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Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s ‘Give Kids A Smile’ day offers free dental care for children

The Bluegrass Community & Technical College Dental Hygiene Program students and professionals will be offering free dental care to children during the Give Kids A Smile event March 30, March 31 and April 1 at the Cooper Campus in the Oswald Building. Children ages 4-12 are eligible to receive free dental cleanings, kindergarten screenings, dental supplies, x-rays, exams and fluoride treatments....

Fayette County Public Schools to host fall session of Family University Saturday at Henry Clay High School

The fall 2019 session of Family University is coming up Saturday, Nov. 9 at Henry Clay High School. Fam U provides informational sessions for caregivers, enrichment activities for students of all ages, and district/community resources to help families stay engaged in their child’s education. Participation is free, and open to the public. “Family University provides amazing learning opportunities....

EKU student’s capstone research on pesticide contamination earns cover story in prominent journal

While pursuing a master’s in public health from Eastern Kentucky University, Mary Sheldon earned an accolade many researchers spend their whole careers hoping for. Her capstone research was recently the cover story of a prominent peer-reviewed journal. The report, titled “Pesticide Contamination in Central Kentucky Urban Honey: A Pilot Study,” was a collaboration between Sheldon; Dr. Clint Pinion,...

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...

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

BCTC brings in expert ‘Ubercapper’ Ellis Starr to teach horse racing Handicapping 101 on April 19

Bluegrass Community & Technical College is helping Central Kentucky prepare for the spring horse racing season by bringing handicapping expert Ellis Starr to the Bluegrass. Starr will conduct Handicapping 101, the basics of picking the winners, at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington on April 19. Starr, racing analyst, handicapper, fan educator, and known as the “Ubercapper,” has...

BCTC offers NARA racehorse riding program; first time classes offered in summer sessions

The North American Racing Academy (NARA) at Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer two racehorse riding classes this summer designed to introduce riders of different experience levels to racehorse riding techniques. This is the first time these courses have been offered in summer sessions. Racehorse Riding Skills I (EQS 112) introduces students to basic racehorse riding. Participants...

BCTC, Anderson Community Education Center partner to improve accessibility for adult education

Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the Anderson Community Education Center celebrated their partnership, forged to improve accessibility for Lawrenceburg residents seeking a GED, at a ribbon-cutting event at the ACE Center in Lawrenceburg. “This is a great example of how we work with our community partners, to meet students where they are, and set them on the path to a better life,”...

BCTC celebrates opening of renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on Leestown Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on the Leestown Campus. This project was funded by a Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative investment of $3,040,000 and the support of community partners. “We’re so pleased to welcome everyone to our new facility today,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president. “We want...

Assistant U.S. secretary visits BCTC campus as part of ‘Rethink’ tour to learn about workforce programs

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) welcomed Scott Stump, U.S. assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education, to its campus as part of Department of Education’s Back to School Tour themed, “Rethink.” He and the other assistant secretaries are traveling the United States looking at institutions that are innovatively approaching workforce education,...

BCTC, University of Phoenix announce partnership to provide new degree program for nursing students

Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the School of Nursing at University of Phoenix have announced an educational partnership that will establish a specialized Bachelor of Science Nursing program. “We are always looking for partners who offer our students flexibility and options for taking the next step in their education,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, president of Bluegrass Community &...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College to offer both eight and 12 week sessions this semester

Prospective students who missed the first fall enrollment start date or who would like to complete a college class in a shorter time may now enroll in eight-week sessions or 12-week sessions at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The 12-week session begins Sept. 10, and the eight-week session begins Oct. 12. BCTC offers a wide variety of majors that prepare students for high-wage, high-demand...

Dr. Augusta Julian to retire as president of Bluegrass Community & Technical College on December 31

Bluegrass Community & Technical College president, Dr. Augusta Julian, has announced she will retire Dec. 31, 2018. Dr. Julian began her career in two-year college education 44 years ago. During this time, she taught adult education, held numerous administrative roles and, for the past 17 years, served as a community college president. She has spent the last 11 of those years at BCTC.   Under...

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

The Thoroughbred Training Center of the North American Racing Academy at Bluegrass Community & Technical College recently received a generous grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America to provide food and care for the retired racehorses who are a part of the training and education for NARA students. “Your grant proposal upholds the mission of the TCA which is ‘to provide a better life for...

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...