Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation Inc. (BCTC Foundation) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to advance the purposes of fundraising, advocacy, public relations, and the educational and community service goals of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The BCTC Foundation secures private funding for BCTC so the college can focus on its mission of contributing to the vitality of our communities by providing quality education in academic transfer, professional-technical and life-long learning.
Bluegrass Community & Technical College Foundation serves the Central Kentucky region, with particular emphasis on Lexington, Winchester, Lawrenceburg, Danville, and Georgetown, where current and future campuses are located. Additionally, BCTC’s diverse student population also represents each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 34 US states, and 18 foreign countries in the past school year alone.
The Foundation’s strives to support BCTC students directly through scholarships. The College is experiencing the highest enrollment numbers in its history, which translates to an increased number of students needing assistance to further their education. Since financial difficulty is the leading reason that students do not complete a college education, the increased availability of scholarships is the most effective way to impact student retention and completion rates at BCTC.Scholarships will provide more students with the opportunity to pursue postsecondary education while still meeting their living expenses. In addition, scholarships can reduce the number of hours that a student must work to pay for their higher education and living expenses.
By providing financial support, BCTC Foundation is enabling more students to successfully complete programs and graduate. As the Foundation increase its funding for scholarships, it will in turn increase its ability to impact more students.
The Foundation strives to remove financial barriers that prevent students from continuing their education by providing financial support through scholarships. Everyone should have the opportunity to achieve the highest level of education that they desire and as a result, the highest quality of life possible. As the Foundation continues to communicate the significant need for increased scholarship money, more barriers will be removed and more students can transform their lives through education.
The Foundation monitors the scholarship recipients in regards to their progress towards achieving their educational goals at BCTC.
Community and technical colleges are traditionally known for their ability to respond quickly to changes in the marketplace; however, this responsiveness takes resources. As markets become more and more competitive, and as businesses throughout the Bluegrass Region compete across the globe, it is imperative that their workers continue to hone their skills. Given adequate resources, BCTC’s credential-focused and customized training programs can meet this challenge by providing up-to-date training with equipment, technology, program supplies, services and trained instructors. The BCTC Foundation works to ensure that knowledge and skills needed by current and future workers will be readily available at the college as new technology and processes are developed.
In the short-term, the financial support provided by the Foundation enables the programs and campuses at BCTC to stay up-to-date with the knowledge and technology currently being utilized by the workplace. Employers will find the graduates of BCTC to be trained and able to quickly become productive workers.
Graduates from BCTC are helping to strengthen Kentucky’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. The availability of a well-trained workforce can attract new businesses to Central Kentucky and help make the current ones more successful.
Success will be measured by the Foundation’s ability to help fund and provide an avenue for donors to support program initiatives and campus developments.
In May 2010, BCTC unveiled a 20-year plan for a new campus. The Newtown Campus is located on the 48-acre former site of the historic Eastern State Hospital. Upon completion, the campus will consist of 14 to 17 buildings and will include historically significant buildings renovated for adaptive use.
Construction has begun on the first building. A 92,240-square-foot, four-story classroom building will include classrooms, student services, a learning commons, a science lab, a career center and a film production studio. Some of the programs in the new building include computer science and information systems, information material design, computer graphic design, film production, business, and general education classes. The building will accommodate about 1,000 students and will be LEED Certified, meeting the highest green building and performance measures. This building is expected to be ready in 2013, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky has funded its construction of the first building.
The total budget for Phase I is $35,741,000. Additional funds will be needed to further develop the campus.
BCTC will undertake activities to engage the neighborhood to encourage them to see the college as a community partner. Newtown Campus will also mark the construction of BCTC’s first LEED-certified facility, cementing the College’s commitment to the environment as well as the communities it serves.
The Newtown Campus opened in 2013. We are currently under construction for our Science and Technology Center. It is the Foundation’s hope that BCTC will become a key part of the North Lexington community throughout its development, ensuring a strong partnership with the community long into the future.
Success will be measured in terms of BCTC’s increased enrollment capacity and upgraded capability to provide high-quality training, ensuring a highly-qualified workforce.
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