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Bluegrass Community and Technical College students get suited up for upcoming internships

Five students from Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) spent an afternoon getting fitted for brand new suits at Men’s Warehouse in preparation for upcoming internships. Abraham Hamilton, Abraham Collum, Jordan Duncan, Brian Lewis and Allen Crow are outstanding members of the BCTC program A Few Good Men (FGM). This program is designed to empower men of color academically, personally...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College students celebrate graduation with drive-thru ceremonies

fter having to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies twice due to the pandemic, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) was pleased to offer drive-thru graduation celebrations at the Newtown Campus in Lexington and each of the regional campuses in Danville, Georgetown, Lawrenceburg and Winchester over the weekend. College leadership, faculty and staff welcomed and cheered graduates as BCTC...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers Healthy at Work training for businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many businesses in need of assistance with keeping their places of work safe, healthy and productive. In response, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Workforce Solutions is offering online Healthy at Work training for businesses. The Healthy at Work fully online training provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 risk factors and protective actions to...

Success against all odds: From aging out of foster care to UK College of Social Work graduate

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Can you recall a time when you felt the odds were stacked against you? It’s a common phrase you’ve most likely used in casual conversation. For Tamara Vest, “the odds were stacked against me” isn’t just a simple sentence to sum up an unfortunate situation. The 23-year-old has rarely been given a fair chance at succeeding. And behind every success,...

BCTC awarded two grants of $482K to develop health care cybersecurity curriculum, increase diversity

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) received two grants totaling $482,188 during the next two years to develop a health care cybersecurity curriculum and talent, and to increase diversity in cybersecurity programs. BCTC will receive $308,517 over two years from the National Security Agency (NSA) to work with the University of Louisville, University of Arkansas Little Rock, University of...

National report shows BCTC earn-and-learn program, KY FAME, has outstanding outcomes for graduates

Programable logic controllers and robotics may not sound like areas of study most people would think of when it comes to manufacturing. But for veteran Tim Leshney, employee of Toyota in Georgetown, they are part of his daily job. Leshney is a graduate of Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) program at the Georgetown-Scott...

BCTC offering virtual fair during National Transfer Student Week; event scheduled for Oct. 19-23

Preparing students to transfer to universities is an important part of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) mission. Many students continue their education by transferring to a four-year partner with little or no student debt. During National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 19-23, BCTC and the 16 colleges of KCTCS will offer virtual transfer fairs. Students who intend to transfer can...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Northside Family RV partner for apprenticeships

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Northside Family RV have partnered to offer the first apprenticeships created through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) apprenticeship sponsor program for employers and industry partners throughout the state of Kentucky. The Economic Development and Workforce Solutions Divisions of KCTCS now serve as apprenticeship sponsors...

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...