500 Newtown Pike
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Address 500 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 246-6584
Fax 859 246-4699
Contact Name Laurel Martin
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2007
Former Names
Lexington Community College
Central Kentucky Technical College
Financial Summary
Mission Statement


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.  


Background Statement


While Bluegrass Community and Technical College was established in 2005 by the consolidation of Lexington Community College and Central Kentucky Technical College. These two colleges had more than 100 years of combined experience providing postsecondary education. The BCTC Foundation was formed in the same year to support the college as it constantly strives to fulfill its mission to transform the Bluegrass – one student at a time, one employer at a time, and one community at a time.

BCTC is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college, offering transfer, career, and technical programs. The College also provides classes in adult literacy, customized workforce training, continuing education, and community outreach.

Over 3,000 students graduate each year with associate degrees, diplomas, and/or certificates from 49 programs of study. Many of these graduates continue their education at other colleges and universities. Approximately 1,000 students transfer from BCTC to a four-year public institution each year, making BCTC the top transfer college in Kentucky. BCTC has dual-admission agreements with the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Kentucky State University.

BCTC is known for the quality of its instructors, with award-winning professors recognized in 2007, 2009, and 2015 as the Carnegie Foundation’s Kentucky Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Excellence in teaching has expanded to online offerings, allowing students to pursue higher education from anywhere at their own pace. BCTC is currently one of the largest providers of distance learning in Kentucky.

BCTC also brings its excellence in teaching to the workplace. The college serves over 600 businesses and trains more than 2,600 workers each year. Through Workforce Solutions, BCTC offers customized employee training that transforms business by providing the more advanced and productive workforce needed in today’s global economy.


Impact Statement

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), with the BCTC Foundation’s assistance, transforms lives in Central Kentucky, providing thousands of people each year with the education to secure their future. BCTC develops a well-trained workforce that is prepared to handle the demands of today’s economy. BCTC works across the region to create two essential elements found in thriving communities: opportunities for education and employment.  BCTC sustains strong partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide a skilled workforce, prepare students to transfer for baccalaureate degrees, support economic vitality and improve quality of life in the communities that the college serves.


Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), with the BCTC Foundation’s assistance, transforms lives in Central Kentucky, providing thousands of people each year with the education to secure their future. BCTC develops a well-trained workforce that is prepared to handle the demands of today’s economy. BCTC works across the region to create two essential elements found in thriving communities: opportunities for education and employment.  BCTC sustains strong partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide a skilled workforce, prepare students to transfer for baccalaureate degrees, support economic vitality and improve quality of life in the communities that the college serves.

Needs Statement
BCTC is the second largest community and technical college in Kentucky, reaching over 18,000 students in Central Kentucky. Enrollment continues to grow as an increasing number of jobs require postsecondary education, and more students are choosing to begin their college experience at BCTC. However, two barriers may prevent students from attending BCTC: access and ability to pay tuition. An additional factor that will affect the quality of their education is the availability of state-of-the-art training equipment, which would enable a worker to handle the demands of the workplace.
BCTC Foundation, in support of BCTC, is working to address these barriers. A new campus on Newtown Pike will provide access to higher education in a part of Lexington whose residents have been unable to access such opportunities. The Newtown Pike development offers a rare opportunity to develop an urban campus. This facility will provide state-of-the-art training on emerging and advanced technology. It will change the physical characteristics of North Lexington as new and renovated buildings emerge. By offering new opportunities for higher education and engaging local neighborhoods, BCTC plans to be a factor in revitalizing the area surrounding its new campus.  

BCTC Foundation is also working to assist students who wish to attend BCTC but can’t afford it. To ensure a high quality of life for residents of Central Kentucky, education beyond high school can make the difference. The Foundation strives to provide scholarship funding to those that need it, adding new scholarships annually.

Finally, preparing the workforce of tomorrow requires that students be trained on the newest and most advanced equipment available. New technology is continually being developed that changes and/or enhances an industry. BCTC’s programs strive to keep pace, ensuring that these programs’ graduates are prepared to contribute as productive workers as soon as they enter the workforce.

Board Chair Statement

It is my pleasure to serve as the chair of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation Board of Directors. As a board, we are dedicated to increasing private support for BCTC. Our members represent each of our seven campuses. In addition to our three campuses in Lexington, we have campuses in Danville, Georgetown, Lawrenceburg, and Winchester. They are community leaders who donate their professional expertise and time to make higher education possible for BCTC students. 

The BCTC Foundation has launched the largest funding campaign in the college’s history. We ask, and we need, your generous financial support in order to achieve our ambitious goal. The impact of your investment will be far-reaching and will be essential to the future of Bluegrass Community and Technical College. We hope you will consider contributing to the success of the campaign, the college, and the students we serve.

J. Mel Camenisch, BCTC Foundation Board Chair, 2013-2015

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Economic Development
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Leadership Development
Geographic Areas Served
Anderson County
Boyle County
Clark County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Garrard County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Mercer County
Scott County
Woodford County

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.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mel Camenisch
Company Affiliation Rose Camenisch Mains PLLC
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Members
Mr. Alonzo Allen Toyota Motor ManufacturingVoting
Mr. J. Mel Camenisch Jr.Rose Camenisch Mains PLLCVoting
Mr. Larry Cowgill Congleton-Hacker CompanyVoting
Mrs. Lois Ann Disponett Lois Ann Disponett Real EstateVoting
Ms. Annissa Franklin The Urban League of LexingtonVoting
Mrs. Connie Harvey Xerox CorporationVoting
Mrs. Carlean Hefner Ludwig, Blair & Bush PLLCVoting
Mr. Michael Hockensmith The Hockensmith AgencyVoting
Mr. Jeff Hohman Creative Coffees RoasteryVoting
Mr. Jim Jacobus Inter-County Energy CooperativeVoting
Dr. Augusta Julian Bluegrass Community & Technical CollegeVoting
Ms. Kim Marshall Central BankVoting
Mr. Jimmy Nash Jimmy Nash HomesVoting
Mr. Steve Rinehart Denyo Manufacturing CorporationVoting
Ms. Gayle Smith Legislative Research CommissionVoting
Mr. Alan Stein Ivy Walls Management CompanyVoting
Mrs. Martha Tarrant Ross-Tarrant ArchitectsVoting
Mr. Alan Turbyfill Kentucky Trust CompanyVoting
Mr. Richard Wehrle Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love, LLPVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Kimberly Marshall
Company Affiliation Central Bank
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Laurel Raimondo Martin PhD
Term Start Jan 2014
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments
The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation has a memorandum of understanding with the Bluegrass Community & Technical College, in which the staff of the college's Resource Development Office provides support for the Foundation. This support includes, but is not limited to, grant-writing, fundraising planning, solicitations, and administrative organization.The Resource Development staff includes an Associate Vice President for Advancement (who serves as the Foundation Executive Director), Administrative Assistant, and Gift Account Specialist.
Therefore, because the Foundation does not have employees, the Foundation also does not have a Policy and Procedures Plan. The College does have a Human Resources manual that can be found at

Similarly, while the Foundation continues to work on developing its own policies and procedures regarding non-discrimination, whistle-blowing, and the like, the members of the Foundation agree to adhere to the personnel standards set by Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

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. 

Budget 40,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served Adults, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated,
Program Short Term Success

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.

Program Long term Success

Ultimately and in an ideal world, the Foundation would like 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.

Program Success Monitored By

The Foundation monitors the scholarship recipients in regards to their progress towards achieving their educational goals at BCTC.

Examples of Program Success

Steven Ashley,  a 2015 Swarna Gopal Rao Memorial Scholarship recipient, says that the scholarship helped,"to relieve my financial burden and allowed me to devote more time to my studies and complete my dream. You have inspired me to pay it forward as well.”


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.

Budget 59,400
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program Short Term Success

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.

Program Long term Success

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.

Program Success Monitored By

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.   

Examples of Program Success

Cherie Sibley, CEO with Clark Regional Medical Center states, "We have supported the BuildSmart Campaign on behalf of students so that they can realize their aspirations.  BCTC plays a significant role in education and workforce development for healthcare professionals, and we are the beneficiary of that effort." 


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.

Budget 35,741,000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults, At-Risk Populations, General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success

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. 


Program Long term Success

The first classes at the Newtown Campus will be held in 2013. 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. 

Program Success Monitored By

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.

Examples of Program Success

BCTC broke ground on a new campus in Winchester in 2006. With everyone from BCTC and within the community working together, a $7.25 million facility was opened. $2.3 million of the total cost came from private funds. Today, Winchester-Clark County campus serves a student body of over 1,100, bringing access to high quality, state of the art education to that area.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $244,500.00
Projected Expenses $206,065.00
Endowment Value $105,221.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$9,000$2,500$2,000
Individual Contributions$298,155$342,026$212,737
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7,525$6,739$5,655
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$174$25,243$47,454
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$228,167$203,697$244,061
Administration Expense$14,368$14,101$15,173
Fundraising Expense$2,876$532$1,462
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.391.821.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%93%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$878,975$791,880$666,566
Current Assets$515,010$565,412$487,103
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities$36,579$21,945$77,487
Total Net Assets$84,396$769,935$589,079
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address 500 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 859 246-6584
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Laurel Raimondo Martin PhD
Board Chair Mr. Mel Camenisch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rose Camenisch Mains PLLC