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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...

National surgical technology organization recognizes BCTC program for sixth consecutive year

For the sixth consecutive year, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Surgical Technology program has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the 2017-18 exam cycle. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory...

KCTCS names Dr. Koffi Akakpo new president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay K. Box announced today the appointment of Dr. Koffi C. Akakpo as president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). Akakpo currently serves as vice president for business, administrative and student services at North Central State College in Ohio. He is former deputy director/secretary for the Ohio Department of Natural...

Twelve students with Down Syndrome complete college courses through BCTC, DSACK partnership

In the first-ever partnership between the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky and Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 12 adults with Down syndrome got to live out their dream of going to college. The eight-week public speaking course they participated in culminated Nov. 26 with student speech presentations and a certificate ceremony. Participating in the course were, from left: Callie...

Three finalists named for new president BCTC; Public will have opportunity to meet candidates Dec. 10-11

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has announced the finalists for the position of president/CEO of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The finalists are: • Dr. Koffi Akakpo, vice president for Business, Administrative and Student Services, North Central State College, Mansfield, Shelby and Bucyrus, Ohio • Dr. Anthony Clarke, president, Southeastern Community...

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul raises $7,000 for Farms To Food Banks

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul presented the Kentucky Association of Food Banks with a $7,000 donation for the Farms To Food Banks at Monday’s meeting of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles’ Hunger Task Force at Feeding America – Central Kentucky in Elizabethtown. Paul, a graduate of Bourbon County High School, is studying at Bluegrass Community and Technical College...

BCTC announces new leaders for Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Lawrenceburg Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College has announced that Lynn Godsey will lead the Georgetown-Scott County Campus, and Tiffany Drury will lead the Lawrenceburg Campus. Lynn GodseyGodsey has more than 15 years of progressive experience in manufacturing training and development, particularly in Lean Manufacturing, Quality Systems, Strategic Planning, and Leadership. Her extensive experience with...

Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s North American Racing Academy part of Justify’s story

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) North America Racing Academy (NARA) students can now boast of having worked with racing greatness early in their careers. Mussad on Justify in Late 2017 (provided photos) NARA graduates Austin Motley and David Mussad, while working for trainer Rodolphe Brisset at Keeneland in 2017, were involved in the early training of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify....

BCTC celebrates opening of new Science Education Center on the school’s Newtown Pike campus

The dedication of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Science Education Center (SEC) took place Monday with an open house and ribbon cutting. Community partners, city, county and state officials, college leadership, students, faculty and staff celebrated the opening of the SEC on the Newtown Campus in Lexington. “This project represents a true community partnership: our college, the Kentucky...