Hospital laundry building. “The Den will repurpose and restore an icon of the past into a place where students can start the pathway to their better lives,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, BCTC president....

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Workforce Solutions offers retirement planning class this fall

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is once again partnering with Financial Educators Network to offer retirement planning workshops this fall. This popular course is designed to teach adults ages 50-70, who are recently retired or starting to think about retirement, how to build wealth and develop a personalized and integrated plan to achieve retirement goals. The comprehensive...

BCTC breaks ground on new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center at Danville Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Danville broke ground Thursday on the Advanced Manufacturing Center, located in the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park on the Danville Campus. “Today we celebrate state and local officials coming together with the community to serve students,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, president of BCTC. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide real-world training...

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...

BCTC first Kentucky community college to earn prestigious CAE-CDE designation from NSA, DHS

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the first community college in Kentucky to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This designation is granted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through academic year 2024. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor...

BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus to offer introduction to hemp agribusiness course this fall

Due to interest from the community and hemp industry, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Winchester-Clark County Campus will offer an introduction to hemp agribusiness course this fall. This is the first course of its kind in Central Kentucky. “Hemp is quickly becoming a large part of the Kentucky economy,” said Bruce Manley, campus director at BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus....

Council Postsecondary Education awards campuses $300,000 in strategic initiative funding

The Council on Postsecondary Education has announced six Kentucky campuses are the recipients of two strategic grant award programs to help more students succeed in college. The awards for both programs total $300,000. Following a competitive review process, the Council awarded $50,000 Stronger by Degrees Student Success grants to five campuses to improve student progression and completion, with a...

BCTC connections recognized with state, national honors throughout month of April

Bluegrass Community and Technical College staff, faculty, alumnus and students were recognized with a number of awards earlier this month. At the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society international convention, PTK Catalyst 2019, Sarah Hein, past chapter president, was awarded the 2019 Alumni Award of Appreciation; Corey Mullikin, also former PTK president and graduate, was named 2019 Distinguished Chapter...

BCTC Dental Hygiene Program to offer free dental care for children on Give Kids a Smile day April 1-3

The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Dental Hygiene Program students and professionals will be offering free dental care to children during the Give Kids A Smile event Apr. 1-3, at the Cooper Campus. Children ages 4-12 are eligible to receive FREE dental cleanings, kindergarten screenings, dental supplies, x-rays, exams and fluoride treatments. Participants will also enjoy face painting,...

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...