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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 Baesler, Emily Wright, Kate Boudreaux, Julia Steinman, Jason Smitha, Chad Bell, Emily Brewer, Conor Healy, Blair Osborne, Troy Lovich, Lindsey Greer and Olivia Ash. (Photo by Shannon Bilby)

“This was definitely a dream come true for them,” said Traci Brewer, DSACK executive director. “And for their families and others who witnessed their presentations, it was inspirational.”

DSACK and BCTC’s Workforce Solutions partnered to offer the course after Brewer discovered there were no full-time college programs in the area for people with intellectual disabilities. She approached BCTC and the public speaking course was born. A second public speaking course will be offered in the spring.

Dr. Gregory Feeney, vice president for academics and workforce development, told the group that they are an important part of the BCTC family. “We want to see you in the halls of BCTC,” he said.

From Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky

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