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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...

Ted Bassett headlines honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow 2020 Vision Awards Breakfast on Wednesday

Ted Bassett, who spent more than 40 years as president, general manager and chairman of the board and trustee at the Keeneland Association, headlined the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast on Wednesday at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort. Ted Bassett Also among the honorees are Dr. Michael Benson, former president of Eastern Kentucky University, Walker Hancock of Claiborne Farm,...

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,...

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 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...

WRSI grant of $3 million allotted to expand healthcare education, training at BCTC Leestown Campus

To meet the rapidly increasing healthcare needs in Fayette and surrounding counties, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Leestown Campus leaders in Lexington had to dream big, expand partnerships and find funding. Through a $3,040,000 Work Ready Skills Initiative (WRSI) grant from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and funds from community partners, that dream is...

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, 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,”...

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...