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"Once Upon a Mattress" Feb. 18-20

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The ACTC Children’s Theatre will presentG2K Once Upon a Mattress Performances February 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and February 20 at 2:30 p.m.  in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus.

This musical version of “The Princess and the Pea” was adapted by the Rogers and Hammerstein Theatre library for younger actors and audiences, with lyrics and content appropriate for youth.Once Upon a Mattress is based on the book by Jay Thompson, Deal Fuller, and Marshall Barer, with music by Mary Rogers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. 

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and groups of ten or more. Tickets can be reserved with a major credit card through the Bookstore, 606-326-2014. Unreserved tickets will be available at the door for each performance, for cash or check payment only. Reservations are encouraged since performances often sell out.

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Super Sunday College Fair

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ACTC will host a “Super Sunday” college fair on February 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Temple Church in Ashland. ACTC representatives will share information on the college planning process, admissions, degree programs, financial aid, scholarships and university transfer. The fair is free and open to area residents.

On Super Sunday, all 16 Kentucky Community and Technical System colleges are partnering with African-American churches to reach out to parents and students to promote higher education.

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ACTC Blood Drive April 14

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ACTC will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments will be taken in first.  To make an appointment, contact  Rae Ann Caldwell at 606-326-2094 or email: rae.caldwell@kctcs.edu.

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ACTC Graduation Ceremony Is May 14

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ACTC's 2011 Graduation Ceremony is Saturday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. in the Paramount Arts Center in downtown Ashland. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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ACTC Honors Night Is May 12

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ACTC's annual Honors Night Program Thursday, May 12, will recognize students for their accomplishments in the 2011-2011 academic year.  The free program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Rocky Adkins Pavillion at the Technology Drive Campus.  All students, faculty, staff and area residents are invited to attend.

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Adventures on the Appalachian Trail Presentation

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Ashland residents Carl and Carrie Stambaugh will share their experiences in Walking the Appalachian Trail on Friday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m  in the CDC Conference Room.

Over the course of 112 days last year the Stambaughs walked 1,400 miles of the trail. They will share photographs, stories and lessons from their journey, plus tips on preparing for a hike.  The workshop is free, but registration is requested through ACTC Lifelong Learning, 326-2072 or email: as_LLL@kctcs.edu.

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Appalachian Trail Presentation April 1

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Ashland residents Carl and Carrie Stambaugh will share their experiences in Walking the Appalachian Trail on Friday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m  in the CDC Conference Room. The presentation is free, but registration is requested through ACTC Lifelong Learning, 326-2072 or email: as_LLL@kctcs.edu

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Canned Food Drive Ends March 31

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Clean out your cupboards and bring canned food to the CDC Front Lobby and TDC Rocky Adkins Pavilion. The Student Government Association is collecting canned food until MARCH 31 for River Cities Harvest to distribute to area food banks and shelters.  For more information, contact Rae Ann Caldwell, 326-2094 or rae.caldwell@kctcs.edu.



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SGA Officer Applications Due April 6

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Run for an office in the Student Government Association.  For an application and bylaws, contact Rae Ann Caldwell at 326-2094 or email: rae.caldwell@kctcs.edu or come to the Student Activities Office, CDC Room 156C. Applications are due April 8.

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Transfer Fair March 30 for ACTC Students

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On March 30, ACTC students can find out about their transfer opportunities to Kentucky four colleges and universities.  A Transfer Fair will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Technology Drive Campus and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus. 

Participating institutions include Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, Indiana Wesleyan, Lindsey Wilson College, Pikeville College, Metropolitan College, Morehead State University, University of the Cumberlands and University of Kentucky.

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ACTC History Professor Ernie Tucker will present “My Mother’s Songs” Saturday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. at Greenbo State Resort Park. His grandmother was born slightly before the Civil War and grew up as a farmer’s wife with former slaves as neighbors. They taught his grandmother their songs, and she in turn taught them to his mother who sang them to him and his siblings as children.

He will include these songs and others, stories about them, and direct audience participation. Professor Tucker is a speaker with the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

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Ernie Tucker, ACTC Professor of History, will present “My Mother’s Songs” Saturday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. at Greenbo State Resort Park .

His grandmother, born slightly before the Civil War, learned songs from neighbors who were former slaves. She in turn taught them to his mother who sang them to him and his siblings as children. This presentation will include these songs and stories about them.

Professor Tucker is a speaker with the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

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Chicago The Musical Starts October 13

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CHICAGO, The Musical, is the first production of the ACTC 2011-2012 Theatre Season.  Performances are Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 13 to 15 and Oct. 20 to 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays, Oct. 16 and 23, at 2:30 p.m. Performances are  in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus in Ashland.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.  Tickets may be reserved through the college bookstore, 606-326-2014. Unreserved tickets will be sold at the door before each performance. For more information, call the ACTC Theatre Office at 606-326-2073.

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ACTC Events & Programs   

 

JUNE 2011

June 20         Deadline to apply for Summer II

June 20-24    Camp Invention. Enroll through Lifelong Learning.

June 26         GED GRADUATION, 3 pm, CDC Teleconference Room

June 27         Summer II begins

 

AUGUST 2011

August 8         Deadline to apply for fall semester

August 15       Fall Semester starts

 

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ACTC and MSU-Ashland are closed July 4 for Independence Day.  Regular class and office hours resume July 5.

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August 8 is the application deadline for ACTC fall semester classes. Go to ashland.kctcs.edu for admissions forms and information. Classes start August 15.

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Free Business Program April 9

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Area businesses are invited to “A Taste of Training” on Friday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in ACTC’s College Drive Campus Conference Room The free presentation will focus on customer service and introduce  a smorgasbord of Workforce Solutions for surviving in the current economy and preparing to thrive in the coming upturn. 

Lunch will be provided by A Spice of Life Catering.  To reserve seats, contact Jessica Lucas, Workforce Solutions Specialist, at 606.326.2238 or email: jlucas0013@kctcs.edu.   For more information on classes and services, visit the web at: ashland.kctcs.edu/Workforce_Solutions.

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Businesses Invited to Job Fair April 20

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The tenth annual Tri-State Career and Job Fair cosponsored by ACTC will be held Tuesday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the KYOVA Tri-State Mall.

Area businesses and organizations are invited to participate. There is no charge for set-up.  Tables, chairs, limited access to electricity, and wireless Internet will be provided.

Cosponsors are the Southwestern Community Action Council and the KYOVA Tri-State Mall. Last year’s fair attracted more than 80 businesses and organizations as well as job seekers from throughout the Tri-State area.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Nancy Menshouse, ACTC Career & Job Placement Coordinator at 606-326-2199 or email: nancy.menshouse@kctcs.edu.

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ACTC Theatre Presents Copacabana, The Musical

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Ashland Community and Technical College Theatre will present the Copacabana, The Musical  Fridays and Saturdays, April 8, 9, 16, and 17 at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays, April 10 and 18, at 2:30 p.m.

The musical by Barry Manilow is a  tribute to the Technicolor musicals of the 1940s. The story of Copacabana dancer Lola, bartender/composer Tony and night club owner Rico features memorable songs, dance routines and show stopping costumes.

Edward Figgins, ACTC Director of Theatre and Associate Professor, is the Director and Scenic/Lighting Designer. Kathy Saltsman is the vocal music director. Eric Akers is the orchestra conductor. Paula Krepsik is the costume designer. ACTC Emeritus Professor Max Jackson is the accompanist. 

Performances are the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus. 

Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be reserved with a major credit card through the college bookstore, 606-326-2014. Unreserved  tickets may be purchased at the door, on a cash basis only, before each performance. 

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ACTC art students will display their works Friday, April 4, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in downtown Ashland.

The exhibit features drawings by twenty students enrolled in art classes last fall and this spring. Works include still life, portrait, figurative and conceptual  drawings in pen, pencil and colored pencil.

As a special feature, the exhibit will include sculptures from the 2010 SkillsUSA welding sculpture competition held March 13 at ACTC. The annual ACTC Student Art Exhibit is held in conjunction with Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk that features works by area artists and gallery exhibits.  

The free exhibit is open to the public. For more information, contact Wendy Fosterwelsh, ACTC Assistant Professor of Art, 326-2066 or email: wendy.fosterwelsh@kctcs.edu.

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African American Connections to Appalachian Music

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ACTC will present “African and African American Connections to Appalachian Music” Friday, Feb. 11, at 12 noon in theJ. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus in Ashland. Kathy Bullock, Professor of Music at Berea College, will talk about the origins of African American folk songs, spirituals, work songs, and blues and look at their substantial influence on Appalachian culture.  She is a speaker with the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

The free Black History Month Program is cosponsored by ACTC, community organizations and area residents.

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ACTC Graduation is May 15

Ashland Community and Technical College will hold its annual Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the Paramount Arts Center.   

The Ceremony will recognize 503 students who have earned a total of 1418 credentials: 117 Associate of Arts degrees, 255 Associate of Applied Science degrees, 68 Associate of Science degrees, 152 diplomas and 876 certificates.                

Thomas  Zawacki, Chair of the Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Regents,  will be the Commencement Speaker.  He is a retired General Manager for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing America and is currently Commissioner of Vehicle Regulation in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The student speaker will be Douglas Foster, Jr., an Louisa resident who is graduating with an Associate in Applied Science Degree with high honors. 

The college will present the  Distinguished Alumnus Award to Terry R. Fyffe, CPA, ABV, a managing shareholder with the Fyffe Jones Group.  He is Treasurer  on the Board of Directors of the Community and Technical College Foundation of Ashland, Inc., ACTC’s fund-raising arm.

The Distinguished Service Award will go to Michael W. Hobbs, a certified financial planner with Hobbs Financial Services and an attorney with McKenzie, Wollery & Webb.  Hobbs is Secretary for the Community and Technical College Foundation of Ashland, Inc.

The college will also award the third annual Gussler Family Endowed Chair in Math and Science Award to a faculty member who has fostered and encouraged students to reach their maximum potential.

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Service Learning Workshops Nov. 12

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A Service Learning expert will conduct workshops November 10 at Ashland Community and Technical College to help faculty bring community service into the classroom.

Linda Gabrielson, Academic Dean of Vermont Community College, developed a service learning program that has been recognized as a national model for community colleges.  She will lead discussions on engaging students in all types of courses, using service projects to meet course objects and building community partnerships.  The agenda is:

10:00-11:00 AM     Service Learning 101: Engaging Students, Invigorating Classrooms from Nursing to Homeland Security

11:30-1:00 PM     Brown Bag Round Table Discussion - Service Learning for Your Students

1:30-2:30 PM    Partners in Learning: Bringing Students into the Community and the Community into the Classroom

The workshop sessions are supported by a New Horizons grant received this year by Shawn Brown, Information Technology (IT) Instructor, to incorporate service learning into IT classes. His students have been involved in projects to clean up  Grayson Lake State Park and to map the trails using  GPS.

The workshop sessions are in the College Drive Campus Teleconference Room. For more information, contact Brown at 606-326-2091, email: Shawn.Brown@kctcs.edu. 

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Dr. Linda Gabrielson, a Service Learning expert, will conduct workshops at ACTC Friday, Nov. 12, to help faculty bring community service into the classroom.

Dr. Gabrielson, Academic Dean of Vermont Community College, developed a service learning program that has been recognized as a national model for community colleges.  From 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., she will lead discussions on engaging students in all types of courses, using service projects to meet course objects and building community partnerships.

The workshop sessions are in the College Drive Campus Teleconference Room: 

  • 10:00–11:00 am: Service Learning 101: Engaging Students, Invigorating Classrooms from Nursing to Homeland Security
  • 11:30–1:00 pm: Brown Bag Round Table Discussion- Service Learning for Your Students
  • 1:30–2:30 pm: Partners in Learning: Bringing Students into the Community and the Community into the Classroom

Community organizations are invited to the 1:30 p.m. session to see how service learning partnerships can benefit the community.

Service Learning combines academic learning with meaningful community service to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities for the common good. Studies show that students engaged in Service Learning are more successful in college.

The workshop sessions are supported by a New Horizons grant received this year by Shawn Brown, Information Technology (IT) Instructor, to incorporate service learning into IT classes. His students have been involved in projects to clean up Grayson Lake State Park and to map the trails using GPS. For more information, contact Brown, 606-326-2091 or email: shawn.brown@kctcs.edu.

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ACTC students are invited to join area businesses and business employees in a Telework Forum Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the College Drive Campus.

The free forum sponsored by the Eastern Kentucky Distance Earning Initiative will highlight a new and innovative job creation plan for the area.

Participants can learn about telework career opportunities and receive information on the Distance Earning initiatives skills inventory, which will roll out early next year to target large scale telework job creation in the region.

Participants will also  receive free resume and interview coaching and can receive twice-a-week telework job posting emails.

Sponsored by a consortium of Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) colleges, businesses and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, the Distance Earning Initiative is an economic development strategy to bring sustainable wage jobs that can be performed at home or from a business incubator.

“Work is no longer a place you go, it’s something you do,” said Joshua Ball, who coordinates the program for KCTCS. “This program is about creating opportunities for Eastern Kentuckians to work for companies that are leading the charge to compete in the global marketplace.”

There are currently thousands of jobs available in a variety of different fields like data entry, clerical, medical transcription and coding, IT support, computer programming, sales, tutoring and teaching, and a variety of management fields.

 “It’s critical that we do everything we can to link our talented workforce to the many telework jobs that are available,” Ball said. “We know that that there are a lot of people looking for work, and a large number of talented workers who are underemployed.”

For more information about the program, contact Ball at (606) 487-3205 or 800-246-7521, ext. 73205.

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High Performance Engine Rebuild Class

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A High Performance Engine Rebuild Class will begin January 8 at ACTC.

Participants will learn to adjust or modify a gasoline car or truck short block engine, including cylinder heads, valve train, intake manifold and pre-start procedures such as Installation of distributor, wires and plugs and setting the ignition timing.

Instructor Rick Burnett is ACTC Division Chair for Manufacturing and Transportation, a diesel technology instructor and a drag strip racer who is experienced in modifying engines for high performance.

The 60-hour hands-on class will be held Saturdays, January 8 to April 16 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Roberts Drive Campus.  The fee is $225 and preregistration is required.  To register, contact ACTC Lifelong Learning, 606-326-2072, 800-928-4256 or email: as_LLL@kctcs.edu.

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Blood Drive November 30

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ACTC will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments will be taken in first. To make an appointment, contact  Rae Ann Caldwell at 606-326-2094 or email: rae.caldwell@kctcs.edu.

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ACTC Theatre Presents Rock Musical Nosferatu: The Vampire

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ACTC Theatre present Nosferatu: the Vampire, on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 15,16, 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23 at midnight; and Sundays, Oct. 17 and 24, at 2:30 p.m.

The  musical rock opera by Bernard J. Taylor is the first production of the 2010-2011 Theatre Season.  Performances are in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus.  

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more, $2 for ACTC and MSU-Ashland students, and $4 for ACTC employees.  Tickets may be reserved with a major credit card through  the bookstore, 606-326-2014.  Unreserved seats will be sold at the door before each performance with cash or check payment.

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Parent-Teacher Conference Focuses on Drop Out Prevention

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A free Graduate Kentucky Mini-Conference October 28 at ACTC's Technology Drive Campus will help educators and parents focus on keeping youth in school.

The conference is designed for parents, elementary through university educators, counselors, students, community leaders and professionals who support lowering the high school drop-out rate and promoting college access. 

Participants will attend sessions on engaging youth, career counseling, youth suicide prevention, youth psychosocial issues and parenting in the 21st  century. The conference also includes dinner and a presentation by Sylvia Lovely, President of Sylvia Lovely & Associates. 

The conference is free, but space is limited on a first come basis and pre-registration is required.  To register, email  Karen E. Napier, Interim Executive Director of KentuckyCAN (Kentucky College Access Network) at: knapier@kentuckycan.org.

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Teaching Learning Conference Starts October 21

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“Reading for College, Reading for Life” is the theme of the 18th annual Teaching / Learning Conference hosted by ACTC.

Held October 21 and 22 at the College Drive Campus, the conference is designed for educators, administrators, counselors and students from all levels of academia. Each day, participants will interact with other education professionals and learn more about emerging issues and current trends in reading.

The $99  fee includes program materials, refreshment breaks, continental breakfast on both days, lunch on Thursday and entertainment Thursday evening. The student fee is $10. Register on the web at: ashland.kctcs.edu/tlc. For more information, contact Kim Boggs, ACTC Conference Coordinator, 606-326-2164 or email: kim.boggs@kctcs.edu.

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Start a Student FFA Chapter at ACTC

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Future Farmers of America. 

Students interested in starting a Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter at ACTC are invited to an organizational meeting Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Rocky Adkins Pavilion at the Technology Drive Campus.

For more information contact: Dr. Ben Harmon at Ben.Harmon@kctcs.edu or John McGlone at: John.McGlone@kctcs.edu      

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CD Release Party October 29

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ACTC Theatre will celebrate the release of a new CD, Snow White and the Evil Queen, on Friday, Oct. 29 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the J. B. Sowards Theater at the College Drive Campus.  The CD produced by composer Bernard J. Taylor was recorded last summer by a cast of 18 area residents who have been involved with ACTC Theatre productions. During the party, videos of the recording sessions will be shown on the big screen.

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“The Warmest Room in the House,” an exhibit of antique kitchen implements, is on display the Mansbach Library at ACTC’s College Drive Campus.  The implements, mostly from Eastern Kentucky, are from the private collections of Susan Thompson, ACTC Library Specialist, and Ernie Tucker, Professor of History.

The exhibit includes excerpts on household life in the early 20th Century and is free and open to the public during Library hours.  The Library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Free Business Program April 9

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Area businesses are invited to “A Taste of Training” on Friday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in ACTC’s College Drive Campus Conference Room The free presentation will focus on customer service and introduce  a smorgasbord of Workforce Solutions for surviving in the current economy and preparing to thrive in the coming upturn. 

Lunch will be provided by A Spice of Life Catering.  To reserve seats, contact Jessica Lucas, Workforce Solutions Specialist, at 606.326.2238 or email: jlucas0013@kctcs.edu.   For more information on classes and services, visit the web at: ashland.kctcs.edu/Workforce_Solutions.

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Businesses Invited to Job Fair April 20

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The tenth annual Tri-State Career and Job Fair cosponsored by ACTC will be held Tuesday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the KYOVA Tri-State Mall.

Area businesses and organizations are invited to participate. There is no charge for set-up.  Tables, chairs, limited access to electricity, and wireless Internet will be provided.

Cosponsors are the Southwestern Community Action Council and the KYOVA Tri-State Mall. Last year’s fair attracted more than 80 businesses and organizations as well as job seekers from throughout the Tri-State area.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Nancy Menshouse, ACTC Career & Job Placement Coordinator at 606-326-2199 or email: nancy.menshouse@kctcs.edu.

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Ashland Community and Technical College Theatre will present the Copacabana, The Musical  Fridays and Saturdays, April 8, 9, 16, and 17 at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays, April 10 and 18, at 2:30 p.m.

The musical by Barry Manilow is a  tribute to the Technicolor musicals of the 1940s. The story of Copacabana dancer Lola, bartender/composer Tony and night club owner Rico features memorable songs, dance routines and show stopping costumes.

Edward Figgins, ACTC Director of Theatre and Associate Professor, is the Director and Scenic/Lighting Designer. Kathy Saltsman is the vocal music director. Eric Akers is the orchestra conductor. Paula Krepsik is the costume designer. ACTC Emeritus Professor Max Jackson is the accompanist. 

Performances are the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus. 

Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be reserved with a major credit card through the college bookstore, 606-326-2014. Unreserved  tickets may be purchased at the door, on a cash basis only, before each performance. 

For more information on ACTC Theatre, call the Theatre Office, 606-326-2073.

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Get SNAP for Emergency Notifications

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Sign up for SNAP to receive news about ACTC on-campus emergencies.  You can choose to receive emergency notifications via SMS text or e-mail, renewable every six months.

Go to: kctcs.edu/SNAP

If you already have SNAP, please sign up to renew.

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ACTC Graduation is May 15

Ashland Community and Technical College will hold its annual Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the Paramount Arts Center.   

The Ceremony will recognize 503 students who have earned a total of 1418 credentials: 117 Associate of Arts degrees, 255 Associate of Applied Science degrees, 68 Associate of Science degrees, 152 diplomas and 876 certificates.                

Thomas  Zawacki, Chair of the Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Regents,  will be the Commencement Speaker.  He is a retired General Manager for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing America and is currently Commissioner of Vehicle Regulation in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The student speaker will be Douglas Foster, Jr., an Louisa resident who is graduating with an Associate in Applied Science Degree with high honors. 

The college will present the  Distinguished Alumnus Award to Terry R. Fyffe, CPA, ABV, a managing shareholder with the Fyffe Jones Group.  He is Treasurer  on the Board of Directors of the Community and Technical College Foundation of Ashland, Inc., ACTC’s fund-raising arm.

The Distinguished Service Award will go to Michael W. Hobbs, a certified financial planner with Hobbs Financial Services and an attorney with McKenzie, Wollery & Webb.  Hobbs is Secretary for the Community and Technical College Foundation of Ashland, Inc.

The college will also award the third annual Gussler Family Endowed Chair in Math and Science Award to a faculty member who has fostered and encouraged students to reach their maximum potential.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.



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New musical theatre classes for fourth to twelfth students will begin in August at Ashland Community and Technical College.

Offered through Lifelong Learning, ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ classes will help young performers develop and sharpen their singing, dancing and acting skills.

Joshua Jannotta, a professional actor, will instruct students on vocal and physical warm-up techniques, improvisation, stage movement, blocking notes, basic acting skills,  dance, choreography and posture for singing/dancing.  The 14-week classes are designed to help students learn the basics of musical theatre while increasing their self-confidence and building teamwork skills.

Classes for fourth to eighth grade students are Tuesdays, Aug. 17 to Nov.16, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Classes for high school students are Thursdays, Aug. 19 to Nov. 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Both classes will have a dress rehearsal Tuesday, Nov. 16 and give a final performance for family and friends on Thursday, Nov. 18.

The fee is $189, with a $20 discount for those who register by August 6.  To register or for more information, contact Lifelong Learning, 606-326-2072, 800-928-4256 or email: as_LLL@kctcs.edu.

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BSCTC Mayo Campus Adult Education Program Exceeds Enrollment and Performance Standards

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Paintsville, KY (April 5, 2010) – The Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Mayo Campus Adult Education Program received notification, March 2010 that the Adult Education Program on the Mayo Campus was the recipient another prestigious Kentucky Adult Education (KAE) Award/Banner for the 2009-2010. 

To qualify and receive such an esteemed award, KAE Programs must meet and exceed enrollment and performance guidelines set forth by the counties in which they reside. 

Program performance is determined by a program’s enrollment, academic performance and performance measures.  Program performance is divided into three categories-Excellence, Proficient and Needs Improvement.

Enrollment is defined as a student assessed and enrolled 12 hours or more in an adult basic education, adult secondary education, adult education at correctional institutions, family literacy, English as a second language and adult education at a workplace funded through the core services grant. 

Academic performance is the percent of enrolled students completing National Reporting System (NRS) educational functional levels in areas such as reading, math and language. 

In order for a program to be in the Excellence category, they must meet or exceed 90 percent of their enrollment goal and at least 56% of academic performance. 

The BSCTC Mayo Campus Adult Education Program directed by BSCTC Associate Professor, Jennifer L. Leedy, exceeded enrollment and performance goals in several areas, such as Beginning Adult Basic Education, Low Intermediate Adult Basic Education, High Intermediate Adult Basic Education, Low Adult Secondary Education and NRS performance guidelines. 

In Johnson County, the enrollment goal was 410.  The BSCTC Mayo Campus Adult Education Program enrolled 543, hence exceeded the set enrollment goal by 133. 

The Mayo Campus Adult Education Program GED goal was 80 percent yet, 84 percent of Big Sandy students exceeded this goal, earning their GEDs. 

The goal for the Mayo Campus Adult Education students entering Post-Secondary Education/Training was positioned at 73 percent and 77 percent of students successfully completed this goal, thus forging paths into Post-Secondary Educational endeavors. 

Consequently, by exceeding goals in Beginning Adult Basic Education, Low Intermediate Adult Basic Education, High Intermediate Adult Basic Education, Low Adult Secondary Education and meeting the percentage goals set forth by NRS performance and enrollment standards, the BSCTC Mayo Campus Adult Education Program was awarded significant funding for 2009-2010. 

The BSCTC Mayo Campus Adult Education Program has received nine KAE enrollment and performance awards and banners. 

BSCTC Associate Professor, Jennifer L. Leedy, of the Mayo Adult Education Program commented, “We provide adult education, GED and developmental education ventures to approximately five hundred (500) students each year. I love my job and I love my students.  The most rewarding aspect of my job is watching my students achieve their dreams and goals and watching them graduate with pride and honor.”  Additionally, Leedy added, “We truly do provide excellence in teaching and learning, while Transforming Lives, Transforming Kentucky….

Diane Lafferty, BSCTC student remarked, “Professor Leedy works hard to make the Mayo Campus Adult Education Program the success that it is.  She is always available to the students—helping them achieve academic success.  She takes great pride in their achievements.” 

Additional information about the BSCTC Mayo Campus Adult Education Program is available by contacting, Jennifer L. Leedy, associate professor at (606) 789-5321, ext. 82827 or via email at jennifer.leedy@kctcs.edu

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Paintsville, KY (April 5, 2010) – The Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Mayo Campus Adult Education Program received notification, March 2010 that the Adult Education Program on the Mayo Campus was the recipient another prestigious Kentucky Adult Education (KAE) Award/Banner for the 2009-2010.

BSCTC Mayo Campus Celebrates Apple Day 2009

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Writer:  Daphene Goble
Paintsville, KY (October 2, 2009) - Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) celebrated Eastern Kentucky's finest fall festival, Apple Day.  The quant, modest town of Paintsville, Kentucky burst alive via Eastern Kentucky's most famous fall festival.  Amidst the splendor of the beautiful autumn leaves, BSCTC faculty, staff and students enjoyed hot cider and funnel cakes as they mingled, viewed and listened to Eastern Kentucky's finest musical artists.  Excitement was plentiful as visitors viewed wonderful crafts, paintings and designs by local craftsmen.  BSCTC provided a data booth loaded with information about BSCTC programs, degrees, and diplomas.  The booth was located on Second Street, in front of the Paintsville Elementary School.  Prospective students and parents browsed Big Sandy brochures as faculty and staff provided answers to questions about educational programs at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.  Big Sandy provided a prize giveaway that included services from the Big Sandy Cosmetology Program (i.e.) manicures and pedicures, etc., as well as other items donated by various educational programs at BSCTC.  All visitors were encouraged to register for the prize giveaway and five lucky winners won delightful gifts, compliments of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.  Winners included, Cindy Holliday, Lily Gardner, Mary Howell, Debbie Howard and Jennifer Witten. 
 
Big Sandy Community and Technical College continues to strive toward their goal of Transforming Lives. Transforming Kentucky.  Check out Big Sandy Community and Technical College at http://www.bigsandy.kctcs.edu/, or call (606) 886-3863 today.  Remember, your future is waiting for you at BSCTC.

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Anderson County Residents Receive Scholarships to attend BCTC

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LEXINGTON, KY (Feb 2, 2011) - Bluegrass Community & Technical College has awarded two scholarships to Anderson County Students.

Jacqueline Dragoo of Lawrenceburg has received the KCTCS President’s Scholarship. The scholarship provides for full tuition, books and fees and is awarded to students have outstanding academic performance.

Stephen Benningfield of Lawrenceburg has received the Ralph G. Anderson Scholarship. The scholarship provides for full tuition, books and fees and is awarded to students who are enrolled in at least twelve credit hours at BCTC.

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Bluegrass Community & Technical College has awarded two scholarships to Anderson County Students.

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BGTC Celebrates Black History Month with Lecture/Presentation of Galen Abdur-Razzaq

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Black History Month Featured Event

There will be two events featuring Master Flutist and Lecturer Galen Abdur-Razzaq on February 18, 2010 at Bowling Green Technical College. A lecture/performance entitled “In the Tradition” will be held at noon in the Building F conference center. This lecture focuses on the “History of Jazz” which chronicles music from the turn of the century to present day. During the performance, students will learn the five pillars of jazz - melody, harmony, rhythm, syncopation, and improvisation- and are provided with a demonstration of how each of these elements influence jazz. They are also invited to ‘sit in’ with Galen.

An evening performance for the community will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Advanced Technology Institute (KATI) Round Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Galen Abdur-Razzaq is one of the most popular musicians and lecturers on college and university campuses. He has received rave reviews from many institutions such as California State Polytechnic University, Georgia Southwestern, University of Maryland, University of West Florida, University of Minnesota, Tuskegee University, University of Wisconsin, The Ohio State University, Miami Dade Community College, Hillsborough Community College and Kansas State University. A former student of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and a graduate of Rutgers University, Galen holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and Education.

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Master Flutist and Lecturer Galen Abdur-Razzaq will speak and perform at Bowling Green Technical College on February 18, 2010.

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ECTC Nursing Graduates Achieve 100% Pass Rates on Licensure Exams

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Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s two nursing programs, Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Registered Nursing, both achieved the distinction of 100 percent pass rates on the Nursing Council Licensure Examinations – NCLEX – for the past year.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program continues to shine as one of the finest in the state of Kentucky. The program, which trains students to become registered nurses, recently received a Letter of Commendation from the Kentucky Board of Nursing, based on the fact that 100 percent (47) of the ECTC nursing students in the 2007 – 2008 academic year who took the Nursing Council Licensure Examination – NCLEX – passed on their first try. ECTC was one of only three programs in the state, including universities, to achieve that distinction. ECTC nursing students consistently score well on the exam, with pass rates exceeding the national average. The Kentucky Board of Nursing granted continued Full approval status to the nursing program.

“Our Associate Degree in Nursing Program is one of ECTC’s flagship programs,” said Dr. Thelma White, ECTC President/CEO. “It’s a rigorous, demanding program, and our nursing students are very well-prepared to succeed, not only on the licensure exam, but also in their chosen careers. They readily secure jobs in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare facilities anywhere they want to go. There is a demonstrated shortage of nurses nationwide, which is only expected to grow, so nursing is a very rewarding career with plenty of job opportunity. We are very proud of our nursing program, instructors, staff and students, and are committed to consistent, high standards. And we’re very grateful for the community partnerships with hospitals and healthcare providers that make this quality education possible.”

Students who have earned their Associate Degrees in Nursing at ECTC agree that the program is tough, but prepares them well to succeed. Felicia Tate graduated in the Fall of 2008 and now works in the medical surgical ward at Twin Lakes Hospital in Leitchfield. “It’s a grueling program, but after it’s over you realize that you’ve learned everything you need to pass the licensure exam,” said Tate. “The labs are awesome, but it’s the instructors who really made the difference, who are willing to meet one-on-one with us when we need extra help or have questions. The ECTC nursing program has a great reputation for high standards and graduating high quality nurses.”

Jeanette Griffin, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Hardin Memorial Hospital, hires a large number of ECTC nursing students. “We are so very proud of the ECTC program and students and their 100 percent pass rates on the NCLEX,” she said. “We are very comfortable hiring ECTC graduates because we know that there’s an excellent chance that they will pass their licensing exams after completing their post-grad clinicals. ECTC nurses are highly likely to succeed as nurses. And it’s very important to us that we have a wonderful relationship with the ECTC program coordinator and faculty, and we’re confident that that relationship will continue.”

For more information about the Practical Nursing or Associate Degree in Nursing (Registered Nursing) programs, contact Susan Mudd at 270-706-8534.

Spring 2008 Associate Degree in Nursing Graduates

Breckinridge County

Stephanie Belluci, Harned

Bullitt County

Amanda Bischoff, Shepherdsville

Grayson County

Lindsay Bryant, Caneyville
Melony Gilbert, Leitchfield
Melinda Mattingly, Clarkson

Hardin County

Patricia Baird, Elizabethtown
Renee Barzee, Elizabethtown
Melissa Baumgardner, Elizabethtown
Marcy Benson, Elizabethtown
Amanda Bisby, Radcliff
Stephanie (Carr) Roberts, Elizabethtown
Susan Cowart, Elizabethtown
Michele Fitzsimmons, Fort Knox
Sarah Tovar, Elizabethtown
Tanisha Williams, Elizabethtown

LaRue County

Elizabeth Barzee, Magnolia
Jessi Brackett, Mt. Sherman

Meade County

Patricia Fackler, Payneville
Cassandra (Wright) Fields, Brandenburg

Nelson County

Dianne Clark, Boston
Margaret Wimsett, Bardstown

Taylor County

Leah Hayes, Elk Horn

Washington County

Daniel Barber, Springfield
Emily Riley, Springfield

Fall 2008 Associate Degree in Nursing Graduates

Grayson County

Nathan Lindblom, Leitchfield
Eva Noe-Kerr, Leitchfield
Jessica Roberts, Leitchfield
Felicia Tate, Leitchfield

Green County

Sheri Little, Greensburg
Samantha Lobb, Summersville

Hardin County

Jana Anderson, Elizabethtown
Tricia Bennett, Cecilia
Mary Kathleen Herrera, Elizabethtown
Jessica Lafollette, Elizabethtown
Olivia Lyons, Elizabethtown
Ramona Merciers, Elizabethtown
Brennan Priddy, Upton
Kalia Reece, Sonora
Mari Stein, Elizabethtown
Bianca Thacker, Radcliff
Heather VanBlijenburgh, Rineyville

Meade County

Cynthia Fackler, Brandenburg

Nelson County

Julie Culver, New Haven
Kayla Hutchins, Bardstown
Kristen Russell, New Haven
Phyllis Skaggs, Bardstown

Taylor County

Dinah Daugherty, Campbellsville

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"The Heartland Review" is a literary publication published by Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. It features literature, poetry and art submitted by people from around the world. Everyone is encouraged to submit poetry and artwork for consideration in the following two contests.

2011 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize

. First 1st Place $500 and publication along with all finalists in The Heartland Review Fall 2011 issue. THR asks for a tax-deductible $5 contribution for each poem to support the contest and the publication. Please make checks out to The Heartland Review. Send a cover page with titles of poems, author's name, address and a short biography (75 words, maximum).

Names and addresses should NOT appear on the poems themselves. Poems should be typed and should be no longer than 30 lines. Post mark deadline for entries is January 30, 2011. Results will be announced in March. Finalists will be invited to read at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical and College’s National Poetry Month Celebration.

Send a self-addressed stamped legal-sized envelope in order to receive results. Mail entries to: 2011 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize c/o Mick Kennedy Elizabethtown Community and Technical College 600 College Street Rd Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Judge

Steven Cope

http://www.stevenrcope.com/index.html

The Heartland Review Juried Art Exhibit, 2011

The exhibition theme is inspired by natural elements. Over the last hundred years artists have continually turned to organic design as a response to mass-produced, machine-made and computer-generated designs. For some, organic is an attempt to reevaluate what it means to be “modern. “ We welcome works of art of every media type and style that address the topic of nature, and organic design through one or more of the following themes:

Nature Environmentalism

Natural Materials The Body

Responses to Modernity Identity

Urbanism

Artists may submit up to six pieces for a contribution of $10.00.

The submission deadline is January 30, 2011.

Please note artwork should have been created no earlier than the summer of 2009.

Selected works will be displayed in the Morrison Gallery at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and be published in the 2011 spring/fall issues of The Heartland Review. The artwork which best depicts the exhibition theme will be placed on the cover 2011 spring issue’s cover plus an award of $250. The gallery exhibit will run from 5-30 April 2011, with a reception to be held on Thursday, 17 April.

Interested individuals should submit the following items to:

• A digital image of their work(s) to be considered (each no larger than 300 dpi resolution)

• Full identification of the work (artist name, phone number, title, medium, dimension, and value)

• A short artist statement, no longer than one page in length

• $10 contribution, with checks made payable to “The Heartland Review”

THR Art Exhibit, c/o Mick Kennedy

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

600 College Street Road

Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Send submissions or questions via email to: Mick.Kennedy@KCTCS.edu or RRAY0047@KCTCS.edu. Please include “Heartland Art” in the email subject heading.

Finalists will be selected by a committee composed of professional artists, art instructors, and one representative from The Heartland Review.

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Professor Haque Appointed to KEA Board

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Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Professor Khondaker Haque has been selected for the Kentucky Economic Association Board of Directors. Professor Haque teaches economics at ECTC. Chris Phillips, economics professor at Somerset Community College and immediate past president of KEA, said, “Your input is greatly needed as we continue to build our membership. Your assistance and participation with the KEA is invaluable.”

Professor Haque presented a paper, entitled “ Zero Waste Integrated Farming: A Case Study of a Project in Bangladesh,” at the 2009 Kentucky Economic Association Annual meeting in October. Haque was the only participant from Kentucky, out of 100 attendees at the meeting. His conference expenses were partially funded by a scholarship from Cengage Learning.

Haque said, “I had the opportunity to meet people I’ve always wanted to meet in the field of economic education.” Keynote speakers included N. Gregory Mankiw, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors and current professor of economics at Harvard University; Robert E. Hall, a prominent applied economist, professor of economics at Stanford University and 2010 President of the American Economic Association; and Alan S. Blinder, professor of economics at Princeton University and co-director and founder of Princeton’s Center for Economic Policy Studies, and former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

Here, Professor Haque is pictured with Professor Alan S. Blinder.

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Gateway Information Session, April 23

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Learn more about Gateway by attending an Information Session. Find out about Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Programs, and Advising. This information session will take place April 23, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Edgewood Campus, Room E101.

Stick around to attend a Financial Aid Workshop to receive assistance with filing out your FASFA forms. April 23, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Edgewood Campus, Room E209. Note: If applying for Fall 2010 please bring your 2009 Federal Tax Returns and 2008 W-2 forms.

These sessions are part of a series of information sessions provided to students and the community. Find future information session dates on the current events page.

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Learn more about Gateway by attending an Information Session. Find out about Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Programs, and Advising. This information session will take place April 23, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Edgewood Campus, Room E101.

Gateway Scholarship Application Deadline Is April 1; 24 Award Categories Available

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Gateway Community and Technical College is accepting scholarship applications for the 2011-2012 academic school year that begins next August. The deadline to submit applications is April 1, 2011.

Gateway offers 24 different categories of scholarships. Some are general scholarships for students in any field. Some are dedicated to students in such disciplines as advanced manufacturing, electrical technology, computer-assisted drafting and design, education, nursing and allied health. Eligibility requirements vary, but scholarships are available for single parents, minority students and students showing academic promise and having a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Gateway awarded more than $224,000 in merit-based scholarships to eligible students in the current academic year.
Scholarship applications are located at gateway.kctcs.edu. Click on Financial Aid, and then Scholarships. The application requires a brief, typed personal statement, and students are encouraged to include optional information on their family, work and financial circumstances. Some scholarships require separate applications and writing statements.

The application process also requires two letters of recommendation from non-relatives. The scholarship application, typed personal statement, letters of recommendation and any other materials required by specific scholarships must be submitted to the Gateway Financial Aid Office at any campus no later than April 1. Mailed materials should be sent to the Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence, KY 41042 and must be postmarked no later than April 1.
For more information, contact Will Bradley @ 859-442-4186 or William.bradley@kctcs.edu.

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Eleven Gateway Students Certified As Fiber Outside Plant Technicians By Fiber Optics Association

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One hundred percent of the students enrolled in the outside plant technician course at Gateway Community and Technical College recently became Certified Fiber Outside Plant Technicians (CFospT)as a result of passing the internationally recognized CFospT test administered by the Fiber Optic Association.

“We made history this past semester at Gateway by changing the way we deliver technical courses and labs to be accessible using different media and by offering a hands-on course that covers communication systems used by the energy industry,” said Gateway Professor Thomas Collins.
Collins, a member of the Fiber Optics Association board for 10 years and an advisory board member for 15 years, explained that the Outside Plant Technician course teaches students how to install and operate communication systems located outside of buildings. It includes smart grid technology, fiber optic systems, Power Line Carriers and cellular technology, as well as wireless systems and copper cable systems.

A smart grid is an electricity network that uses digital technology to deliver power from suppliers to consumers via two-way digital communications. The technology saves energy, reduces costs and increases reliability and transparency.

Students were required to build a smart grid system made of 10 kilometers of fiber optic cable with connectors and splices to mirror workplace conditions. The students then had to use meters to troubleshoot faults set up by the instructor.
The outside plant technician certification course is an outgrowth of Gateway’s lineman-training program funded by a Department of Labor grant.

“The smart grid installed in our area enabled us to develop a new worker classification called the Outside Plant Technician, increasing the value we offer students and employers,” Collins said. “Support from our industry partners, including the Gateway Energy Committee, the Fiber Optic Association, the Bowlin Group, and Corning Cable, was a vital component in creating the course that prepares students for high-wage, high-demand jobs.”

For more information about the course, contact Collins at tom.collins@kctcs.edu or 859-442-4106.

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One hundred percent of the students enrolled in the outside plant technician course at Gateway Community and Technical College recently became Certified Fiber Outside Plant Technicians (CFospT)as a result of passing the internationally recognized CFospT test administered by the Fiber Optic Association.

“We made history this past semester at Gateway by changing the way we deliver technical courses and labs to be accessible using different media and by offering a hands-on course that covers communication systems used by the energy industry,” said Gateway Professor Thomas Collins.

Collins, a member of the Fiber Optics Association board for 10 years and an advisory board member for 15 years, explained that the Outside Plant Technician course teaches students how to install and operate communication systems located outside of buildings. It includes smart grid technology, fiber optic systems, Power Line Carriers and cellular technology, as well as wireless systems and copper cable systems.

A smart grid is an electricity network that uses digital technology to deliver power from suppliers to consumers via two-way digital communications. The technology saves energy, reduces costs and increases reliability and transparency.

Students were required to build a smart grid system made of 10 kilometers of fiber optic cable with connectors and splices to mirror workplace conditions. The students then had to use meters to troubleshoot faults set up by the instructor.

The outside plant technician certification course is an outgrowth of Gateway’s lineman-training program funded by a Department of Labor grant.

“The smart grid installed in our area enabled us to develop a new worker classification called the Outside Plant Technician, increasing the value we offer students and employers,” Collins said. “Support from our industry partners, including the Gateway Energy Committee, the Fiber Optic Association, the Bowlin Group, and Corning Cable, was a vital component in creating the course that prepares students for high-wage, high-demand jobs.”

For more information about the course, contact Collins at tom.collins@kctcs.edu or 859-442-4106.

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Gateway Course Prepares HVAC Technicians For Licensing Tests

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The Workforce Solutions Division of Gateway Community and Technical College will offer a preparatory course this spring to prepare heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians for journeyman and masters licensing tests.

The 45 contact-hour course will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. between March 29 and May 19. There is no class on April 21. The class will be offered at the college’s Classroom and Training Building at the Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence. The course cost is $250.

Students are responsible for ordering texts used in the class. Required reference materials include 2006 International Mechanical Code, 2006 International Fuel Gas Code, 2005 National Electrical Code, and Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, 18th Edition or Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, 5th Edition. Texts can be ordered from ICC at 1-800-786-4452.

For information or to register, contact Regina Schadler at 859-442-1170 or regina.schadler@kctcs.edu.

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Chaney Selected As New Horizons Outstanding Faculty Member At Gateway

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Susan Chaney of Independence has been selected by her peers at Gateway Community and Technical College for New Horizons recognition as Gateway’s outstanding faculty member for the 2010-11 academic year.

Chaney was honored along with representatives from the other 15 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the System Office at an awards ceremony in May during the annual New Horizons conference.

“There is no higher honor in KCTCS than to be selected by your peers for New Horizons recognition,” said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. “We congratulate Susan on achieving this remarkable honor.”

Chaney is an assistant professor and program coordinator of Gateway’s Medical Information Technology/Medical Administrative Services program. She was nominated for her innovative work enabling colleagues to use Wimba Live Classroom technology to deliver online instruction to students.

“Susan is not only technologically proficient and enthusiastic in integrating technology into classroom, but she also has been a major force in developing a new Electronic Health Records certificate at Gateway and in our successful application to offer an associate degree in Health Information Technology,” said Laura Urban, vice president of academic affairs and provost.

A native of Cadiz, Ky., Chaney is a graduate of Midway (Ky.) College with an associate in arts degree and earned a bachelor of science degree in business education from Eastern Kentucky University at Richmond. She holds a master of arts degree in education from Northern Kentucky University. Chaney was an instructor at the Northern Kentucky Health Occupations Center, a Gateway forerunner, from 1989 to 1996. She joined Gateway in her current role as assistant professor in 2008.

Chaney has served in a leadership capacity on numerous college committees, is a certified professional coder, and has presented multiple professional development sessions for faculty on Wimba Live Classroom.

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HCTC will hold an Appalachian Craft and Culture Fair Nov. 11-14 in the First Federal Center. A wide variety of activities and demonstrations are planned, including story telling, demonstrations and small group performances. The Native Nations will conduct a Mini Powwow on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the First Federal Center room 123A.  

On Nov. 12-14, artists and crafts people in the area will sell their wares each day from 8:30 to 5 p.m. In response to requests from the public, the crafts fair is being extended to Saturday, Nov. 14 to allow more visitors.

“We have a lot of talented people in the area and this event allows them to showcase their work,” noted Cora Hamilton, event coordinator. “This is a great time to get some early Christmas shopping done, sample some wonderful home-made desserts, and gain a better appreciation for our Appalachian heritage,” she said.

For more information regarding the Powwow, contact Elbert Hagans, (606) 487-3178. For other information about the event, contact Cora Hamilton at (606) 487-3071.

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HCC Fall Film Series Features Alfred Hitchcock Films

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Henderson Community College Presents the Fall 2010 Film Series

The Master of Suspense: A Retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock

Where: Room 310 Sullivan Technology Center--Free Admission, Films Begin at 6:30 p.m.



Notorious (1946, 101 min., black & white)                                                                              Sept. 2

Cary Grant is an American agent who blackmails Ingrid Berman into infiltrating a Nazi spy ring in Brazil—and then falls in love with her.  But, will the Nazi’s find out that she is a spy, and if so, what will they do?  Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains; discussion led by Kevin Reid.


Rear Window (1954, 112 min.)                                                                                              Sept. 16

Stewart is a photo journalist stuck in his apartment with a broken leg.  Unfortunately, while staring out his window he may have witnessed a murder, and now he is obsessed with proving the crime.  Can he solve the case before being caught by the murderer?  This film was nominated for 4 Academy Awards and stars Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly and Raymond Burr; discussion led by Steve McCarty.


Trouble With Harry
(1955, 99 min.)                                                                                       Sept.  30

Harry is a corpse that shows up in a small Vermont town.  But why is he there, who killed him, and what should be done with the body?  This was McLain’s debut and one of Hitchcock’s most light-hearted films.  Starring John Forsyth, Shirley MacLain and Edmund Gwenn; discussion led by Katie Griffis.


Vertigo (1958, 129 min.)                                                                                                          Oct. 14

A police detective afraid of heights, Stewart is investigating a woman’s sanity.  Passion, fear, deceit, plot twists—and high places--keep the audience guessing about her sanity and Stewart’s survival.  Starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak; discussion led by Mike Knecht.


North by Northwest (1959, 131 min.)                                                                                      Oct. 28

Foreign spies kidnap Grant because they think that he is is a spy.  To survive, he must escape, avoid pursuing federal agents, and prove his innocence--and his only helper is a woman who helped the spies identify him in the first place!  This film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason; discussion led by Bill Dixon.


Psycho (1960, 109 min.)                                                                                                            Nov. 11  

THE iconic Hitchcock masterpiece, Psycho follows Leigh as she steals money and tries to reinvent her life.  Her plan begins to unravel when she stops for a night’s sleep at the oddly threatening Bates motel.  Psycho was nominated for 4 Academy awards and stars Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Martin Balsam; discussion led by Cary Conley.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT ENGLISH PLACEMENT.

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Due to an ACT error, some students have been placed into the incorrect English class and are now dropped. E-mails have been sent to all Downtown Campus students who have been impacted with instructions as to how to get back into a class.

Please come to the Downtown Campus Library on August 9th between 8:00am and 5:00pm or come to the Advising Center (JEC building, room 606) during drop/add (8/13-8/17) to replace this class.

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Due to an ACT error, some students have been placed into the incorrect English class and are now dropped. E-mails have been sent to all Downtown Campus students who have been impacted with instructions as to how to get back into a class.

Important Message for Business Majors!

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The University of Louisville will no longer accept PHI 150 Business Ethics into the College of Business.   If you have that course on your schedule, please replace it with PHI 130.

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The University of Louisville will no longer accept PHI 150 Business Ethics into the College of Business. If you have that course on your schedule, please replace it with PHI 130.

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JCTC earns selection to Achieving the Dream network

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College to engage research, policies to close student achievement gap

With a goal of creating a culture of completion, Jefferson Community & Technical College is one of only 30 community colleges nationwide selected for the Achieving the Dream 2011 cohort.

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a national nonprofit organization focused on helping colleges improve student success, particularly students of color and low-income students, by removing barriers while maintaining academic rigor.  The organization works on multiple fronts, including efforts on campuses and in research, public engagement and public policy.

Launched as an initiative in 2004 with funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education, Achieving the Dream focuses on broad institutional change, informed by student achievement data.

Selection to Achieving the Dream is considered an honor. To date, only 160 intuitions among about 1,200 community colleges nationwide are members of the Achieving the Dream network. Jefferson is the only Kentucky college to be selected.

To qualify, colleges must demonstrate a commitment to recognizing and addressing achievement gaps.  Jefferson’s leadership in the 55,000 Degrees initiative to improve the region’s educational attainment levels and the college’s innovative Change Makers Partnership, Health Care Career Pathways, Early College at Western High School, Jefferson Counts (math remediation) and Student Support Services programs, all directed at supporting the success of at-risk students, helped propel Jefferson’s selection to this year’s cohort.

“Closing achievement gaps and improving student outcomes is extremely difficult work. The ambitious commitment of JCTC is commendable,” said William Trueheart, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Adding 30 colleges to the Achieving the Dream national reform network means that an additional 300,000 students now have a better chance of earning a certificate or degree, realizing greater economic opportunity, and achieving their dreams.”

As an Achieving the Dream college, Jefferson will embark on intensive analyses of the college’s strengths, problem areas and achievement gaps. The college has committed to assessing the effectiveness of policies and practices, institutionalizing the approaches that prove successful, and sharing the findings widely.

Through Achieving the Dream, Jefferson will have the opportunity to learn from other Achieving the Dream institutions and receive assistance from experienced practitioners. The goals are to identify problems, set priorities and measure progress toward increasing student success.

“We believe that our active participation in the Achieving the Dream network, with its focus on student outcomes, assessment and accountability and its deep knowledge of national best practices, will be the key to achieving our own dream of becoming our region’s most successful pathway to degree completion, helping thousands of students each year out of poverty and into self-sufficiency,” said Tony Newberry, Jefferson president and CEO of Jefferson.

As a public open access community college, Jefferson reflects national norms for comparable institutions. Seventy-six percent of incoming students require one remedial course and 50 percent are placed in two. The average income of a Jefferson student is $23,000 a year, which is 50 percent less than the average Kentucky university student. These barriers, along with the challenges of jobs and families, keep many students from completing a college credential.

At its core, Achieving the Dream seeks to help more students reach their individual goals, which may include earning a community college certificate, diploma or degree, attaining a bachelor's degree, and/or obtaining a better job. Achieving the Dream colleges maintain a high degree of access for historically underrepresented groups while working to increase the percentage of students who accomplish the following:

  • successfully complete the courses they take;
  • advance from remedial to credit-bearing courses;
  • enroll in and successfully complete gatekeeper courses;
  • enroll from one semester to the next; and
  • earn degrees and/or certificates. 

The 2011 Achieving the Dream Cohort of Community Colleges:

  • Amarillo College (TX)
  • Grays Harbor College (WA) 
  • Northwest Indian College (WA)
  • Athens Technical College (GA) 
  • Jefferson Community & Technical College (KY) 
  • Passaic County Community College (NJ)
  • Bellingham Technical College (WA) 
  • Lane Community College (OR) 
  • Pierce College (CA)
  • Century College (MN) 
  • Lorain County Community College (OH) 
  • Prince George’s Community College (MD)
  • Clover Park Technical College (WA) 
  • Los Angeles City College (CA) 
  • Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)
  • Cumberland County College (NJ) 
  • Los Angeles Harbor College (CA)
  • Skagit Valley College (WA)
  • East Los Angeles College (CA) 
  • Los Angeles Mission College (CA)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (WA)
  • Eastern Maine Community College (ME) 
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College (CA)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (TX)
  • Edmonds Community College (WA)
  • Los Angeles Valley College (CA)
  • West Los Angeles College (CA)
  • Everett Community College (WA)
  • Lower Columbia College (WA)
  • Whatcom Community College (WA)

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College to engage research, policies to close student achievement gap.  With a goal of creating a culture of completion, Jefferson Community & Technical College is one of only 30 community colleges nationwide selected for the Achieving the Dream 2011 cohort.

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a national nonprofit organization focused on helping colleges improve student success, particularly students of color and low-income students, by removing barriers while maintaining academic rigor.  The organization works on multiple fronts, including efforts on campuses and in research, public engagement and public policy.

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JCTC Students Offered New Textbook Rental Program

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Barnes & Noble partnership offers real savings to students

Louisville, KY. (Jan. 12, 2011) – Jefferson Community & Technical students now have another option when it comes to obtaining textbooks.  KCTCS and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to offer a textbook rental program that will provide tremendous savings for students.

KCTCS is part of a select group of colleges/universities offering students a textbook rental program.  More than 20 percent of titles are offered at KCTCS’ 16 colleges across the state, at up to half the cost of purchasing a new, printed textbook.

This multi-channel program allows students the following flexibility and conveniences: including:

  • Renting books either in the bookstore or from the bookstore’s website;
  • The ability to moderately highlight and take notes in rented books;
  • The choice to return rented books to the bookstore in person or via mail;
  • A wide variety of rental fee payment options including the use of financial aid;
  • Reminder e-mail notifications noting when the rental period is ending and when all textbooks need to be returned to the bookstore.

Barnes & Noble has been under contract to manage KCTCS’ college bookstores since July 1, 2004, with the initial five-year contract having been renewed in June 2009. 

The management of KCTCS’ bookstores by Barnes & Noble has given rise to significant economies of scale in operations systemwide, resulting in additional and enhanced services, while significantly helping to contain and reduce cost.  Barnes & Noble’s introduction of book rental will further enhance the options to KCTCS students while enabling greater affordability.

Students may use their financial aid to pay for the rental textbook but need to have a credit card to secure the rental. Rental will save students 50 percent off the new textbook price.

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Louisville, KY. (Jan. 12, 2011) – Jefferson Community & Technical students now have another option when it comes to obtaining textbooks.  KCTCS and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to offer a textbook rental program that will provide tremendous savings for students.

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FAFSA Filing Priority Date is March 15th

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It’s that time of the year!  If you are planning to attend school in the Fall 2010, Spring 2011 or Summer 2011 and want to be considered for financial aid (grants, student loans, work-study or scholarships), you must complete the 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To complete the 2010-2011 FAFSA, please visit the US Department of Education’s website at www.fafsa.ed.gov .

The fastest way to complete the FAFSA is to complete the form on-line and to sign it electronically with your US Dept of Ed Personal Identification Number (PIN).  If you misplaced your PIN or need to be issued one, you can request a PIN at the website (www.fafsa.ed.gov ). 

The Priority Filing Deadline Date for the state of Kentucky is March 15, 2010.

Please file your 2010-2011 FAFSA as soon as possible.  JCTC’s School Code is 006961.

The following list contains requirements for consideration for federal/ state aid:

  • Demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans).
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, meet other standards your state establishes that the Department approves, or complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as such under state law. 
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you're from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau). 
  • Register with the Selective Service if required. You can use the paper or electronic FAFSA to register, you can register at www.sss.gov, or you can call 1-847-688-6888. (TTY users can call 1-847-688-2567.)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  • Meet minimum enrollment status (for loans, must be at least half-time -6 credit hours).
  • Complete the verification process, if selected.
  • Resolved any Database match issues identified on your Student Aid Report.
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.

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The Priority Filing Deadline Date for the state of Kentucky is March 15, 2010.  Please file your 2010-2011 FAFSA as soon as possible.  JCTC’s School Code is 006961.

Postings to Higher One

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Refund postings to Higher One accounts are scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. today for most students.  Refunds begin today and will continue throughout the semester, depending on when aid is received.

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Financial Aid refunds are scheduled to begin September 1st and will continue throughout the term, depending on when aid was awarded.  The first refunds will begin appearing on HigherOne cards Thursday, September 8, 2011.

JCTC’S Financial Aid Department will be closed from June 21 to July 2, 2010

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Students can view financial aid information from this webpage, https://students.kctcs.edu Enter your User ID and Password then click “Sign In”.  Your User ID is the same as your KCTCS e-mail username (example: jsmith0004) and your KCTCS e-mail password. If you have not activated your student email account you may do so at https://webmail.kctcs.edu. You will need to know your student ID number. Select “Self Service”.  

Students can contact the Financial Aid Call Center.  The Call Center will be open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Friday.  The Financial Aid Call Center’s telephone number is 502-213-2137.

Students can contact the Kentuckiana College Access Center (JEC Building, 7th Floor) for assistance with the Free Application for Federal 
Student Aid (FAFSA).  Kentuckiana College Access Center can be reached at 502-584-0475.  

The Financial Aid Department has experienced a significant increase in financial aid applicants and will use this time for processing financial aid files for the fall 2010 semester.  

Thank you for your patience during this very busy time of year.

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JCTC Financial Aid Department at all locations will be closed to the public from Monday, June 21, through Friday, July 2, 2010.  We will reopen on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

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Downtown campus Advising & Assessment Centers

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The Downtown Campus Advising and Assessment Centers:

  • The offices will close on Thursday, October 11th, at 1:00 p.m. 
  • There will be no assessment testing after 11:00 a.m. on October 11th. 

We will re-open on Friday, October 12th, at 8:00 a.m.  Sorry for any inconvenience

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The Downtown Campus Advising and Assessment Centers will close on Thursday, October 11th, at 1:00 pm.  There will be no assessment testing after 11:00 am on October 11th.   We will re-open on Friday, October 12th, at 8:00 a.m. Sorry for any inconvenience

Early Childhood Development Center - closing at 2:00pm

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The Early Childhood Development Center will close at 2:00pm today, Friday March 2nd, due to the impending severe storms.

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The Early Childhood Development Center will close at 2:00pm today, Friday March 2nd, due to the impending severe storms.

Downtown Financial Aid Office

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The Financial Aid office on the Downtown Campus will be closed on Thursday, May 12th and Friday, May 13th.  They will re-open on Monday, May 16th at 9am.

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The Financial Aid office on the Downtown Campus will be closed on Thursday, May 12th and Friday, May 13th.  They will re-open on Monday, May 16th at 9am.

JCTC is open

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Jefferson is open today, March 5, 2012, and operating on normal schedule.

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Jefferson is open today, March 5, 2012, and operating on normal schedule.

Office closings for November 16th

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The following offices will be closed on November 16th.  The offices will re-open on Monday, November 19th.

  • Financial Aid
    • Downtown and Southwest Campuses
    • The offices will be closed for Staff Training.
  • Advising Center
    • Downtown Campus only 
    • The office will be closed for a professional development workshop.
  • Assessment Center
    • Downtown Campus only
    • The office will be closed for a professional development workshop.

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The following offices will be closed on November 16th:
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The Downtown and Technical Campuses will close at 2:30 pm, on May 2, 2013

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The Downtown and Technical Campuses will close at 2:30 pm on May 2, 2013 for the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade.  The parade begins at 5:00 pm, but the crowds, traffic difficulties and street shut-downs occur much earlier.

The Downtown and Technical faculty and staff may need additional information or require a slightly different schedule.  Some Downtown and Technical classes may not follow the early closing schedule.  Students should check with their instructors.

All other JCTC campuses will operate on normal schedules.

Have a safe and fun Derby!!!

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The Downtown and Technical Campuses will close at 2:30 pm on May 2, 2013 for the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade. The parade begins at 5:00 pm, but the crowds, traffic difficulties and street shut-downs occur much earlier.  The Downtown and Technical faculty and staff may need additional information or require a slightly different schedule. Some Downtown and Technical classes may not follow the early closing schedule. Students should check with their instructors.  All other JCTC campuses will operate on normal schedules.

Many offices Closed on October 26, 2012

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Many of the offices at JCTC will be closed on October 26, 2012 so that all employees at JCTC can attend a Professional Development Event.

Any classes that are scheduled for October 26th, will continue as scheduled.

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Many Offices will be closed on October 26, 2012 so that all employees at JCTC can attend a Professional Development Event.  Any classes that are scheduled for October 26th, will continue as scheduled.

Summer Hours

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On Fridays during May, June and July, many of the college’s offices close at Noon. You may want call the office you plan to visit to check their office hours.  The College will resume normal operating hours on July 30, 2012.

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On Fridays during May, June and July, many of the college’s offices close at Noon. You may want call the office you plan to visit to check their office hours. The College will resume normal operating hours on July 30, 2012.

Several JCTC offices will be closed on Thursday, March 15, 2012

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JCTC offices will be closed on Thursday, March 15th, to allow staff to participate in a professional development opportunity. Please check with specific offices for hours before visiting.   Office will resume normal operating hours on Friday, March 16th.

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JCTC offices will be closed on Thursday, March 15th, to allow staff to participate in a professional development opportunity. Please check with specific offices for hours before visiting. Office will resume normal operating hours on Friday, March 16th.

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Antibalas -- Performing Live!

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Mark Your Calendars!!!
 
JCTC and the Kentucky Center/World Rhythms Performance & Lecture Series Kickoff Event - Fall 2012

Antibalas -- Performing Live!!

Free Lecture/Demonstration at JCTC:

  • Thursday, October 4, 2012
  • 9:10-10:25 am
  • JCTC Downtown Campus - Hartford (HFD) Building Auditorium

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2012
  • $3 Discount tickets available for performance at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
  • Stop by the Humanities Office (SEM 204W) on the JCTC Downtown Campus.
  • Limit 2 tickets per person, No Reserved Tickets.

Spread the word.  See you There!!!

Check Antibalas out on these web sites

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Antibalas -- Free Lecture/Demonstration at JCTC:
October 4, 2012 - 9:10-10:25 am
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Octavia Sexton has been described as “spellbinding” and “captivating.”  On April 7 she will bring a long tradition of Appalachian storytelling to the Jefferson Community and Technical College Southwest Campus.

Sexton, who has degrees in history and English education, grew up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky in a rich tradition of storytelling.  Through years of teaching, speaking, writing and storytelling, she has kept the tradition and the stories alive.

She will perform Wednesday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. and again at 5:45 p.m. in the Student Community Center at the JCTC Southwest Campus, 1000 Community College Drive, off Stonestreet Road.  Sexton’s family heritage gives her a deep well of experience to draw from. Her English/Irish ancestors migrated to Kentucky via North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia from Europe – bringing their stories with them. Her paternal great-grandfather and maternal great-grandfather married Cherokee women from North Carolina before settling in Kentucky. She has been privileged to grow up hearing folk tales, haint tales, Jack tales and Cherokee legends, which her family has told and retold for many lifetimes.  The program, part of the JCTC Southwest Speaker Series, is free and open to the public.

To learn more about Sexton visit  www.octaviasexton.com.

For information about the program contact Judy Munro-Leighton, (502) 213-7246.

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Community Foundation to celebrate Change Makers with ceremony at JCTC Downtown Campus

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The Community Foundation of  Louisville will hold a public celebration of the third year of the Change Makers Partnership Grants Program with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the lobby of the Hartford Building on the Jefferson Community and Technical College Downtown Campus.

Over the past three years, Change Makers has awarded $1.8 million to four nonprofit organizations providing innovative educational and community development programs in four targeted neighborhoods.

The Community Foundation will recognize the achievements and accomplishments made by each of the organizations, including Jefferson Community and Technical College over the past three years.

Funded through the Community Foundation of Louisville in conjunction with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, UPS, and the Making Connections Network, Change Makers is a student leadership and success program driven by faculty, staff, and students and designed to increase access to, and student success in, post-secondary education. 

The primary focus of Change Makers is to work intensively and extensively with Jefferson students—and potential students—from the Phoenix Hill, Shelby Park, Smoketown, and California neighborhoods.  Efforts include mentoring, student leadership development, needs assessment, art projects to aid networking and bridge the gap between home and school, and community networking.

The program has been highly successful, recruiting students into college and helping them to succeed while in college. The retention rate for students in the Change Makers program is 65 percent, a 23 percent increase over other students who live in the same neighborhoods but aren’t part of Change Makers.

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The Community Foundation of  Louisville will hold a public celebration of the third year of the Change Makers Partnership Grants Program with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the lobby of the Hartford Building on the Jefferson Community and Technical College Downtown Campus.

Count Me In!

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Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer will be on the Downtown Campus at 3:30 p.m. today, May 29, 2012, to help 55,000 Degrees kick off its Count Me In! initiative. All are invited to this free, special event to be held in the lobby of the Hartford Building.

Also, speaking will be JCTC President Dr. Tony Newberry, also vice-chair of the 55,000 Degrees board, and 2012 JCTC graduate Lisa Board, one of Jefferson’s two representatives to the KCTCS All-State Academic Team and president of the Shelby County Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.  Lisa, who aspires to law schools, tells a powerful story about her motivation to succeed.  They will be joined by JCTC graduates, Lori Hackley and Heather Young, and as well as other area college graduates.

Jefferson is a charter member of 55,000 Degrees, a movement to increase the number of college graduates in our region by 55,000 Degrees by 2020.  Reaching this number will mean that half of all working-age adults will have college degrees, placing Louisville in the top tier among competitor cities.

Count Me In! is an invitation to everyone in the community to play a role in helping the city reach its goal.  Everyone is invited to take the Count Me In! Pledge: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bNGpwbgR7uVCbsw

 

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Jefferson is a charter member of 55,000 Degrees, a movement to increase the number of college graduates in our region by 55,000 Degrees by 2020. Reaching this number will mean that half of all working-age adults will have college degrees, placing Louisville in the top tier among competitor cities.

JCTC Southwest Campus to be host to mayoral debate Oct. 6

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Louisville, Ky. (October 1, 2010) – Three candidates vying to become the next mayor of Metro Louisville will debate the issues in a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Jefferson Community & Technical College Southwest Campus.

The audience will hear from Republican candidate Hal Heiner, Democrat candidate Greg Fischer and independent Jackie Green.

The forum will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m.

The debate will take place in the Auditorium in Administration Building on the campus, 1000 Community College Drive, off StoneStreet Road, between I-265 and Dixie Highway.

The forum is free and open to the general public.

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Health Care Foundations stackable certificate program

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The first level of the new Health Care Foundations stackable certificate program will be piloted in the spring.  Students can complete this certificate by taking four courses:

  • Basic Health Care  Foundations
    • NSG 299 (for HST 101) – Health Care Core  Curriculum: Basic Skills I (3)
    • RCP 299 (for HST 102) – Health Care Core Curriculum: Healthcare Delivery & Management (3)
    • MAI 299 (for HST 103) – Health Care Core Curriculum: Healthcare Communications (2)
    • AHS 115 or 120 – Medical Terminology (1-3)

The second Health Care Foundations Certificate (Intermediate) is to be added in the summer and/or fall.

  • Intermediate Health  Care Foundations
    • HST 121 - Health Care Core Curriculum:  Pharmacology (2)
    • HST 122 - Health Care Core Curriculum:  Pathophysiology (3)  (A&P is prerequisite)
    • HST 123 - Health Care Core Curriculum:   Basic Skills II (2)

These two certificates will be applicable toward the Health Science Technology Degree, but can also help better prepare students for other health career programs.

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The first level of the new Health Care Foundations stackable certificate program will be piloted in the spring.  The second Health Care Foundations Certificate (Intermediate) is to be added in the summer and/or fall.  These two certificates will be applicable toward the Health Science Technology Degree.

JCTC reacts to arrest

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The Kentucky State Police reported today that they had arrested a Jefferson Community & Technical College faculty member
on a single count of Unlawful Use of an Electronic Means Originating or Received within the Commonwealth to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual or other Prohibited Activities.  State Police say that the charge did not involve any activity at the college or at his classroom at the Academy @ Shawnee. 

Jefferson Community & Technical College is attempting to get more details. 

However, because of the seriousness of the charge and because the safety and security of our students is always of utmost concern, the instructor has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the police investigation.  

Arrangements have been made to cover his classes and ensure instruction continues uninterrupted.

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College gets nod in State of the Union address

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President urges business-college partnerships like those in Louisville

Innovative community college and business partnerships such as Metropolitan College drew the attention of President Obama in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech.

“Join me in a national commitment to train two million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job,” Obama said. “My administration has already lined up more companies that want to help. Model partnerships between businesses like Siemens and community colleges in places like Charlotte, Orlando, and Louisville are up and running. Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers— places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing.”

Although not mentioned by name in the speech, Metropolitan College was a topic of conversation when Dr. Tony Newberry, president of Jefferson Community & Technical College and Michael Francesconi, vice president for UPS, were invited to the historic White House Summit on Community Colleges in October 2010. Newberry was one of about only 20 community college presidents invited to attend the summit. There are nearly 1,200 community colleges in the United States.

Congressman John Yarmuth’s office confirmed that the President’s reference was to the partnership.

“Metropolitan College has been such highly successful partnership in terms of both workforce retention and academic success that it serves as a model for other cities,” Newberry said. “We were pleased to be able to present this partnership at the White House and pleased that it obviously made an impact on the President.”

The partnership involves UPS, JCTC and the University of Louisville. It was created in 1998 in collaboration with state and local government as UPS was planning the expansion of its air division and package sorting hub. Metropolitan College hires students to work in its Next Day Air operation. Students receive wages, full benefits as well as paid tuition at either JCTC or U of L, book reimbursements and academic and work-related bonuses. The program ensures that UPS has an adequate workforce by both attracting and retaining employees. It also eliminates financial barriers to attending college.

In addition, JCTC has numerous other partnerships with businesses, including Ford, Toyota and Norton Healthcare.
The college has played an integral role in training employees on Ford’s new line at the Fern Valley Road plant.  Its automotive technology program partnership with Toyota, which serves students and dealerships in a six-state region, was recently recognized by Toyota as one of its leading programs.  In addition, the college has partnerships with Norton Healthcare to training allied health and nursing professional in numerous disciplines.

“Our partnerships allow us to be innovative and to serve the needs both students and employers,” Newberry said. “By partnering with business and industry we can ensure that employers have the skills and the employees they need. It also helps us design programs that lead to high-growth, high-wage wages; the kind the president wants us to pursue.”

Jefferson also is emerging as a partner in the new Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, created by the mayors of Louisville and Lexington to promote bringing advanced manufacturing to the region

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JCTC to be host to SKILLS USA competition April 6-9

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Jefferson Community and Technical College once again will be a host to the annual Kentucky SKILLS USA Leadership and Skills Championships.

The conference will be held April 6 to 9 at  the Jefferson Technical Campus and other Louisville locations. Opening Ceremonies are 8 p.m. April 6 at the Galt House. 

The conference is a showcase for the state’s best career and technical students to demonstrate their excellence in both skills and leadership. There are two categories for high school and college students. Students will compete in a wide range of areas, including extemporaneous writing, prepared speech, Quiz Bowl, talent, carpentry, wiring, cabinetmaking, culinary arts, computer networking, HVAC, collision repair and cosmetology. Winners have the opportunity to compete at the national conference in Kansas City in June.

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Jefferson Community and Technical College once again will be a host to the annual Kentucky SKILLS USA Leadership and Skills Championships. The conference will be held April 6 to 9 at  the Jefferson Technical Campus and other Louisville locations. Opening Ceremonies are 8 p.m. April 6 at the Galt House.

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Vote for your favorite in the “What’s the Truth” poster contest

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The "What's the Truth" Poster Contest, co-sponsored by the Downtown Counseling Center and by Pathways to Freedom, needs your help in choosing the poster with the best message about how drugs and alcohol adversely affect students during their college years.

Simply go to JCTC’s Facebook page and open the “What’s the Truth” Poster Contest album. Vote for your favorite poster by clicking the “like” button underneath the photo.

Winners will be announced at an Awards and Recognition Ceremony that will be held on April 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the VTI Building on the Downtown Campus.

The prizes include:

  • 1st Place - $200.00 in gift cards
  • 2nd Place - $100.00 in gift cards
  • 3rd Place - $50.00 in gift cards

In addition, the winning poster will be placed around all JCTC campuses and made into bookmarks to hand out to students.

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The "What's the Truth" Poster Contest, co-sponsored by the Downtown Counseling Center and by Pathways to Freedom, needs your help in choosing the poster with the best message about how drugs and alcohol adversely affect students during their college years.

Simply go to JCTC’s Facebook page and open the “What’s the Truth” Poster Contest album. Vote for your favorite poster by clicking the “like” button underneath the photo. 

Two Communication Students Compete at “Speak up Kentuckiana”

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Matt Young and Nik Lunsford will be representing JCTC in an intercollegiate speech competition, “Speak up Kentuckiana.”

The contest will be held at Spalding University tonight, April 26, at 5:30 pm in the Egan Leadership Center. Both students will be competing against top speakers from Bellarmine University, Spalding University and University of Louisville.

TWO JCTC STUDENTS WIN!  SECOND ANNUAL “SPEAK UP KENTUCKIANA”

WINNER -- MATT YOUNG
HONORABLE MENTION -- NIK LUNSFORD

Students representing the University of Louisville, Spalding University, Bellarmine University, and Jefferson Community and Technical Collegecompeted in the Intercollegiate Speech Competition on April 26, 2011.

The Downtown Communication Department is proud to be represented.  Thanks to Associate Professor Charlotte Hubrich for coaching our students.

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Matt Young and Nik Lunsford will be representing JCTC in an intercollegiate speech competition, “Speak up Kentuckiana.” The contest will be held at Spalding University tonight, April 26, at 5:30 pm in the Egan Leadership Center. Both students will be competing against top speakers from Bellarmine University, Spalding University and University of Louisville.

WINNER -- MATT YOUNG
HONORABLE MENTION -- NIK LUNSFORD

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Taste of Success

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The CREW Career Center will be hosting the 2nd annual “Taste of Success” Career Preparation Event on Oct 26th from 10am-1pm in the Hartford Building Lobby.

You can:

  • Bring your resume for 15 minutes resume critiques.
  • Meet with employers to find out about how to volunteer or learn about internships.
  • Get help with your interviewing skills.
  • Find out how to use social networking sites to benefit your job search.

We hope to see you there! Call the CREW Center at 502-213-4520 or stop by if you have additional questions. Our office is located in the JEC Building - 9th floor.

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The CREW Career Center will be hosting the 2nd annual “Taste of Success” Career Preparation Event on Oct 26th from 10am-1pm in the Hartford Building Lobby.

CREW Career Center

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The CREW Career Center is excited to announce the launch of their newly redesigned web site.  The site has many services and resources available for students, faculty/staff, and the general public.  Visit www.crew.cc today!

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The CREW Career Center is excited to announce the launch of their newly redesigned web site. The site has many services and resources available for students, faculty/staff, and the general public. Visit www.crew.cc today!

CREW Center now offering online resume service

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The CREW Career Center now has an online resume service where students can email their resumes to receive feedback from a counselor within 48 business hours.

We encourage students to utilize this service! Access information about the online resume review on the homepage of the CREW Center's website at www.crew.cc

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The CREW Career Center now has an online resume service where students can email their resumes to receive feedback from a counselor within 48 business hours.

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Kentucky Higher Education President to visit JCTC

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Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King will visit Jefferson Community and Technical College where he will meet with campus leadership, faculty, staff and students on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.

King is in the process of visiting all the community colleges in Kentucky, and is spending the day touring the college’s three Jefferson County campuses.

King hopes to engage the campus community in a conversation about the current state and the future of higher education, particularly as it relates to Jefferson Community and Technical College.

King became the third president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in January 2009. He is the former Chancellor of the State University of New York, one of the largest comprehensive systems of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the world. More recently, he served as president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide charitable foundation with a strong focus on education, economic development, and scientific research.

The agenda Friday is below.

9 a.m.  -  CPE President Robert King arrives – Southwest Campus— (Admin 163)
9:15 – 10:00  - Brief Tour of the Southwest Campus
10 – 10:45  - Open Forum with CPE President King (Quinlan Seminar Hall, Social Science Bldg.)
11  a.m. – 1:15  p.m.  - Lunch meeting w/ JCTC Boards & Community Leaders (HSB Community Room)
1:15  - Travel to Jefferson Technical Campus
1:30 – 2:30  - Brief Tour of the Technical Campus
2:45 – 3:30  - Brief Tour of the Downtown Campus
3:30 – 4:30  - Open Session for Faculty, Staff and Students (HSB Auditorium 166)

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Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King will visit Jefferson Community and Technical College where he will meet with campus leadership, faculty, staff and students on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.  King is in the process of visiting all the community colleges in Kentucky, and is spending the day touring the college’s three Jefferson County campuses.  King hopes to engage the campus community in a conversation about the current state and the future of higher education, particularly as it relates to Jefferson Community and Technical College.

KnowHow2Transfer.org takes guesswork out of transfer planning

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The Council on Postsecondary Education and the state's public colleges and universities launched KnowHow2Transfer.org, a statewide transfer website that provides Kentucky Community and Technical College students with a clear roadmap to transfer planning.

"This website basically takes the guesswork out of transfer by showing students how their general education and pre-major courses will transfer and count as credit to any public four-year institution in Kentucky," said Council President Bob King.

By taking only the courses they need, students will have a quicker time to degree, which will save them time and money.

"In an era of tight finances, we want to help Kentuckians obtain a higher level of learning and training in the quickest, most efficient way possible, and this website is a new tool to help us with this goal," Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson said.

Last year, 8,707 students from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System transferred to either a public four-year institution or an institution within the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. State and campus officials hope to increase the number of students who transfer and graduate with a four-year degree as part of state efforts to raise four-year-degree attainment in Kentucky.   The website is an outgrowth of 2010 transfer legislation known as House Bill 160, sponsored by Representative Carl Rollins.

"I want to thank the faculty and administrators at our public colleges and universities who have put a tremendous amount of work into making HB 160 a reality. All of this effort makes it possible for students to start their postsecondary education at a Kentucky community college and transfer to a four-year university without losing course credits.

"The online availability of transfer information will allow our students and families to save money during the first two years of college and still have a clearly defined path to a bachelor's degree," said Rollins.

Emily Conder, a transfer student from Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington and now a junior at the University of Kentucky, said the website is a "crucial" tool for transfer students and said she was excited for the opportunities that KCTCS students now have.

"For community college students who are actively pursuing a degree upon transfer at a four-year college in the state, this website is gold," said Conder, a communication disorders and Spanish major who spoke at the launch.

Students can use the website to develop a transfer plan, find institutional transfer scholarships and locate the transfer advisor at their chosen four-year institution.   Another important feature is that students can view how their courses count toward degree programs in biology, business, social work, nursing and elementary education. Campuses are working to load more degree programs in the system and will be doing so on a continual basis until all are added.

State law requires key transfer developments to ease student transfer between institutions effective this fall, including:

  • Transferability of general education -- Guarantees all six categories of general education courses will be accepted for transfer and degree credit, whether earned as individual courses or within multi-course blocks of gen ed.
  • Junior-level standing -- Guarantees that graduates of an approved associate degree program will be admitted to junior-level standing at all public four-year institutions.
  • Priority admission -- Guarantees graduates of an approved associate degree priority admission to a state public university over out-of-state students if they meet the same admission criteria.
  • Transparency of transfer decisions - Calls for an electronic means to view and monitor course equivalencies and find information. (KnowHow2Transfer.org)
  • Credit outside the classroom -- Identifies courses and standard scores for awarding credit for AP and CLEP exams based on the new Kentucky Standard Acceptable Scores for National Exams Table.
  • Appeals process -- Establishes an appeals process regarding the transfer and acceptance of credits earned at another institution.
  • Degree pathways - Outlines semester-by-semester maps of courses that show the most efficient path to the major.
  • Common course numbering -- Establishes a new statewide course numbering system for general education at KCTCS and a common catalog.
  • Checks and balances -- Requires institutions to notify CPE of any changes in programs or learning outcomes that will affect transferability.
  • Reduction of degree requirements - Encourages institutions to lower most degree requirements to 60 credit hours for an associate degree and 120 for a baccalaureate.

We believe in the transformative power of postsecondary education. Stronger by Degrees, the new strategic agenda for Kentucky's colleges and universities and adult basic education, is powering a stronger Kentucky economy and improving the lives of Kentuckians. To learn more about Stronger by Degrees, visit http://cpe.ky.gov/strongerbydegrees.

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6 new properties are first step in JCTC’s ambitious growth plans

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Jefferson Community & Technical College has acquired six properties along or adjacent to First Street, slipping across Broadway in the first step of an aggressive 20-year, $200 million growth plan.  This $3.1 million investment on 3.08 acres represents the first step in what Jefferson plans as a long-term expansion of its Downtown Campus footprint, developing it into a 21st Century campus that can accommodate up to 20,000 students in a high-touch, high-tech learning environment.  This vision was launched in August with the opening of the $25.6 million state-of-the-art Health Sciences Building, which now houses JCTC’s 14 allied health and nursing programs. In that facility, students can train for current and emerging healthcare careers.

“Significantly, Jefferson is breaking a trend among community colleges in our nation, who are rapidly moving away from urban centers,” said Dr. Tony Newberry, President and CEO. “Instead, we are investing in our neighborhood and we are excited to be part of the revitalization of Downtown Louisville.”  The current properties were purchased with a portion of the $10.5 million the General Assembly authorized last year for the college to borrow from the Kentucky Community & Technical College System for acquisition of property near the Downtown Campus.

The college’s plan will roll out in three phases.

  • Phase I is to meet the college’s immediate need for student parking. The college currently owns only about a third of needed student parking and leases additional parking, which is still inadequate. The properties will add 150 spaces immediately and much more in a few months as the property is readied for that use.  In addition, obtaining adequate off-campus parking will allow the college to pursue Phase II, which is to obtain funding for a Student Center and an additional classroom building on the current campus at Second and Broadway. Those buildings would be placed on a portion of the current student parking lot.
  • Phase II also includes renewing a request for $28.6 million from the General Assembly to complete renovations on the Hartford Tower and Seminary Building.  The Hartford Tower contains science labs, which are now nearly 40 years old. The Seminary Building, on the National Register of Historic Places, contains 8,000 square feet of space that currently is closed to all use while it awaits critical upgrades. Thanks to planning money a few years ago, plans are complete and construction can begin shortly after funding is secured.
  • Phase III is the most ambitious. In coming months, the college anticipates acquiring additional property.  However, the full vision is to expand the footprint of the Downtown Campus from Chestnut Street on the North to Breckenridge Street on the South and from Brook Street on the East to Second Street on the West.  Plans include adding a classroom building in the current student parking lot and a building for a new library and bookstore.  South of Broadway, the college will construct a Center for Advanced Technology. This multi-building Center will include a manufacturing education facility that employs the latest technology and manufacturing practices. Surrounding structures will house other technology programs, looking to the future of information technology, building trades, education, research and business.

Realizing this plan will require support from the broader community. Plans include the possibility of moving an on-ramp to southbound I-65 one block south, from Jacob Street to E. College Street or to close the ramp in order to remove it from the center of a pedestrian friendly campus.  In addition, while the property that formerly housed Cissell Manufacturing is available and is included in the campus master plan, it also has environmental concerns that would have to be resolved before the property could be used even for parking.

The college has had preliminary discussions with transportation officials and Metro Louisville officials about options and possibilities, but much work remains.“We anticipate the community will support us as we begin clear to barriers to this exciting revitalization project,” Newberry said. “Our ultimate goal is to expand educational opportunities in our region.”

The Downtown Campus is the largest of Jefferson Community & Technical College’s six campuses, enrolling 8,000 students out of a total enrollment of 15,262.  The college also has a campus at 8th and Chestnut streets in Downtown Louisville; one in Southwest Jefferson County, and one each in Bullitt, Carroll and Shelby counties.

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Jefferson Community & Technical College has acquired six properties along or adjacent to First Street, slipping across Broadway in the first step of an aggressive 20-year, $200 million growth plan.  This $3.1 million investment on 3.08 acres represents the first step in what Jefferson plans as a long-term expansion of its Downtown Campus footprint, developing it into a 21st Century campus that can accommodate up to 20,000 students in a high-touch, high-tech learning environment.  This vision was launched in August with the opening of the $25.6 million state-of-the-art Health Sciences Building, which now houses JCTC’s 14 allied health and nursing programs. In that facility, students can train for current and emerging healthcare careers.

JCTC seeks access to 25 unused acres in Carroll County for new campus

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CARROLLTON, KY – For the past several years, Jefferson Community and Technical College has been working to secure land and funding for a much needed new Carrollton campus.

A vote by the Cardinal Hill Healthcare System Board in April brought obtaining the land one step closer.

The current campus has outgrown leased space in a former downtown department store and has plans to construct a $14 million, 40,000 square foot dedicated campus in the county.  Campus enrollment has grown 322 percent in 5 years.Carrollton Land Acquistion

Twenty-five unused acres along U.S. 227, across from General Butler State Park,
proved to be an ideal location and negotiations have been under way for several years. The project has strong support from the community, including Judge Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson.

In early April, the board of Cardinal Hill Healthcare System, which currently leases the 25 unused acres from the Kentucky Parks System, along with adjacent land – about 90 acres -- for the Kentucky Easter Seals Society’s Camp KYSOC, agreed to relinquish the lease.  While there are many more steps to take before it is final, the vote opened the door for the college to obtain access to the property. The college will not take over the lease. As a state entity, it will, in effect, own the 25 acres.

While the college was interested only in the 25 acres and requested access to only that property, Cardinal Hill also relinquished the lease to the Camp KYSOC property.  Up until the board vote, no decisions had been about the camp itself.  The decision to relinquish the lease on the camp property and to close the camp was solely that of the Cardinal Hill board and was not related to the college’s interest in the adjacent property.

Currently language that would authorize the college access to the property is pending in the state budget bill, which failed to pass during General Assembly’s regular session. It is expected in a special session.

When final, the college will have access to only the 25 unused acres. The remaining property, which contains Camp KYSOC, will revert to state control.

As for capital funding, three times the campus building has been included in state planning, only to fall victim to tight budgets late in the processes, largely because land for it had not yet been secured. The project once made it to the governor’s desk, but was vetoed. Last year it was included in the state’s contingency budget, among projects that were approved but needed funding. The project, however, continues to receive broad support in the legislature and community.

JCTC Carrollton Campus serves students in associate degree programs that transfer to four-year programs and offers programs in practical nursing, industrial engineering technology and information technology. The campus also works with business and industry in education and training programs, operates the area’s Adult Education and family literacy programs, as well as conducts ACT and employment testing.

 

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For the past several years, Jefferson Community and Technical College has been working to secure land and funding for a much needed new Carrollton campus.  A vote by the Cardinal Hill Healthcare System Board in April brought obtaining the land one step closer.

College announces effort to develop aggressive growth plan

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After spending the past two years completing master plans for five of its six campuses and evaluating expansion prospects for three of those campuses, Jefferson Community and Technical College is announcing an end of negotiations with Wayside Christian Mission and the launch of efforts to develop a “college master plan” that will help direct future growth.

The campus plans and college master plan effort will be presented during an announcement at 10:30 a.m. March 19, 2010, at 101 W. Broadway, Suite 304, on the college’s Downtown Campus.

Jefferson has been negotiating with Wayside since June to purchase the Hotel Louisville property at Second and Broadway, across the street from the JCTC Downtown Campus. The college had hoped to purchase the property for $7.5 to $8 million dollars and lease it back to Wayside for $1 a year for use as a women and families shelter for 5 years.  Wayside bid $10 million for the property, but acknowledged the actual purchase price was “somewhat less.”

Jefferson pursued the “purchase-lease back” option as a win-win for both organizations. Wayside must relocate from property on East Market Street by August.  Having access to the hotel for 5 years would provide time to find a more permanent location.

While the property remains strategically important to college because of its size and location, Jefferson decided to end negotiations “after it became clear that we would not agree on price or lease terms,” said Dr. Tony Newberry, JCTC president. Wayside also expressed concerns over the future of zoning laws that could restrict a move.

The college would have used the property for anticipated growth.

Campus Master Plans

In the meantime, the college has been developing master plans for each of its campuses and pursuing growth opportunities for campuses in Bullitt and Carroll counties. Jefferson also has three campuses in Jefferson County and one Shelby County.

The campus master plans, developed in partnership with Bravura Corp., are wide ranging but allow for continued growth of the college.  This year Jefferson had a 4 percent increase in enrollment, adding to a long pattern of enrollment increases.

Growth also has been steady on the Downtown Campus, the college’s largest with more than 7,200 students. The plan envisions additional classroom buildings, a student center and an education center for use by faculty, students and the public, as well as green space. Plans for the Southwest Campus include building a Technology Center to house the college’s information technology and engineering programs, and expanding the college’s campus green.  The Technical Campus at 8th and Chestnut, would be updated and expanded to add technical programs, such as auto body and heavy machinery repair. The brick facade would be updated and modernized.

In addition, the college has been pursuing obtaining $14 million from the General Assembly to develop a new campus in Carrollton.  The 20-year-old campus currently is housed in a 12,000-square-foot renovated department store and has outgrown the space. A proposed 40,000-square foot campus would allow for additional programs and would better meet community needs. The college is working with Carrollton officials to obtain land for the campus near General Butler State Park.

The college also is working with officials in Bullitt County to obtain land for a proposed campus there, and has requested $1.4 million from the state legislature to design a structure. The Bullitt County Campus opened two years ago in shared, leased space. A dedicated campus would allow for degree programs and would provide a full college experience for area residents.

In addition, the college is preparing to open a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art nursing and allied health building on the Downtown Campus. All 14 allied health and nursing programs will be consolidated at the Downtown Campus.

Growth and challenges

At the same time, Newberry said, the college faces tremendous challenges, balancing growth against eight years of budget cuts. “Four of our campuses are aging. Three of those four have exhausted their space and others are filled. For the first time in the last two years, our Downtown Campus was forced to turn away students, because we simply ran out of classrooms.”

For all of these reasons -- growth opportunities, increased demand for college services and programs and budget challenges -- the college decided to step back and evaluate the college as a whole.

The master plan efforts will address critical questions.  How can the college better serve the region? Is the college maximizing use of its campuses? How does JCTC best meet workforce education needs?  Does the college need to consider new locations or shift programs from one campus to another? What other programs should be considered?

The college anticipates holding conversations with students, parents, future students, business and community leaders as well as conducting a detailed market analysis and best practices review.

“This has turned out to be a great time to take evaluation of where we are and where we want to go and develop a detailed plan for getting there,” Newberry said. “While we are disappointed we couldn’t acquire the Hotel Louisville property for the Downtown Campus, we are looking forward to exploring a full range of opportunities.”

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After spending the past two years completing master plans for five of its six campuses and evaluating expansion prospects for three of those campuses, Jefferson Community and Technical College is announcing an end of negotiations with Wayside Christian Mission and the launch of efforts to develop a “college master plan” that will help direct future growth.

Health Science Building Dedication Celebration

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At 2 pm on Thursday, Aug. 12, we will hold the Building Dedication celebration for the Health Sciences Building.  A brief ceremony at 2 p.m. with Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson will be followed by refreshments, entertainment and tours of the building.  The celebration is free and open to all. Be among the first to tour this beautiful state-of-the-art facility.

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At 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, we will hold the Building Dedication celebration for the Health Sciences Building.

State Park property transferred to JCTC to support development of new Carrollton Campus

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CARROLLTON, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2011)—Gov. Steve Beshear announced today that 30 acres of unused state park property has been turned over to the Kentucky Community & Technical College System for a new campus in Carroll County.

The land, once part of General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, will be the site for a new regional campus of Jefferson Community & Technical College. The college must still obtain funding for the campus.

“The interest in community and technical college courses is growing in this area and this property transfer will help move this project forward,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’m glad that our Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and Department of Parks could work with the community college system, local businesses and local government to reach an agreement that will benefit students and employers in this region.”

The governor presented JCTC President Tony Newberry with the deed to the land during a brief ceremony at North American Stainless, which provided financial support to make the land transfer possible.

Enrollment has grown since the JCTC opened a Carrollton campus in 1990 in a renovated department store. The current 12,450-square foot space can no longer meet the needs of students, businesses or the community, according to the school, which is seeking funding for the campus.

Enrollment on the Carrollton campus has increased 322 percent over the last five years to 862 as of the fall of 2010. The Carrollton campus also serves about 400 adults and children in family literacy programs and works with area businesses and employees on customized training, education and testing programs.

“This land moves us one important step closer to developing a comprehensive campus that meets the needs of the 21st century student and employer,” Newberry said. “We are grateful to North American Stainless and all the partners who made this day possible.”

Gov. Beshear thanked several groups that helped support the land transfer, Carrollton College Foundation, Carroll County Fiscal Court, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and North American Stainless , which today announced a $30 million expansion of its Carroll County facility.

“With the transfer of the property to JCTC and NAS’s announcement of its expansion, this is a great day for our area,” said Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson, Carroll County Judge-Executive. “I want to thank Governor Beshear, Senator Harris, Representative Rand, Secretary Sparrow, the Carroll County Fiscal Court, the Jefferson Community College Local Advisory Board, and JCTC for making the land available for the much needed new regional campus.  Also, I not only want to thank NAS for investing in Carroll County, but also for its $100,000 contribution to assist in making the new regional campus a reality.  NAS is a great corporate citizen.” 

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JCTC chef whips up special kids cookbook

How much fun does it sound to make and eat a messy apple wrap? You can probably just ask the nearest kid. Just don’t let them know it’s good for them.

That’s the idea behind a new book by Chef Nancy Russman, program coordinator for Culinary Arts at JCTC.

Russman, whose work with schools and social agencies such as Kid’s Cafe, the Presbyterian Center and Home of the Innocents, taught her a lot about the way kids eat. It also taught her that sometimes kids don’t eat, and as a result, they struggle in school.

“A lot of the kids I saw came to school too hungry to listen to their teachers,” Russman told The Courier-Journal for an article that ran Dec. 9. “They didn’t have food in the house in the morning, or their parents weren’t there to make them anything for breakfast.”  Latchkey kids sometimes have to wait for a snack until their parents come home.

Her experiences taught her that children need to learn how to feed themselves and need to what’s good for them.  They also needed to know how prepare something good to eat without knives and stoves.

The result was “Chef Nancy’s Kids’ Club Cookbook,” illustrated by Christina Bayens (Butler Books, $19.95).

In it, Russman walks kids through foods that are tasty, nutritious and even messy. Because as she told the Courier-Journal, “messy is fun.”  And kids (with clean hands, she notes) who lick peanut butter or honey off their fingers while making the apple, cinnamon, honey and peanut butter stuffed “messy apple wrap” are getting some nutritious food at the same time.

Nancy also notes that gross is fun too, especially for boys, who love her “worms and ants in grass,” a wrap using lettuce, string cheese and raisins.

The book is for grade schools kids, but Russman said parents and grandparents will enjoy learning recipes they can make with the kids.  She was featured in today’s (12/10/09) Courier-Journal discussing her new book, “Chef Nancy's Kids' Club Cookbook.”

“I wanted to get kids to know how to eat better from what they know, in ways that does not require them to use things that might cut or burn them,” Russman explained. The book grew out of her work with at-risk children, who often suffer from poor nutrition.

The story says: “Her work over the last several years with children at risk of hunger or homelessness convinced Russman that kids needed to know more about how to feed themselves in healthier ways, and how to feed themselves when adults weren't around.”

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Jefferson professor receives prestigious Acorn Award for teaching

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Professor David Cooper of Jefferson Community & Technical College has been selected as one of only two recipients of the 2011 Acorn Award. This annual award, presented by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is given each year to outstanding instructors exhibiting “excellence and commitment to students at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities.”

Dr. Julia Roberts, Mahurin professor of Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, also was honored. Roberts is executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Carol Martin Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science. Both recipients received a $5,000 honorarium and inscribed plaque.

“Our faculty members are the heart of each of our colleges and universities,” said Council President Bob King. “Recognizing excellence among so many talented and dedicated teachers and scholars is a difficult, but rewarding task. We are enormously grateful to Professor Cooper and Dr. Roberts for their contributions to so many students across the Commonwealth.”

The award was presented during the Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship on Sept. 23 in Lexington. Kentucky Community and Technical College Chancellor Jay Box presented the award to Cooper.

Cooper, who teaches composition and African American history, frequently has been recognized for his unique and innovative teaching methods. For example, he helped develop an integrated co-teaching course, combining African American history and literature.  He also has earned a reputation as an energetic and creative instructor, dedicated to his students.

“David Cooper is passionate about his teaching in a way that engages the whole classroom.  His responses to my student writing encouraged me to further develop my writing,” said Karen Kay, a former student of Cooper and currently a faculty member at Indiana University Southeast.

Cooper has been with Jefferson Community & Technical College since 1983 and has taught a variety of English courses, including African American literature, American literature and Introduction to Film.

“David has a diverse background and a passion for his subject and teaching that he brings to the classroom,” said Tony Newberry, president and CEO of JCTC. “This award is a wonderful credit to David and to the caliber of the Jefferson faculty. It is a well deserved recognition of one of the college’s finest faculty members.”

Cooper is the second JCTC faculty to earn the award, which went to English professor Marlisa Austin in 2008.

Active beyond his classroom, Cooper also serves the college on the African American Students of Excellence Committee, Black Affairs Advisory Committee, and he is co-chair of the General Education Assessment Committee. He has taught in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar’s Program; won several “Teacher of the Year” awards; and was the honorary recipient of Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson’s “Professor David Cooper Day.”

A talented writer and researcher, Cooper has been published in Essence Magazine, Kentucky Poetry Review, The Bluegrass Literary Review, Black Enterprise and most recently in the Journal of the Southeast Teaching English in the Two-Year College.

A graduate of Bellarmine University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, Cooper also earned a master’s in African American Studies from Clark-Atlanta University and completed 39 hours in Rhetoric and Composition in the Ph.D. program at the University of Louisville.

The Kentucky Advocates first presented the Acorn Awards in 1992. Recipients are chosen based on recommendations by faculty and students as well as self-written essays about their philosophy of teaching.

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Professor David Cooper of Jefferson Community & Technical College has been selected as one of only two recipients of the 2011 Acorn Award. This annual award, presented by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is given each year to outstanding instructors exhibiting “excellence and commitment to students at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities.”

JCTC faculty and staff members honored at New Horizons

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Three Jefferson faculty and staff members were recognized for their leadership, achievements and dedication to the college at the KCTCS New Horizons award ceremony on May 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.

Each year, KCTCS recognizes individuals at each of the 16 colleges to honor with the Administrative Staff Award, the Support Staff award and the Faculty Award of Excellence. One individual from each award is then chosen as the overall statewide award winner.

This year KCTCS and JCTC presented the staff awards to Mary Warford and Christiana Marsh. Terry Lutz received not only college honors but was also the statewide faculty award winner.

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Three Jefferson faculty and staff members were recognized for their leadership, achievements and dedication to the college at the KCTCS New Horizons award ceremony on May 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.

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Rep. Yarmuth sponsors job skills workshop Friday - June 15th

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Rep. John Yarmuth, Louisville, will sponsor a “Build Your Skills: A Job Hunter’s Guide to Success” on Friday, June 15, in the Health Sciences Building, 110 W. Chestnut St., on the JCTC Downtown Campus.

The fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon, is open to anyone, unemployed, under-employed or seeking a career change. It is free, although registration is requested. Register at this link: http://yarmuth.house.gov/rsvp-now-for-build-your-skills-a-job-hunters-guide-to-success

Residents of the 3rd Congressional District will be able to attend workshops and one-on-one interview trainings to brush up on skills, and will hear directly from employment experts about the skills employers look for when hiring new workers.

The JCTC Downtown Campus at Second and Broadway, is accessible using TARC routes #43, #19 and #23.

Free parking is available in the Student lot, accessed off Second Street between Broadway and Chestnut Street.

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Rep. John Yarmuth, Louisville, will sponsor a “Build Your Skills: A Job Hunter’s Guide to Success” on Friday, June 15, in the Health Sciences Building, 110 W. Chestnut St., on the JCTC Downtown Campus.

Transfer Fair - April 21st

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JCTC would like to invite students to participate in our annual college transfer fair. This year’s fair will be held on Thursday, April 21st from 10am -1pm in Hartford lobby at the Downtown Campus location. Students can meet a variety of college representatives and learn the benefits from transferring from JCTC to a four-year institution. This is a great opportunity for JCTC students to learn more about the colleges and universities they intend to transfer to or to help find an institution. Several colleges will be on campus to provide information on educational opportunities available at their campuses. 

Representatives from the following colleges are expected to attend:

  • Bellarmine University
  • Berea College
  • Campbellsville University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Indiana Wesleyan
  • Kentucky State University
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Metro College/UPS
  • Midway College
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Spalding University
  • St. Catherine College
  • University of Cumberland
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Phoenix
  • Western Kentucky University

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JCTC would like to invite students to participate in our annual college transfer fair. This year’s fair will be held on Thursday, April 21st from 10am -1pm in Hartford lobby at the Downtown Campus location

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The Grainger Foundation Supports Jefferson Community and Technical College

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Carrollton, KY (May 7, 2010) - The Grainger Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $10,000 to Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton (JCTC) Campus in support of its mission to provide open access to affordable, quality education and training for a diverse community of students.

Susan Carlisle, Campus Director, accepted the check on behalf of Jefferson Community and Technical College today on the JCTC campus as part of a formal check presentation.

“This grant will help enrich our students’ learning by equipping a new building on campus with computer desks and lab equipment,” said Tony Newberry, Ph.D., president of JCTC. “We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

This donation was recommended by Jane Wieland, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Florence location.  Grainger has been a part of the Northern Kentucky business community for more than 50 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “We are proud to support Jefferson Community and Technical College,” said Wieland.  “We understand the need for quality technical education programs in the local community.”

JCTC, based in Louisville, is the largest of 16 colleges forming the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  The college has three campuses in Jefferson County and one each in Carroll, Bullitt and Shelby counties.  It enrolls 15,000 students on campus and in on line programs and works with more than 500 companies a year to provide customized workforce training and education programs.

For further information about Grainger contact:

Kelsey O’Kane, Grainger Communications
Kelsey.O’Kane@Grainger.com
847-899-9185

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Carrollton, KY (May 7, 2010) - The Grainger Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $10,000 to Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton (JCTC) Campus in support of its mission to provide open access to affordable, quality education and training for a diverse community of students.

JCTC Humanities projects seek support

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With the simple push of a button (and, OK, a credit card number!) you can help support five special projects developed by JCTC faculty to help advance humanities education at the college and in our community.

In partnership with the Fund for the Arts, JCTC Humanities has joined Power2Give, a special program that with your and the community’s support will help fund these unique and important projects.

Give as little or as much as you want and encourage your friends, family and supporters to do the same. Best of all - each dollar given is matched by Republic Bank, doubling your donation.

Visit http://power2give.org/kentucky/Project/ProjectListing.  On the  left, go to Choose Organization, scroll to Jefferson Community & Technical College and hit “update results.”  You will be instantly connected with the JCTC projects.  Click the links to see details of each project. Make your donation. Then pass along an e-mail, post to your Facebook page, blog about it or send a Tweet to help us spread the word!

The projects are:

Next Step! To the Arts for Refugee Students: Support arts education for high schools students preparing to make the transition to college. Students participating in the Next Step! college preparation summer boot camps also will be able to enjoy some of Louisville’s performing and fine arts.

Above and Beyond: Develop a creative space to aid students studying languages. Images on lighted panels, complemented by costumes, will immerse them in a Paris subway car, a country farmhouse in Germany, or even in hospital emergency room as they develop their language skills. Even funding will allow the program to add languages as well.

What do you call a Ceramics Studio with no kiln?  Storage.   JCTC’s fledgling ceramics program needs new kiln as well as a slab roller, wedging tables and throwing wheels. Enough funding would even allow for room to grow, accommodating even more students seeking to expand their arts skills and experience.

Be a Hero:   Support this special partnership with JCTC’s Communication Arts Program and the Home of the Innocents.  Equipment will allow the college’s advertising, design, photography and video students to produce promotional materials for this private, non-profit organization that serves abused, abandoned or neglected children as well as some of our community’s more medically fragile children.

Save the Jefferson Review!   Jefferson Community and Technical College’s annual student, faculty, and staff literary publication, provides a forum for the creative writers and visual artists on our campus to showcase their abilities and to reach an audience.  The Review offers students early experience in publication and works in concert with other on-campus creative writing opportunities and showcases, including art shows, imaginative writing courses, open mic events, and our Fall Humanities Open House.

For information about Power2Give contact Marlisa Austin, chair of the Humanities Division, Downtown Campus, at Marlisa.Austin@KCTCS.edu

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With the simple push of a button (and, OK, a credit card number!) you can help support five special projects developed by JCTC faculty to help advance humanities education at the college and in our community.  In partnership with the Fund for the Arts, JCTC Humanities has joined Power2Give, a special program that with your and the community’s support will help fund these unique and important projects.

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Graduation Speaker Contest

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Sponsored by the Department of Communication
Event held Friday, April 15
Downtown campus – SEM 103 at 10 a.m.

Win $100 and be awarded the 2011 Maria B. Miller Speech Award by delivering the Graduation Speech at Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Graduation on Monday, May 9, 2011.

Requirements:

  • You should be a graduating sophomore.
  • Your speech should be 3 minutes long.
  • Address your speech to the President and Provost, the guest speaker, faculty, other graduates, and family members.
  • Content should be about the present achievements of your class and how JCTC has helped you and other graduates accomplish goals.
  • You must deliver the speech in person; no videotapes will be accepted.

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Win $100 and be awarded the 2011 Maria B. Miller Speech Award by delivering the Graduation Speech at Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Graduation on Monday, May 9, 2011.

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JCTC Closed - November 6

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All campuses of JCTC will be closed on November 6, 2012 for Presidential Election Day.

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All campuses of JCTC will be closed on November 6, 2012 for Presidential Election Day.

Close at noon - March 29

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All campuses of JCTC will close at noon on March 29, 2013, in observance of Good Friday.  The College will resume normal operating hours on April 1, 2013.

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All campuses of JCTC will close at noon on March 29, 2013, in observance of Good Friday. The College will resume normal operating hours on April 1, 2013.

JCTC Closed - July 4

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All campuses of JCTC will be closed July 4, 2013 for Independence Day.

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All campuses of JCTC will be closed July 4, 2013 for Independence Day.

JCTC Closed - September 2

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All campuses of JCTC will be closed September 2, 2013 for Labor Day.

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All campuses of JCTC will be closed September 2, 2013 in observance of Labor Day.

JCTC Closed - May 27

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JCTC will be closed May 27, 2013, in observance of Memorial Day.

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JCTC will be closed May 27, 2013, in observance of Memorial Day. 

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Study abroad opportunities

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JCTC students are invited to learn about  study abroad opportunities with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies. Representatives will be in the lobby of the Hartford Building on the Downtown Campus between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

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JCTC students are invited to learn about  study abroad opportunities with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies

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Internet outage on the Southwest campus

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Southwest is currently experiencing a total network outage.  This will NOT affect classes.  As a result, most major servers (such as \\jf-svr-dfs) which are housed at that campus are offline.  This outage will affect access to the old web server, user folders and some printing.  We currently have no ETA on a fix for this, and will let you know once services have been restored.

Update (11/8/10 - 6:20pm): 

U of L believes that the outage effecting Southwest and a portion of their network was caused by a house fire on 4th street close to the Belknap Campus.  Still no estimated time to repair at this point.

Update (11/8/10 - 8:30pm): 

Another update from U of L…the good news is that the fire on 4th street was not the source of the damage to the fiber optic cable…the bad news is that a car accident at 4th and Central Avenue was and the damage caused by the wreck could require up to one mile of fiber optic cable to be replaced.  At this point U of L says that it will be unlikely that the cable will be repaired by the morning.  No estimates beyond that are given.  This outage is just for network (ie Internet) and phones at SW.  Everything else is unaffected.

Update (11/9/10 - 5:45am):  

U of L reports that the contractor repairing the damaged fiber optic cable expects to take up to 24 hours before the network is restored.  Work started around midnight Monday and will not complete until sometime late Tuesday evening.  This outage will impact access to any resources at housed Southwest…primarily anything on JF-SVR-DFS.

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Southwest is currently experiencing a total network outage.  This will NOT affect classes.  As a result, most major servers (such as \\jf-svr-dfs) which are housed at that campus are offline.  This outage will affect access to the eLearning web site, the old web server, user folders, some printing and phones.  Work started around midnight Monday and will not complete until sometime late Tuesday evening.

no phone service or network connectivity at this time

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There will be a network outage on Thursday (06-24-2010).  During this outage there will be no phone service and no network connectivity.  This includes all network resources (user folders, printers and the internet). 

This will affect the Downtown Campus and the Technical Campus.  The Southwest Campus should have network connectivity however no phone service. 

No ETA on when phone service will be restored. 

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There will be a network outage on Thursday (06-24-2010).  During this outage there will be no phone service and no network connectivity on the Downtown and Technical Campuses.

NSC Service Outage - July 22

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All National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) systems and services will be unavailable from 7:00am-7:00pm on July 22, 2012 for a system upgrade. 

The following services will be impacted:  Enrollment Verifications, Degree Verifications, Transcript Ordering, etc. 

If you experience issues after 7:00pm on July 22, 2012, you may reach the National Student Clearinghouse customer service at 703-742-4200. 

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All National Student Clearinghouse systems and services will be unavailable from 7:00am-7:00pm on July 22, 2012 for a system upgrade.

PeopleSoft Campus Solutions

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PeopleSoft Campus Solutions will be unavailable for all students, faculty, and staff Friday, July 27, 6:00pm (EST) – Sunday, July 29, 12:01 am (EST).

Other services such as Blackboard and E-mail will not be affected.

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PeopleSoft Campus Solutions will be unavailable for all students, faculty, and staff Friday, July 27, 6:00pm (EST) – Sunday, July 29, 12:01 am (EST).

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Downtown Campus Parking for the Fall semester

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To accommodate faculty, staff and students, JCTC has added 150 parking spaces on the Downtown Campus.

  • Students have three additional parking lots south of Broadway on First Street. 
  • Faculty and staff may now use the parking garage roof of the YMCA, north of Chestnut Street.  

Students can park in the following seven lots:

  • P1  Main Student Lot (entered from Second Street)
  • P2  I-65 lot (entered from Brook or through the Taco Bell parking lot)
  • P3  YMCA garage (top floor)
  • P4  Hotel Louisville (entered from Jacob Street)
  • P5  736 S. First Street
  • P5  742 S. First Street
  • P6  808 S. First Street

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To accommodate faculty, staff and students, JCTC has added 150 parking spaces on the Downtown Campus. Students have three additional parking lots south of Broadway on First Street.  Faculty and staff may now use the parking garage roof of the YMCA, north of Chestnut Street.

Updated tuition information

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The KCTCS Board of Regents approved the following credit hour tuition rates for 2011-2012 for KCTCS colleges:

Returning Students

  • In-state Students: $130
  • Out-of-State from Contiguous Counties: $260
  • Other Out-of-State Students: $445

New Students

  • In-state Students: $135
  • Out-of-State from Contiguous Counties: $270
  • Other Out-of-State Students: $465

Returning students at each of the 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community & Technical College System will receive guaranteed tuition, with no rate increase, for the 2011-12 academic year, if they enrolled during the Fall 2010 and/or Spring 2011 semesters.

The eligibility guidelines for the guaranteed tuition program are:

  • The guaranteed tuition rate is currently only valid for the 2011-12 academic year.
  • Consecutive term enrollment (Fall and Spring) is not required.
  • Students enrolled in only summer 2011 classes are not eligible.
  • The guaranteed tuition rate is eligible for the Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and summer 2012 term.
  • High school dual credit students enrolled in either Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 courses are eligible.

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Returning students at each of the 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community & Technical College System will receive guaranteed tuition, with no rate increase, for the 2011-12 academic year, if they enrolled during the Fall 2010 and/or Spring 2011 semesters.

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JCTC became a Partnership for a Green City

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Jefferson Community & Technical College became the fourth partner in the pioneering Partnership for a Green City, a coalition of Louisville’s four largest public entities who have committed themselves to sustainability efforts.  Jefferson was announced as the fourth partner, joining the University of Louisville, Jefferson County Public Schools, and Metro Louisville during an announcement Thursday, May 31, in the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall.

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Jefferson Community & Technical College became the fourth partner in the pioneering Partnership for a Green City, a coalition of Louisville’s four largest public entities who have committed themselves to sustainability efforts.

World Water Day at JCTC March 22

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World Water Day at JCTC March 22 to highlight needs, opportunities.  Program includes EDGE Outreach and Harry Pickens

On March 22, Jefferson Community & Technical College will mark World Water Day by learning more about the world’s tenuous access to clean water and how people here can help make a difference. A staggering one person out of 8 or nearly 900 million people worldwide lacks access to clean water.
 
JCTC student Megan Casey, who grew up in Iraq, helped inspire the day.
 
“My mother was one of the hundreds of women who traveled miles searching for a source of water, but how much can one woman carry across miles through cold and heat!”
 
Casey’s experience drew her to EDGE Outreach, which since 2001, has been distributing and installing water purification systems for use in developing communities. EDGE seeks to prevent waterborne illness with truly sustainable solutions by training local people, solving problems creatively in the field, and improving developing communities' self-sufficiency.  Their work gained considerable publicity following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
 
JCTC is partnering with EDGE on World Water Day and in a “Shoes for Water” collection that supports EDGE’s efforts.
 
“We wanted to hold this day to teach people about this important issue and to show them how they can help.” Susan Fenwick, International Admissions officer for JCTC. Faculty, staff and students have each taken part in forming the day and holding the shoe collection drive.
 
On Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Downtown Campus in the Hartford Building Lobby, 649 South First Street, students and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about global problems with accessing clean water, ways they can help bring clean water to places in need, how water is used to produce food, and ways they can conserve water.
 
At Noon, Mark Hogg, executive director of EDGE Outreach, will speak.
 
EDGE believes no one should suffer from waterborne illness. It is believed that 80 percent of all illness in the world is attributable to unsafe water and sanitation and as many as 135,000,000 will die from water-related diseases by the year 2020.
 
At 12:45 p.m. pianist and speaker Harry Pickens will be on hand to share a message of social justice and environmental compassion.  His aspiration is to help create a world where there is enough for everyone.
 
In addition, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jefferson students will tell their stories about accessing clean water. And there will be various booths and information about water, conservation, college involvement and community service opportunities.

Shoes for Water Drive, March 22-April 22.

The college also will spend a month collecting shoes to aid the efforts of EDGE Outreach. Collection boxes will be on all 6 campuses from March 22, World Water Day, until April 22, Earth Day. 
 
Casey was inspired to collect “as many shoes as possible to help EDGE reach those who pray for such a help that hasn’t come. …
I believe that the students of JCTC are living the perfect example for the whole world, sending a message that money is not the answer, war is not the answer, and an old shoe can change or even save a life of someone on the other side of the world.”
 
One pair of donated shoes serves two purposes; affordable footwear and clean, safe water.
Once collected, the shoes are given a second life when EDGE exports the donated shoes to retailers in the developing world. The resale of shoes provides jobs and affordable foot ware.
Affordable shoes are a life saving tool as they protect the new owner's feet and overall health from foot abrasions, parasites and mites. Funds generated from the export of shoes provide water purification systems and hand pump repair micro-businesses to bring safe, clean water to those who thirst.

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On March 22, Jefferson Community & Technical College will mark World Water Day by learning more about the world’s tenuous access to clean water and how people here can help make a difference. A staggering one person out of 8 or nearly 900 million people worldwide lacks access to clean water.

The college also will spend a month collecting shoes to aid the efforts of EDGE Outreach. Collection boxes will be on all 6 campuses from March 22, World Water Day, until April 22, Earth Day. 

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High school international students get early taste of college at JCTC

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Twenty-two international students who will be juniors and seniors in Jefferson County Public Schools next year, are getting an intense dose of “college know-how” during a new 10-day “Next Steps” program at Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Downtown Campus.

Each day from 9 a.m. to Noon, June 6 – 17, the students visit the campus where they are learning the basics of how to apply to college, how to apply for scholarships and use KEES money, what to expect at college, campus tours, how to be better organized, and “some English terms, expressions and grammar necessary to succeed in college.” 

“The program is the first that we have heard about in the cities around Louisville,” said Professor Marc Cummings, who leads JCTC’s English as a Second Language program. “It is meant as an orientation to the options available in higher education as well as a crash course in ESL.”

On Wednesday, the students visited the Jefferson Technical Campus, which offers programs to prepare students in fields such as automotive technology, plumbing, welding and carpentry.

“Many of these students had no idea these were career options,” Cummings said. “So even if it was not right for them, it might be for a family member, friend or member of their community.”

Sixteen of the students attend Waggener High, three attend Seneca, and one attends Atherton.  They represent Bhutan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Gambia, Iran, Iraq, Nepal, Russia, Somalia, Thailand, and Viet Nam. All are bilingual, and some speak up to five languages. 

The program invited students who were beginning to get serious about applying to college, but who lacked the cultural background or English language skills to approach it most effectively. 

The goal was to help them feel more prepared for their search and to help them understand what steps they should take during their junior and senior years to be successful in college.

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Twenty-two international students who will be juniors and seniors in Jefferson County Public Schools next year, are getting an intense dose of “college know-how” during a new 10-day “Next Steps” program at Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Downtown Campus.

Scholarships are now available

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The scholarship application and brochure for Fall 2012 scholarships are available and the application deadline is March 1, 2012.

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The scholarship application and brochure for Fall 2012 scholarships are available and the application deadline is March 1, 2012.

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LOUISVILLE, KY (June 21, 2012) -- Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendant Dr. Donna Hargens join the Rotary Club of Louisville today to announce a first-of-its-kind college scholarship program to benefit Louisville high school students.  Freshmen at Western High School this fall will be promised a full scholarship to Jefferson Community & Technical College, if they meet certain criteria through their senior year.

The Louisville Rotary Promise Scholarship announcement will be made during a Rotary Club of Louisville meeting at Noon Thursday at the Galt House West, Archibald Room, Third Floor.  Rotary will present a check to JCTC President Tony Newberry for $250,000, bringing fund-raising to an important goal, $1 million, allowing the program to makes its first promises.  “To celebrate our club’s 100 years of service, our members said that helping to educate our young people was most beneficial to the students and to the future of our community,” said incoming Rotary president Stuart Alexander. “Our goal was to create a program that motivates students to go to college by eliminating a critical barrier, the cost of tuition.”

The Rotary Club of Louisville has been raising money for the scholarship since late 2010. Each dollar raised by members is matched privately by a Rotarian, then matched again by the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, effectively turning each dollar donated into $4. Rotary’s goal is to raise $2 million, then add matching dollars, and extend the program to four high schools. The money is held in an endowment.  The scholarship program is directed at enhancing the college-going culture in high schools that are working to improve student interest and enrollment in post-secondary education. Western was selected as the first Rotary Promise school, in part, because of its existing Early College partnership with JCTC, where students take college level coursework in high school and earn college credit. To qualify for the scholarship, graduates must have a 2.5 or higher GPA, high school attendance of at least 90 percent and no major disciplinary records.

“The generous members of the Rotary Club of Louisville are showing our students that this community believes in and is fully invested in their success,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens. “Our mission is to ensure that all JCPS students graduate prepared to reach their full potential and contribute to our society throughout life, and this extraordinary promise gives students the means to make that a reality.”   The Rotary Club of Louisville already annually gives more than 60 college scholarships. The Louisville Rotary Promise Scholarship supports the efforts of 55,000 Degrees to increase the number of area residents with college degrees.

The Club will mark its 100th anniversary on July 21 with a celebration and fund-raiser from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Ice House, 217 E. Main Street. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and roof top dancing. Tickets, $60, are available by contacting Rotary Club of Louisville and will benefit the Louisville Rotary Promise Scholarship.

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JCTC Foundation awards $20,000 in scholarships

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The Jefferson Community and Technical College Foundation has awarded $20,000 in scholarships with proceeds raised through last year’s inaugural “Jefferson Jubilee.”

The highly successful fund-raiser led to 10 $1,500 tuition scholarships and 10 $500 textbook scholarships.  The 20 students receiving the scholarships were honored during a Foundation Board meeting at the college on May 18. The Foundation is the college’s fund-raising board.

The students were Stacy Anderson, Dawn Burns, Kevin Case, Monica Church, Robin Davidson, Keri Duncan, Megan Gregory, Robert Holliger, Paula Long, Amber Nichter Jeanine O’Bryan, Rebecca Pike, Sebastian Racine, Tabitha Rash, Alicia Ruplinger,  Michael Shunnarah, Katherine Sims, Dana Thornton, Erica Yan and Nicole Young.

Because of the substantial support of the inaugural Jefferson Jubilee, the Foundation decided to make the gala an annual event.

“The generous support of corporate sponsors and individuals have allowed more students to pursue their college dream,” said Jubilee chairman Ben W. Jackson, CPA, of The Jackson Group, LLC.  “We look forward to increasing support with the 2011 event and continuing to help more deserving students.’’

This year’s Jubilee will be held on Friday, Aug. 12, in The Grand Ballroom at The Henry Clay. More than 300 guests are expected to attend. Last year’s Jubilee sold out. The cocktail-attire event will include cocktails, a silent auction, dinner by Silver Spoon and entertainment by Bella Blue. Sponsors include OfficeMax and Republic Bank.

“We are grateful to the JCTC Foundation and the community for embracing and supporting the college and the students who come here to transform their lives,” said Dr. Tony Newberry, president of JCTC.

Sponsorships and tables are still available. For information, visit Jefferson.KCTCS.edu/Giving/Jubilee.

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Panel to discuss progress of African American education

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Area educators and civic leaders will lead a community summit “Superpanel” on the progress of African American education. This discussion titled, “Pathways to our future – Are we making progress?” is free and open to the public.

The Superpanel is the opening session to the 2011 Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education (KABHE) Annual Conference. The discussion will be held April 17 from 6-7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2735 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, Kentucky. Registration for this portion of the conference is not required.

The Superpanel features the following individuals:

  • Mr. Gerald Neal, Kentucky State Senator;
  • Dr. Eddie Woods, President of Life Institute;
  • Mr. Kevin Fields, Vice President, Louisville Urban League;
  • Ms. Rae Helton, Learning Commons Coordinator, University of Louisville;
  • Mr. John Eberhardt, Executive Director of the Steward Staff;
  • Ms. Diane Porter, Jefferson County Public Schools;
  • Mr. Blair Butler, Assistant Principal, Robert Frost Middle School;
  • Mr. DeVone Holt, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools

KABHE was founded to promote the advancement of Blacks in Higher Education in Kentucky through articulating needs and concerns, promoting unity, cooperation and awareness, and enhancing the personal and professional growth of its members.

This year’s conference is chaired by Marlisa Austin, JCTC professor of English.

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African American students honored for academic achievement

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Thirty-six Jefferson Community and Technical College students were honored March 25 during the annual African American Students of Excellence Awards program on the college’s Downtown Campus.  More than 200 attended the ceremony, which recognizes African American students who have 30 credit hours at Jefferson and a minimum 3.5 GPA.

“This ceremony is among the most special for the college,” said Dr. Tony Newberry, president of the college, “because we set aside the time to honor students for their hard work, dedication, creativity and spirit.”

The program, sponsored by the college’s Black Affairs Advisory Committee, also honored Harlina Churn-Diallo, founding artistic director of Imani Dance and Drum Company, with its Community Service Award.  Churn-Diallo has degrees in Pan-African studies and cultural anthropology from the University of Louisville and has studied and performed in Africa, Japan and Paris as well as throughout the United States. She has choreographed for Stage One children's theater in Louisville and for the Experimental Black Actors Guild of Chicago. She teaches African dance at U of L, has taught dance at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, and has served as arts and education director for youth outreach programs at Louisville's Chestnut Street YMCA.

Rhonda Gummer, a counselor on the Downtown Campus and adviser to the Single Parent Student Organization, was honored with the Institutional Service Award for her commitment as a faculty advisor and for her work coordinating an annual Student Resource Fair of college and community resources.

John Faulkner, Community Relations Manager for the Muhammad Ali Center, was the guest speaker.

The honored students were:

  • Hazel Bartlett
  • Keneshia Berkley
  • Nicole Bibbs
  • Gadira Blakely
  • Kenneth Boone
  • Theresa Boyd
  • Shalonda Brashear
  • Terrance Brasher
  • Eric Burns
  • Dominic Campbell
  • Janzael Covington
  • Rashanna Duke
  • Robert Gray
  • Jocelyn Hammonds
  • Emmett Hathaway
  • Abdullahi Hassan
  • Kimberly Judkins
  • Andrea King
  • Dreva Kirkwood
  • Fenta Mekonen
  • Glenn Moore
  • Whitney Myers
  • Debra O'Bannon
  • Linda Radford
  • Christopher Smith
  • Odessa Smith
  • Dedra Stallings
  • Janie Stewart
  • Don Unseld
  • Jewel Vasser
  • Dominique Vaughn
  • Charmaine Webster
  • Laneka Williams
  • Jeanette Williams
  • Maria Wilson
  • Lakita Young

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Twenty-nine Jefferson Community & Technical College students will be honored for academic achievement during the 30th annual African American Students of Excellence Awards.The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Health Sciences Building Auditorium on the Downtown Campus, 110 E. Chestnut Street.
 
Students must have a 3.5 GPA and 30 credit hours to qualify for the honor.
 
This year’s guest speaker is Michelle Yeager, a local business owner, former teacher and fitness expert. Yeager is the daughter of the late T. Stephen Yeager, who worked for the college for 20 years, and late Dr. Lillian Yeager, former Dean of Nursing at Indiana University Southeast.
 
Yeager, who said her parents instilled in her the value of education and a desire to help others, graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and taught at Hawthorne and Cochran elementary schools in Jefferson County.  Recently Yeager, a fitness competitor, opened charizYa Fitness, a Zumba fitness studio, and is the new Fitness Director at St. Stephen Baptist Church. She also owns OnyxLouisville.com, a website geared toward the urban professionals in the area.
 
She has served on the boards of The Home of the Innocents, St. George’s Community Center, Ovarian Awareness of KY and the Chestnut Street YMCA. 
 
The African American Students of Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Black Affairs Committee, which also will present  Institutional Service Award and Community Service Awards. Recipients are revealed during the program.
 
The following students will be honored:

  • Vyukusenge Angelique
  • Matthew Bruce Battle
  • Latonya Denise Blount
  • Tiffani Khyel Brandon-Brown
  • Tia Patrice Braxton
  • Sallie R.Coleman
  • Tiffany L. Downs
  • Paul Evans
  • Richard S Faulkner
  • Deana Deshawn Gray
  • Wanda Dolores Hall
  • Mikhail Heaven
  • Yolanda F. Hickman
  • Delali Kudjo Hosi
  • Dahlie Masumbuko
  • Quinton A. Moore
  • Joshua James Oliver
  • Shawn Warren Rutledge Sr.
  • Algernon Seace
  • Harold Keith Simpson
  • Kate Nalule Ssekandi
  • Annie Marie Taylor
  • Lakrisia D. Washington
  • Michelle N. Watts
  • Shermia Love Woodford
  • Reginald Woods
  • Stephanie K. Young
  • Terry R. Trowell

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Students invited to study Spanish in Ecuador with JCTC

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Following the success of the 2010 program, students once again are invited to study Spanish in Banos, Ecuador, mid-May through mid-June.

Three Spanish courses and a cultural studies course are part of the four-week experience, which includes a seven-day service learning experience in the Amazon. Students will study the language and have extensive opportunities to interact with Banos residents and participate in cultural activities.

Students may earn six to seven credit hours though the following JCTC courses: Spanish 102, Spanish 201, Spanish 202 and the cultural studies course, Spanish 115.

The program, led by JCTC instructors, is open to JCTC students as well members of the community and students at other colleges. Credits apply to JCTC programs and transfer to other colleges and universities.

In addition to tuition, the immersion program costs $1,750, including airfare and lodging. JCTC tuition is $130 per credit hour for in-state students. All JCTC courses are eligible for financial aid.

For information or to apply, send an e-mail to Lisa at LCOX0055@kctcs.edu

See photos from last year’s program at www.Facebook.com/JeffersonCTC.

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Hygiene and cleaning supplies needed most; bake sale Thursday to raise funds

Jefferson Community & Technical College students in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society have organized a collection drive for victims of the tornadoes that devastated several counties in Eastern Kentucky.  In addition, the organization also will hold a Pizza, Bake and Snack sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the Health Sciences Building on the Downtown Campus to raise money that will be donated to relief efforts.

Members are focusing their efforts on Eastern Kentucky, because several members call it home. The Eastern Kentucky counties most affected by the storms were Bath, Johnson, Lawrence, Laurel, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan (West Liberty), and Wolfe counties.  “These counties are poor and their neighbors are poor,” said student Robin Disney of Harlan County, who helped organize the drive. “People don’t always realize how much harder it is for these areas to help themselves.”

The students are collecting the following items: diapers, baby wipes, paper products, clothing, cleaning supplies, soap, personal hygiene products, shovels, brooms and similar items.  Collection boxes are available on the JCTC Downtown and Shelby County campuses. On the Downtown Campus they are in the JEC, Broadway, Hartford, VTI, LRC and Health Sciences buildings.

PTK also has partnered with AutoTruck Financial Credit Union in Bullitt County and North Bullitt County High School, which have agreed to place collection boxes at their locations.

The students will work with Kentucky State Police to transport the items to the Kentucky counties most in need.

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Jefferson Community & Technical College students in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society have organized a collection drive for victims of the tornadoes that devastated several counties in Eastern Kentucky. In addition, the organization also will hold a Pizza, Bake and Snack sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the Health Sciences Building on the Downtown Campus to raise money that will be donated to relief efforts.

The students are collecting the following items: diapers, baby wipes, paper products, clothing, cleaning supplies, soap, personal hygiene products, shovels, brooms and similar items. Collection boxes are available on the JCTC Downtown and Shelby County campuses. On the Downtown Campus they are in the JEC, Broadway, Hartford, VTI, LRC and Health Sciences buildings.

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Empowerment Conference

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Empowered Performance is in your grasp. You are Motivated, Dedicated, Ready to be Educated!  Join us on May 11th for a day to learn, share and show off your skills.  If you’re a student parent, we would like for you to join us for this great conference. 

Location:

    • Jefferson Community & Technical College – Downtown campus
    • Health Sciences Building (HSB)
    • Parking is available in the Student Parking lot, accessible from 2nd Street in between Broadway and Chestnut Street

Times:

    • Registration begins at 8:30 am
    • Conference 9 am – 3 pm
    • Vendor Fair 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Presented by:

    • Ready to Work/Work & Learn, Student Support Services Program, and the Single Parent Student Organization

Workshop Topics include:       

    • Personal Financial Literacy         
    • Parenting Skills Development        
    • Family Nutrition                    
    • Zumba / Tai Chi                     
    • Allied Health / Nursing Careers
    • And more…!

Register today!!!  For more information, please contact Michael Wells at 502-213-2284 or Ajeenah Sharif at 502-213-2250.

Talent Show

So you KNOW you’ve got skills?  Register to perform in the Talent Show!  Calling all singers, dancers, poets, spoken word artists, magicians, comics, etc. Incredible 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded!   Contact Sultan 502-213-2226 or Margot 502-213-2149 to register no later than Apr. 11th, 2011.

Talent Show and Amazing Prizes:
1st Place  – Laptop Computer!
2nd Place  – Kindle! (electronic reader)
3rd Place  – MP3 player!
Door prizes will also be awarded!

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College adopts “Workforce Solutions” to brand custom education programs

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A factory needs to speed production to improve profits. A company has new supervisors who need management training. A manufacturer installs new technology and must bring employees up to speed.

More and more frequently, all are turning to Jefferson Community and Technical College, whose impact is felt far beyond its campuses and virtual learning environments.

For many years, under the title Center for Community and Economic Development, the college provided customized training and education programs and services such as LEAN and Six Sigma. To be better identify these services, the college has renamed its program, Workforce Solutions.  Last year, under the leadership of Mary Ann Hyland-Murr, Workforce Solutions served more 779 companies and organizations and 8,548 employees with customized programs, offered both on campus and at the worksite.

The Workforce Solutions brand was created after conducting meetings with key business leaders and CEOs across the state, and assessing the critical workforce and economic issues that must be addressed in order to transform the state’s economy. 

As part of the rebranding effort the college also is exploring new opportunities in Lean practices, green technologies, new manufacturing practices and much more.

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The Beta Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College held a formal induction ceremony on May 1, 2009 at 6:30pm at the historic downtown Maysville Opera House. Dr. Juston Pate, MCTC Chief Academic Officer welcomed the students and their families to the ceremony. Dr. Pate provided an overview of chapter accomplishments for 2008-2009 and commended chapter advisors Alex Hyrcza and Margo Hamm on their work with the chapter. Dr. Michael Krause, KCTCS System Director of Student Enrollment and Engagement Services served as the keynote induction speaker. Dr. Krause had recently returned from a service trip to Greece, which had a great impact on vision for KCTCS student leadership development and student success. Dr. Krause applauded the students for their accomplishments and discussed his vision for leadership development and the KCTCS Student Leadership Program with the new inductees, encouraging them to become civically engaged within and outside of their local communities.

The induction ceremony was lead by outgoing chapter vice-president Kristin Grenier and the regional alumni liaison Brooke Frye a graduate of Ashland Community and Technical College. The following chapter offices were installed: Joyce Kelly, President, Kaycee Burriss, Vice-President, Natasha Cox, Public Relations/Treasurer, David Pettit, Rowan Liaison and Judy Burns, LVC Liaison.

Inductees included: Judy Burns, Kaycee Burriss, Suzanne Collazo, Natasha Cox, Steven Davis, Marissa Estes, Stephanie Ferguson, Nick Hall, John Henwood, April Jefferson, Joyce Kelly, Samantha Malone, Sarah Parker, Nichole Pelkey, Michelle Perry, David Petitt, Bonna Reed, Jamie Reynolds, Stephanie Roesler, Rebecca Schneider and Ed Wiget.

Chapter advisors Alex Hyrcza and Margo Hamm further recognized special chapter and member achievements; including honoring Nick Hall and Kristin Grenier for being named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-State Team on the state level and for Kristin being named a national All-USA Team gold member, making her the first KCTCS student to be named one of the top 20 community college scholars in the nation.

Dr. Ed Story, MCTC President and Chief Executive Officer, provided closing remarks congratulating the students and their families on their academic success. Story further emphasized the significance of the impact that the chapter makes on the college community and service area. A reception was held following the ceremony hosted by Phi Theta Kappa and MCTC alumni Bunny Foree and Wanda Davis.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college since 1918 and has become the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world.

Membership is based primarily upon academic achievement. Invitation to membership may be extended only by the local chapter at the institution in which you are enrolled. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will open new doors for your academic journey. The organization offers a myriad of opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment and personal development through programs based on Phi Theta Kappa's four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.

Phi Theta Kappa membership guarantees students access to more benefits than any other student organization. As a member, academic excellence will be recognized with the Golden Key Membership Pin, membership certificate and the privilege of wearing regalia at graduation that sets students apart as a Phi Theta Kappa member.

Membership also provides exclusive access to a compilation of innovative benefits available online. Highlights of the online benefits include the eScholarship Directory, listing information on scholarships designated exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members; letters of recommendation for scholarships and employment; and press releases announcing your induction into the Society. These benefits, accessible exclusively to Phi Theta Kappa members, give members the academic, scholarship and employment tools that will help them attain their goals for the future. There are also unique opportunities and benefits for honorary and provisional members.

For more information on how to join Phi Theta Kappa at Maysville Community and Technical College contact, Mr. Alex Hyrcza at 606-759-7141 ext. 66108 or Ms. Margo Hamm the Regional Coordinator for Kentucky at 606-759-7141 ext. 66125.

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Maysville Community and Technical College to host Freedom Celebration VI: A Multicultural Experience

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This spring the college will come alive with delicious foods and interactive exhibits representing cultures from around the world.  Join us for this exciting, FREE community event as you are transported to times of kings in Africa and Native American struggles, or just sit back and let “Jack” tickle your funny-bone!  Exhibits will focus on the traditions of Native Americans, Japanese, Hispanics, African Americans, and Ghanaians.  Then sit back and relax as featured performers, Harriet J. Groh, Cheryl Pan, Octavia Sexton, and Frank Appiah sing, dance, and share legends and tales!  Don’t miss Freedom Celebration VI on April 22 at 6:00 p.m. located in the Fields Auditorium, Maysville Campus.  For more information, contact Hope Tyson-Rabe at (606)759-7141, ext. 66147.

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This spring the college will come alive with delicious foods and interactive exhibits representing cultures from around the world.  Join us for this exciting, FREE community event as you are transported to times of kings in Africa and Native American struggles, or just sit back and let “Jack” tickle your funny-bone!  Exhibits will focus on the traditions of Native Americans, Japanese, Hispanics, African Americans, and Ghanaians.  Then sit back and relax as featured performers, Harriet J. Groh, Cheryl Pan, Octavia Sexton, and Frank Appiah sing, dance, and share legends and tales!  Don’t miss Freedom Celebration VI on April 22 at 6:00 p.m. located in the Fields Auditorium, Maysville Campus.  For more information, contact Hope Tyson-Rabe at (606)759-7141, ext. 66147.

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OCTC closing early Friday Jan 8 2010

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OCTC will be closing at 3 PM Friday, January 8 2010. We will be open Saturday, January 9 2010-9am-12 Noon for registration, fee payment, and books. Be safe!

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PeopleSoft Student Self-Service Upgrade

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Student Self Service will be going through an upgrade starting July 1 at 5pm ET continuing through July 4 at 6pm ET. During this time services will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience as we improve our operations to serve you better!

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Public Reception for Dr. Durrence

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The Owensboro Community & Technical College Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with the

OCTC Board of Directors and

the faculty and staff of OCTC,

cordially invite you to attend a reception for

Dr. J. Larry Durrence

on Monday, June 14 from 5-7 PM

at the RiverPark Center on the patio and in Woodwards Cafe.

 

Refreshments provided.

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Student financial aid and tuition refunds

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All financial aid and tuition refunds will be sent to Higher One on March 3 and should be posted to the students’ Higher One accounts on the afternoon of March 4. Students who chose direct deposit should have refunds in their accounts by the afternoon of March 5. Students who chose a paper check should receive the check about March 11.

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SCC hosts GMSCPP summer camp

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The Governor’s Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP) Summer Camp is intended to help minority students in the 6th through 8th grade prepare to enter college. The program is designed to provide a fun, educational experience for the students while stressing the importance of education. The two week program was held June 8 - June 18.

A program Kickoff was held on Saturday, June 5, with GMSCPP Director, George Martinez, giving an overview of the program. The program begins each summer with a camp-like atmosphere which includes a variety of activities and events designed to prepare the students for a fun and exciting learning experience. The program continues throughout the year with monthly activities being held to enhance and build on the students’ learning. During the Kickoff, the keynote speakers were KCTCS Diversity Coordinator, Dr. Nashid Fakhrid-Deen, and recent SCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program graduate, Yulanda Bradshaw. Dr. Fakhrid-Deen traveled from Lexington, Kentucky to give the students and their families an inspiring talk, which was well-received. Bradshaw spoke not only about her SCC experience but also gave the students the benefit of personal experiences that could help them in different circumstances that may come their way.  

During the two week session, field trips were planned for the students, including day trips to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Norrie Wake’s Leadership Training Center in Monticello, the Newport Aquarium and included an overnight conference at Northern Kentucky University.

Several days the GMSCPP students spent on the Somerset Community College Campus learning about different programs including Electrical Technology, Engineering Technology, Construction & Manufacturing and Physical Therapist Assistant Program. The students also learned scrapbooking, participated in a reading & writing workshop and created a program newsletter with the help of the SCC Visual Communications Department. SCC faculty and staff included Kim Toby, Mandy Davis, Stuart Simpson and staff, and Marci Randall. Session leaders from the community included Darlicia Stallion and Charlene Duncan, who are associated with a local business, and led a session on communication and leadership.

Another activity the students participated in was West African drumming lessons led by Jacob Hamrick. Hamrick graduated from Berea College with a bachelor’s degree in Music. He taught the students the history and design of the djembe drums which are from Ghana. The two week camp ended with a program presented by the students for their family and friends.

The participating students are: Maria Martinez, Andre’a Martinez, Erica Wilson, Victoria ‘Junior’ Flores, Joseph Velez, Kamron Terry, Trea Terry, Mackenzie Pittman, T’era Fullove, Desire Napier, Jonathan Garrett, Payton Phelps, Quintin Stallion, Atina Stallion, Katelynn Bess, Ermina Ramic, Tobias Napier and Kris Hines.

Program staff included Kim Walker, Ashley Walker, and Anthony Gaines, all of Somerset, Kentucky. 

For more information on the Governor’s Minority Student College Preparation Program, contact George Martinez, Director of GMSCPP and SCC Assistant Professor at 606-451-6698 or georgeo.martinez@kctcs.edu.

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SCC theatre auditions will be held August 23-24

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Annual auditions for Somerset Community College Theatre’s 2010-2011 season will take place in SCC’s Stoner Little Theatre on Monday and Tuesday; August 23 and 24. Sign in begin at 7:00 p.m. Auditions will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. each night. A complete information packet is available at SCC’s Box Office in Stoner Hall, Room 108. You may also receive a PDF version of the packet via email through a request at sherry.crabtree@kctcs.edu.

“We’re looking for a wide variety of talent from both the community and the college,” stated SCC Theatre Coordinator Steve Cleberg. “Our theatre is a truly “community” theatre. Annual auditions are open to any interested members of the community as well as our students.”

Cleberg expressed a need for a wide variety of performers this season who are capable of serving at different levels. “I’d like to talk to anyone who would like to perform or serve as a crew member for any of our play and film productions. There is a place for everyone in some capacity.”

Sherry Crabtree will be directing the first production of the season. The Reader’s Theatre production is presented twice a year. “This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get on the stage but has a tight personal schedule.” Cleberg added, “The Reader’s Theatre” production performers have a few rehearsals over a two week period and perform on one evening.”

Cleberg also pointed out that because the productions are performed with a script in hand, it’s often a good way for new people to get stage experience without the pressure of memorizing lines. Cleberg went on to say, “We often have some of our best actors performing with individuals who have never been on stage before. It’s a great experience for everyone involved and has been immensely popular with our audiences.”

SCC’s Reader’s Theatre production’s first performance is scheduled for September 24 at 8 p.m. in Stoner Little Theatre.

SCC Theatre is proud to announce its plans to produce the classic comedy “School For Scandal.” The 18th century British romp has been reworked by its director Steve Cleberg. This reworking of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s rollicking comedy is designed to stay true to the original masterpiece but to move quickly for modern audience members.

Cleberg will be looking to fill sixteen roles. The cast is evenly drawn between eight men and eight women. The play will be produced on November 19 and 20.

SCC will also be looking at performers to take part in the College’s “Storybook Theatre” program. Each year, the college works up popular children’s stories into an interactive performance which is taken to local schools.

Other events of SCC Theatre’s season will include its annual 48 Hour Film Festival in September, a February performance of the Reader’s Theatre Company and a production of Sketches! in April. SCC will also host its annual Winter Shorts Film Festival in January and its annual Teen Theatre Festival in March.

For further information regarding SCC’s theatre and film program, contact Sherry Crabtree at (606) 451-6766 or by email at sherry.crabtree@kctcs.edu.

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2012 Commencement Information

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May 2012 Commencement will be held on May 4, 2012. Please check back for more information.

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Commencement is set for May 14th

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The Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College spring semester commencement and awarding of degrees will be held Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of Harlan County High School, located on US 119 at Baxter. Over 300 students representing each of the colleges five campuses in Harlan, Pineville, Cumberland, Whitesburg and Middlesboro will participate.

The keynote speaker will be Jerry Haynes a native of Whitesburg who is the CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

For additional information about the event, contact the college registrar, Karin Gibson, at 589-3017.

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Southeast golf scramble is May 15 at Sleepy Hollow

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The 23rd annual Southeast Golf Classic, an 18-hole single-shot scramble format event, will be held Saturday, May 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Cumberland.


New Camaro from Creech Chevy for SKCTC golf scramble.

Eric Creech, left, of Creech Motors of Harlan, handed over the keys to a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro to Chuck Sturgill, event co-director for the annual Southeast Scholarship Golf Classic slated for Saturday, May 15 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Cumberland. The car will be awarded to the first golfer who can record a hole in one on a designated hole. The event generates money for the scholarship program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.  

 

The 18-hole event each year generates much-needed funds for scholarships for students attending Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.

The fee is $75 per person or $300 for a foursome.

Numerous special feat prizes are to be awarded, and similar to previous years a golfer will have the opportunity to win a new Chevy Camaro by recording a hole in one on a designated hole.

The Camaro will be given away by Creech Motors of Harlan.

For additional information about the 2010 classic, contact event coordinator Rhonda Creech at 606/589-3084.

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Crawdad Meeting

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Crawdad is a program of student music and arts events coordinated by Southeast students. Any Southeast student who would like to participate as an artist or musician, or participate on the planning committee, is welcome to attend the first planning meeting of the year, Monday August 22nd at 3PM in Room 119 (Robert Gipe’s office) in the Godbey Appalachian Center on the SKCTC Cumberland campus. For more information, contact Lauren Adams at ladams0065@kctcs.edu or Robert Gipe at robert.gipe@kctcs.edu.

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International Students Freya Li and Jolene Li

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Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College would like to introduce two exchange students Freya Li and Jolene Li from China.

Freya Li's father is an English professor and her mother teaches physics. She is majoring in English.

Jolene Li's father and mother works at different banks. She has an older brother and her major is English.

Freya and Jolene attended the same high school. Their hometown is near the east coast of China north of Shanghi. Freya's father and Jolene's aunt are both collegues at Shandong Jianzhu (Architecture) University. 

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The Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College spring semester commencement and awarding of degrees will be held Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of Harlan County High School, located on US 119 at Baxter. Over 300 students representing each of the colleges five campuses in Harlan, Pineville, Cumberland, Whitesburg and Middlesboro will participate.

The keynote speaker will be Jerry Haynes a native of Whitesburg who is the CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

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New Camaro from Creech Chevy for SKCTC golf scramble.

Eric Creech, left, of Creech Motors of Harlan, handed over the keys to a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro to Chuck Sturgill, event co-director for the annual Southeast Scholarship Golf Classic slated for Saturday, May 15 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Cumberland. The car will be awarded to the first golfer who can record a hole in one on a designated hole. The event generates money for the scholarship program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.  

 

The 18-hole event each year generates much-needed funds for scholarships for students attending Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.

The fee is $75 per person or $300 for a foursome.

Numerous special feat prizes are to be awarded, and similar to previous years a golfer will have the opportunity to win a new Chevy Camaro by recording a hole in one on a designated hole.

The Camaro will be given away by Creech Motors of Harlan.

For additional information about the 2010 classic, contact event coordinator Rhonda Creech at 606/589-3084.

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KCTCS EXTENDS CAREER TRANSITIONS INITIATIVE TO ASSIST DISPLACED WORKERS

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Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced today that he will extend the valuable KCTCS Career Transitions initiative. The initiative provides Kentuckians who have lost their jobs with workforce training to help them find work in high-growth, high-wage fields.

The KCTCS initiative began in March this year and will now be extended through the 2010 spring term. It is being offered through the KCTCS statewide system of 16 colleges and features a 50 percent tuition scholarship for up to six credit hours per term in open enrollment courses. It also provides each displaced Kentucky worker with personalized assistance to help navigate the college admissions process.

KCTCS also provides each student with a streamlined admissions process; assistance in filing for state and federal financial aid; and advising and training sessions to maximize the students’ opportunity for successful re-employment. Kentucky residents who have become unemployed and who have filed for unemployment benefits since Oct. 1, 2008 are eligible for the program.

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 11.2 percent in October 2009, up from 10.9 percent in September 2009, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The October 2009 jobless rate is 4.3 percentage points higher than the 6.9 percent rate in October 2008.

All KCTCS colleges are working with local Workforce Investment Boards and other agencies to inform dislocated workers of the education resources that are available and to coordinate their efforts. Additionally, each college has developed specific workforce training programs to meet the specific needs of their local community. 



For more information contact a KCTCS College Career Transition Coordinator:



Ashland Community and Technical College

Nancy Menshouse

606-326-2199

nancy.menshouse@kctcs.edu



Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Susan Chafin

606-886-3863

susan.chafin@kctcs.edu



 Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Jeanette Dodson

859-276-6741

Jeanettem.dodson@kctcs.edu



Bowling Green Technical College

Jamie Parke

270- 901-1007

jamie.parke@kctcs.edu



Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

Darrin Powell

270-706-8620

darrin.powell@kctcs.edu


Gateway Community and Technical College

Andre Washington

859-442-4176

andre.washington@kctcs.edu



Hazard Community and Technical College

Doug Fraley

606-487-3086

doug.fraley@kctcs.edu



Henderson Community College

Pamala Wilson

270-831-9649

pamala.wilson@kctcs.edu

 

Hopkinsville Community College

Debbie Birdsong

270-707-3714

Debra.Birdsong@kctcs.edu



Jefferson Community and Technical College

Fran White

502-213-2208

fran.white@kctcs.edu



Madisonville Community College

Cathy Vaughan

270-824-1705

cathy.vaughan@kctcs.edu

 

Maysville Community and Technical College

Tabatha Butler

606-759-7141 ext.  66209

Tabatha.butler@kctcs.edu



Owensboro Community and Technical College

Bernice Ayer

270-686-4518

bernice.ayer@kctcs.edu



Somerset Community College

Deborah Gaines

606-451-6818

deborah.gaines@kctcs.edu



Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Henry Hughes – Cumberland Campus

606-589-3193

henry.hughes@kctcs.edu



Roland Cornett – Cumberland Campus

606-589-3021

rcirbett0002@kctcs.edu

 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Debbie Smith

(270) 534-3479

deborah.smith@kctcs.edu

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Practical Nursing Pre-Admission Conference TODAY

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Individuals who are interested in applying for enrollment in the Spring 2010 practical nursing program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College must attend one of two pre-admission conference scheduled this fall.

The next conference will be held at 4 p.m. TODAY in the Allied Health Building, Room 108.  The last conference will be at 4 p.m. October 13 also in Room 108.

For more information about the practical nursing program contact Nancy Turner at 534-3460 or visit the Web site westkentucky.kctcs.edu

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Individuals who are interested in applying for enrollment in the Spring 2010 practical nursing program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College must attend one of two pre-admission conference scheduled this fall.

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Individuals who are interested in applying for enrollment in the Spring 2010 practical nursing program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College must attend one of two pre-admission conference scheduled this fall.

Skilled Craft Training Center is a product of cooperation, generosity and forward thinking.

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, for the Skilled Craft Training Center located in Hickory, Kentucky.  picture of ribbon cutting ceremonies at Skilled Craft Training Center

The purchase of the 60,000 square-foot building and nine acres of land was made possible by a $1.5 million donation  from the Lay Family Foundation of St. Louis, MO and $500,000 provided through the cooperative efforts of the City of Mayfield, the Graves County Fiscal Court and the Graves Growth Alliance to Paducah Junior College, Inc., the foundation of WKCTC.

The one-story building has about 17,000 square feet of office and classroom space. The remainder of the building is high bay space. 

The center will use a QuickJobs training format to provide skilled training in weeks as opposed to a traditional semester format. College officials plan to offer a variety of classes at the center including classes in welding, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, nursing assistant, computers, and the addition of automotive technology in the future. 

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, for the Skilled Craft Training Center located in Hickory, Kentucky.

WKCTC's Emerging Technology Center Opens for Classes

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The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at West Kentucky Community & Technical College opened its doors to students on January 11.  WKCTC students began various courses in applied technologies and information technology. 

Opportunities for students include a new Associate in Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology and Microsoft and CISCO certification.

Students are excited about the new opportunities available at the ETC.
“I have heard so many great things about the new building and the classes,” said Industrial Maintenance student, Nathan Freeman. “I worked at Westlake for five years and just like that, my job was gone. But when one door closes, another door opens.”  Freeman added, "It’s a blessing to be able to come back to school and further my education.” 

The Emerging Technology Center dedication is scheduled for March 30 at 2:00 pm. The public is invited.

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Free Help to Families Applying for College Financial Aid

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College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2:00 pm January 31 at 21 sites across Kentucky. In Paducah, the program will be held in Room 101 of Crounse Hall, the engineering building of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Financial aid professionals will help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a form students must submit to receive federal and state financial aid. To increase chances of receiving aid, students must apply before March 15.

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority said it awarded nearly $195 million in higher education grants and scholarships to more than 123,000 students in the 2008-09 academic year.

Students are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday with a parent or guardian and bring their and their parents’ complete 2009 IRS 1040 tax returns and any other 2009 income and benefits information. If families haven’t completed their taxes, financial aid professionals will be able to help fill out the rest of the student aid form and give instructions for the financial portion. Pens, pencils and aid form worksheets will be provided.

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College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2:00 pm January 31 at 21 sites across Kentucky. In Paducah, the program will be held in Room 101 of Crounse Hall, the engineering building of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Celebrate Black History Month

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Join West Kentucky Community and Technical College in celebrating Black History Month.  The following events are sponsored by USEC and WKCTC's Office of Cultural Diversity

February 9
African-American Student Alliance (AASA) Mixer
6:00 pm -- Emerging Technology Center   

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African-American Student Alliance (AASA) Taste of Soul Food
11:00 am - 1:00 pm -- Bistro in the Anderson Technical Building 

February 25  WKCTC Educator Award
6:00 pm -- Greater Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church 
February 26 

Smokey Joe's Cafe -- A Grammy Award-winning musical
SOLD OUT
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WKCTC Open House -- April 13

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West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s 2010 Open House will be held on April 13 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Anderson Technical Building.  During this time, participants will be able to obtain information they will need to begin their higher education future. It is a one-stop-shop for workshops in financial aid, advising, and testing!

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The dedication of the new Emerging Technology Center will be held on Tuesday, March 30 at 2:00 pm. WKCTC broke ground on the Emerging Technology Center in June 2006. Just over three years later, the Center opened its doors.  Technology is changing rapidly in today’s business and industry world and WKCTC continually strives to be ahead of the curve. “The Emerging Technology Center will provide more opportunities for needed industrial and technical training and reflects the changes in today’s workforce,” said WKCTC President, Barbara Veazey.

The ETC offers programs including Information Technology, Health Physics, and the new Associate in Applied Science Degree in Applied Engineering Technology.  The Center is also home to a conference room equipped with 3D and virtual capabilities, customized training for business and industry, and two 10,000 square foot high bay areas offering a variety of training opportunities.

Also located in the Emerging Technology Center, the Wi-Fi Grill is open Monday-Friday to college faculty, staff, students, and the community. A continental breakfast with various baked goods, fruit, yogurt, and coffee is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lives are changed at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. And even though technology will continue to change at a fast pace, WKCTC is ready and will continue to meet the needs of its students and the business community.

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GED Graduation Ceremony Held July 29

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More than 75 students attended the GED graduation ceremony Thursday, July 29, in the Clemens Fine Arts Center at West Kentucky Community and Technical College to celebrate earning their GEDs. State Representative Brent Housman was the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

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Fall Fling - Spirit Week

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Along with our Fall Fling-Spirit Week on October 25-29 purchase a t-shirt to support Breast Cancer Awareness! All proceeds go to the WKCTC Relay for Life team. Please contact Carrie Day for more information at 270-534-3412. Ask about how you can purchase a pink toothbrush too.

WKCTC Bookstore will offer 20% off all clothing the week of October 25-29! Show your school spirit and pick up a WKCTC sweatshirt! 

Monday, October 25

  • All Day Candy Caper* – Team Spirit Day (wear your favorite sports team’s insignia)
    20% off all clothing in the WKCTC Bookstore
  • 7:00 pm – West Kentucky Stars Basketball game vs. River City Independent @ Haws Gymnasium

Tuesday, October 26

  • All Day Candy Caper* – Pink Ribbon Day (wear a pink ribbon in support of Breast Cancer Awareness)
    20% off all clothing in the WKCTC Bookstore
  • Fight Like a Girl Campaign – purchase a t-shirt to support Breast Cancer Awareness and all proceeds to go the WKCTC Relay for Life team
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm – Student Spotlight: Open Mic
    Enjoy standup, improvisation, musical performance, poetry reading, and much more at the first OPEN MIC on October 26, 12:30 pm in the Student Center

Wednesday, October 27

  • All Day Candy Caper* – School Spirit Day (wear blue & gold or WKCTC insignia)
    20% off all clothing in the WKCTC Bookstore
  • Halloween for the Hungry Food Drive & Chili Cook-Off
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Student Center --  Join us for free cookies and apple cider
    Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item as your entry fee to sample everyone’s chili and vote on the winner Chili Cook-Off rules and entry forms: contact Rachel at 534-43187 or rachel.cornwell@kctcs.edu.

Thursday, October 28

  • All Day Candy Caper* – Costume Day (wear your Halloween costume)
     20% off all clothing in the WKCTC Bookstore
  • Join us for free cookies and apple cider 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Student Center
  • Halloween Costume Contests -- Individual costume winners will be awarded in the student and faculty/staff categories.
    Submit your entry form (available from Rachel at 534-43187 or rachel.cornwell@kctcs.edu by noon on Tuesday, October 26 to arrange a group photo time.  

Friday, October 29

  • All Day Candy Caper* – Costume Day (wear your Halloween costume
    20% off all clothing in the WKCTC Bookstore
  • 10:00 am-12:00 noon – Cookies & Conversation with Dr. Belinda Dalton-Russell, Vice President Student Affairs ATB 204
  • 7:00 pm - Whow your school spirit and watch the West Kentucky Stars basketball team play Mid-Continent at Haws Gym.

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Command Spanish will meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 am - 9:00 pm in the Emerging Technology Center beginning March 22.  It’s important for emergency personnel to be able to communicate with a person in need, and a language barrier can make that virtually impossible. Workforce Solutions at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) wants to make the process easier by offering this class .


The four-week class (ending April 14) is designed for non-Spanish speaking people who deal with emergency situations including:

  • doctors and nurses
  • fire department personnel
  • police officers
  • paramedics and emergency medical technicians

Students will learn Spanish language commands and phrases that will enable them to assist Spanish-speaking persons in crisis scenarios. Emphasis is placed on concise Spanish to determine the patient’s chief complaint, extent of injury or nature of illness, as well as explain procedures and treatment. No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary. The class fee is $130 (book not included). Students can order books for $39.95. WKCTC Workforce Solutions will place order.

Space is limited. Register by calling WKCTC Workforce Solutions at 270-534-3335.

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Grow with Habitat

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It’s time to start thinking of fundraising for the Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity. We are very excited about our first 2011 fundraiser, “Plant a Tree”. We are selling trees (seedlings) purchased through the Arbor Day Foundation. These trees come in their own clear recyclable plastic tube complete with planting and care instructions. These trees can be planted outdoors when timing and conditions permit, stored in a refrigerator or grown for months indoors.

Attached are pictures of the four trees available, the tube in which they are packaged and a picture of the tube once recycled to a birdfeeder. Please take a look and let me know how many trees you would like. The price is $6 each or four trees for $21. And one more thing…they make wonderful gifts considering the manner in which they are packaged.

Thank you for your consideration and please let me know if you have questions! The Deadline is Friday, March 18, 2011. Please send email to paula.armon@kctcs.edu to order.

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Paducah School of Art Student Exhibition Winners

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The Paducah School of Art and West Kentucky Community and Technical College recently announced the award winners for the 2011 Student Art Exhibition. The artworks in the exhibition were created during the 2010-2011 academic year by students in all studio classes and included 2-D and 3-D design, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.

Students who received the Awards of Excellence and a $50 prize were: Marshall County residents Ellyandra Rhea Cissell (ceramic sculpture), Karen Wilson Dodson (painting), Dennis Dreyer (digital photography), Rhonda Lynn Henson (digital photography), and Karoline Marie Hlinka (drawing).

Students from McCracken County won in the following categories: Yao Ying Jiang (sculpture), Jamie L Mourer (ceramics), Charles R. Schneider, Jr. (digital photography), and Lee D. Trickey (ceramics).

Samuel Todd of Lyon County also won for digital photography.

Photography student Betty Jones of Marshall County received the Director's Award and a $50 prize from the Paducah School of Art Director Harvey Sadow.

Over $500 in merit and purchase awards was presented at the opening reception earlier in April at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery on the campus of West Kentucky Community & Technical College.

The judge for this year's exhibition was Professor Brent Oglesbee, Chairman of the Department of Art at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In addition to his administrative and teaching duties, Oglesbee is a noted sculptor and the recipient of two Kentucky Arts Council Individual Artists Grants.

“My selection of award winners began with the usual standards; solid composition, sensitive use of materials, and clear intent. Many of the works in the show met those standards and were enjoyable to view because of it. Those that drew me back for further study struck me as more intense investigations, or works that allowed the viewer to participate in its completion, admittedly subjective criterion,” said Oglesbee.

The public is invited to see the award winning artwork, which is on display in the Clemens Gallery until May 2.
Gallery hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 am– 2:00 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am. – 3:00 pm
There is no admission charge for the Clemens Gallery.

For more information about the Paducah School of Art,  located  at 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah, contact Harvey Sadow at 270-408-4278 or harvey.sadow@kctcs.edu.

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Practical Nursing Pre-Admission Conference TODAY

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Individuals who are interested in applying for enrollment in the Spring 2010 practical nursing program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College must attend one of two pre-admission conference scheduled this fall.

The next conference will be held at 4 p.m. TODAY in the Allied Health Building, Room 108.  The last conference will be at 4 p.m. October 13 also in Room 108.

For more information about the practical nursing program contact Nancy Turner at 534-3460 or visit the Web site westkentucky.kctcs.edu

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Skilled Craft Training Center is a product of cooperation, generosity and forward thinking.

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, for the Skilled Craft Training Center located in Hickory, Kentucky. 

The purchase of the 60,000 square-foot building and nine acres of land was made possible by a $1.5 million donation  from the Lay Family Foundation of St. Louis, MO and $500,000 provided through the cooperative efforts of the City of Mayfield, the Graves County Fiscal Court and the Graves Growth Alliance to Paducah Junior College, Inc., the foundation of WKCTC.

The one-story building has about 17,000 square feet of office and classroom space. The remainder of the building is high bay space. 

The center will use a QuickJobs training format to provide skilled training in weeks as opposed to a traditional semester format. College officials plan to offer a variety of classes at the center including classes in welding, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, nursing assistant, computers, and the addition of automotive technology in the future. 

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, for the Skilled Craft Training Center located in Hickory, Kentucky.

WKCTC's Emerging Technology Center Opens for Classes

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The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at West Kentucky Community & Technical College opened its doors to students on January 11.  WKCTC students began various courses in applied technologies and information technology. 

Opportunities for students include a new Associate in Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology and Microsoft and CISCO certification.

Students are excited about the new opportunities available at the ETC.
“I have heard so many great things about the new building and the classes,” said Industrial Maintenance student, Nathan Freeman. “I worked at Westlake for five years and just like that, my job was gone. But when one door closes, another door opens.”  Freeman added, "It’s a blessing to be able to come back to school and further my education.” 

The Emerging Technology Center dedication is scheduled for March 30 at 2:00 pm. The public is invited.

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The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at West Kentucky Community & Technical College opened its doors to students on January 11.

Free Help to Families Applying for College Financial Aid

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College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2:00 pm January 31 at 21 sites across Kentucky. In Paducah, the program will be held in Room 101 of Crounse Hall, the engineering building of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Financial aid professionals will help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a form students must submit to receive federal and state financial aid. To increase chances of receiving aid, students must apply before March 15.

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority said it awarded nearly $195 million in higher education grants and scholarships to more than 123,000 students in the 2008-09 academic year.

Students are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday with a parent or guardian and bring their and their parents’ complete 2009 IRS 1040 tax returns and any other 2009 income and benefits information. If families haven’t completed their taxes, financial aid professionals will be able to help fill out the rest of the student aid form and give instructions for the financial portion. Pens, pencils and aid form worksheets will be provided.

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College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2:00 pm January 31 at 21 sites across Kentucky. In Paducah, the program will be held in Room 101 of Crounse Hall, the engineering building of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Celebrate Black History Month

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Join West Kentucky Community and Technical College in celebrating Black History Month.  The following events are sponsored by USEC and WKCTC's Office of Cultural Diversity

February 9
African-American Student Alliance (AASA) Mixer
6:00 pm -- Emerging Technology Center   

February 18

 

African-American Student Alliance (AASA) Taste of Soul Food
11:00 am - 1:00 pm -- Bistro in the Anderson Technical Building 

February 25  WKCTC Educator Award
6:00 pm -- Greater Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church 
February 26 

Smokey Joe's Cafe -- A Grammy Award-winning musical
SOLD OUT
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WKCTC Open House -- April 13

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West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s 2010 Open House will be held on April 13 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Anderson Technical Building.  During this time, participants will be able to obtain information they will need to begin their higher education future. It is a one-stop-shop for workshops in financial aid, advising, and testing!

Awesome Door Prizes!

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West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s 2010 Open House will be held on April 13 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Anderson Technical Building.

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The dedication of the new Emerging Technology Center will be held on Tuesday, March 30 at 2:00 pm. WKCTC broke ground on the Emerging Technology Center in June 2006. Just over three years later, the Center opened its doors.  Technology is changing rapidly in today’s business and industry world and WKCTC continually strives to be ahead of the curve. “The Emerging Technology Center will provide more opportunities for needed industrial and technical training and reflects the changes in today’s workforce,” said WKCTC President, Barbara Veazey.

The ETC offers programs including Information Technology, Health Physics, and the new Associate in Applied Science Degree in Applied Engineering Technology.  The Center is also home to a conference room equipped with 3D and virtual capabilities, customized training for business and industry, and two 10,000 square foot high bay areas offering a variety of training opportunities.

Also located in the Emerging Technology Center, the Wi-Fi Grill is open Monday-Friday to college faculty, staff, students, and the community. A continental breakfast with various baked goods, fruit, yogurt, and coffee is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lives are changed at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. And even though technology will continue to change at a fast pace, WKCTC is ready and will continue to meet the needs of its students and the business community.

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GED Graduation Ceremony Held July 29

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More than 75 students attended the GED graduation ceremony Thursday, July 29, in the Clemens Fine Arts Center at West Kentucky Community and Technical College to celebrate earning their GEDs. State Representative Brent Housman was the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 5, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold a Fall Open House & Campus Tour at the Cooper Campus on Friday October 27, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.

This event will provide potential students and their families the opportunity to tour the campus facilities, learn about programs offered and meet the faculty. Persons interested in participating should RSVP by October 23, 2006 to Melissa Gabel (859) 246-6212 or by e-mail at melissa.gabel@kctcs.edu.

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Date: Friday October 20, 2006
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Place: BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (September 5, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold a Fall Open House & Campus Tour at the Leestown Campus on Friday October 20, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.

This event will provide potential students and their families the opportunity to tour the campus facilities, learn about programs offered and meet the faculty. Persons interested in participating should RSVP by October 16, 2006 to Kristi Keys (859) 246-6747 or by e-mail at kristi.key@kctcs.edu

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“The Health Way Initiative” Press Conference

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Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: BCTC, Building A Room 200, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (September 7, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold a press conference Tuesday, September 19, 2006 to announce “The Health Way Initiative”.

The initiative is the result of a consortium of public and private acute and long-term care institutions working with BCTC to address the nursing shortage in Kentucky. The Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board will allocate 1 million dollars over the next five years to help increase the number of trained nurses in the 17 counties of the Bluegrass Area Development District. The partners in the consortium hope to create a national model and include Central Baptist Hospital, Cardinal Hill Hospital, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Homestead Nursing Center and Pine Meadows Nursing Home.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 7, 2006) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College will hold a press conference Tuesday, September 19, 2006 to announce “The Health Way Initiative”.

BCTC Schedules Events in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

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9/7/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 7, 2006) – The traditions and customs of the Hispanic culture will be the focus of several events planned to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. The events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events:

  • September 7: Capoeira Workshop - Afro Brazilian Dance, 2:00 p.m. Cooper Campus, AT Bldg. Lobby.

  • September 7: “Working From the Center”-Marta Miranda, 6:00p.m. Cooper Campus, AT Lobby.

  • September 14: “Real Women Have Curves” film presentation, 5:00 p.m. Cooper Campus, Oswald Bldg. Room 230.

  • September 15: “Fiesta Latina” BCTC craft booth, 6:00 p.m. Downtown, Courthouse Plaza.

  • September 21: “Doble Juego”- film presentation, 5:00 p.m. Cooper Campus, Oswald Bldg. room 230.

  • September 22: “Expanding Your Horizons” - Multicultural Leadership Training, 2:00 p.m. Cooper Campus,
    AT Lobby.

  • September 27: Enrique Gonzalez’s Mural Paintings, 10:00-5:00 p.m. Cooper Campus, Oswald Bldg. Main Lobby 10:00-5:00 p.m.

  • September 28: “Mi Familia” - film presentation, 5:00 p.m. Cooper Campus, Oswald Bldg. Room 230.

  • September 29: Bluegrass Cup Soccer Tournament, 10:00 a.m. Cooper Campus lawn.

  • October 2: Capoeira Workshop - Afro Brazilian Dance, 2:00 p.m. Leestown Campus, Bldg. C Student Center.

  • October 5: “El Norte” - film presentation, 5:00 p.m. Cooper Campus, Oswald Bldg. Room 230.

BCTC is also a co-sponsor of “Fiesta Latina”. The city-wide event will feature food, music and dance on September 15th. Representatives from the college will be making paper flowers at the BCTC booth which was a crowd pleaser during last year’s event.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 7, 2006) – The traditions and customs of the Hispanic culture will be the focus of several events planned to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Grand Opening BCTC’s Transfer Center

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9/11/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Time: 11:30 -12:30 p.m. reception & open house
Place: BCTC Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (September 11, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold a Grand Opening of the Transfer Center. The first of its kind in the state, the BCTC’s Transfer Center is funded by a Title III Department of Education grant. The Transfer Center assists students in transferring to bachelor degree-granting institutions.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 11, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold a Grand Opening of the Transfer Center.

Grand Opening BCTC’s One Stop Student Service Center

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9/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Friday, September 29, 2006
Time: 9:00 -10:30 a.m. reception & open house
Place: BCTC Leestown Campus, Building C, Room 170, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (September 18, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold a Grand Opening of the One Stop Student Service Center on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

The One Stop Student Service Center provides a central location for current and prospective students to access information regarding Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records, and Registration. The One Stop is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 18, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold a Grand Opening of the One Stop Student Service Center on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

BCTC Helping to Cure Nursing Shortage with the HealthWay Initiative

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9/19/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 19, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) announced the formation of the HealthWay Initiative: Developing Healthy Communities, at a press conference at its Leestown Campus location in Lexington. These new initiatives are made possible through a Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board grant and the partnerships of acute and long term care institutions in the Bluegrass Area Development District (ADD). The Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board has become involved as part of its mission “to enhance the skills of the region’s workforce,” according to Director Lori Collins.

Beginning this fall, BCTC will receive a five year allocation of $200,000 per year for five years from the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board. The funds will be used to help increase the number of educated nurses going into the workforce in Kentucky. Partners in the program include Central Baptist Hospital, Cardinal Hill Hospital, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Homestead Nursing Center and Pine Meadows Nursing Home. Working together, BCTC plans to educate 125 nursing healthcare professionals in their nursing assistant, practical nursing and associate degree in nursing programs (Registered nursing-RN). This increase will assist in addressing the critical need for more health care professionals.

The growing health care crisis in Kentucky and the United States is well documented and according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the U.S. will experience a 20 percent shortage in the number of nurses needed in the health care system by 2020. In Kentucky, a 2002 hospital survey by the Kentucky Hospital Association found that an estimated 1,750 full-time jobs for RNs are currently vacant and that the number of associate degree nurses had decreased since the 1990s. Coupled with a growing older popular, the need for nursing professionals is now reaching a critical point. “There is a major crisis brewing in health care” said Dr. Jim Kerley, CEO/President of Bluegrass Community & Technical College. “The wave of the future will be more collaboration between the community, hospitals, educators and other groups. The HealthWay Initiative is a very proactive approach that would not have happened without the vision of our nursing program and community involvement” said Kerley.

Another aspect of the initiative is that a portion of the funding will be utilized to recruit workers who have lost jobs due to foreign trade or competition. Dr. Carolyn Lewis, Assistant Dean of Nursing at BCTC states that she is committed to serving the needs of our communities and sees this program as an action plan to address the needs of the health care system as well as the individual students who choose to participate. “By 2020, health care will be diminished due to a lack of nurses, unless we work together now. Working together means being innovative and sharing resources at area health facilities in order to accommodate a larger nursing student population, this translates to healthier individuals, families and communities” said Lewis.

In the 2004-2005 school year, BCTC had 600 applicants to its nursing program and the capacity to accept only 115. The HealthWay Initiative will substantially increase the number of students that can be educated to work in the healthcare field. Additionally, BCTC is putting an action plan into place which will address the needs of many students who, due to family and work obligations, can only attend classes in the evenings and on weekends. Lewis further states, “We must meet the needs of the non-traditional students that choose nursing as a profession.” BCTC is committed to working with our partners in the HealthWay Initiative in paving the way for better health care in the state of Kentucky and as a national model for other health care professionals throughout the United States.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 19, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) announced the formation of the HealthWay Initiative: Developing Healthy Communities, at a press conference at its Leestown Campus location in Lexington.

BCTC Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Holds Induction Ceremony

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10/5/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 5, 2006) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that a Kings Mountain resident was among the 46 new members recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership is by invitation only to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and above with 18 earned credit hours.

Kings Mountain Phi Theta Kappa Inductee

Teressa Sloan

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 5, 2006) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that a Kings Mountain resident was among the 46 new members recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

BCTC Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Holds Induction Ceremony

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10/5/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 5, 2006) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that 18 Lexington residents were among the 46 new members recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership is by invitation only to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and above with 18 earned credit hours.

Lexington Phi Theta Kappa Inductees:

Anna Cardenas, Edgar Castro, Caleb Duke, Amy Fleming, Madeline Flynn,
Robert Ford, Aurelia Gerardo, Chrissy Herren, Sarah Hudson, Esther Hulshizer,
Kali Kearns, Mariquisa Lewis, Heather Moore, Anthony Reynolds, Bonnie Shuey,
Diana Stewart, Lisa Woosley, and Brittany Young.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 5, 2006) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that 18 Lexington residents were among the 46 new members recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

BCTC Holds Fall Open House & Campus Tour on October 24, 2006

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10/6/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m. reception & open house
Place: BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus, 1500 Bypass North US.127, Lawrenceburg

LEXINGTON, KY (October 6, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold a Fall Open House & Campus Tour at the Lawrenceburg Campus on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

This event will provide potential students and their families the opportunity to tour the campus facilities, learn about programs offered and meet the faculty and staff. Persons interested in participating should RSVP by October 23, 2006 to Dianna Barkley
(502) 839-8488 ext. 56804 or dianna.barkley@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 6, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold a Fall Open House & Campus Tour at the Lawrenceburg Campus on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

BCTC Alumni Association Host Afternoon at Keeneland for Annual Homecoming Event

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10/6/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 6, 2006) – A sunny afternoon featuring lunch, a silent auction and horse racing is on tap for the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Annual Alumni Association Homecoming Event. The event will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2006 at Keeneland Race Track, Lexington, and will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the BCTC tent in the picnic area. Silent auction items will be available for bidding and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon of racing.

A fundraiser for the BCTC Alumni Association, the public is invited to participate. Tickets are $15 dollars for adults and $5 dollars for children 12 and under. All tickets must be purchased in advanced by October 17, 2006; no tickets will be sold after the deadline date. To purchase tickets, contact Andrea Ooten, at 859.246.6588 or andrea.ooten@kctcs.edu.

All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the BCTC Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 6, 2006) – A sunny afternoon featuring lunch, a silent auction and horse racing is on tap for the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Annual Alumni Association Homecoming Event.

Visiting Kenya Professors Continue Building International Exchange

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10/6/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Dr. Lucas Othuon and Dr. Barrack OwuorLEXINGTON, KY (October 6, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) recently welcomed Dr. Lucas Othuon, Associate Dean of Faculty Education, and Dr. Barrack Owuor, Director of International Relations, Maseno University, Kenya to it’s fall 2006 faculty. Both are participants in the BCTC/Kenya Cultural/Educational Exchange Partnership coordinated by Assistant English Professor Iddah Otieno.

The BCTC/Kenya Cultural/Educational Exchange Partnership launched its inaugural visit in June 2005 when BCTC Professor Otieno, accompanied by faculty members Carol Hunt and Ryan Kelly along with Eastern Kentucky University Professor Allan Hunt, visited Maseno University, Kenya. Professor Otieno, a 1994 graduate of the University, and the group spent the summer as guest lectures while participating in many community activities.

The exchange continues this semester with Dr. Othuon teaching math and psychology. Dr. Owuor is co-teaching biology and working on a joint research project with University of Kentucky Plant & Soil Sciences Professor Dr. David Van Sanford.

When questioned about the differences in the two college systems, Dr. Othuon replied
“Exposure and experience is readily available for students. The American system can teach us because it is more student centered, programs more detailed, and curriculum structured to accomplish specific goals. Technology is also readily available to students. This creates other platforms for learning beyond class lectures allowing for more open interactive discussions.” Dr.Owour added, “Technology and modern labs are what impresses me most about the American system. I have to admit I am somewhat disappointed at the lack of minority students in biology.”

Both expressed their sheer delight at the opportunity to teach and interact with students who they said were very welcoming.

University Maseno is one of Kenya's six public universities with a student body of 5,000 students. It has the distinction of being the only university located on the equator. The university places emphasis on internship training in pursuit of academic excellence, and hands-on skills. Acceptance into Kenya’s Universities is highly competitive. Kenya’s six universities have a capacity to accept only 10,000 students from a pool of 50,000 qualified candidates. The 13 private universities in Kenya absorb a small fraction of candidates left out by public universities..

In the summer of 2007, the exchange group from BCTC to Kenya will include BCTC President Dr. Jim Kerley. The group hopes to develop a student exchange program, explore a secondary school partnership with Okela Secondary School in the Bondo District of Western Kenya along with other academic & cultural experiences.

Photo: (Left to right) Dr. Lucas Othuon joins Dr. Barrack Owuor in front of the Kenya flag (black, red, green center of two men) in the BCTC Cooper Campus lobby.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 6, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) recently welcomed Dr. Lucas Othuon, Associate Dean of Faculty Education, and Dr. Barrack Owuor, Director of International Relations, Maseno University, Kenya to it’s fall 2006 faculty.

BCTC Currently Accepting Applications for Fall II Session

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10/12/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 12, 2006) - Career planning, general academics and nurse aid training are just a few of the classes being offered by Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) during the Fall II session.  Applications are now being accepted.  New student registration is October 16-20, 2006.  The first day of class is October 18, 2006.  For a complete list of classes being offered, visit the BCTC website: www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/sa/registration/scheduleofclasses/

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 12, 2006) - Career planning, general academics and nurse aid training are just a few of the classes being offered by Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) during the Fall II session.

BCTC Fall Employment Fair

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10/13/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 13, 2006) - Bluegrass Community & Technical College's office of Employment Services & Experiential Education will be conducting their Fall Employment Fair on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center Building C, on the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington. The Job Fair is open to all Bluegrass District Students, Alumni and the Public.

The Employment Fair attendance is free and open to the public.  Employers interested in participating in the fair should contact Anthony Roberts at 859-246-6751 or anthonyr.roberts@kctcs.edu.  Display space is $25.00 (includes lunch for two).  Register now booth space is limited.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 13, 2006) - Bluegrass Community & Technical College's office of Employment Services & Experiential Education will be conducting their Fall Employment Fair on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center Building C, on the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

BCTC Peace and Justice Speaker Series Includes Goldman Environmental Prize Winner

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10/13/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 13, 2006) – Craig Williams, 2006 winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize and director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group (CWWG) will present "One the Pentagon Lost: A Twenty Year Battle for Safe Waste Management Disposal" as part of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Fall Peace and Justice Speaker Series.

The Fall Peace and Justice Speakers are free and open to the public at the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. Contact Rebecca Glasscock, Faculty Advisor, BCTC Peace and Justice Coalition for further information at (859) 246-6319.

BCTC'S Fall 2006 Speaker Series

Thursday, October 26 from 5:00-6:15 p.m., auditorium room 230, Oswald Building, Cooper Campus – Karen Koegler, "Europes 9/11" How Europe's own cataclysm created a distinctive worldview that puts their policymakers at odds with America.

Monday, October 30, from 2:00-3:15 p.m., auditorium room 230, Oswald Building, Cooper Campus – John Rausch, "Needed Health Care: Service for the Sick but Surgery for the System". Through examples and stories, this presentation underscores the types of health care available to low income people at community clinics.  Stepping back, the talk then sketches an overview of the approaches to national health care from managed care to a single payer model.  The presentation accepts health care as a human right, and recognizes denying anyone health care does violence to that person.

Tuesday, October 31, from 10:00-12:30 p.m., Academic Technical Building Lobby, Cooper Campus-Ray Wilkie, Linda Gorton, Dick Decamp, Steve Kay, Jim Gray, Don Pratt, "Election Teach-In". Discussion of environmental issues facing Lexington/Fayette County.

Thursday, November 9, from 5:00-6:15 p.m., auditorium room 230, Oswald Building, Cooper Campus-Craig Williams, "One the Pentagon Lost: A Twenty Year Battle for Safe WMD Disposal In Kentucky". Two decades of activism, research and political efforts have resulted in turning around the Pentagon's decision to burn chemical weapons in Central Kentucky. Instead, the materials will be safely neutralized, eliminating a host of public health and environmental impacts associated with incineration.  What were the ingredients and strategies used by the Chemical Weapons Working Group to achieve this?

Wednesday, November 15, from 2:00-3:15 p.m., auditorium room 230, Oswald Building, Cooper Campus-Erik Reece, "Lost Mountain" author and UK professor will speak on the issue of mountain top removal.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 13, 2006) – Craig Williams, 2006 winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize and director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group (CWWG) will present "One the Pentagon Lost: A Twenty Year Battle for Safe Waste Management Disposal" as part of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Fall Peace and Justice Speaker Series.

BCTC Holds Fall Open House & Campus Tour

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10/19/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Thursday, October 26, 2006
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Danville Campus, 59 Corporate Drive, Danville

LEXINGTON, KY (October 19, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold a Fall Open House & Campus Tour on the Danville Campus Thursday, October 26, 2006 from 4:00 - 7:00p.m.

This Open House will provide potential students and their families an opportunity to tour the campus, learn about programs offered and meet the faculty. Persons interested in participating should RSVP by October 25, 2006 to
Casey Drury at (859) 239-7030 or casey.drury@kctcs.edu.
Information about the college is available at www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 19, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold a Fall Open House & Campus Tour on the Danville Campus Thursday, October 26, 2006 from 4:00 - 7:00p.m.

BCTC & Lexington Rotary Partner to offer “Access to Careers Week”

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10/20/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Friday November 10, 2006
Time: 10:00-1:00 p.m.
Place: Student Center, BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (October 20, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Lexington Rotary Club are collaborating to provide a day of career exploration as part of the statewide “Access to Careers Week.” Over 600 Fayette County seniors are expected to participate in the program.

Dr. Jim Kerley, President/CEO of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College and John Banks of the Lexington Rotary Club will welcome and encourage students to explore the many career and educational opportunities available at BCTC.  The program will include campus tours and information sessions.

Schools interested in participating should contact Anthony Roberts, Coordinator of Graduate Employment & Employer Relations at (859) 246- 6751 or anthonyr.roberts@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 20, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Lexington Rotary Club are collaborating to provide a day of career exploration as part of the statewide “Access to Careers Week.”

Local Candidates to Address Water and Other Environmental Issues Facing Lexington/Fayette County

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10/30/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Tuesday October 31, 2006
Time: 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Cooper Campus, Academic Technical Building Lobby, 470 Cooper Drive,
Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (October 30, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will host candidates Gorton, Kay, Gray, Pratt, and Shafer at an “Election Teach-In” on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 in the Academic Technical Building Lobby, of the Cooper Campus.

The At-Large and District 3 Candidates have been asked to present their viewpoints on environmental issues facing Lexington/Fayette County. Topics addressed will include sewage and storm water problems, potential EPA fines, the urban service boundary, Purchase of Development Rights, transportation, the water issue, air quality/climate change, and green space.

Ray Wilkie, who is not a candidate for public office, has been asked to address the water issue.

10:00: Ray Wilkie, on the water issue
10:30: Linda Gorton, At Large Candidate
11:00: Dick DeCamp, 3rd District
11:30: Steve Kay, At Large Candidate
12:00: Jim Gray, At Large Candidate
12:30: Don Pratt, 3rd District
1:00: Chuck Ellinger’s father will speak of his behalf, At Large Candidate
1:30: Sandy Shafer, At Large Candidate

This event is one in the Fall Speaker Series offered by the Bluegrass Community & Technical College Peace & Justice Coalition.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 30, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will host candidates Gorton, Kay, Gray, Pratt, and Shafer at an “Election Teach-In” on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 in the Academic Technical Building Lobby, of the Cooper Campus.

Call for Submissions to the BCTC “Kickoff to the Arts” Week

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11/1/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 1, 2006) – If you are an aspiring visual or performing artist in search of a venue to display your work, here is your opportunity. Bluegrass Community & Technical College is putting out a call for submissions for their “Kickoff to the Arts”, a weeklong event being held November 13-17, 2006. The call for submissions for the college and the community at large is for both visual and performing artists.

The weeklong “Kickoff to the Arts” calendar of events will begin Monday, November 13, 2006 with a reception, at the performing & visual exhibition held in the Student Center of the Leestown campus from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The week’s events will culminate with award winning Kentucky author Silas House conducting a reading and signing of his books, which include Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo.

Persons interested in submitting artwork or performing should contact Shelia Simpson at 859 246-6676, shelia.simpson@kctcs.edu or Tim Davis at 859-246-6672.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 1, 2006) – If you are an aspiring visual or performing artist in search of a venue to display your work, here is your opportunity.

BCTC & Lexington Rotary Partner to offer “Access to Careers Week”

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11/2/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Thursday November 9, 2006
Time: 10:00-1:00 p.m.
Place: Student Center, BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Lexington Rotary Club are collaborating to provide a day of career exploration as part of the statewide “Access to Careers Week.” Over 300 Fayette County seniors are expected to participate in the program.

Dr. Jim Kerley, President/CEO of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College and John Banks of the Lexington Sunshine Rotary Club will welcome and encourage students to explore the many career and educational opportunities available at BCTC.  The program will include campus tours and information sessions.

Schools interested in participating should contact Anthony Roberts, Coordinator of Graduate Employment & Employer Relations at (859) 246- 6751 or anthonyr.roberts@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Lexington Rotary Club are collaborating to provide a day of career exploration as part of the statewide “Access to Careers Week.”

BCTC & Lawrenceburg Rotary Partner to offer “Access to Careers Week”

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11/6/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Monday, November 20, 2006
Time: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Place: BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus, 1500 Bypass North, U.S 127, Lawrenceburg

LEXINGTON, KY (November 6, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club are collaborating to provide a day of career exploration as part of the statewide “Access to Careers Week”.  Anderson County seniors will explore the many career and educational opportunities available on the Lawrenceburg Campus on Monday, November 20, 2006 from 8:00 -11:00 p.m.

Two-year associate degree programs available on the Lawrenceburg Campus include Business Management, Fire Science, Industrial Maintenance, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Nurse Aide, Office Systems Technology, Medical Office Systems Technology, Registered Nurse, and Social Work Classes.

“Access to Careers Week” is the result of the Kentucky Rotary Clubs and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to encourage students to explore the multiplicity of career opportunities available across the state.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 6, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club are collaborating to provide a day of career exploration as part of the statewide “Access to Careers Week”.

LRC Scholars on Campus Series Presents “The Writing of Teresa Tope”

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11/6/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Friday, November 10, 2006
Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Place: Learning Resource Center, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (November 6, 2006) – The Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s  Learning Resource Center (LRC) presents “The Writing of Teresa Tope” Friday November 10, 2006 in the LRC at the Cooper Campus.

“Teresa Tope was born and raised in the tiny town of Oak Hill, which sits at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Ohio.  Her writing has been deeply influenced by place and through the stories told to her by her family.

She began her writing career first at freelancing and her first published article appeared in Sweet Baby James, which was a non-fiction personal essay.  Shortly after the publication of this piece, she was the featured author in the literary journal, Empire Zine.

Her poetry has been published in Wilmington Blues, and Free Zone Quarterly, and she has just recently pursued publication for her fiction.  The short story, “Mommy’s Letter”, will be published in December’s issue of Southern Hum.  This special edition issue will feature Appalachian writers. 

Teresa lives in Richmond with her husband and is currently working on a collection of short stories tentatively titled Star Light Star Bright, which are stories that reflect the honest and imaginative thinking of children.  She also is working on a play, Sisterhood Revival, which focuses on the unsettled relationship between two sisters.” 

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 6, 2006) – The Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s  Learning Resource Center (LRC) presents “The Writing of Teresa Tope” Friday November 10, 2006 in the LRC at the Cooper Campus.

Filmmaking, from “Script to Screen”, comes to the Bluegrass

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11/10/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Friday November 17, 2006
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Manufacturing Bdlg, Room 122, BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (November 10, 2006) –   BCTC President Jim Kerley and Arthur Rouse, co-founder of the Kentucky Film Lab will announce details of  a new filmmaking program titled  “Script to Screen”.  The new and innovative program will be introduced to members of the arts community at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2006 at the BCTC Leestown Campus. Silas House, award winning Kentucky author of Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo will be on hand in support of the program.  Mr. House will also serve on the advisory board for the program.

“Script to Screen” Certificate Program is a project-based education program that allows students to learn through intensive hands on projects.  Students will study with industry professionals from across the country like Hollywood producer/ director Michael Dougan, New York composer Kinny Landrum, and Hollywood screenwriter Brad Riddell.

Classes for the new “Script to Screen” program will begin January 8, 2007 at the BCTC Regency Campus. 

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 10, 2006) –   BCTC President Jim Kerley and Arthur Rouse, co-founder of the Kentucky Film Lab will announce details of  a new filmmaking program titled  “Script to Screen”.

Hitachi Automotive Products Educational Support of BCTC

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11/14/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 14, 2006) –Hitachi Automotive Products signs the ‘Gift in Kind’ release form for surplus steels given to the Danville Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College. The metals will be used by the college in the Machine Tool Technology program to train students. Presenting and accepting the gift are Rusty Cotton of HAP and Mark Welch of BCTC.

The local Danville Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College is the central Kentucky regional branch of Kentucky Community & Technical College System. The Danville campus first began classes in the fall of 2002. The Danville Machine Tool Technology Curriculum gives student a rich background in four areas – Fundamentals of Machine Tools, Metrology, Basic and Mechanical Blueprint reading, and CAD/CAM/CNC manual Programming. The college offers an Associate Degree in this study field. Hitachi Automotive Products has long recognized the need to improve training of high skilled toolmakers in this field. HAP-KY Tool and Die Section started an internal training program in the late 1990’s based on a nationally recognized program. That training program originated from a U.S. Department of Education grant to National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). A National Skills Standard was established by the NTMA after benchmarking certification programs of Germany, Japan and other leading metalworking countries. The credentialing and skills testing for this program is administered through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). This training system provides individual machining process certifications based on competency demonstrated by machining projects. Hitachi considers the BCTC Danville Machine Tool Tech program very effective and a tremendous asset to our local community as judged against our internal training program.

The value of donation to the college exceeds $13,200. Hitachi Automotive Products is pleased to be able to support this educational program.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 14, 2006) –Hitachi Automotive Products signs the ‘Gift in Kind’ release form for surplus steels given to the Danville Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

One of a Kind Filmmaking Program “Script to Screen” Now Being Offered in the Bluegrass

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11/17/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 17, 2006) –Aspiring Kentucky filmmakers, have reason to celebrate today with the announcement of the new “Script to Screen” Filmmaking Program at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). Designed to help students gain a complete understanding of how all the filmmaking disciplines interact and collaborate in the cinematic arts classes will begin in January 2007.

The new certificate program is the result of the collaboration of BCTC, the Kentucky Film Lab, Kentucky Educational Television and members of the private sector. It is designed to meet the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Office of the Governor’s call for increased technical skills in the filmmaking industry in order to increase the potential and productivity of the Kentucky filmmaking community.

The project based education program will allow students to learn through intensive hands on projects. Industry professionals from across the country like Hollywood producer/director Michael Dugan, New York composer Kenny Landrum, and Hollywood screenwriter Brad Riddell will instruct students.

“I am thrilled about this new certificate program, specifically regarding how BCTC is stepping up the plate to meet a definite need in the film industry. The beauty of this program is the fabulous partnerships and talented folks involved, extremely creative!” said Jim Kerley, President/CEO of Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Screenwriting, directing, lighting, editing and distribution are just a few of the classes included in the 12-hour certificate program housed at the BCTC Regency Campus. As are all BCTC full time students the new “Script to Screen” students are eligible for financial aid, student housing, intramural sports and other student support services.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 17, 2006) –Aspiring Kentucky filmmakers, have reason to celebrate today with the announcement of the new “Script to Screen” Filmmaking Program at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

KSU and BCTC to Hold Hispanic/Latino Summit and College Fair Release submitted by Felicia Lewis, KSU

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11/21/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Frankfort, KY (November 21, 2006) – The Kentucky State University Hispanic/Latino Initiative and Bluegrass Community and Technical College Hispanic Outreach and Services will jointly host the second annual Access and Opportunity Summit and Latino Student College Fair on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Kentucky State University.

The two-day event begins with the college fair, running from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in the William Exum Center. It is free and open to the public. The goal is to allow Hispanic students to see what higher education opportunities are available to them.

Throughout the day, in addition to speaking with college and university representatives, students can attend sessions on financial aid, U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and planning for college academically. They also can hear the stories of successful Latinos.

The conference, “Exploring Educational Access and Community Development Opportunities for the Latino Community,” is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Cooperative Extension Building. The day kicks off with registration, a welcome and a presentation from KSU Land Grant director Dr. Harold Benson about the role of land grant universities.

Participants then will attend lectures about a variety of topics, including recruitment and retention of Latino students, student access and success in higher education, transfer and articulation agreements among schools, community and leadership development opportunities and the difference between Mexican and American education systems and social agencies.

Cost of the conference is $35.

For more information about the weekend, call Nancy Calix at KSU at 597-5233 or Erin Howard at BCTC at (859) 246-6436.

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Frankfort, KY (November 21, 2006) – The Kentucky State University Hispanic/Latino Initiative and Bluegrass Community and Technical College Hispanic Outreach and Services will jointly host the second annual Access and Opportunity Summit and Latino Student College Fair on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Kentucky State University.

BCTC Lancaster Higher Education Center Holds On-Site Spring Registration

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11/22/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 22, 2006) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College will hold on site registration for classes at the Lancaster Higher Education Center for the Spring 2007 semester on Thursday, December 7, 2006, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at 67 Public Square, Lancaster.

The first day of classes for the Spring 2007 semester is January 8, 2006. For a current schedule of classes being offered, visit the college’s web page at www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu . For more information on Lancaster registration, contact Sherri Scott at (859) 792-1513 or toll free at 1 (800) 465-9191 press 9 for operator and ask to be transferred to Lancaster Higher Education Center.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 22, 2006) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College will hold on site registration for classes at the Lancaster Higher Education Center for the Spring 2007 semester on Thursday, December 7, 2006, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at 67 Public Square, Lancaster.

BCTC Georgetown Holds On-Site Spring Registration

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11/22/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 22, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold on site registration for classes in Georgetown for the Spring 2007 semester on Monday, December 4, 2006, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Royal Spring Middle School, 332 Champion Way, Georgetown.

The first day of classes for the Spring 2007 semester is January 8, 2006. For a current schedule of classes being offered, visit the college’s web page at www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu. For more information on Georgetown registration, contact Kay Peralta at the Canter for Lifelong Learning, (502) 863-6855 or email kay.peralta@scott.kyschools.us.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 22, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold on site registration for classes in Georgetown for the Spring 2007 semester on Monday, December 4, 2006, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Royal Spring Middle School, 332 Champion Way, Georgetown.

BCTC Winchester-Clark County On-Site Spring Registration

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11/22/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 22, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Winchester-Clark County Campus located at 36 Wheeler Avenue will hold on site registration for the Spring 2007 semester on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The first day of classes for the Spring 2007 semester is January 8, 2006. For a current schedule of classes being offered, visit the college’s web page at www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu.

For more information on Winchester registration, contact Arlene Ross at (859) 737-3098 ext.56595.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 22, 2006) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Winchester-Clark County Campus located at 36 Wheeler Avenue will hold on site registration for the Spring 2007 semester on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

New Campus Will Receive Finishing Touches From Red River Hardwoods, Inc.

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11/28/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 28, 2006)– Bluegrass Community & Technical College Winchester-Clark County Campus will be the recipient of an estimated 20,000 dollars in kitchen cabinets, wood trim work, and flooring from Red River Hardwoods, Inc.

Red River Hardwoods, Inc. President Henry Pettit will install wood trim work in the college’s main conference room and soffitts in ceiling. Red River Hardwoods, Inc. is based in Clay City and has been in business for over 45 years.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 28, 2006)– Bluegrass Community & Technical College Winchester-Clark County Campus will be the recipient of an estimated 20,000 dollars in kitchen cabinets, wood trim work, and flooring from Red River Hardwoods, Inc.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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12/4/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Lafayette Club, 15th Floor, 201 East Main Street, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (December 4, 2006) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at the Lafayette Club,15th Floor, 201 East Main Street, Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, meeting agendas, board members information and minutes of past meetings visit http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/ .

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 31, 2008) – A home inspector training class has been added to BCTC’s non-credit, community education course offerings for 2008.

McCammish Mfg. Co. Inc. Provides Cabinetry for New BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus

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12/15/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Monday, December 18, 2006
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: McCammish Mfg. Co. Inc., 148 Winn Avenue, Winchester.

LEXINGTON, KY (December 15, 2006) – Dr. James Kerley, President/CEO of Bluegrass Community & Technical College will meet with and accept from Mark McCammish, President of McCammish Mfg. Co. Inc. a pledge to donate cabinetry and reception counters with an estimated value of $15,000 to the new Winchester-Clark County Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College on Monday December 18, 2006. The meeting will be at McCammish Mfg.Co.Inc., 148 Winn Ave, Winchester.

McCammish Manufacturing, founded in 1948, is a fourth generation commercial furnishing and architectural manufacturing business. Employing over 100 people, it has plants in Columbia and Winchester, Kentucky.

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>LEXINGTON, KY (December 15, 2006) – Dr. James Kerley, President/CEO of Bluegrass Community & Technical College will meet with and accept from Mark McCammish, President of McCammish Mfg. Co. Inc. a pledge to donate cabinetry and reception counters with an estimated value of $15,000 to the new Winchester-Clark County Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College on Monday December 18, 2006.

BCTC’s Nursing Division Receives 1.4 Million Dollar Grant

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12/19/2006 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 19, 2006) – The U.S Department of Labor has announced that Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will be the recipient of a 1.4 million dollar President’s Community Based Job Training Grant. The grant will fund the Bluegrass Regional Advancements and Innovations in Nursing (BRAIN) project, designed to meet the current and future workforce demand for nurses in Kentucky. The BRAIN project will expand the training capacity of BCTC’s nursing program adding facility space, lab equipment, and instruction.

The grant also allows for the development of a Nursing Student Referral Center that will identify high risk students for tutoring as well as $235,000.00 per year in student scholarships. Collaborative efforts with secondary schools, workforce investment board, adult education providers, and industry partners will develop a pipeline for students to enter nursing education programs.

“This grant will allow the college to help more students enter into the field of nursing,” said BCTC President Jim Kerley. “By supplementing BCTC’s traditional nursing programs with non-traditional learning methods such as evening and weekend classes, web-based learning, and apprenticeships, the BRAIN project will provide more alternatives for demographic groups which are underrepresented in traditional learning situations to enter into and become successful in the nursing field.”

The highly competitive grant process reviewed 429 entries and awarded 125 million dollars to 72 community college partnerships in 34 states.

Carolyn Lewis, assistant dean of nursing, noted, “The excitement around this project is the Nursing Student Resource Center (NSRC). This will provide intensive assistant to our nursing students that is not currently available. Those ‘at risk’ students will be identified early in their program of study and will be provided the needed assistance, so they can be successful. Emphasis on diversity will not end with student recruitment, but we will ensure that students from under-represented groups have the support they need for success.

BCTC offers Medicaid Nurse Aid Training, Licensed Practical Nursing, and Registered Nursing Programs at the Lexington, Lawrenceburg, and Danville campuses.

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 19, 2006) – The U.S Department of Labor has announced that Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will be the recipient of a 1.4 million dollar President’s Community Based Job Training Grant.

BCTC to Host Photojournalism Exhibition for Kentucky Mountain Workshops

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1/3/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus, 1500 Bypass North, US 127

LEXINGTON, KY (January 3, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College(BCTC) Lawrenceburg campus will host a Photojournalism Exhibition for the Kentucky Mountain Workshops on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:00p.m.

The workshops are designed for advanced photojournalism students and working professionals.  Fifty photographers are chosen each year to attend the five-day workshops. BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus hosted the workshops in 2006.  The exhibition will be the stories and photos of Anderson County. This work is also compiled into a book that will be available for purchase at the event.

The Kentucky Mountain Workshops are celebrating their 32nd year of offering workshops.

For further information on the Kentucky Mountain Workshops, contact Kurt Fattic, Mountain Workshops Coordinator at (270) 745-8927 or kurt.fattic@wku.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 3, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College(BCTC) Lawrenceburg campus will host a Photojournalism Exhibition for the Kentucky Mountain Workshops on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:00p.m.

BCTC Holds Open Casting Call for Theater Production of Blessed Assurance

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1/5/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 5, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s theater program will hold an open casting call for its first production of Laddy Sartin’s Blessed Assurance. Auditions will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2007 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Student Center on the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington. A second audition will be held on Friday, January 26, 2007 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. (room to be announced)

For more information, contact Tim Davis, Theater & Film Program Coordinator at (859) 246-6672.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 5, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s theater program will hold an open casting call for its first production of Laddy Sartin’s Blessed Assurance. Auditions will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2007 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Student Center on the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington. A second audition will be held on Friday, January 26, 2007 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. (room to be announced)

Scholarships Applications Now Being Accepted for New Human Services Program

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1/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is partnering with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services (CHFS), and the University Training Consortium to increase the number of trained and qualified human services professionals in the region. They plan to meet this need through the Family Support Education Program (FSEP) by providing full scholarships to students who are seeking an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services in return for a 2-year employment obligation within the Southern Bluegrass Region of the Department for Community Based Services.

The BCTC Human Services Degree prepares students for entry-level positions in agencies that provide social, community, educational, and mental health services. Students accepted to the program will receive full paid in state tuition from CHFS and a stipend to assist in textbook purchases, living expenses and fees.

Persons interested should apply today, applications for the Fall 2007 program must be submitted by February 15, 2007. For more information, contact Carol Stiles, FSEP Coordinator BCTC, (859) 246-6336 or carol.stiles@kctcs.edu.

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<p>LEXINGTON, KY (January 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &amp; Technical College (BCTC) is partnering with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health &amp; Family Services (CHFS), and the University Training Consortium to increase the number of trained and qualified human services professionals in the region. They plan to meet this need through the Family Support Education Program (FSEP) by providing full scholarships to students who are seeking an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services in return for a 2-year employment obligation within the Southern Bluegrass Region of the Department for Community Based Services.</p>

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 31 Graduates

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1/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony, originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and rite of passage for the profession of nursing.

Nursing Graduates December 2006

 Sarah C. D. Agee, Shari L. Arduino, Karvel J. Barnett, Susan L. Barnett, Kathryn L. Becks, Carrie L. Billups, Erica L. Brierly*, Morgan R. Burdine, Marianne Hammons, Lisa Hampton, Jodi L.Hatfull, Renatta M. Hill, Bing Hua, Kim V. Hurst*, Amy L. McGuire, Laura A. Moores, Crystal G. Neace*, Charisma Norton, Twylia S. Owens, Jamie R. Pierce, Aimee L. Perry, John B. Price, Brenda G. Rapier, Kimberly J. Standiford, Laura B. Stanley, Jillian P. Taggart, Patrick R. Taylor, Sherry L. Toler*, Jaclyn L. Turner, Racheal L. Waddles, and Anissa A. Webb. *Graduating with honors: 3.5 or greater GPA

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their pinning ceremony.

Women’s Conference to be held at Bluegrass Community & Technical College

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1/23/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 23, 2007) - Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will host Mental Floss for Mental Health a conference for women sponsored by the local chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). Presentations at the conference will include: “Understanding Your Lab Results”, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”, Suicide Prevention”, and “How to be a Patient or Care for One”.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Manufacturing Building at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Leestown campus, located at 164 Opportunity Way in Lexington. Registration is free and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Bonnie Nicholson, BCTC Dean of Academic Affairs at 859.246.6604 or e-mail bonnie.nicholson@kctcs.edu.

The America Association for Women in Community Colleges is dedicated to changing women’s lives though leadership and education, thus strengthening our colleges and communities.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 23, 2007) - Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will host Mental Floss for Mental Health a conference for women sponsored by the local chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). Presentations at the conference will include: “Understanding Your Lab Results”, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”, Suicide Prevention”, and “How to be a Patient or Care for One”.

Screening of “Invisible Children” Documentary

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1/24/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: Screening of “Invisible Children” Documentary
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007 Time: 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Place: Auditorium, Room 230, Oswald Building, BCTC Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (January 24, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Office of Multicultural Affairs will host screenings of the documentary film "Invisible Children" on Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium, Room 230, Oswald Building, on the Cooper Campus.

The documentary is the work of three young southern California filmmakers who went to southern Sudan in the Spring of 2003 to document the war and immense human suffering there. "Invisible Children" exposes the exploitation of children as weapons and victims in a 20-year long war in Northern Uganda. This short documentary film highlights the children who are kidnapped and forced into military service or child prostitution by the rebel group called the Lord's Resistant Army (LRA).

Originally released to small audiences in living rooms and local theaters, the film received coverage on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Cable News Network (CNN), and the National Geographic Channel and numerous major news publications. Because of the documentary, a national movement titled The Invisible Children Inc. was formed in September 2004. The movement’s mission is to raise awareness of injustices and inhumane practices occurring in Northern Uganda. A road crew from the film will be at BCTC to speak with the audiences at both showings and share with them how they can get involved in the movement.

For more information on the “Invisible Children” documentary and movement visit their website at http://www.invisiblechildren.com/home.php

For more information on the screenings at BCTC, contact Erin Howard, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator BCTC (859) 246-6436.

  • Monday, January 29th, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Lexington Public Library Central Branch sponsored by the Migrant Network Coalition
  • Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 at 6:00 pm at UK Memorial Hall sponsored by Students Taking Action Globally (STAG)
  • Thursday, February 1st, 2007 at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm at Bluegrass Community and Technical College Oswald Building Auditorium sponsored  Enlace, the Latino Student Association and BCTC Multicultural Affairs.
  • Thursday, February 1st, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Live Wire Coffee Shop on Main Street in Richmond, KY sponsored by the LiveWire and Eastern Kentucky University's ClubRec.
  • Saturday, February 3rd at 12:30 pm at Natasha's Cafe. Please call 859-259-2754 to make lunch reservations.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 24, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Office of Multicultural Affairs will host screenings of the documentary film "Invisible Children" on Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium, Room 230, Oswald Building, on the Cooper Campus.

World Traveler Uses His International Automotive Experience to Teach

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1/24/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 24, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Instructor James Tibbatts recently completed his National Institute Automotive Service Excellence Certification (ASE) as a Master Certified Collision and Refinish Technician. He is one of only 7263 certified technicians in the United States and Canada. In addition, the BCTC Collision Repair Program, taught by Tibbatts recently met strict industry standards and received the ASE Master Program certification. This is the highest level of program achievement recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence.

Tibbatts’ certification adds to his already impressive resume that includes a 5-year City and Guild Apprenticeship in the United Kingdom, The Canadian Red Seal Interprovincial Certification, and a bachelor’s degree in Technological Studies from University of Western, Ontario. His seventeen-year career working for BASF Coatings included a 4-year assignment at the Rolls Royce auto manufacturing plant in Cheshire, England. His position as a Technical Training Manager with BASF Coatings also allowed him to live and work in the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

As the Bluegrass Community & Technical College Collision Repair Instructor, Tibbatts’ challenge is opening the minds of his students to all the possibilities that exist for educated and skilled workers. An aging workforce has created a shortage of technicians and the automotive industry nationwide is in need of workers at every skill level.

Tibbatts emphasized the importance of the BCTC program certification saying, “The experts and leaders in the collision industry set the criteria for program certification, so students graduating from the Collision Program at BCTC can seek employment within the industry secure in the knowledge that prospective employers will recognize their hard earned credentials.”

There are approximately 74 secondary and post secondary institutes with full NATEF/ASE certification in the United States and three of those are in Kentucky.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 24, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Instructor James Tibbatts recently completed his National Institute Automotive Service Excellence Certification (ASE) as a Master Certified Collision and Refinish Technician. He is one of only 7263 certified technicians in the United States and Canada. In addition, the BCTC Collision Repair Program, taught by Tibbatts recently met strict industry standards and received the ASE Master Program certification. This is the highest level of program achievement recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence.

World Traveler Uses His International Automotive Experience to Teach

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 24, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Instructor James Tibbatts recently completed his National Institute Automotive Service Excellence Certification (ASE) as a Master Certified Collision and Refinish Technician. He is one of only 7263 certified technicians in the United States and Canada. In addition, the BCTC Collision Repair Program, taught by Tibbatts recently met strict industry standards and received the ASE Master Program certification. This is the highest level of program achievement recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence.

Tibbatts’ certification adds to his already impressive resume that includes a 5-year City and Guild Apprenticeship in the United Kingdom, The Canadian Red Seal Interprovincial Certification, and a bachelor’s degree in Technological Studies from University of Western, Ontario. His seventeen-year career working for BASF Coatings included a 4-year assignment at the Rolls Royce auto manufacturing plant in Cheshire, England. His position as a Technical Training Manager with BASF Coatings also allowed him to live and work in the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

As the Bluegrass Community & Technical College Collision Repair Instructor, Tibbatts’ challenge is opening the minds of his students to all the possibilities that exist for educated and skilled workers. An aging workforce has created a shortage of technicians and the automotive industry nationwide is in need of workers at every skill level.

Tibbatts emphasized the importance of the BCTC program certification saying, “The experts and leaders in the collision industry set the criteria for program certification, so students graduating from the Collision Program at BCTC can seek employment within the industry secure in the knowledge that prospective employers will recognize their hard earned credentials.”

There are approximately 74 secondary and post secondary institutes with full NATEF/ASE certification in the United States and three of those are in Kentucky.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 24, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Instructor James Tibbatts recently completed his National Institute Automotive Service Excellence Certification (ASE) as a Master Certified Collision and Refinish Technician. He is one of only 7263 certified technicians in the United States and Canada.

New Non-credit Enrichment Classes Available at BCTC

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1/31/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 31, 2007)- Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) spring/summer catalog of non-credit enrichment classes will provide you with learning opportunities that will improve your personal or business success. New classes offered by the department of Corporate and Community Development include: “Developing Sensational Speaking Skills”; Business English, Life and Time Management”; “Spanish for Medical Professionals”; and “Spanish for Child Care Providers”. You can also take a class to improve your golf swing, learn to dance, or improve your welding skills. The 2007 spring/summer catalog is available upon request by calling (859) 246-6666 or you may view it online. Go to http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/LCC/CCD then click on “community education.”

For people who want the convenience of anytime, anywhere learning, Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s community education program also offers hundreds of online classes. All you need is a valid e-mail address and Internet access.

BCTC is committed to lifelong learning. We provide programs that will allow you to explore a variety of useful and interesting topics, at convenient dates and times.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 31, 2007)- Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) spring/summer catalog of non-credit enrichment classes will provide you with learning opportunities that will improve your personal or business success. New classes offered by the department of Corporate and Community Development include: “Developing Sensational Speaking Skills”; Business English, Life and Time Management”; “Spanish for Medical Professionals”; and “Spanish for Child Care Providers”.

BCTC Hosts Kentucky Heritage Artist and Author, Al Cornett

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1/31/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Al CornettLEXINGTON, KY (January 31, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Learning Resource Center recently hosted woodworker, artist, and author of The Sandstone Chronicles, Al Cornett.

Cornett, an original Kentucky Heritage Artist and juried exhibitor of the Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsmen is a native of Boyd County and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. Cornett’s professional career included work as an industrial arts teacher in Jessamine County and 16 years as an employee of International Business Machines before following his artistic calling. In 1973, Cornett purchased a piece of property on the border of the Red River Gorge Geological Area in the Daniel Boone National Forest and built a cabin. It was there that he began to pursue his love of oil painting, woodworking and photography. The Indian rock art or petroglyphs of the Red River Gorge and the native people of the area are the subject of his book The Sandstone Chronicles.

Cornett’s work includes hand made willow chairs, pastel drawings and oil paintings that are currently on display in the BCTC Leestown Campus Library, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 31, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Learning Resource Center recently hosted woodworker, artist, and author of The Sandstone Chronicles, Al Cornett.

BCTC Provides Kentucky School for the Deaf with Technology Upgrade

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2/1/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: BCTC Provides Kentucky School for the Deaf with Technology Upgrade
Date: Tuesday February 6, 2007
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Jacob’s Hall, KSD, 303 South Second Street, Danville.

LEXINGTON, KY (February 1, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Danville campus is donating computers to another Danville educational institution, the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD). The presentation will be made on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. on the campus of KSD in Jacob’s Hall.

BCTC President Dr. Jim Kerley, will be making the presentation to KSD Principal Jackie Day and School Technology Leadership Program Leader, Lisa Morse. Following the presentation Dr. Kerley will speak with the elementary students and tour the KSD Campus.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 1, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Danville campus is donating computers to another Danville educational institution, the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD). The presentation will be made on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. on the campus of KSD in Jacob’s Hall.

BCTC partners with Kentucky School for the Deaf for Computer Literacy

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2/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Dr. Kerley with StudentsLEXINGTON, KY (February 7, 2007) – Students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) are having a hands-on experience in the field of technology thanks to a recent donation of Dell Computers from Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Danville campus. The computers, installed in late December, replaced outdated eight-year old equipment at the school.

“Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to partner with another Danville educational institution to further computer literacy in the K – 12 setting” said Dr. Jim Kerley, President/CEO of BCTC. “I am impressed with their wonderful initiatives, dedication and creative approach to education. KSD StudentsKSD serves a much needed function in education”.

The computers will not only be used to help students become more computer savvy but will also be instrumental in helping KSD’s new Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) get off to a great start. The program, eligible to 4 – 12 graders at the school, began last fall. "The goal of STLP is to develop technology skills that will help our students function independently as citizens of the 21st Century. The BCTC gift better allows STLP and all students at KSD to obtain these goals" said Lisa Morse, Technology Resource Teacher at the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

Students at KSD were so excited to receive the new computers that they helped plan an appreciation day for BCTC President Dr. Jim Kerley and staff on February 6. The event showcased students in a game of math Jeopardy, certificates of appreciation from the students, and a luncheon hosted by KSD teachers and staff.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 7, 2007) – Students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) are having a hands-on experience in the field of technology thanks to a recent donation of Dell Computers from Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Danville campus. The computers, installed in late December, replaced outdated eight-year old equipment at the school.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Announces Appointment

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2/15/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Cathy PenfoldLEXINGTON, KY (February 15, 2007) – Cathy Penfold has been named Director of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Transfer Center.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 15, 2007) – Cathy Penfold has been named Director of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Transfer Center.

VIP Day at Bluegrass Community & Technical College

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2/16/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Winchester Campus will hold a Visit in Person (VIP) Day on Thursday, March 8, 2007. The campus is located at 36 Wheeler Avenue. Tours will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Information sessions on applying to college, financial aid, and student life will be held following campus tours. No reservations are required and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment on another day, please contact Christy Terry (859) 737-3098 ext. 56596.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Winchester Campus will hold a Visit in Person (VIP) Day on Thursday, March 8, 2007. The campus is located at 36 Wheeler Avenue. Tours will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Information sessions on applying to college, financial aid, and student life will be held following campus tours. No reservations are required and the public is encouraged to attend.

BCTC Artist Reception and Student Watercolor

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2/16/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: BCTC Artist Reception and Student Watercolor Exhibition
Date:  Friday, March 30, 2007
Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Learning Resource Center, Room 212, Oswald Building, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Campus, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Learning Resource Center (LRC) will host a “Meet the Artist Reception” on Friday, March 30, 2007. The reception will be held from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center, Room 212, of the Oswald Building on the Cooper Campus.

The artists being honored at the reception are BCTC Community Education art students whose work will be on display at the LRC from March 1- March 30, 2007. BCTC Community Education art instructor Susan Cooper will also be on hand to answer questions about the Community Education art classes.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Terry Buckner (859) 246-6397.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Learning Resource Center (LRC) will host a “Meet the Artist Reception” on Friday, March 30, 2007. The reception will be held from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center, Room 212, of the Oswald Building on the Cooper Campus.

BCTC Accepting Nominations for Third Annual African-American Leadership Recognition Breakfast

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2/16/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2007) – Do you know a leader, role model or person who has had a positive effect on you or your community? Why not nominate that individual to be a honoree at the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Third Annual African-American Leadership Recognition Breakfast.

The breakfast is held in conjunction with National Black History Month to recognize African-American citizens who have had a positive impact through role modeling or leadership. The breakfast will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. in room 106 at the BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus, 1500 By Pass North, Lawrenceburg.

To obtain a nomination form or for further information contact Dianna Barkley (502) 839-8488 ext.56804 or on the web at http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/marketing/leadership_form

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2007) – Do you know a leader, role model or person who has had a positive effect on you or your community? Why not nominate that individual to be a honoree at the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Third Annual African-American Leadership Recognition Breakfast.

BCTC Dental Hygiene Students To Provide Free Dental Care for Children

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2/16/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2007) – In recognition of National Dental Health Month, BCTC dental hygiene students are celebrating “Pedo Week” by providing free dental services for children between the ages of 4-12 during the week of March 5 – 7, 2007. The clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on the Cooper Campus. Free services will include a dental exam, x-rays, and cleaning.

The Tooth Fairy will be the featured guest on hand to talk with the children about good dental habits.

To make an appointment for this free clinic contact the BCTC Dental Clinic (859) 246-6857. The BCTC Dental Hygiene Clinic is also open to the community by appointment Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for dental examinations and cleanings.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2007) – In recognition of National Dental Health Month, BCTC dental hygiene students are celebrating “Pedo Week” by providing free dental services for children between the ages of 4-12 during the week of March 5 – 7, 2007. The clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on the Cooper Campus. Free services will include a dental exam, x-rays, and cleaning.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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2/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Thursday, March 8, 2007
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place:Student Center Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (February 26, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2007 , in the Student Center Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, meeting agendas, board members information and minutes of past meetings visit http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 26, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2007 , in the Student Center Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

VIP Days at Bluegrass Community & Technical College

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2/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold two Visit in Person Days (VIP). The first will be held at the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Wednesday March 7, 2007. The second will be held at the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Friday March 9, 2007. Both days, campus representatives will offer campus tours and information sessions at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. VIP days are to provide persons interested in enrolling at the college with information sessions on applying to college, financial aid, and student life. No reservations are required and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment on another day, the Leestown Campus contact is Gavin Washington (859) 246-6873.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment on another day, the Cooper campus contact is Melissa Gabel (859) 246-6212.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold two Visit in Person Days (VIP). The first will be held at the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Wednesday March 7, 2007. The second will be held at the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Friday March 9, 2007.

VIP Day at Bluegrass Community & Technical College

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2/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold a Visit in Person (VIP) Day on the Lawrenceburg Campus, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. The campus is located at 1500 Bypass North U.S.127. Tours will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Information sessions on applying to college, financial aid, and student life will be held following campus tours. No reservations are required and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment on another day, please contact Dianna Barkley (502) 839-8488 ext. 56804.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold a Visit in Person (VIP) Day on the Lawrenceburg Campus, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. The campus is located at 1500 Bypass North U.S.127. Tours will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Information sessions on applying to college, financial aid, and student life will be held following campus tours. No reservations are required and the public is encouraged to attend.

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2/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: BCTC Hosts “Excellence Expo” for Area High School Students
Date: Monday, March 5, 2007
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC, Danville Campus, 59 Corporate Drive, Danville

LEXINGTON, KY (February 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Danville Campus will host an “Excellence Expo” on Monday, March 5, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Area high school students will compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

High schools and area technology centers invited to participate are Boyle County High, Casey County Area Technology Center, Lincoln County Area Technology Center, Harrodsburg Area Technology Center, Madison Area Technology Center, Marion Area Technology Center, Rockcastle Area Technology Center, and Garrard County Area Technology Center.

All contest winners will be awarded a BCTC scholarship for a three-hour class on the Danville Campus.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Danville Campus will host an “Excellence Expo” on Monday, March 5, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Area high school students will compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

BCTC President Dr. Jim Kerley Named Next President of Gulf Coast Community College

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2/28/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 28, 2007) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College, President and CEO Jim Kerley has been tapped to become the next president of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida. The announcement came yesterday during the college’s board of director’s meeting.

Kerley served as president of Lexington Community College (LCC) from 1998 – 2004. In July 2004, LCC transitioned from the University of Kentucky to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, where Kerley lead the consolidation of LCC and Central Kentucky Technical College. Kerley served as president of both institutions until the final consolidation and name change to Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Kerley was named President and CEO of the consolidated Bluegrass Community and Technical College in 2005.

“These past years have been the best years of my professional career,” said Kerley. “I have truly enjoyed the unique opportunity to work with BCTC’s outstanding faculty, staff, students and the people in the Bluegrass Region.” I am sorry to be ending my work here,” continued Kerley, “however, I look forward to moving to Florida and opening a new chapter in my career.”

The Gulf Coast Community College’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on March 6, 2007 to negotiate a contact with Dr. Kerley. BCTC will officially announce the effective date of his resignation on March 8.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 28, 2007) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College, President and CEO Jim Kerley has been tapped to become the next president of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida. The announcement came yesterday during the college’s board of director’s meeting.

North Central Region KY Skills USA Competition

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3/5/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: North Central Region KY Skills USA Competition
Date: Friday March 9, 2007
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (March 5, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will host the North Central Region KY Skills USA Competition on the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Friday, March 9, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Students from nine area high schools will compete in technical skills areas such as computer aid drafting, automotive repair, and carpentry. Students will also compete in a quiz bowl, public speaking, and in team debates.

The first and second place winners in each category will compete in the State Competition held on April 2 -5, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 5, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will host the North Central Region KY Skills USA Competition on the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Friday, March 9, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“Global Warming - Confronting a Crisis”

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3/5/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: “Global Warming - Confronting a Crisis”
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Time: 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Room 106, BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus, 1500 Bypass North, Lawrenceburg

LEXINGTON, KY (March 5, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Lawrenceburg Campus will host “Global Warming - Confronting a Crisis” presented by Andy McDonald of the Kentucky Solar Partnership. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. in room 106.

For more information, contact Rebecca Glasscock, BCTC Faculty Advisor, Peace & Justice Coalition at (859) 246-6319.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 5, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Lawrenceburg Campus will host “Global Warming - Confronting a Crisis” presented by Andy McDonald of the Kentucky Solar Partnership. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. in room 106.

Marion County Student Scholarship Winner at Excellence Expo

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3/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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jonathan BoblittLEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus recently hosted an “Excellence Expo” for area high school students to compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

Machine Tool contestant Jonathan Boblitt from Marion County and the Marion County Area Technology Center was named the winner of the Machine Tool Competition.

Contest winners were awarded tools for their trade and a scholarship to attend a three-hour course at BCTC.

High schools and area technology centers who participated in the “Excellence Expo” included Boyle County High, Casey County Area Technology Center, Lincoln County Area Technology Center, Harrodsburg Area Technology Center, Madison Area Technology Center, Marion Area Technology Center, Rockcastle Area Technology Center, and Garrard County Area Technology Center.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus recently hosted an “Excellence Expo” for area high school students to compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

Anderson County Student Scholarship Winner at Excellence Expo

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3/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Lindsey BrandenburgLEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus recently hosted an “Excellence Expo” for area high school students to compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

Allied Health contestant Lindsey Brandenburg from Anderson County and the Mercer County Area Training Center was named the winner of the Allied Health Competition.

Contest winners were awarded tools for their trade and a scholarship to attend a three-hour course at BCTC.

High schools and area technology centers who participated in the “Excellence Expo” included Boyle County High, Casey County Area Technology Center, Lincoln County Area Technology Center, Harrodsburg Area Technology Center, Madison Area Technology Center, Marion Area Technology Center, Rockcastle Area Technology Center, and Garrard County Area Technology Center.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus recently hosted an “Excellence Expo” for area high school students to compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

Rockcastle County Student Scholarship Winner at Excellence Expo

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3/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Jacob JonesLEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus recently hosted an “Excellence Expo” for area high school students to compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

Electrical Technology contestant Jacob Jones from Mt Vernon and the Rockcastle Area Technology Center was named the winner of the Electrical Technology Competition.

Contest winners were awarded tools for their trade and a scholarship to attend a three-hour course at BCTC.

High schools and area technology centers who participated in the “Excellence Expo” included Boyle County High, Casey County Area Technology Center, Lincoln County Area Technology Center, Harrodsburg Area Technology Center, Madison Area Technology Center, Marion Area Technology Center, Rockcastle Area Technology Center, and Garrard County Area Technology Center.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus recently hosted an “Excellence Expo” for area high school students to compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

Franklin County Student Scholarship Winner at Excellence Expo

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3/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Chris WiseLEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus recently hosted an “Excellence Expo” for area high school students to compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

Welding Technology contestant Chris Wise from Franklin County and the Franklin County Career and Technical Center was named the winner of the Welding Technology Competition.

Contest winners were awarded tools for their trade and a scholarship to attend a three-hour course at BCTC.

High schools and area technology centers who participated in the “Excellence Expo” included Boyle County High, Casey County Area Technology Center, Lincoln County Area Technology Center, Harrodsburg Area Technology Center, Madison Area Technology Center, Marion Area Technology Center, Rockcastle Area Technology Center, and Garrard County Area Technology Center.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus recently hosted an “Excellence Expo” for area high school students to compete in technical skills contests in the areas of allied health, electricity, machine tool, and welding.

SCHS Manufacturing Academy Students Participate in Interactive Exercise at BCTC

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3/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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SCHS Manufacturing Academy StudentsLEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Twenty students from the Manufacturing Academy at Scott County High School recently participated in an interactive exercise at Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Students were introduced to three separate, but integral phases of manufacturing. The first stage involved the drafting, drawing and design of a specially designed school coin. Students then used the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program to produce a computer blueprint of a SCHS coin that included their initials. They then applied their newly acquired CAD blueprint skills to the second stage in the manufacturing process, the Computer Aided Maching (CAM). During the CAM process, the coin is produced to the size and shape detailed in the blueprint. The third phase allowed students to use a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine to enter their initials and personalize their coin.

The Manufacturing Academy was developed for area high schools by the Center for Quality People (CQPO), Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Community & Technical College (KCTCS), Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Bourbon County Public Schools and Paris Independent Schools. In the Academy’s pilot year, Bourbon County High School and Paris Independent Schools participated. The second year of the academy has seen the addition of Scott County High School and Southside Area Training Center in Lexington.

The Manufacturing Academy provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to study online and receive the Kentucky Manufacturing Skills Standard (KMSS) and Quest Manufacturing Certification (QMC). KMSS and QMC include training for soft skills needed in manufacturing such as teamwork, problem solving, and safety. Students who complete the Manufacturing Academy are administered the Self Assessment for Manufacturing (SAM) test. Toyota Motor Manufacturing administers the SAM test in the application process to determine specific skills a potential employee may have that will aid in hiring and placement.

The students will also visit the Advanced Technology Center in Georgetown, and the University of Kentucky‘s College of Engineering.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Twenty students from the Manufacturing Academy at Scott County High School recently participated in an interactive exercise at Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Peace and Justice Coalition Spring Speaker Series Announced

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3/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Iran’s nuclear issues, capitalism, and global warming are but a few topics covered in the Peace and Justice Coalition’s Spring Speaker Series being offered at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

The spring speaker series will take place at the BCTC, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

April 10, from 11:00 - 12:15 p.m., “Iran” presented by Hossein Motamedi, a native of Iran, will discuss the evolution of the U.S. foreign policy vis a vis Iran and its nuclear issue from 1946 to present. Presentation will take place in room 242 of the Oswald building.

April 11, from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m., “Promoting World Peace through the United Nations”, presented by Steve Stone, BCTC Campus Librarian. Mr. Stone will look at the United Nations’ beginning, history, mission, organization, and programs in the field; setting and implementing Millennium goals, as well as the impact of non-governmental agencies. Presentation will take place in the Auditorium, room 230 of the Oswald building.

April 13, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., “Transforming the 'Capital' in Capitalism” presented by Susmita Barua. The speaker invites you to a playful yet thought provoking exploration of a little understood and greatly feared beast - the modern mythical dragon called "Capitalism"! Maybe there is a way to deconstruct this "Tyrannosaurus Rex", once we are no longer afraid to look at it closely. Maybe we can all be part of a multipurpose solution rather than part of an ever-growing boomeritis of poverty, war, injustice, pollution, institutional and social-mental dysfunctions of all kinds. The evolutionary imperative now is to see how we can collectively engage our minds in addressing this system wide challenge by using the light of our own awareness and enlightened thinking. Presentation will take place in the Auditorium, room 230 of the Oswald building.

April 18, from 1:00 - 2:00p.m., “World Vision” presented by Erin Howard, BCTC Hispanic Outreach Coordinator. World Vision, one of the largest international non-governmental organizations serves the poor and oppressed in 100 countries through relief, development, sustainability, and advocacy. The program will explore three major crisis situations affecting children world-wide: Child Exploitation, Child Soldiers, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The interactive session will also include ways individuals can get involved to make a difference through advocacy, sponsorship, and education. Presentation will take place in the Auditorium, room 230 of the Oswald building.

April 19, from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m., “Mountaintop Removal” presented by Dave Cooper. Mr. Cooper, a mechanical engineer turned environmental and social activist will present the “Mountaintop Removal Road Show.” The program includes a twenty minute slide show featuring traditional Appalachian mountain music and aerial photographs of Eastern Kentucky Mountains. After discussing the impacts of mountaintop removal on coalfield communities, attention will focus on ways to reduce personal consumption of electricity from coal-fired power plants. Presentation will take place in the Auditorium, room 230 of the Oswald building.

April 19, from 5:00 - 6:15 p.m., “Global Warming - Confronting a Crisis” presented by Andy McDonald of the Kentucky Solar Partnership. Nineteen years after Bill McKibben published "The End of Nature" and warned us of the threats posed by global warming; the world has awakened to the crisis of global climate change. What's causing this crisis and what can be done about it? What can YOU do about it? Presentation will take place in the Auditorium, room 230 of the Oswald building.

For more information on the Peace and Justice Coalition’s Spring Speaker Series, please contact Rebecca C. Glasscock, PhD, Faculty Advisor, Peace and Justice Coalition at (859) 246-6319.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 7, 2007) – Iran’s nuclear issues, capitalism, and global warming are but a few topics covered in the Peace and Justice Coalition’s Spring Speaker Series being offered at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

Bluegrass Community and Technical College President Announces Last Day on the Job

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3/12/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 12, 2007) - Jim Kerley has officially resigned his position as president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College effective May 31, 2007. Kerley will become president of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. with a salary of $215,000 on June 1.

Kerley served as president of Lexington Community College (LCC) between 1998 - 2004. In July 2004, LCC transitioned from the University of Kentucky to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, where Kerley lead the consolidation of LCC and Central Kentucky Technical College. Kerley served as president of both institutions until the final consolidation and name change to Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Kerley was named President and CEO of the consolidated Bluegrass Community and Technical College in 2005. Prior to coming to LCC, he was president of Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, Ky. for nine years.

"I extend my sincere thanks to all who have made my stay in the Bluegrass most positive." Kerley said. "And I ask for continued support for this outstanding community and technical college.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 12, 2007) - Jim Kerley has officially resigned his position as president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College effective May 31, 2007. Kerley will become president of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. with a salary of $215,000 on June 1.

Exhibit of Civil Rights-era Photographs on Display

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3/13/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 13, 2007) – An exhibit of works by world-renowned civil rights photographer Ernest C. Withers will be on display during March and April at the Cooper Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). The event is the result of a joint venture between the University of Kentucky Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs and the BCTC Multicultural Affairs Office.

Forty of Withers’ photographs will be on display March 19 through April 9 in the main hallway of BCTC’s Oswald Building, located at 470 Cooper Dr., Lexington. The exhibit will be open during regular college hours, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is free and open to the public.

Ernest Withers was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1922 and began his career in photography while serving in the Army. After fulfilling his military duty, Withers returned to Memphis and during that time photographed many pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Medgar Evers Funeral, and the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Withers also documented the music scene on Beale Street as well as the Negro Baseball League and black social life in Memphis. To date, he has published four books of his photography: Pictures Tell the Story, The Memphis Blues Again, Let Us March On, and Negro League Baseball.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 13, 2007) – An exhibit of works by world-renowned civil rights photographer Ernest C. Withers will be on display during March and April at the Cooper Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). The event is the result of a joint venture between the University of Kentucky Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs and the BCTC Multicultural Affairs Office.

Boyle County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/15/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 15, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Boyle County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Boyle County)

Vicki Antle, Sheila Horn, Brittnie Montez, Floyd McLevaine, and Stacey Wilson.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 15, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Boyle County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

2007 Lexington Regional Science Olympiad

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3/15/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: 2007 Lexington Regional Science Olympiad
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2007
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (March 15, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive will be the site of the 2007 Lexington Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday March 24, 2007. The Event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

As the largest Regional Science Olympiad in the state, the participants will include 15 middle schools and 9 high schools, competing in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences, and math. Winners will advance to attend the state competition held April 14, 2007 at Western Kentucky University.

Participating schools include:

Bell Central Elementary & High School, Corbin Middle & High School, East Jessamine Middle School, Estill County Middle & High School, Frakes Elementary, Lexington Traditional Middle School, Lone Jack Middle School, Madison Southern High School, Middlesboro High School, Page Middle School, Right Fork Middle School, Scott County Middle & High School, Yellow Creek Middle School.

For more information, contact Valdis Zeps Jr., BCTC Physics Coordinator, (859) 246-6450 or at val.zeps@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 15, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive will be the site of the 2007 Lexington Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday March 24, 2007. The Event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BCTC Extends Scholarship Application Deadline

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3/15/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 15, 2007) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College has extended their scholarship application deadline to March 30, 2007. Scholarship information and applications are available on the web at www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu.

For more information, contact Runan Pendergrast, BCTC Financial Aid Director, (859) 246-6300.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 15, 2007) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College has extended their scholarship application deadline to March 30, 2007. Scholarship information and applications are available on the web at www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu.

“Standing Strong” A Women’s History Month Celebration

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3/15/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: “Standing Strong” A Women’s History Month Celebration
Date: March 21, 2007
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Place: Academic Technical Building Lobby, BCTC Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (March 15, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will host “Standing Strong” A Women’s History Month Celebration on Wednesday March 21, 2007. The Celebration will take place from 11:30a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Academic Technical Building Lobby on the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

The public is invited to attend the following presentations:

12:00 - 1:00p.m., “Women in Politics” will be presented by Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo. Representative Palumbo has served in the Kentucky Legislator since 1991. She has earned recognition as a community volunteer, and has exercised leadership in numerous organizations.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m., "Breaking the Silence: Domestic Violence and What You Can Do About It." will be presented by Teri Faragher. Teri has worked in family violence for over 25 years. She is the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Prevention Board, Fayette County’s coordinating council on family violence.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m., "The Goddess Culture" will be presented by Jaqui Linder, an artist and former English and Women's Studies teacher at Lexington Community College. Ms. Linder will discuss a culture that thrived 5500-9000 years ago along the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean and Black Seas, a culture in which power was equated with responsibility and love.

For more information on “Standing Strong” A Women’s History Month Celebration contact Lori Houghton, BCTC Women’s Studies Coordinator at (859) 246-6592.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 15, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College will host “Standing Strong” A Women’s History Month Celebration on Wednesday March 21, 2007. The Celebration will take place from 11:30a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Academic Technical Building Lobby on the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

Washington County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Washington County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Washington County)

Susan Samudio

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Washington County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Scott County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Scott County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Scott County)

Billiejean Bowen, Tamera Burkhalter, Freddy Campbell, Amy Donaldson, Amber Duncan, Pamela Elder, Michael Kaba, Steven Maggard, Sondra Mitchell, Jennifer Price, Tammy Price, Kathryn Shaffer, Laura Staats and Luke Taylor.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Scott County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Nicholas County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Nicholas County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Nicholas County)

Shannon Mitchell

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Nicholas County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Mercer County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Mercer County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Mercer County)

Kelli Perkins and Stephen Webb

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Mercer County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

McCraken County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from McCraken County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (McCraken County)

Lindsey Behrendt

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from McCraken County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Madison County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Madison County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Madison County)

Joanna Burnell, Raymond Pacheco, Gina Slone, and Dickie Spivey.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Madison County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Lincoln County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Lincoln County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Lincoln County)

Heather Mosley

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Lincoln County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Jessamine County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Jessamine County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Jessamine County)

Erin Brown, Angela Gilbert, William Harris, Rogina Ross and Carol Seward.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Jessamine County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Harrison County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Harrison County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Harrison County)

Michael Carelli

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Harrison County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Harlan County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Harlan County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Harlan County)

Kevin Reed

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Harlan County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Garrard County Students Inducted Into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Garrard County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation only. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society(Garrard County)

Tammy Parrett

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Garrard County who have been inducted into the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Ms. Fix It Day Offers Participants Hands on Experience & Instruction by Professionals

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3/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: Ms. Fix It Day Offers Participants Hands on Experience & Instruction by Professionals
Date: Saturday April 21, 2007
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC, Academic Technical Building Lobby, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) – The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Chapter #367 has teamed up with Bluegrass Community & Technical College to offer an interactive Ms. Fix It Day. The day is designed to give women and girls an opportunity for hands on training, advice from the experts, and demonstrations by professionals.

A few of the demonstrations and hands on activities will include “Basic Power Tool Use”, “Painting & Wallpaper Tips”, “How to Lay Tile”, and “Residential Landscaping”. The Lexington Police and Fire Departments will be on hand to discuss home security and fire prevention.

Tickets for the “Ms. Fix It Day” are on sale now for $10.00 each, children 12 and under are free.

For further information or to purchase tickets contact Susan Cox (859) 321-6550 or visit the NAWIC website at http://bgnawic.org.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 19, 2007) – The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Chapter #367 has teamed up with Bluegrass Community & Technical College to offer an interactive Ms. Fix It Day. The day is designed to give women and girls an opportunity for hands on training, advice from the experts, and demonstrations by professionals.

BCTC Presents Benefactor Award

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3/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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BCTC Presents Benefactor AwardLEXINGTON, KY (March 27, 2007) – Carla Van Meter, Chair of The Clark County Community Foundation recently accepted on behalf of the Foundation, a Benefactor Award from Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). The Benefactor Award is presented to those individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding voluntary support of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and/or one of its colleges.

The Clark County Community Foundation is a key player in making higher education possible in Winchester-Clark County. In 2004, Bluegrass Community and Technical College was awarded a grant from the Foundation to establish the Ralph L. Oliver Scholarship to recognize an outstanding community member from Winchester-Clark County. Through the Foundation’s continued funding of the scholarship, 13 students from Winchester-Clark County have been able to attend the College each year.

We are so appreciative of the Clark County Community Foundation’s generosity. They have been a great partner to our college and in our pursuit of access and opportunity for all students,” said Dr. Jim Kerley, BCTC President “The Benefactor Award by the statewide system, KCTCS, recognizes them as leaders in support of higher education in Kentucky.”

Thirty-four benefactors were recognized across the state at the eighth annual Kentucky Community & Technical College System’s President’s Gala and Benefactors’ Awards Dinner held earlier this year.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 27, 2007) – Carla Van Meter, Chair of The Clark County Community Foundation recently accepted on behalf of the Foundation, a Benefactor Award from Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). The Benefactor Award is presented to those individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding voluntary support of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and/or one of its colleges.

Theatrical debut of Blessed Assurance and Playwright Reception

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3/28/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: Theatrical debut of Blessed Assurance and Playwright Reception
Date: April 4 and April 5, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Black Box Theater, Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (March 28, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) in partnership with the Actor’s Guild of Lexington will present Blessed Assurance in the Black Box Theater at the Lexington Downtown Arts Center on April 4th and 5th at 8:00 p.m.

Set in the summer of 1964 in Sunflower County, Mississippi, Blessed Assurance brings to the stage the turbulent times of that “Freedom Summer” when African Americans and civil rights freedom workers were fighting for African American’s right to register to vote.

A reception for the playwright Laddy Sartin will be held prior to the performance on Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the reception area of the Arts Center.

For tickets and information, contact The Lexington Downtown Arts Center at (859) 225-0370.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 28, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) in partnership with the Actor’s Guild of Lexington will present Blessed Assurance in the Black Box Theater at the Lexington Downtown Arts Center on April 4th and 5th at 8:00 p.m.

Lexington’s Second Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair

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3/29/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: Lexington’s Second Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Time: 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2007) – Think. Act. Discover. Peace is the theme of Lexington’s Second Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive. The Fair from 12:00-8:00 p.m. will offer live music, workshops, puppet shows, and food.

The goal of the Fair is to provide an opportunity to learn about building ecologically sustainable and socially just communities while becoming more knowledgeable about global cultures.

For more information or to reserve booth space contact Rebecca Glasscock, Faculty Advisor, BCTC Peace & Justice Coalition at (859) 246-6319 or visit http://.peace2day.org

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2007) – Think. Act. Discover. Peace is the theme of Lexington’s Second Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive. The Fair from 12:00-8:00 p.m. will offer live music, workshops, puppet shows, and food.

Essay Entries Are Being Solicited for Think. Act. Discover. Peace Fair

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3/29/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Peace and Justice Coalition is soliciting essay entries for the “Culture of Peace Essay Contest” being held in connection with the Second Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair, Think. Act. Discover. Peace on May 19, 2007.

The “Culture of Peace Essay Contest” is open to all adults 18 and older in Kentucky. Entrants are invited to submit an essay of 1000 words or less, articulating their own vision of how we can create a culture of peace in Lexington. Entries will be accepted at the BCTC, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, at the Information Desk in the Oswald Building, from April 1 -15, 2007.

Essay entries will be on display at the Fair and two $50 dollar cash prizes will be awarded.

For more information, contact Rebecca Glasscock, Faculty Advisor, BCTC Peace and Justice Coalition at (859) 246-6319.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Peace and Justice Coalition is soliciting essay entries for the “Culture of Peace Essay Contest” being held in connection with the Second Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair, Think. Act. Discover. Peace on May 19, 2007.

Art Entries Are Being Solicited from Students for Think. Act. Discover. Peace

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Peace and Justice Coalition is soliciting art entries for the “Art for Peace Contest”. The event is being held in conjunction with the Second Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair, Think. Act. Discover. Peace on May 19, 2007.

The “Art for Peace Contest” is open to all kindergarten through senior high students in Kentucky. Students are invited to draw or paint a picture of a peaceful world in which they would like to live. Mediums accepted include pastels, crayons, pen and ink, acrylics, oil, charcoal or watercolors. Entries will be accepted at the BCTC, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, at the Information Desk in the Oswald Building, from April 1 -15, 2007.

A total of four cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories; kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through twelfth grade. In addition, all art entries will form a collage for the 2008 Bluegrass Peace Calendar and be on display at the Fair.

For more information, contact Rebecca Glasscock, Faculty Advisor, BCTC Peace and Justice Coalition at (859) 246-6319.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Peace and Justice Coalition is soliciting art entries for the “Art for Peace Contest”. The event is being held in conjunction with the Second Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair, Think. Act. Discover. Peace on May 19, 2007.

BCTC Offers On-Site Registration at Lincoln County Area Technology Center

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4/4/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Lincoln County Area Technology Center, 422 Education Way, Stanford.

LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold on-site registration for students interested in attending college during the summer and fall semesters on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lincoln County Area Technology Center.

BCTC admissions and financial aid representatives will be on hand to assist graduating seniors with the application process and provide information about financial aid. Representatives will also be available to explain the college’s Opportunity College program. The program, designed for qualified juniors and seniors, provides students the opportunity to take college level courses while still in high school at a special reduced tuition rate.

Lincoln County High School students, Lincoln County Area Technology Center students and parents are encouraged to attend the registration and information session.

For information, contact Lucinda White, BCTC Student Services Manager, (859) 239-7030, Ext. 56892.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold on-site registration for students interested in attending college during the summer and fall semesters on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lincoln County Area Technology Center.

BCTC Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene Program Open House

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4/4/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: BCTC Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene Program Open House
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Leestown Campus, Building A, room 253, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs will host an open house on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, on the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way. The event will be in Building A, room 253 from 3:00- 6:00 p.m.

Students will be presenting tabletop clinics on “Teeth Bleaching”, “Cavities in a Can”, and “Diabetes in the Future” along with leading tours of the dental clinic and classroom areas.For more information, contact Libby Ritchie, BCTC Dental Assisting Coordinator (859) 246-6622.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs will host an open house on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, on the Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way. The event will be in Building A, room 253 from 3:00- 6:00 p.m.

BCTC Spring Employment Fair

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4/4/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: BCTC Spring Employment Fair
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Place: Academic Technical Building Lobby, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College's office of Employment Services & Experiential Education will be conducting their Spring Employment Fair on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Academic Technical Building Lobby, on the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

The Employment Fair is free and open to the public. Over 50 Employers are expected to participate in the fair. For further information, contact Kammy McCleery, BCTC Student Employment, (859) 246-6533.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College's office of Employment Services & Experiential Education will be conducting their Spring Employment Fair on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Academic Technical Building Lobby, on the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

HBAK Teams with BCTC to Offer Construction Technology Open House

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4/5/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Leestown Campus, Building B, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (April 5, 2007) – The Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK) and Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold a Construction Technology Open House. The event will take place Wednesday, May 2, 2007, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the BCTC Leestown Campus, Building B, 164 Opportunity Way in Lexington.

The Open House will highlight the partnership between the HBAK and BCTC construction technology programs. HBAK members and BCTC instructors will be on hand to answer questions about education, hands on training, and careers available in the construction industry. Tours will also be available of the carpentry classroom and lab.

For information, contact Claude Gross, BCTC Carpentry Program Coordinator, at (859) 246-6769.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 5, 2007) – The Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK) and Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold a Construction Technology Open House. The event will take place Wednesday, May 2, 2007, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the BCTC Leestown Campus, Building B, 164 Opportunity Way in Lexington.

BCTC Board of Directors Call Special Meeting

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4/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Leestown Campus, Board Room, Building C, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Board of Directors will conduct a special meeting Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be at the BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Board Room, Building C.

For a schedule of meetings, meeting agendas, board members information and minutes of past meetings visit http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Board of Directors will conduct a special meeting Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be at the BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Board Room, Building C.

Navy Veteran, Mother of Two, is Recipient of “New Century Scholar Award”

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4/17/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Maria ChurchLEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2007) – A positive role model, hardly seems description enough for “New Century Scholar Award” winner Maria Church. Maria is a mother of two, a navy veteran, and a student at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

Maria is a Geography major with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She currently serves as President of the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. Her accomplishments and volunteer work include being a Mosaic Scholarship winner, a volunteer for the Hispanic Outreach program, the Peace & Justice Coalition, Fayette County Relay for Life, God’s Pantry food drives, and classroom volunteer at Anne Mason Elementary.

As the “New Century Scholar” Maria will receive a $2,000 scholarship and special recognition by representing Kentucky in the state opening ceremonies at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention in Tampa, Florida. The American Association of Community Colleges, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor the New Century Scholars program annually.

Maria will graduate BCTC in May with her Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. She will continue her education at Eastern Kentucky University.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2007) – A positive role model, hardly seems description enough for “New Century Scholar Award” winner Maria Church. Maria is a mother of two, a navy veteran, and a student at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

First in the State, Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program Announcement and Registration

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4/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Friday, April 20, 2007
Time: 2:00p.m.
Place: Pine Meadows Health Care, 1608 Hill Rise Drive, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (April 18, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) , Pine Meadows Health Care, and the Kentucky Department of Labor will announce the Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program on Friday, April 20, 2007. The information and inaugural apprenticeship registration will be held for Pine Meadows Employees, at Pine Meadows Health Care, 1608 Hill Rise Drive, in Lexington, at 2:00 p.m.

The first healthcare apprenticeship registered in the state, the Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program is designed to address the current nursing shortage through nurse aid apprenticeship. The program will include peer mentorship, specialty module training, and computer-based instruction that participants can do on their own time. Graduates of the apprenticeship will be awarded a nationally recognized certificate of completion from the Department of Labor for Advanced-Geriatric Specialty. This will entitle them to an increase in wages and possibly serve as a bridge to the next phase of their nursing career pathway.

The plan for the program is for it to be offered statewide through other Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges.

For more information, contact Laura Fraebel, BCTC Coordinator KY Nursing Career Lattice Program, (859) 246-6730.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 18, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) , Pine Meadows Health Care, and the Kentucky Department of Labor will announce the Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program on Friday, April 20, 2007. The information and inaugural apprenticeship registration will be held for Pine Meadows Employees, at Pine Meadows Health Care, 1608 Hill Rise Drive, in Lexington, at 2:00 p.m.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Commencement Exercises

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4/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Sunday, May 6, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington Civic Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (April 19, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Civic Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington. The ceremony will recognize more than 1300 students from the class of 2007. Dr. Jim Kerley, President and CEO of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), will preside over the commencement of graduates from the six BCTC campuses.

Dr. Liu Yun, President of Changsha University, China, will be the commencement speaker. Dr. Yun holds a Doctorate of Philosophy with a research focus on world economics and higher education management. Dr. Yun’s visit is part of an eleven-year-old international cultural exchange established by BCTC.

Honorary Degrees will be presented to Dr. Liu Yun, President of Changsha University, China and Mr. Cecil M. Keeney, President/CEO of the Walle Corporation, Winchester.

BCTC serves 12,300 students at its six campuses in Lexington, Lawrenceburg, Danville and Winchester. The college offers transferable associate degrees, diploma, and certificate training. Classes are available, days, evenings, weekends and on-line. For more information call (859) 246-6200 or visit our website at http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 19, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Civic Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington. The ceremony will recognize more than 1300 students from the class of 2007. Dr. Jim Kerley, President and CEO of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), will preside over the commencement of graduates from the six BCTC campuses.

BCTC Students Enjoy a Day in the Sun

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4/23/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Lexington, KY (April 23, 2007) - Spring is finally here and thanks to Mother Nature's cooperation, BCTC' s annual Spring Fling event was filled with sunshine and blue skies. The event, hosted each year by the Students Activities department celebrates the beginning of spring and the end of the semester. Students enjoyed food and fun actives throughout the day. Some BCTC faculty also took advantage of the beautiful day by moving their students out of the classroom and onto the campus lawn.

Faculty and staff also joined students in signing a banner of condolences that will be sent to Virginia Tech.

Class Outside Class under Tree Spring Fling Banner
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Lexington, KY (April 23, 2007) - Spring is finally here and thanks to Mother Nature's cooperation, BCTC' s annual Spring Fling event was filled with sunshine and blue skies. The event, hosted each year by the Students Activities department celebrates the beginning of spring and the end of the semester. Students enjoyed food and fun actives throughout the day. Some BCTC faculty also took advantage of the beautiful day by moving their students out of the classroom and onto the campus lawn.

BCTC Early Childhood Education Center Awarded Kentucky Division of Waste Management Grant

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4/23/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Waste Management GrantLEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Winchester-Clark County Campus Early Childhood Development Center, is the recipient of a Waste Tire Crumb Grant from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.

The five thousand dollar grant will fund the purchase of recycled tire crumbs to create a safe surface for the playground on the new campus. Waste tire crumbs are the preferred surface for playgrounds as they reduce injuries, and unlike wood mulch, decrease mold and allergens that effect children. BCTC Instructor Claude Gross and his carpentry students will use the thirty-four thousand pounds of recycled tire crumbs to create a safe surface for the playground.

“The plan is to build a state of the art, developmentally appropriate playground that will meet the needs of children and the community as well as our students,” said Kelli Kinkade, BCTC Early Childhood Education Coordinator, who spearheaded the grant proposal.

The Center will serve children from infancy to five years and serve as a real world-training site for early childhood education students. The new twenty-four thousand square foot Winchester- Clark County Campus is scheduled to open in November of 2007.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Winchester-Clark County Campus Early Childhood Development Center, is the recipient of a Waste Tire Crumb Grant from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.

BCTC Holds Open Casting Call for Theater Production of Working, the Musical

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4/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) theater program will hold an open casting call for Working, the Musical. Auditions will be held on, April 30, 2007, and May 1, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., in the Student Center, Building C, at BCTC’s Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way.

The casting call is for 12-14 women & men of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Candidates should bring their own sheet music to perform a one-minute musical selection. A cold reading from the script will also be required of candidates.

Working, the Musical, is based on the best-selling book of interviews from American workers by Studs Terkel. Working explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to the second shift, using the original words of some uncommon common men and women. For more audition information, contact Tim X. Davis, BCTC Theater Coordinator, at (859) 576-1744.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) theater program will hold an open casting call for Working, the Musical. Auditions will be held on, April 30, 2007, and May 1, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., in the Student Center, Building C, at BCTC’s Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way.

New Kentucky Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program Registers Inaugural Class

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4/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Kentucky Nurse Aid Program RegistrationLEXINGTON, KY (April 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), Pine Meadows Health Care, and the Kentucky Department of Labor held an official registration ceremony April 20, 2007, for the inaugural class of the Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program.

The first healthcare apprenticeship registered in the state, the Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program is designed to address the current nursing shortage. The program will include peer mentorship, specialty module training, and computer-based instruction that participants can complete on their own time. Graduates of the apprenticeship will be awarded a nationally recognized certificate of completion from the Department of Labor for Advanced-Geriatric Specialty. This will entitle them to an increase in wages and serve as a bridge to the next phase of their nursing career pathway.

Presenters at the program included Laura Fraebel, BCTC Coordinator for the Kentucky Nursing Career Lattice Program. Fraebel explained that the plan is to offer the apprenticeship program statewide through other Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges. AdditionallyJeff Wiley, Kentucky Department of Labor praised Pine Meadows Health Care and Bluegrass Community & Technical College for collaborating and offering this apprenticeship and opportunity for further education to employees.

Pine Meadows officially registered forty-one employees for the apprenticeship program following the presentation.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), Pine Meadows Health Care, and the Kentucky Department of Labor held an official registration ceremony April 20, 2007, for the inaugural class of the Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program.

KCTCS President Names Interim Head to Lead BCTC

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5/3/2007 12:00:00 AM

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (May 3, 2007) – KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced today the selection of J. Larry Durrence as interim president of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, with administrative duties set to begin May 15.

Dr. Durrence served eight years as president of Polk Community College (PCC) in Lakeland and Winter Haven, Fla., until his retirement in February, 2006. He replaces Dr. Jim Kerley, who has accepted a position as president of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. During his tenure at PCC, Dr. Durrence increased enrollment on the two-campus college by 32 percent from 1998-2004 despite stagnant growth in state funding. He also initiated a variety of support services, educational programs and training opportunities to increase dramatically the number of minority students enrolled at the college. Additionally, Dr. Durrence led efforts to expand and upgrade technology on campus and developed close partnerships with key business and industries to provide new opportunities for educational and workforce training.

Prior to his post at Polk, Dr. Durrence served as a taxpayer rights and intergovernmental advocate for the Florida Department of Revenue. He also served as a program director within the Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University. For 20 years, Dr. Durrence served as a professor in the Department of History and Political Science for Florida Southern College, including six years as the department’s chairman. He is also a former mayor and city commissioner for the City of Lakeland.

Dr. Durrence’s educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in history from Florida Southern College, a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from the University of Georgia.

“I am confident Dr. Durrence’s successful blend of scholarship, service and innovative leadership will prove to be a winning formula for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College as we continue the search process for the next president,” President McCall said. “We welcome him to our extended KCTCS family of 16 community and technical colleges on 65 campuses across the Commonwealth. We know he will be a winning member of our team.”

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (May 3, 2007) – KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced today the selection of J. Larry Durrence as interim president of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, with administrative duties set to begin May 15.

KCTCS President names interim head to lead Bluegrass Community and Technical College

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5/3/2007 12:00:00 AM

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (May 3, 2007) – KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced today the selection of J. Larry Durrence as interim president of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, with administrative duties set to begin May 15.

Dr. Durrence served eight years as president of Polk Community College (PCC) in Lakeland and Winter Haven, Fla., until his retirement in February, 2006. He replaces Dr. Jim Kerley, who has accepted a position as president of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. During his tenure at PCC, Dr. Durrence increased enrollment on the two-campus college by 32 percent from 1998-2004 despite stagnant growth in state funding. He also initiated a variety of support services, educational programs and training opportunities to increase dramatically the number of minority students enrolled at the college. Additionally, Dr. Durrence led efforts to expand and upgrade technology on campus and developed close partnerships with key business and industries to provide new opportunities for educational and workforce training.

Prior to his post at Polk, Dr. Durrence served as a taxpayer rights and intergovernmental advocate for the Florida Department of Revenue. He also served as a program director within the Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University. For 20 years, Dr. Durrence served as a professor in the Department of History and Political Science for Florida Southern College, including six years as the department’s chairman. He is also a former mayor and city commissioner for the City of Lakeland.

Dr. Durrence’s educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in history from Florida Southern College, a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from the University of Georgia.

“I am confident Dr. Durrence’s successful blend of scholarship, service and innovative leadership will prove to be a winning formula for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College as we continue the search process for the next president,” President McCall said. “We welcome him to our extended KCTCS family of 16 community and technical colleges on 65 campuses across the Commonwealth. We know he will be a winning member of our team.”

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (May 3, 2007) – KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced today the selection of J. Larry Durrence as interim president of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, with administrative duties set to begin May 15.

Explore the World With BCTC’s Popular Children’s Camp

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5/3/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 3, 2007)- Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Summer Youth Program and Junior University is the answer to your search for a fun, supervised environment to guide your child’s enrichment and recreational activities this summer. The classes, geared towards children in grades 1-8, are well planned with an emphasis on hands-on applied activities.

Travel Around the World is this year’s theme and each session will explore a different region, from Australia to North America. Other activities planned include Zumba Fitness, Mask Magic, and Eiffel Tower Construction.

Located at BCTC’s Regency Campus, 2659 Regency Rd., Lexington, this popular day camp offers five, two-week sessions from June 4 through August 10. Children are given a choice of various activities including arts and crafts, games, photography, technology, sports, creative writing, music, and much more. Each class is designed to help elementary and middle school students discover their own talents and interests and to help them build self-esteem.

For a free camp brochure and registration materials, call (859) 246-6666.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 3, 2007)- Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Summer Youth Program and Junior University is the answer to your search for a fun, supervised environment to guide your child’s enrichment and recreational activities this summer. The classes, geared towards children in grades 1-8, are well planned with an emphasis on hands-on applied activities.

BCTC Alumni Association Golf Scramble

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5/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: June 8, 2007
Time: 8:00 a.m. check-in, 9:00 a.m. start
Place: University Club of Kentucky Wildcat Course, 4850 Leestown Road, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (May 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Alumni Association will host a Golf Scramble on Friday, June 8, 2007. The Scramble will be held at the University Club of Kentucky Wildcat Course, 4850 Leestown Road, Lexington. The entry fee per team is $500 and is limited to 18 teams.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Alumni Scholarship Fund.

To register to play in the scramble or to sponsor a hole, contact Chad Hayes (859) 246-GOLF (4653) or visit the website at http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/iae/development/alumni/golf/.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Alumni Association will host a Golf Scramble on Friday, June 8, 2007. The Scramble will be held at the University Club of Kentucky Wildcat Course, 4850 Leestown Road, Lexington. The entry fee per team is $500 and is limited to 18 teams.

BCTC Dedicates Construction Technology Classroom in Honor of Kentucky Homebuilder

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5/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the Dedication of the Construction Technology ClassroomLEXINGTON, KY (May 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK) recently dedicated a construction technology classroom on the Leestown Campus in memory of Georgetown Builder Murray Riffee.

Riffee, who died suddenly of a heart attack in July of 2006, served as president of the Home Builders Association of Kentucky in 1997. In 2005 he presided over the first Kentucky Construction Career days with 1,200 high school students in attendance. He also taught a construction class at the former Central Kentucky Technical College now BCTC. At the time of his death, he was serving as chair of the HBAK Workforce Development Task Force. The Task Force recently secured a $300,000 grant from the National Home Builders Institute to recruit young men and woman to the construction industry.

"Mr. Riffee understood in order to develop a future construction workforce, investment needed to be made today. He was always there for our students, investing his time and talents. We are proud to dedicate this classroom to him,” said Claude Gross BCTC Carpentry Instructor.

The dedication ceremony was followed by an open house of the current construction technology program at BCTC Leestown Campus, Lexington.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 9, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK) recently dedicated a construction technology classroom on the Leestown Campus in memory of Georgetown Builder Murray Riffee.

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates

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5/14/2007 12:00:00 AM

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BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Anderson County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 10, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Anderson County Residents Naomi Scroggins

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Boyle County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Boyle County Residents Stefani Helgerson

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Clark County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Clark County Residents Sherri Shelby

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Estill County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Estill County Residents Sherry Powell

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Fayette County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Fayette County Residents Crystal Bretz, Jessica Clem, Janet Cook, Theresa Mengnjo, Kara Mourn, and Christina Rawlins.

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Harlan County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 10, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Harlan County Residents Jeffery Dixon

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Jessamine County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Jessamine County Residents Rachel Moore and Christina Proffitt

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Madison County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Madison County Residents Will Elam, Natalie Schnell, and Erica Woleslagel.

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Nelson County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Nelson County Residents Erin White

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Pike County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Pike County Residents Terri Jones

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Powell County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Powell County Residents Andrea Brewer, and Emily Jones

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Scott County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Scott County Residents Rhonda Bailey, Julie Borders, Kelly Cox, Sarah Hargis, and Tosha Walling.

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 38 Graduates - Woodford County

LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profession.

Nursing Graduates May 2007 Woodford County Residents Debra Hampton, Sandra Ping, and Danielle White.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 10, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

Roofing and Sheet Metal Company’s Endowment Supports Architectural Technology Students

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5/14/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Don HarpringLEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Don Harpring, President of Tri State Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, made a commitment in 2002 to establishing an endowment to provide scholarships for students majoring in Architectural Technology at the then Lexington Community College (LCC). Today, almost everything including the college’s name has changed, but not Mr. Harpring’s commitment.

“We have a strong belief in the value of returning something to the community in which we live and work. I cannot think of a better way than to provide financial support for the training of the young men and women who will lead our community through the 21st century,” said Harpring.

The gift, recently presented to Dr. James Kerley, President of Bluegrass Community & Technical College, brings the endowment Harpring started in 2002 to a self-sustaining level.

The $2,000 gift will fund a $1,000 scholarship for the 2006-07 academic year. The remaining funds will be applied to the endowment that will generate funds for future scholarships.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Don Harpring, President of Tri State Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, made a commitment in 2002 to establishing an endowment to provide scholarships for students majoring in Architectural Technology at the then Lexington Community College (LCC). Today, almost everything including the college’s name has changed, but not Mr. Harpring’s commitment.

BCTC Celebrates Graduates at Second Commencement

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5/14/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) held it’s second commencement exercises on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Civic Center. The ceremony recognized more than 1300 students from the class of 2007. Dr. Jim Kerley, President and CEO of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), presided over the commencement of graduates from the six BCTC campuses.

Dr. Liu Yun, President of Changsha University, China, was the commencement speaker. Dr. Yun along with Mr. Cecil M. Keeney, President/CEO of the Walle Corporation, Winchester, were presented with honorary degrees. Terrona Cobble-Johnson, Youth Services Center Coordinator at Winburn Middle School was named the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) 2007 Alumnus of the Year.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) held it’s second commencement exercises on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Civic Center. The ceremony recognized more than 1300 students from the class of 2007. Dr. Jim Kerley, President and CEO of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), presided over the commencement of graduates from the six BCTC campuses.

Winburn Youth Services Coordinator Named BCTC 2007 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

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5/14/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Terrona Cobble-JohnsonLEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Terrona Cobble-Johnson, Youth Services Center Coordinator at Winburn Middle School was named the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) 2007 Alumnus of the Year.

Cobble-Johnson, a 1992 graduate of the former Lexington Community College, now BCTC, was chosen because of her dedication to community work on behalf of Lexington’s youth. Her involvement in the community includes the Community Action Advisory Board, Roots & Heritage Teen Conference Chair, F.L.Y. Girls Program Coordinator, and the Domestic Violence Prevention Board. Her voluntary efforts include Kentucky Special Olympics, Kentucky School Board Association Youth Forum, and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. “She has distinguished herself and the college by

“She has distinguished herself and the college by being a role model and inspiration to the Bluegrass Community,” said Charlene Walker, BCTC Vice President Multicultural Affairs, who nominated Cobble-Johnson for the award.

Gary Mackin, BCTC Alumni Association President, presented the award to Johnson at the BCTC Commencement Ceremony, held at the Lexington Civic Center on May 6, 2007.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2007) – Terrona Cobble-Johnson, Youth Services Center Coordinator at Winburn Middle School was named the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) 2007 Alumnus of the Year.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Marion County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates

LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) –  Six Fayette County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates  recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

Fayette County

  • Christopher Thomas Bosch, Associate in Science
  • Jordyn Alyse Hackett, Architectural Technology
  • Natalie Michelle Horn, Cosmetology
  • Rebecca G. Brothers, Environmental Science Technology
  • Christopher Allen Clark, Nursing & Outstanding Technical Graduate
  • Gavin Greene Bauer, Respiratory Care

Mercer County

  • Torry Case Lemp, Engineering Technology

Nicholas County

  • Jolene Kaye Ruble, Medical Information Technology

Scott County

  • Maynard Lee Lynch II, Computer and Information Technology
  • Tammy L. Price, Medical Assisting
  • Robin Piper McClure, Office Systems Technology
  • Maria Esther Church, Outstanding Pre Baccalaureate

Adair County

  • James R. Rooks, Electrical Technology

Anderson County

  • Samuel L. Johnson, Industrial Maintenance Technology

Bourbon County

  • Kennon Elisabeth Dungan, Surgical Technology
  • Timothy French Foley II, Welding Technology

Boyle County

  • Josie G. Pippin, Associate in Arts

Clark County

  • Rick K Wasson, Air Conditioning Technology
  • Stephanie Leighanne Embs, Business Management and Marketing
  • Jacqueline J. Banks, Information Management and Design

Estill County

  • Helen Pete Howard, Nuclear Medicine Technology

Franklin County

  • Jonathan Aaron Morgan, Civil Engineering Technology
  • David A Kenney, Machine Tool Technology

Jackson County

  • Glenna May Isaacs, Dental Assisting

Jessamine County

  • Erin Rachelle Brown, Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Larry S. Roundtree, Information Technology

Lincoln County

  • Amanda Maria Martin, Practical Nursing

Madison County

  • Andrea Michele Osborne, Dental Hygiene
  • Kelli Lane Robinson, Radiography

Marion County

  • George Shane Mattingly, Carpentry Construction Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Marion County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Marion County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) –  A Marion County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates  recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Marion County

  • George Shane Mattingly, Carpentry Construction Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Marion County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Two Madison County Residents

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Two Madison County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently at the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Madison County

  • Andrea Michele Osborne, Dental Hygiene
  • Kelli Lane Robinson, Radiography

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Two Madison County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently at the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Lincoln County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Lincoln County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Lincoln County

  • Amanda Maria Martin, Practical Nursing

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Lincoln County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Two Jessamine County Residents

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Two Jessamine County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently at the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Jessamine County

  • Erin Rachelle Brown, Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Larry S. Roundtree, Information Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Two Jessamine County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently at the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Jackson County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 16, 2007) – A Jackson County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Jackson County

  • Glenna May Isaacs, Dental Assisting

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 16, 2007) – A Jackson County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Two Franklin County Residents

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Two Franklin County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Franklin County

  • Jonathan Aaron Morgan, Civil Engineering Technology
  • David A Kenney, Machine Tool Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Two Franklin County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Six Fayette County Residents

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Six Fayette County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Fayette County

  • Christopher Thomas Bosch, Associate in Science
  • Jordyn Alyse Hackett, Architectural Technology
  • Natalie Michelle Horn, Cosmetology
  • Rebecca G. Brothers, Environmental Science Technology
  • Christopher Allen Clark, Nursing & Outstanding Technical Graduate
  • Gavin Greene Bauer, Respiratory Care

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Six Fayette County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Estill County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – An Estill County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Estill County

  • Helen Pete Howard, Nuclear Medicine Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – An Estill County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Three Clark County Residents

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Three Clark County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Clark County

  • Rick K Wasson, Air Conditioning Technology
  • Stephanie Leighanne Embs, Business Management and Marketing
  • Jacqueline J. Banks, Information Management and Design

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Three Clark County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Boyle County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Boyle County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Boyle County

  • Josie G. Pippin, Associate in Arts

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Boyle County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Two Bourbon County Residents

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Two Bourbon County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently at the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Bourbon County

  • Kennon Elisabeth Dungan, Surgical Technology
  • Timothy French Foley II, Welding Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Two Bourbon County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently at the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Anderson County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – An Anderson County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Anderson County

  • Samuel L. Johnson, Industrial Maintenance Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – An Anderson County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Adair County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – An Adair County resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Adair County

  • James R. Rooks, Electrical Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – An Adair County resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Four Scott County Residents

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Four Scott County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently at the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Scott County

  • Maynard Lee Lynch II, Computer and Information Technology
  • Tammy L. Price, Medical Assisting
  • Robin Piper McClure, Office Systems Technology
  • Maria Esther Church, Outstanding Pre Baccalaureate

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – Four Scott County Residents were among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently at the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Nicholas County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Nicholas County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Nicholas County

  • Jolene Kaye Ruble, Medical Information Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Nicholas County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

BCTC’s Outstanding Program Graduates Include Mercer County Resident

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Mercer County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

The Outstanding Program Graduates were chosen from the over 1,300 eligible students representing the six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2007 Outstanding Program Graduates, Mercer County

  • Torry Case Lemp, Engineering Technology

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) – A Mercer County Resident was among the 38 Outstanding Program Graduates recognized recently during the 2007 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation.

Student’s Success Began with a Single BCTC Class

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5/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) Esther Hulshizer had no idea when she followed her husband to Lexington to support his pursuit of a doctorate in Pharmacology at the University of Kentucky it was her academic career that would bloom.

Hulshizer, who decided to return to college by taking a single Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) foreign language class, recently graduated with a 4.0 GPA and an Associate in Arts Degree from Bluegrass Community & Technical College. She was chosen as a member of the 2007 Kentucky All State Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa, named Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and is a 2007 USA Today National All-USA Academic Team Nominee.

Hulshizer said, I am so grateful to the teachers who took the time to really care. They helped me realize that an education was truly within my reach. Attaining this degree has given me the confidence to continue to achieve.

She is continuing her education at the University of Kentucky as an accounting major in the College of Business and Economics.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 18, 2007) Esther Hulshizer had no idea when she followed her husband to Lexington to support his pursuit of a doctorate in Pharmacology at the University of Kentucky it was her academic career that would bloom.

Two BCTC Nurses Elected to Lead Kentucky League for Nursing

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5/23/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Emily Piercy and Bonnie NicholsonLEXINGTON, KY (May 23, 2007) – The Kentucky League for Nursing (KLN) recently elected two members from Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) to it’s top leadership positions.

Emily Piercy, Associate Professor of Nursing, was named President and Bonnie Nicholson, Dean of Academic Affairs, was named President- Elect.

The Kentucky League for Nursing is a constituent member of the National League for Nursing, which promotes excellence in nursing education and prepares the workforce to meet the healthcare needs of diverse populations. Membership includes nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 23, 2007) – The Kentucky League for Nursing (KLN) recently elected two members from Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) to it’s top leadership positions.

BCTC Students Honored as 2007 All-Academic Team

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5/24/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Christopher Clark Receiving His AwardBCTC students Maria Church and Christopher Clark were honored as members of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's 2007 All-Academic Team during the 6th annual KCTCS Student Academic Achievement Banquet held recently at the Lexington Convention Center.

Two students from each of the 16 KCTCS colleges were chosen for the All-Academic Team Photo of Maria Church Receiving Her Awardbased on a rigorous selection process that focused on academic performance and campus involvement. Each member of the All-Academic Team received a $500 gift from their college, as well as scholarship opportunities to continue their education from 15 Kentucky public and private universities. Together, the scholarships are valued at more than $500,000.

The 2007 KCTCS All-Academic Team Scholars are part of a national program sponsored by national honor society Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Maria Church was also honored as the 2007 New Century Scholar in Kentucky's two-year college system. The New Century Scholar Award is given each year to the highest-scoring community college student in each state in the All-USA Today Academic Team competition. As the New Century Scholar, Church received a $2,000 stipend from the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Additionally, she represented Kentucky at the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Meeting held April 14-17 in Tampa, Fla. Church was also the recipient of the KCTCS Martha Johnson Scholarship for $2,500. Martha Johnson, a native of Ashland and a graduate of Ashland Community and Technical College, serves as the vice president of communications and corporate affairs for Ashland, Inc. and is a member of the KCTCS Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 27, 2007) – Energy management, sustainability, and conservation will be a focus of the course work in a new Energy Management Certificate Program being offered by Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

BCTC Honors Outstanding Faculty and Staff

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6/4/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Lexington, Ky (June 4, 2007) – Mike Binzer and Ray Mizell Photo of Mike Binzer Recieving His Awardof Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) were honored recently during the Kentucky Community and Technical College’s New Horizons Awards Banquet for outstanding faculty and staff at the Lexington Convention Center.

Mike Binzer was selected as BCTC’s outstanding faculty member while Ray Mizell was honored as the college’s outstanding staff member. Photo of Ray Mizell Recieving His Award

Each of the 16 KCTCS colleges selected an outstanding staff member and outstanding faculty member for 2007. One staff member from the KCTCS System Office in Versailles also was honored. The awardees were honored during ceremonies held Tuesday, May 15.

In addition, one KCTCS staff member and one KCTCS faculty member were selected for statewide honors. Cris Crowley, Director of the Adult Education, Family Literacy & Corrections Programs at Madisonville Community College, received the 2007 System Award of Excellence for KCTCS staff, while Michael Boyd, an assistant professor at Owensboro Community and Technical College, received the System Award of Excellence for faculty members.

Crowley and Boyd were chosen for the statewide honors by a committee of their peers; each received $1,000 to be used for the professional development experience of their choice. Nominees were chosen from each college based on their demonstration of leadership, community involvement, student outreach, professional development, and support for their college.

“The selection process is never an easy task, and this year was no exception,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall. “The President’s Leadership Seminar spent many hours reviewing the portfolios that were submitted by the college nominees. Cris and Michael were recognized not only for their contributions to their individual colleges, but to the entire System.”

Crowley was recognized for her leadership in transforming the adult education program at MCC into a national model. Boyd received the 2007 USA Today Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Year Award for his creation of the Team Leadership Certificate (TLC), an innovative, eight-course program for OCTC’s Business Administration Program.

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Lexington, Ky (June 4, 2007) – Mike Binzer and Ray Mizell of Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) were honored recently during the Kentucky Community and Technical College’s New Horizons Awards Banquet for outstanding faculty and staff at the Lexington Convention Center.

BCTC Presents the 2007 Mosaiic Conference

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6/8/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Thursday & Friday, June 14-15, 2007
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Oswald Building, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (June 8, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Office of Multicultural Affairs presents the 2007 Mosaiic Conference. The diversity conference on inclusive working and learning environments will take place on Thursday and Friday, June 14-15, 2007, at the BCTC Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, in the Oswald Building. Registration for the conference begins at 9:00 a.m.

Marilyn Loden a leading authority for over 20 years on leveraging diversity in the workplace will be the keynote speaker. An innovator in the field of applied behavioral science, Ms. Loden’s client list includes Astra Merck Pharmaceuticals, AT&T, Charles Schwab, and GTE to name a few.

Concurrent training session topics will include “Getting Beyond What I Think I Know”, “Cross Cultural Communication” and “Rules of Engagement & Dealing with Cultural Shock of Non-native Students”.

For more information, contact Charlene Walker, BCTC Vice President Multicultural Affairs, (859) 246-6438. The conference application, itinerary, and presenters biographies are available at:http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/sa/multicultural_affairs/mosaiic/

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 8, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Office of Multicultural Affairs presents the 2007 Mosaiic Conference.

2007 MOSAIIC Conference Raises Awareness of Need to Engage & Embrace Differences

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6/14/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Rabbi Marc Aaron KlineLEXINGTON, KY (June 14, 2007) – Rabbi Marc Aaron Kline greeted the opening session of the 2007 Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Conference (MOSAIIC) with a challenge to attendees to return to their organizations and encourage people to engage and embrace different religious and ethnic cultures not just tolerate them. Dr. William Parker followed Rabbi Kline in engaging the group in a discussion of why social welfare and educational institutions are so far behind private industry in their efforts toward diversity.Photo of Marilyn Loden

The 2007 MOSAIIC Conference hosted by Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Office of Multicultural Affairs is being held to promote strategies for inclusiveness in working and learning environments.

The MOSAIIC Awards Dinner with featured keynote speaker Marilyn Loden, a leading authority on diversity in the workplace and author of “Implementing Diversity” will be held tonight

The Conference, which will include concurrent sessions, group discussions, and a MOSAIIC Awards presentation, will close on Friday.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 14, 2007) – Rabbi Marc Aaron Kline greeted the opening session of the 2007 Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Conference (MOSAIIC) with a challenge to attendees to return to their organizations and encourage people to engage and embrace different religious and ethnic cultures not just tolerate them.

BCTC Graduates Receive Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarships to Attend the University of Kentucky

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6/14/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 14, 2007) – Four Bluegrass Community & Technical College students were recently awarded Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CSEM) Undergraduate Scholarships to attend the University of Kentucky.

The CSEM Undergraduate Scholarship Program funded by the National Science Foundation is for low income, academically talented students pursing degrees in computer science, engineering, and mathematics who might not achieve success in their educational and career goals because of financial needs. The CSEM project also targets underrepresented groups and those with non-traditional backgrounds fostering their interest, expertise, and enthusiasm. CSEM students benefit from a variety of support services that include intense advising, a science resource center, a residence hall learning community, industry experiences and opportunities to participate in research projects.

The 2007-2008 CSEM Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Ryan Copple, computer science major
  • Justin King, computer science major
  • Joshua McCartt, computer science and electrical engineering major
  • Whitley Mills, math education major

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 14, 2007) – Four Bluegrass Community & Technical College students were recently awarded Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CSEM) Undergraduate Scholarships to attend the University of Kentucky.

Deadline Extended for New Transfer Scholarships

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6/18/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 18 , 2007) - Students thinking about transferring from their current community and technical colleges or other universities are encouraged to apply for special scholarships specifically created for students from Kentucky's community and technical colleges.

The "2020 Scholars" program recently created a new scholarship for transfer students from Kentucky's community and technical colleges. This program will offer students who earn associates degrees and 3.5 GPAs the opportunity to transfer to UK and continue to pay Kentucky Community and Technical College System tuition rates for two years.

The deadline for the scholarships has been extended to Aug. 1, said Don Witt, UK's associate provost for enrollment management.

Scholarships also will be offered to a limited number of community college students transferring with at least 48 hours of academic credit and 3.3 GPAs. All other transfer students with a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA, that are currently enrolled at an accredited institution and will have 24 hours by the end of the Spring 2007 term, are eligible to compete for a limited number of $1,000 nonrenewable awards.

Applicants for a Trustees Scholarship are required to submit an application to the Office of Academic Scholarships by August 1, 2007.

For more information on transfer scholarships, contact Sandy Copher at (859) 257-4198. You can also contact UK's academic scholarship office at academicscholar@lsv.uky.edu. For more information on transfer admissions, contact Prim Wathen at (859)-257-7265 or primwathen@uky.edu.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 18 , 2007) - Students thinking about transferring from their current community and technical colleges or other universities are encouraged to apply for special scholarships specifically created for students from Kentucky's community and technical colleges.

BCTC Hispanic Outreach Receives Grant for College Experience Camp

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6/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer it’s second annual “College Experience Camp” for Hispanic and English as a Second Language(ESL) high school students thanks to a grant awarded by the Partners for Youth’s Community Juvenile Justice Partnership.

“Our goal is to motivate students to start dreaming about their futures by showing them that they can be successful in a college setting. We hope that the participants will be encouraged and challenged by the instruction they receive that will equip them to be successful during their last years of high school and first years of college” said Erin Howard Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

The camp for twenty- four Fayette County high school students will be held at the BCTC Cooper Campus July 30 to August 3, 2006. Students will spend the day in camp programming and remain at the college overnight in the college dorms. Programming for the camp will include small classes with volunteer professors and college student mentors providing language, math and computer skills. Local community volunteers will speak with the campers about career opportunities and the importance of remaining drug free. This year’s campers represent the following countries Latin America, the Philippines, Cambodia, Poland and Africa.

High school ESL teachers, youth service coordinators, and counselors are now identifying students.

For camp information, please contact Erin Howard, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, at (859) 246-6436.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 19, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer it’s second annual “College Experience Camp” for Hispanic and English as a Second Language(ESL) high school students thanks to a grant awarded by the Partners for Youth’s Community Juvenile Justice Partnership.

The Not So Lazy Hazy Days of Summer at BCTC’s Titan University

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6/20/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photos of the BCTC Students at Titan's UniversityLEXINGTON, KY (June 20, 2007) – Navigating a low elements ropes course, visiting Salato, the Kentucky Department for Fish & Wildlife Education Center and witnessing equine rehabilitation at the Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center are but a few of the many activities students are participating in at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Titan University summer program.

The program being held at the Life Adventure Center in Woodford County is a science Photos of the BCTC Students at Titan's Universitybased, hands on program designed to help students understand the natural environment and their role in the stewardship of that environment. The curriculum for the summer program covers twenty-nine core content areas for middle school students. This extended school enrichment program is offered at no charge to all Tates Creek Middle School (TCMS) students through funding by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.

"When these kids meet nature face to face whether it is a horse, frog, or katydid it is amazing to see the transformation that takes place in their faces,” said Cindy Zeller, Academic Program Coordinator. “ As teachers, we have found this summer environmental academy to be one of the most inspiring and rewarding experiences of our teaching careers. We have seen incredible growth in these children in the short period of time we have been working with them," added Zeller.

Onsite Director, Becky Simpson explained that BCTC and TCMS also conduct an after school program at TCMS from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday throughout the school year for over 90 students. The after school programming includes homework help, and various enrichment activities such as marine biology, robotics, photography, leadership, art, guitar, and sports.

This year’s summer program staff includes two BCTC college freshmen Eric Beatty and Todd Bailey and EKU junior Stephen Beatty.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 20, 2007) – Navigating a low elements ropes course, visiting Salato, the Kentucky Department for Fish & Wildlife Education Center and witnessing equine rehabilitation at the Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center are but a few of the many activities students are participating in at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Titan University summer program.

BCTC to Offer New Polysomnographic Technologist Certificate

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6/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 27, 2007) – The Kentucky Community & Technical College System has approved the Polysomnographic Technologist Certificate to be offered at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. The program will begin offering classes this fall.

Polysomnographic technologist operate sophisticated monitoring devices, such as an electroencephalogram (EEG) that measures and records the electrical activity of the brain, muscle and eye movements, respiration, blood oxygen levels, and other physiologic events. Often called sleep technologists, they are typically employed in sleep laboratories, medical centers and freestanding clinics. Employment opportunities may also include public and patient education regarding sleep disorders, product sales, and marketing sleep centers.

For more information, on this program contact Jim Matchuny, Polysomnographic Program Coordinator, at (859) 246-6246 or jim.matchuny@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 27, 2007) – The Kentucky Community & Technical College System has approved the Polysomnographic Technologist Certificate to be offered at Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

“Working, the Musical” presented by the BCTC Theater Program and Studio Players

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6/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 27, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Theater Program is collaborating with Studio Players to present “Working, the Musical”.

Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book, this musical by composer Stephen Schwartz best known for his work on “Wicked” and “Godspell” takes the everyday life of numerous American workers and creates an anthem to those who keep the country going. Tim X. Davis directs this first collaboration between BCTC and Studio Players, featuring a number of BCTC students working with well-known community actors.

The play will be presented on July 12-15, 20-22, 27-29, and August 3-5. All performances will begin at 8:00 p.m. except for Sunday matinees that will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $10.00 for students and $16.00 for the public and are available online http://www.lexarts.org/box_office.php or by calling (859) 225-0370.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 27, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Theater Program is collaborating with Studio Players to present “Working, the Musical”.

BCTC to Offer New Evening and Weekend Energy Management Program

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6/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 27, 2007) – Energy management, sustainability, and conservation will be a focus of the course work in a new Energy Management Certificate Program being offered by Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

The pilot program is designed for professionals already employed in the field of energy management and for students seeking employment in the field. Classes will be offered during the Fall 2007 semester at the Lawrenceburg Campus in the evenings and on Saturdays. Classes will begin on August 20, 2007.

For more information, contact Paul Callan, Energy Management Coordinator, at (859) 246-6832 or paul.callan@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 27, 2007) – Energy management, sustainability, and conservation will be a focus of the course work in a new Energy Management Certificate Program being offered by Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

Turning Up the Heat at the New Winchester-Clark County Campus

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7/2/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the Beginning Construction of the Winchester-Clark County CampusLEXINGTON, KY (July 2, 2007) –Temperatures are not the only thing rising these days at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. The New Winchester-Clark County Campus building is coming up at a rapid pace.

The new 23,000 square foot facility located on 20 acres at 2020 Rolling Hills Drive currently has the first floor in place and is preparing to pour the concrete for the second floor of the building. The building will include a child development center, two biology/chemistry laboratories, 9 classrooms, computer labs, business/student services office, and wireless computer access.

The campus will offer both academic and technical training. Students will be able to obtain an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Business Management degrees at the campus. The new campus will also offer technical programming, including nursing and early childhood education. The target date for completion is January 2008.

To view the continued progress, go to the construction photo gallery located at http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/campuses/winchester_clarkcoun/photos/june2007/.

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Photo of the Beginning Construction of the Winchester-Clark County Campus

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 2, 2007) –Temperatures are not the only thing rising these days at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. The New Winchester-Clark County Campus building is coming up at a rapid pace.

Alumni Association Golf Tournament Raises Over $3,600 for Scholarships

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7/17/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Almuni at the Golf ScrambleLEXINGTON, KY (July 17, 2007) – Fourteen teams recently competed in the First Annual Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Alumni Association Golf Scramble. The scramble held at the University Club of Kentucky was successful in raising over $3,600 for Alumni Association Scholarships.

First place went to the Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions Team. Prizes were also awarded for the longest drive and closest to the pin.Photo of Almuni at the Golf Scramble

The BCTC Alumni Association extended its appreciation to supporters of the scramble who included; Cardinal Office Systems, Cartridge World, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, Claudia Carroll, Clear Channel Radio, DaRae's Catering, Dave Carroll, Don Jacobs, Dr. Larry Durrence, Hardin Memorial Hospital, The Hurst Group, KY Association of Manufacturers, LBX Company, Lynn Imaging, MPM Group, and St. Joseph Health Care.

The scramble was organized by a volunteer committee whose members included Pam Sizemore, Bob Biega, Bret Ripley, Chad Hayes, Claudia Carroll, Dave Carroll, Laura Parrish, Lauri Bodenbender, Mark Manuel, and Regina Shank.

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Photo of Almuni at the Golf Scramble

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 17, 2007) – Fourteen teams recently competed in the First Annual Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Alumni Association Golf Scramble.

BCTC Crisis Team Members Attend the 2007 KCTCS Campus Safety Conference

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7/30/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Faculty and Staff at the KCTCS Campus Safety ConferenceLEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) – Seven members of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Crisis Team recently attended the first annual Kentucky Community & Technical College (KCTCS) Campus Safety Conference. Representatives from all 16 KCTCS Colleges were in attendance at the two day conference held on Elizabethtown Community & Technical College Campus.

Conference sessions covered a wide range of topics that included crisis communications,Photo of People at the KCTCS Campus Safety Conference fire safety, and workplace violence. Lunch sessions included presentations by Major Alecia Webb-Edgington, Executive Director of Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, and Brigadier General Norman E. Arflack, Secretary of the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet. The dinner session featured a moving talk by Michael Priddy, a survivor of the 1998 Murray State intentially set dormitory fire that resulted in the death of Michael H. Minger.

Gail Minger, as a result of her son’s death became an activist and helped to create the legislation addressing campus safety that is now law entitled the Minger Act. One session of the conference was dedicated soley to the Minger Act in addition to State Fire Marshall, Rodney Raby, leading a panel discussion on fire and campus compliance to the law.

“The 2007 KCTCS Safety Conference was an effort to bring together crisis management personnel from all 16 KCTCS colleges and learn the very latest information about Crisis Management. The agenda was designed to immerse the attendees in a variety of subjects related to campus safety and security with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and secure learning environment for students and a safe workplace for KCTCS personnel,” said Bob Hammonds, KCTCS Director of Homeland Security Initiatives, and conference organizer.

The last session on both days was conducted outside to accommodate the presentation and landing of the LifeNet Air Medical Service helicopter and a live electrical demonstration by Nolin RCC Electrical Company.

The KCTCS Campus Safety Conference will be annual event.

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Photo of Faculty and Staff at the KCTCS Campus Safety Conference

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) – Seven members of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Crisis Team recently attended the first annual Kentucky Community & Technical College (KCTCS) Campus Safety Conference.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College is Currently Accepting Applications For 2007 Fall Semester

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7/30/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Fall semester. Classes will begin on Monday, August 20, 2007.

In Georgetown, evening classes are being offered at Royal Springs Middle School and the BCTC Advanced Technology Center.

Classes in Writing I, History of the US since 1865, and Fundamentals of Machining are available at Royal Springs Middle School, 332 Champion Way. For more information, contact Shannon Bentley at (859) 246-6555 or toll free at 1 (866) 774-4872.

Classes at the BCTC Advanced Technology Center, 101 Cherry Blossom Way, Building 603, include the Introduction to Computing, Basic Algebra with Measurement, Technical Algebra & Trigonometry, Fluid Power, and Industrial Maintenance Electrical Principals. For more information, contact Carol Crawford (502) 570-6357.

For on-line classes and other BCTC course schedules visit www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu. Financial Aid is available to all those who qualify.

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Fall semester. Classes will begin on Monday, August 20, 2007.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College is Currently Accepting Applications For 2007 Fall Semester

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7/30/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Fall semester. Classes will begin on Monday, August 20, 2007.

In Nicholasville, General Psychology and Human Anatomy & Physiology will be offered evenings at the Jessamine Career and Technology Center, 881 Wilmore Road.

For more information, contact Shannon Bentley (859) 246-6555 or for on-line classes and other BCTC course schedules visit www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu . Financial Aid is available to all those who qualify.

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Fall semester. Classes will begin on Monday, August 20, 2007.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College is Currently Accepting Applications For 2007 Fall Semester

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7/30/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Fall semester. Classes will begin on Monday, August 20, 2007.

In Lancaster, evening classes being offered include Writing I, Kentucky History, and General Psychology. These classes will be at the Lancaster Higher Education Center, 67 Public Square. For more information, contact Sherry Scott (859) 792-1513 or call toll free at 1 (800) 465-9191.

For on-line classes and other BCTC course schedules visit www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu.  Financial Aid is available to all those who qualify.

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 30, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Fall semester. Classes will begin on Monday, August 20, 2007.

“College Experience Camp” Offers High School Students a Taste of College

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8/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of High School Students at the College Experience CampLEXINGTON, KY (August 10, 2007) – Juniors and Seniors from across Kentucky and four local high schools including Bryan Station, Henry Clay, Lafayette, and Tates Creek attended Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) second annual “College Experience Camp”. The diverse group of students are from eight countries including Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, and the Philippines spent a week as college students at BCTC.Photo of High School Students at the College Experience Camp

The camp was held on the BCTC Cooper Campus and provided an opportunity for participants to attend classes, participate in social activities, and stay overnight in the dorms. Programming also included a talent show, a soccer game, and interactive college preparation workshops.

“This year’s camp was a success in that 28 high school and college students, all prospective and current first generation college students, had the opportunity to experience college life first hand. At the beginning of the week, the students were very uncertain about college and were very unfamiliar with BCTC and with each other. By the end of the week, the students truly demonstrated ownership of their responsibilities to academically prepare for college, and they took ownership of the college campus,” said Erin Howard Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Participants in the camp also explored life at other college campuses including a visit to the Hummel Planetarium, lunch, and tour of Eastern Kentucky University.

The camp, sponsored by the BCTC Office of Multicultural Affairs and a grant from the Partners for Youth’s Community Juvenile Justice Partnership qualifies students for college scholarships offered by both organizations. Jimmy Sotero Romulo, a Senior at Montgomery County High School, Oscar Rodriguez, a Freshman at BCTC, Eduardo Ordaz, and Dunia Rashidi, both Seniors at Henry Clay High School were nominated to receive Partners in Youth scholarships. Nominees for the BCTC Mosaic Scholarships will be announced in the fall.

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 10, 2007) – Juniors and Seniors from across Kentucky and four local high schools including Bryan Station, Henry Clay, Lafayette, and Tates Creek attended Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) second annual “College Experience Camp”.

BCTC Theater Program Finds Their Efforts “Working”

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8/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photos of a Play Performed by the BCTC Theatre ProgramLEXINGTON, KY (August 10, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Theater Program recently combined their efforts with the Studio Players to perform “Working the Musical”. This musical by composer Stephen Schwartz who is best known for his work on “Wicked” and “Godspell” proved to be a crowd favorite.

The play takes the everyday life of numerous American workers and creates an anthePhotos of a Play Performed by the BCTC Theatre Programm to those who keep the country going. Performing along side the Studio Players from BCTC were eleven students, two faculty members, an associate dean and an advisory member.

"This was a wonderful collaboration between BCTC and Studio Players, the oldest and the youngest theatre organizations in the city. Our students, faculty and staff really went above and beyond the call of duty to make for a very enjoyable and satisfying theatrical experience. This was a big production, with 17 cast members, four band members, a large production staff and a great group of community volunteers. The future looks bright for our program," said Tim Davis, Theater Program Coordinator, and Director.

More than 700 theater goers enjoyed the production during the three week run at the Carriage House. The production also enjoyed coverage from several media outlets such as the Lexington Herald Leader, the Georgetown News Graphic, Business Lexington, Ace Weekly, WKYT Channel 27, WUKY 91.3, and WVLK 590.

The BCTC theater program will present its fall production “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail” November 15-17, 2007. Collaborating with Lex Arts and the Actors’ Guild of Lexington the performance will take place at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street, Lexington.

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Photos of a Play Performed by the BCTC Theatre Program

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 10, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Theater Program recently combined their efforts with the Studio Players to perform “Working the Musical”.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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8/29/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Thursday, September 6, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Leestown Campus Board Room, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (August 29, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Thursday, September 6, 2007,  Leestown Campus Board Room, 164 Opportunity Way in Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, board members, information and minutes of past meetings visit http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 29, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Thursday, September 6, 2007,  Leestown Campus Board Room, 164 Opportunity Way in Lexington.

Visual and Performing Arts Festival at BCTC

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8/29/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: Visual and Performing Arts Festival at BCTC
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2007
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Cooper Campus Lawn, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (August 29, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold its first annual Visual and Performing Arts Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will take place on the BCTC Cooper Campus lawn at 470 Cooper Drive in Lexington.

The Festival will feature some of Kentucky’s finest visual artist along with musical guest What Happened When, G. Wesley Houp, Kill Toby Wyatt, Lost Dog, Nick Schwarz, the BCTC Community Choir and The Tovars. The Lexington Actors Guild will perform scenes from its current production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” by August Wilson.

Artworks, jewelry, and photography will be available for purchase from various artists. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free event.

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 29, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold its first annual Visual and Performing Arts Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Learning for Life” Student of the Year Awarded to 80 Year Young Woman

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9/5/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Betty Lee ChumleyLEXINGTON, KY (September 5, 2007) – Betty Lee Chumley bristles when she hears people say they are too old to go back and finish high school. At 80 years young and set to complete her GED she knows that is just not true. Her determination to get an education was recognized by the Kentucky Department of Adult Education at its regional conference where she was presented the region five “Learning for Life” Student of the Year Award.

The “Learning for Life” award is presented to a student who has overcome significant obstacles or is making great progress in achieving his or her educational goals or who has been a role model for his or her children and/or other adult education students.

A native of Lexington, Betty was nominated by her Adult Education instructor Brandon Knight in part for having the courage to return to school after 65 years. Despite poor health Betty came to school nearly every day for a year before mounting gas prices forced her to limit her trips. Her absence noticed by fellow students who said her presence and determination inspired them; they began leaving gas cards for her.

Born August 27, 1927, to a young mother with three children, Betty was not encouraged to attend school. Her brief educational experiences came at the former Wolf Run School on Versailles Road attending sporadically she then attempted to attend Lafayette High School but was forced to work to help the family and her academic exposure ended. Betty credits her love of reading for her ability to succeed. Married for a short time at age 30, she had no children.

Her decision to return to school at 77 years old was the result of both a meeting with a minister who encouraged her to as a way of making friends and pursuing a lifelong dream and walking past an encouraging banner at a BCTC Adult Education Center.

Betty’s plans for the future are to continue her education by attending college and maybe write a book about her life.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 5, 2007) – Betty Lee Chumley bristles when she hears people say they are too old to go back and finish high school. At 80 years young and set to complete her GED she knows that is just not true.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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9/6/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Thursday, September 6, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Leestown Campus, Building B Room 109 (note room change), 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (September 6, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Thursday, September 6, 2007,  Leestown Campus, Building B Room 109 (note room change),164 Opportunity Way in Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, board members, information and minutes of past meetings visit http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 6, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Thursday, September 6, 2007,  Leestown Campus, Building B Room 109 (note room change),164 Opportunity Way in Lexington.

Three candidates to interview for Bluegrass Community and Technical College Presidency

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9/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2007) – Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall today announced the names of three candidates to be interviewed for the position of president at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).

The candidates are:

  • Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D., president, Maysville Community and Technical College, Maysville, Kentucky;
  • Keith Miller, Ph.D., president, Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois;
  • W. David Pelham, Ed.D., superintendent/president, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, California.

“Each candidate is highly qualified with extensive experience in educational leadership. I look forward to the interview process and the opportunity to introduce these individuals to the Lexington community.”

Dr. McCall said on-campus visits have been scheduled to provide opportunities for the candidates to meet with BCTC’s board of directors, Interim President, Dr. J. Larry Durrence and cabinet officials, as well as BCTC faculty, staff and students and interested individuals in the Lexington community. The scheduled visits will begin Wednesday, September 12, and continue through Wednesday, September 26.  The public is invited to attend a community reception for each candidate from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Leestown Campus located in the student center on the following dates:

  • Dr. David Pelham, September 13 
  • Dr. Keith Miller, September 18
  • Dr. Augusta Julian, September 25. 

The college board of directors will recommend one candidate to Dr. McCall to serve as the next president of BCTC with the final selection to be made by President McCall later this fall. 

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2007) – Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall today announced the names of three candidates to be interviewed for the position of president at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).

BCTC film students open fall semester with FOX TV’s “On the Lot” finalist Jason Epperson

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9/12/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Jason Epperson LEXINGTON, KY (September 12, 2007) – Film students at Bluegrass Community & Technical College were greeted on the first day of the Fall 2007 semester by Jason Epperson, an independent film maker and finalist from the FOX television reality show “On the Lot”.

A native of Winchester, Kentucky, Epperson was recently named runner up in the million dollar film making competition sponsored by DreamWorks Pictures. “On the Lot”, a FOX TV reality show created by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, received 12,000 independentPhoto of Jason Epperson Speaking to a Classroom film submissions from around the world for the competition. Epperson was selected to compete in Hollywood, where he and other finalist produced short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, dramas to romance, action to horror. Contestants were provided with professional crews and equipment for the competition. The show premiered in May and ran twice a week throughout the summer.

During his visit, Epperson encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunities the filmmaking program at BCTC offered. Before launching his own filmmaking business, Epic Films, Epperson spent time working in radio and for his church.

“Jason reminded our class how lucky they are to have a program like this to jump-start their careers and about the payoff that comes from dedication, passion, and hard work,” said Arthur Rouse, BCTC Filmmaking Certificate Program instructor. “The goal of the Filmmaking Program at BCTC is to give students a complete, hands-on overview of the filmmaking industry in a one-semester, 12-credit hour program. Students are exposed to master class instructors from New York and Hollywood who teach everything from screenwriting to lighting, directing, and editing.”

For more information on the Filmmaking Certificate Program contact Tim Davis, BCTC Theater and Film Program coordinator at (859) 246-6672.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 19, 2007) – Wade Flannery, an electronics student at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is a man of many technical talents. In fact the car he customized using those talents beat 460 other entries for Best of Show at the 2007 Trans Am Nationals.

BCTC Constitution Day Observance Activities

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9/12/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Monday, September 17, 2007
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: BCTC Cooper Campus flagpole, 470 Cooper Drive, and BCTC Leestown Campus flagpole, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (September 12, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold Constitution Day activities at 11:00 a.m. on two of its Lexington campuses Monday, September 17, 2007.

The Cooper Campus activities will be held at the campus flagpole located at 470 Cooper Drive. The Leestown Campus activities will be held at the campus flagpole located at 164 Opportunity Drive.

Observation activities will include the Pledge of Allegiance, recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution, reflection & remembrance of what our freedom means, and patriotic songs. The public is invited to attend.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 12, 2007) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College will hold Constitution Day activities at 11:00 a.m. on two of its Lexington campuses Monday, September 17, 2007.

Award Winning Trans Am Created by BCTC Community & Technical College Student

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9/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Wade Flannery with his Award Winning PontiacLEXINGTON, KY (September 19, 2007) – Wade Flannery, an electronics student at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is a man of many technical talents. In fact the car he customized using those talents beat 460 other entries for Best of Show at the 2007 Trans Am Nationals. Flannery’s title earned him a feature article in “High Performance Pontiac Magazine”.

Flannery who was home schooled became a Machine Tool Technology student at BCTC Photo of Wade Flannery with his Award Winning Pontiacbefore his high school graduation. After completing his associate degree in Machine Tool Technology he became employed at L-3 Communications. His new employer encouraged him to continue with his education by paying for classes. He began to take classes in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and after completing three semesters moved to electronics where he is currently seeking an Engineering Technologies degree with plans to transfer to EKU taking advantage of the 2+2 program for an Industrial Technologies degree.

In customizing his Trans Am, Flannery used his CAD skills to design custom parts and his machine tool skills to make the parts. His electricity electronics training aided him in wiring all the new age components into the car.

“My hands on education in various technical fields from BCTC makes me a more valuable employee and I feel will prove to be useful throughout my life” said Flannery.

Flannery plans to continue showing his Trans Am hoping to enter the Auto Rama next year in Detroit Michigan. His future projects include making two old school rat rods out of his 1940 Dodge truck and a 1946 Chevy truck.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 19, 2007) – Wade Flannery, an electronics student at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is a man of many technical talents. In fact the car he customized using those talents beat 460 other entries for Best of Show at the 2007 Trans Am Nationals.

BCTC Leads State with Highest Transfer Rate to Kentucky’s Four-Year Institutions

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9/20/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the BCTC Transfer CenterLEXINGTON, KY (September 20, 2007) – According to the recent Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s 2006-07 Transfer Student Feedback Report, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), has the highest transfer rate of students to Kentucky’s four- year public or independent universities during the 2006-07 academic year among the 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community & Technical College System.

BCTC transferred 1,086 students last year, accounting for nearly one fourth of all KCTCS transfers. The college is the largest feeder to the state’s four-year public or independent universities including University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, and Northern Kentucky University.

The Council conducted the study in partnership with KCTCS to Benchmark transfer patterns and success, and to develop programs for creating a more seamless system of postsecondary education.

“We are pleased that Bluegrass and other KCTCS colleges have transferred a record number of students to Kentucky’s public and private colleges and universities, and we are committed to achieving higher goals in the future,” said Dr. Larry Durrence, Interim President of Bluegrass Community & Technical College. “At Bluegrass, we will also work to ensure that a greater percentage of our transfers earn an associate’s degree first because this will increase the odds that they will ultimately complete the bachelor’s degree.”

BCTC was awarded a U.S. Department of Education, Title III Grant in 2005 to establish the first transfer center in the state. The Transfer Center is located on the Cooper Campus and provides advising, computer resources and campus visits for students interested in four year institutions. Interactive kiosks connect students from the other BCTC campuses to the Transfer Center. A Peers Rallying Inspiration, Dreams & Education (PRIDE) program focuses on minority students and matches current students with mentors who assist students transfer exploration.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 20, 2007) – According to the recent Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s 2006-07 Transfer Student Feedback Report, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), has the highest transfer rate of students to Kentucky’s four- year public or independent universities during the 2006-07 academic year among the 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community & Technical College System.

A Daily Task at Work Leads a Local Woman to Attend College

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9/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Linda WinburnLEXINGTON, KY (September 27, 2007) – For many executive assistants, taking minutes of meetings is a daily chore, but for Linda Winburn, it became a path to college. After eight years as an executive assistant for the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority and the Tourism Commission, Winburn began taking minutes at the Chamber offices when Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) began planning for a Winchester campus. It was through those minutes and the encouragement of BCTC Campus Liaison Jo Ellen Reed, that she began to believe that she could go to college.

A graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Winburn did well in high school but was discouraged by a counselor from continuing on to college. Upon graduating from high school, she accepted a job in Lexington and put her dreams of a college education behind her.

At 44 years old and working fulltime Winburn was apprehensive about going back to school. She began slowly by taking one or two classes and as she experienced academic success, her confidence improved. She currently is a full-time business and marketing major student in addition to her job. “I was nervous about being older than most students but I have been treated wonderfully by all students,” said Winburn. “We are all working toward a common goal and age is not a problem.”

A Ralph Oliver Scholarship recipient in 2006, Winburn was recently awarded the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Authority Scholarship for 2007.

Winburn will graduate in May with an Associate Degree in Business Management and Marketing and plans to continue her education. She is very proud to be the first member of her family to graduate from college.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 27, 2007) – For many executive assistants, taking minutes of meetings is a daily chore, but for Linda Winburn, it became a path to college.

BCTC Schedules Events in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

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10/1/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – The traditions and customs of the Hispanic culture will be the focus of several events planned to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. The events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events:

Latino Film Series

October 3, “Cronos” by Guillermo del Toro: Mexico, 1993.

October 16, “ The Undocumented Documentary” by Arturo Perez Torres: US, 2005.

October 17, “Volver” by Pedro Almodovar: Spain, 2006.

October 30, “The First Night of My Life” by Miguel Albaladejo: Spain, 1998.

November 6, “El Segundo Aire” by Fernando Sariñana: Columbia, 2001.

All films will begin at 7:30 p.m., in room 230, of the Oswald Building, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. The film series is sponsored by the Bluegrass Film Society and Enlace, the Latino Student Association.

Speaker Series

October 24, “Walkout”

An evening with Sal Castro, a popular and progressive teacher who along with his students staged a walkout of 10,000 students at five East Los Angles high schools in 1968. The walkout was staged to protest educational conditions and complain of anti –Hispanic anti-Mexican educational bias.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., in room 230, of the Oswald Building, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

October 25, “LaCausa”

Living Voices presents a chapter in American History as a young woman balances the demands of her family culture and fights to see her people free from poverty. Set in the late 1960’s during Cesar Chavez’s work to change the lives of Latin American farm workers, battling for civil rights against racism and indecent work conditions.

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m., in room 230, of the Oswald Building, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

For more information, contact Erin Howard, BCTC Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, (859) 246-6436 or via email erin.howard@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – The traditions and customs of the Hispanic culture will be the focus of several events planned to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

BCTC Theater Program Presents “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail”

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10/1/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Theater Program will present “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail” on Thursday, November 15 through Saturday November 17, 2007. Performances each night are at 8:00 p.m. at the Black Box Theater, Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street, Lexington.

For ticket information, contact Tim Davis, BCTC Theater and Film Program Coordinator, at (859) 246-6672.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Theater Program will present “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail” on Thursday, November 15 through Saturday November 17, 2007.

BCTC Named Finalist In 2007 Republic Bank We Care Award

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10/1/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) was named as one of the 2007 Republic Bank We Care Award Finalist for large employers.

Republic Bank's We CARE Award is given in recognition and appreciation to local companies whose employees are doing great things for our communities. The award was created to publicly congratulate companies who stress the four elements contained in the We CARE name itself - Community, Activity, Recognition and Enterprise.

“We are very proud at being named a finalist for the We Care Award,” said Dr. Larry Durrence, Interim President of Bluegrass Community & Technical College. “ It is really the employees who deserve the recognition, they are volunteering in their communities and making them better places.”

BCTC was one of nine finalists in the large business category that included companies such as Ashland, Inc., Central Baptist Hospital, Trane Company, and category winner Lexmark International.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) was named as one of the 2007 Republic Bank We Care Award Finalist for large employers.

Access and Opportunity Summit Offered to Educate and Empower Latino Students

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10/1/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – “Empowering Latino Student Success through Action and Multicultural Partnerships” is the theme of Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s and Kentucky State University’s third annual Access and Opportunity Summit. The two day event will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2007 and Friday November 2, 2007 at the Central Public Library, 140 East Main Street, Lexington.

Featured speakers include Roger Rosenthal, Executive Director of Migrant Legal Action and co-chair of National Hispanic Education Coalition and Norman Bristol Colon, Executive Director of Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, Pennsylvania.

Workshop topics include bridging cultural gaps through education, barriers to minority/immigrant student success, and coalition building across cultural barriers.

For more information, contact Erin Howard, BCTC Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, (859) 246-6436 or via email erin.howard@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – “Empowering Latino Student Success through Action and Multicultural Partnerships” is the theme of Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s and Kentucky State University’s third annual Access and Opportunity Summit.

Colleges Partner to Present Third Annual Latino Student College Fair

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10/1/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and Kentucky State University (KSU) Offices of Multicultural Affairs will offer their third annual Latino Student College Fair on Thursday, November 1, 2007. The event will be held at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Interactive presentations for students and parents will include “Making College Happen”, “Student Leadership and the DREAM Act”, and “Motivation”. In addition, many college and universities from across the state will have displays and representatives on hand to answer questions and provide information.

For more information, contact Erin Howard, BCTC Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, (859) 246-6436 or via email erin.howard@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 1, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and Kentucky State University (KSU) Offices of Multicultural Affairs will offer their third annual Latino Student College Fair on Thursday, November 1, 2007.

BCTC Offers Geographic Information Systems Fair

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10/2/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 2, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will host a Geographic Information System Fair (GIS) on Wednesday, November 14, 2007. The GIS Fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Oswald Building Lobby, on the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

GIS is a powerful combination of mapping technology and databases, that, when combined, create an array of spatially arranged data on a map surface for detailed analysis. A GIS technologist may be employed for a variety of applications including environmental, marketing, demographic and urban planning.

The GIS Fair is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Ryan Kelly, BCTC Associate Professor of Geography and GIS, at (859) 246-6328 or via email ryan.kelly@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 2, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will host a Geographic Information System Fair (GIS) on Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

KCTCS Announces Selection of Bluegrass Community and Technical College President

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10/5/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the BCTC President Augusta A. JulianVersailles, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2007) – KCTCS President Michael B. McCall today named Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) President Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D., to serve as the new president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).

Dr. Julian, who has led MCTC since 2001, will replace former BCTC President Dr. Jim Kerley, who now serves as president of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. Dr. J. Larry Durrence has served as interim BCTC president since May.

Dr. Julian was one of three finalists who recently interviewed for the position following a national search. She will oversee more than 10,500 students enrolled at BCTC’s six campuses – the Cooper, Leestown and Regency campuses in Lexington and the Danville, Lawrenceburg and Winchester-Clark County campuses. BCTC also offers classes at sites in Georgetown, Lancaster and Nicholasville.

“Dr. Julian brings to her new post more than 33 years in community and technical college education, along with an in-depth understanding of our policies, goals and administrative procedures at the System level,” McCall said. “Over the last six years, her leadership was essential to the successful merger of a community college and a technical college into the organization we now know as Maysville Community and Technical College. Along the way, she served as an entrepreneurial leader by developing coalitions and community partnerships that have supported many educational and economic development efforts in the region.”

Prior to her current post at Maysville, Dr. Julian served as vice-president of institutional advancement for the Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis., where she provided leadership for resource development, institutional effectiveness, marketing and public relations, and business procurement assistance. Additionally, she was the dean of institutional advancement at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, N.C., where she also served roles as the executive assistant to the president and executive director of the college’s fund-raising foundation.

“The Local Search Advisory Group and the College Board of Directors worked diligently in reviewing candidates and conducting interviews,” said BCTC Board of Directors Chair Randy Powell. “In the opinion of both groups, the best candidate for Bluegrass Community and Technical College is Dr. Julian.”

Dr. Julian received her Doctorate degree in Adult and Community College Education Administration from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.; her Master’s degree in Educational Media and Instructional Design from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

“I am excited to be joining BCTC with its history of service to its students and communities,” said Dr. Julian. “A thriving region like the Bluegrass still needs the underpinning of high quality transfer and career education to support and sustain its growth. I know already that we have the talent and commitment within the college to make great things happen. Together with the faculty, staff, and board members at BCTC, and in partnership with our community, business, and higher education partners, we will build on this solid foundation and reach for a new standard of excellence.”

BCTC is governed by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), which operates 16 colleges on 65 campuses throughout the state. KCTCS is Kentucky’s largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training.

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Versailles, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2007) – KCTCS President Michael B. McCall today named Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) President Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D., to serve as the new president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).

BCTC Construction Technology Students Display Skills at “2007 Kentucky Construction Career Days”

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10/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the 2007 Kentucky Construction Career DaysLEXINGTON, KY (October 10, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Construction Technology Program students displayed their many talents recently at the “2007 Kentucky Construction Career Days”.

The Kentucky Construction Career Choice Council (KCCCC) and over 60 companies hosted the third annual “Kentucky Construction Career Days” at the Shelbyville Fair Grounds. The event is held to expose students to the vast array of careers in construction. Photo of the 2007 Kentucky Construction Career DaysMore than 2000 students from 35 high schools attended this year’s event. It provided hands-on demonstrations for students on a variety of skilled trades and heavy equipment operation.

BCTC Construction Technology students demonstrated drywall instillation and repair, framing wooden structures and partnered with the Homebuilders Association of Kentucky (HBAK) to aid students in building bird feeder kits provided for attendees to take home.

“The interaction between students and construction industry representatives at the Kentucky Construction Career Days was impressive,” said Christine Parsons, Chair of the “2007 Kentucky Construction Career Days”. “These young adults are indeed the future workforce in our industry.”

Construction Technology Coordinator, Claude Gross, and his 28 students played an active role in organizing and executing the day’s activities. Gross, a member of the Kentucky Career Choice Council has participated in the event since its inception in 2005.

The BCTC Construction Technology Program awards an associate degree in Construction Technology as well as diplomas and certificate training.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 10, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Construction Technology Program students displayed their many talents recently at the “2007 Kentucky Construction Career Days”.

Public Broadcasting Executives Experience GED Connection at Blackburn Correctional Facility

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10/22/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of a Visit from the PBS President and CEOLEXINGTON, KY (October 22, 2007) – One of Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) classes at Blackburn Correction Facility included some very special guests today from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Washington, D.C.   Paula Kerger, PBS President & CEO, Rob Lippincott, PBS Senior Vice President for Education and Cheri Carter, PBS Foundation Executive Director joined BCTC Interim President Dr. Larry Durrence for an early morning visit to the correctional facility to observe Kentucky Educational Photo of a Visit from the PBS President and CEOTelevision’s GED Connection in action in the classroom.

Along with the special guests from PBS, executives from Kentucky Educational Television, the Kentucky Department of Corrections and Bluegrass Community & Technical College were on hand to see how student inmates are benefiting from the use of the PBS LiteracyLink curriculum. As a part of their visit, the group observed a geometry lesson utilizing media in the classroom.  Curriculum for the class, taught by Don Peters, Professor of Adult Education at BCTC’s Blackburn Campus, includes internet activities, DVD’s, student work books and teacher books.

“The efforts of Bluegrass to serve the needs of adults who lack a high school diploma or work skills includes a partnership KCTCS and Bluegrass have with the Department of Corrections” said Dr. Durrence.  “The multimedia curriculum produced by KET with PBS support is invaluable in that effort.  PBS and KET enrich the lives of Kentuckians culturally, educationally, and economically.”

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Adult Education Department provides GED preparation, English as a Second Language instruction, basic skills upgrade, post-secondary preparation and supplemental instruction for college students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 22, 2007) – One of Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) classes at Blackburn Correction Facility included some very special guests today from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Washington, D.C.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Transfer Center to Pilot New Peer Mentoring Program

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10/23/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 23, 2007) –The Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Transfer Center will pilot a new peer mentoring program for minority students. The Peers Rallying Inspiration, Dreams & Education (PRIDE) program, is designed to increase the transfer rate of BCTC minority students to four- year institutions.

The PRIDE program was formed in response to the National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker Report statistics for the academic year of 2005-2006. The report revealed that approximately 1,000 students transferred from BCTC to four- year institutions to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Students involved in the PRIDE program will be provided mentoring partnership with former BCTC students who have successfully transferred to four-year institutions. The mentors will serve to inform, inspire, motivate, and assist students in the transfer process.

“I’ve never really thought about what to do after I receive my associate’s degree, attending a four-year university never really crossed my mind entirely,” said BCTC student Ellen Strode, participant in the Pride program.

Currently enrolled students who have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and 24 or more credit hours are encouraged to participate in the program. For more information about PRIDE, students can contact Angel Clay, Associate Director, BCTC Transfer Center, at (859) 246-6228 or by email at angel.clay@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 23, 2007) –The Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Transfer Center will pilot a new peer mentoring program for minority students.

BCTC Transfer Fair a Big Success

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10/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Interim President Dr. J. Larry Durrence and University of Kentucky (UK) Provost, Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy met with students during the second annual BCTC Transfer Week, held at the Transfer Center on the Cooper Campus.

“The need of continued higher education for students competing in the global job market of today is vital,” remarked Dr. Durrence to the student audience. Additionally, he encouraged students to study in science and math, given that Kentucky is a low producer of scientists and engineers.

“Students transferring from BCTC to UK, shows that we are keeping the best minds in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.” said Dr. Subbaswamy. He also reminded the audience about the 20/20 scholarship that is offered to BCTC students who earn an associate’s degree and maintain a 3.5 GPA that are transferring to UK. “They will pay the same tuition rates at UK that they were paying at BCTC.”

In addition, to the University of Kentucky, the Transfer Center had representatives from Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University and Kentucky State University, on hand to answer questions and to help students navigate the transfer process. In the 2006-07 school year, more students transferred from Bluegrass Community and Technical College (1,086) than from any other KCTCS college. BCTC was the largest feeder for four of the state’s universities including, the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, and Northern Kentucky University.

The Transfer Center is funded by a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, contact the Transfer Center Director Cathy Penfold, at (859) 246-4622 or cathy.penfold@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Interim President Dr. J. Larry Durrence and University of Kentucky (UK) Provost, Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy met with students during the second annual BCTC Transfer Week, held at the Transfer Center on the Cooper Campus.

BCTC student poll results: Beshear leading governor’s race; Mayor Newberry is doing a good job; Clinton and Giuliani are the presidential favorites.

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11/2/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2007) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College political science students recently completed a political issues poll of 1,307 registered voters in Central Kentucky (Fayette and surrounding counties). Students enrolled in Political Science 101 took the poll in October. Students surveyed voters on topics ranging from their preferred candidates for the offices of Governor, U.S. President, the job performances of Mayor Newberry, Governor Ernie Fletcher, Congressman Ben Chandler and President George Bush, to allowing Sunday alcohol sales in Lexington.

According to the survey, the majority of the respondents, 54.8%, would vote for Steve Beshear as Kentucky’s next Governor. Governor Ernie Fletcher polled 31.9% with 15.2% undecided.

The majority of Democrat respondents would vote for Hillary Clinton as the country’s next President with Rudy Giuliani selected as the Republicans’ choice. A large majority of respondents felt that Jim Newberry has done a good job as Mayor so far, and favored Sunday alcohol sales.

The majority of the respondents felt that the country is not on the right economic path and rated President George Bush and Governor Ernie Fletcher below average on how each have done their jobs so far.

This is the second BCTC Political Poll since the consolidation of Lexington Community College (LCC) and Central Kentucky Technical College (CKTC). LCC had conducted the poll for over 18 years.

The poll margin of error was 2.71% with 1,307 total responses. For more information regarding the poll results, contact BCTC faculty member, Hossein Motamedi, at 246-6200.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2007) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College political science students recently completed a political issues poll of 1,307 registered voters in Central Kentucky (Fayette and surrounding counties).

BCTC Selected as a Career Connections Site

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11/2/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2007) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) Adult Education Division in partnership with the BCTC Nursing program and Louden Company has been selected as an Adult Basic Education (ABE) Career Connections Site by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education. The ABE Career Connections Project encourages new solutions for assisting adult basic education students to successfully transition to postsecondary programs and begin career in high-demand fields.

One of only five sites selected across the country, BCTC will receive $75,000 plus training and technical assistance over an 18-month period to build upon its current involvement in career pathways. The college will have access to experts in the field and will be involved in a national effort to promote the transitions of ABE students to college and careers.

“I commend our Adult Education program for being one of only five winners for the highly competitive grant funds. Our program will provide adult education and job readiness skills training to small part of the 24,000 Fayette County residents who lack a high school diploma and are stuck in entry level jobs. We will focus on entry level workers in healthcare to give them a foundation that enables them to move up the career ladder to fill critical healthcare needs,” said Dr. Larry Durrence, BCTC Interim President.

Career pathways are a series of connected education and training strategies and support services that enable individuals to secure employment in a specific industry or occupational sector and advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in that sector.

The ABE Career Connections Projects is made possible by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1988.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2007) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) Adult Education Division in partnership with the BCTC Nursing program and Louden Company has been selected as an Adult Basic Education (ABE) Career Connections Site by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

“Access to Careers” Event Offered for Fayette County Students

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11/6/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 6, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) has partnered with The Rotary Club of Lexington (Sunrise) to offer an “Access to Careers” event for Fayette County high school students. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 on the BCTC Leestown Campus. Over 250 Fayette County high school juniors and seniors will participate in orientations and interactive tours of technical career programs.

“Access to Careers Week” is a partnership between Kentucky Rotary Clubs and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). To date, over 3,000 high school students have participated in the event.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 6, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) has partnered with The Rotary Club of Lexington (Sunrise) to offer an “Access to Careers” event for Fayette County high school students.

BCTC’s Second Annual Chili & Desert Cook-Off Benefits United Way

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11/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the Annual Chili and Desert Cook-OffLEXINGTON, KY (November 9, 2007) – Entries in the Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Second Annual Chili & Desert Cook-Off to benefit the United Way ranged from fiery hot to super sweet.

Students, faculty, and staff donated $5 to taste entries, vote on the People’s Choice awards, and enjoy pizza. A panel of judges that included Dr. Larry Durrence, Interim BCTC President, Dr. David Hellmich, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Bonnie Nicholson Dean of Academic Affairs tasted and awarded the Judge’s Choice awards.

The event attracted over 13 entries from across BCTC and collected over $400 for the United Way. The winning teams were awarded a gold trophy and bragging rights for the year.

The Winners included:

Best Chili People’s Choice- Atomic Chili entry by the United States Army
Best Desert People’s Choice- Plum Cake entry by Student Billing Group
Best Chili Judge’s Choice- Fiery Hot entry by Leestown Campus’s South Wing
Best Desert Judge’s Choice- Plum Cake entry by Student Billing Group

The South Wing and the Student Billing Group from Leestown Campus won their respective categories for the second year in a row.

The event was sponsored by the U.S Army and Papa Murphy’s Pizza and organized by the BCTC Professional and Organizational Developmental Teambuilding and Organizational Development Subcommittee.

In addition to employee pledges, Lauri Bodenbender, BCTC United Way Campaign Chair, organized a silent auction, dress down days, bake sales and a car wash.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 9, 2007) – Entries in the Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Second Annual Chili & Desert Cook-Off to benefit the United Way ranged from fiery hot to super sweet.

Third Annual Latino Student College Fair Provides Solutions to Unique Challenges

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11/13/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Students at the Latino Student College FairLEXINGTON, KY (November 12, 2007) – Lexington’s Cooperative Extension Office opened it’s doors to over 250 high school students from across the state for the third annual Latino Student College Fair. The event sponsored by Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), Kentucky State University, and the Kentucky Department of Education Division of Educator Quality, included representatives from 20 Kentucky public and private colleges to answer questions and provide information on college admissions, financial aid, and courses of study.

Educational sessions included “Student Leadership and the DREAM Act” by Roger Rosenthal, Executive Director of Migrant Legal Program and Co-Chair of National Hispanic Education Coalition ;“Motivation” presented by Norman Bristol Colon, Executive Director of Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, Pennsylvania; and “Making College Happen” by Erin Howard, Hispanic Outreach & Services Coordinator for BCTC.

“The College Fair is extremely important and was created to address the achievement gap of Hispanic students. Studies indicate that only 52% of Hispanic students graduate high school” said Erin Howard, Hispanic Outreach & Services Coordinator for BCTC. “We have found that by helping students explore their future educational and career choices in high school the result is more finish high school move on to college.”

The BCTC Office of Multicultural Affairs, through its Hispanic Outreach services strives to provide access to high quality educational opportunities for students, to promote student success during and after their enrollment in college programs, and to create an atmosphere of acceptance and cultural celebration by linking all communities and peoples.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 12, 2007) – Lexington’s Cooperative Extension Office opened it’s doors to over 250 high school students from across the state for the third annual Latino Student College Fair.

BCTC’s Learning Resource Center Hosts Reading by Local Author

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11/13/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 13, 2007) –“ Readings and Random Musings with Leif Rigney” will be hosted by Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) on Friday, November 30, 2007 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. The event will be held at the LRC in the Oswald Building on the Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

Rigney will conduct a reading of his work that appears in “Quarter After Eight” and “Standing on the Mountain: Voices of Appalachia”. A reception will follow.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Parking is free and available in Lot C6 directly in front of the college.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 13, 2007) –“ Readings and Random Musings with Leif Rigney” will be hosted by Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) on Friday, November 30, 2007 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

In the Shadow of Justice” presented by John Schwartz

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11/13/2007 12:00:00 AM

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What: “In the Shadow of Justice” presented by John Schwartz
Date: November 14, 2007
Time: 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.
Place: BCTC Academic Technical Building, room 116 (9:00 a.m.) and room 216 (12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.), 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (November 13, 2007) – What do you do when the system says you are innocent but won’t let you get on with your life?  Join Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) for a presentation of “In the Shadow of Justice” a recently aired program by Dateline NBC, presented by New York City Detective John Schwartz.

Schwartz will be discussing the ongoing case of David Lemus and Olmedo Hidalgo and his experience working with Dateline NBC with three BCTC Sociology classes. Lemus and Hidalgo were released from prison after having served 14 years for a murder that a New York City judge found they had been wrongly convicted of.  Yet, Hidalgo was deported and Lemus is being retried for the same murder.

The public is invited to attend this fascinating presentation.   For more information visit MSNBC or contact Gil Rosenberg at grosenberg0001@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 13, 2007) – What do you do when the system says you are innocent but won’t let you get on with your life?

BCTC Educator Selected 2007 Carnegie Foundation Kentucky Professor of the Year

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11/15/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Carol Holzhausen HuntLEXINGTON, KY (November 15, 2007) – Carol Holzhausen Hunt, professor of English and women’s studies, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) was selected 2007 Carnegie Foundation Kentucky Professor of the Year.

Sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the awards recognize professors for their influence on teaching and their outstanding commitment to undergraduate students. Created in 1981, it is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Dr. Hunt and her fellow 2007 U.S. Professors of the Year were honored today with a luncheon and awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Winners also participated in an evening Congressional reception held at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

The first community college professor from Kentucky to win the honor, Dr. Hunt said “Community colleges emphasize teaching above everything else, and there is no other institution that offers a better atmosphere for learning or more concern for students.”

A faculty member at BCTC for the past 22 years and a champion of diversity, her projects include the building of the Okela Village Elementary School in Kenya, the Rainbow Reading Program and the creation of the first college Peace Studies Program in Kentucky.

Her family who include her husband and son, both who are also college professors, and her daughter, a school psychologist, joined Dr. Hunt in Washington.

For more information on the 2007 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year awardees visit the web at www.usprofessorsoftheyear.org

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 15, 2007) – Carol Holzhausen Hunt, professor of English and women’s studies, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) was selected 2007 Carnegie Foundation Kentucky Professor of the Year.

BCTC Director of International Student Services Receives Leo Dowling Award of Excellence

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11/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Lucinda WhiteLEXINGTON, KY (November 19, 2007) – Lucinda White, Coordinator of Student Services at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, received the 2007 Career Counselor of the Year Award by the Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA) during the association’s fall conference.

The award symbolizes recognition of excellence both for accomplishments on the job and for service to the profession as a volunteer leader.

White, a member of the KCA for 12 years, is President elect of the Kentucky Career Development Association.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 19, 2007) – Lucinda White, Coordinator of Student Services at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, received the 2007 Career Counselor of the Year Award by the Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA) during the association’s fall conference.

BCTC Director of International Student Services Receives Leo Dowling Award of Excellence

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11/21/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 21, 2007) – Wendell Sparks, Director of International Student Services at Bluegrass Community & Technical College received the prestigious Leo Dowling Award of Excellence by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs Association (NAFSA), during the Region VI annual conference in October.

The award is named for the late Leo Dowling, of Indiana University, a founding father of NAFSA. The award recognizes the outstanding qualities of compassion, integrity, and leadership for international students.

Sparks, a native of Eastern Kentucky and University of Kentucky graduate, became interested in international issues as a teen through a 4-H International Exchange Program. He has a Master of Intercultural Administration Degree and a Master of International Management Degree.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 21, 2007) – Wendell Sparks, Director of International Student Services at Bluegrass Community & Technical College received the prestigious Leo Dowling Award of Excellence by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs Association (NAFSA), during the Region VI annual conference in October.

BCTC Choir Presents “A Winter Concert”

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11/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Choir will perform “A Winter Concert” on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lexington Public Library Theater, 140 East Main Street, Lexington.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Choir will perform “A Winter Concert” on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lexington Public Library Theater, 140 East Main Street, Lexington.

Overseas Educational Advisers Spend Day Exploring BCTC

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11/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2007) – Dr. David Wachtel, Director of China Partnerships for Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), recently hosted the United States based training program for Overseas Educational Advisers (USBT). The week long visit is the result of a partnership between BCTC, the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Berea College.

Overseas Educational Advisers visiting BCTC represented Russia, Portugal, Malaysia, Mali, and Peru. They spent the day visiting the Cooper and Leestown campuses discussing on-line learning, admissions procedures, multi-cultural programs and touring the trades and technologies program areas.

The USBT program is designed to expose the international advisors to the various levels of U.S. higher education, including a community college, small liberal arts school, regional university and research university. It is supported financially by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. There are about 450 overseas advising centers in the Education USA network worldwide, affiliated with the U.S. Department of State.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2007) – Dr. David Wachtel, Director of China Partnerships for Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), recently hosted the United States based training program for Overseas Educational Advisers (USBT).

Talon Winery & Vineyards Teams with BCTC to Offer Art’s D' Vine

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11/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Art’s D' Vine will be held December 1, 2007 from 12:00-6:00p.m. at Talon Winery & Vineyards, 7086 Tates Creek Road, Lexington.

The Art’s D' Vine will pair beautiful art with award winning wine. It will feature original art by local artist, live music and light appetizers.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 26, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Art’s D' Vine will be held December 1, 2007 from 12:00-6:00p.m. at Talon Winery & Vineyards, 7086 Tates Creek Road, Lexington.

Woodford County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Jackie Stone, a Woodford county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Jackie Stone, a Woodford county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Anderson County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Jennifer Miracle, an Anderson county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Jennifer Miracle, an Anderson county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Bourbon County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Joseph Akerman, a Bourbon county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Joseph Akerman, a Bourbon county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Boyle County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Jacqueline Dawson, a Boyle county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Jacqueline Dawson, a Boyle county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Two Casey County Residents Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarships

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded two Casey county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

BRAIN Scholarship Recipients for 2007; Casey County

  • Lauren Jones
  • Christy Thomas

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded two Casey county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Two Clark County Residents Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarships

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded two Clark county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

BRAIN Scholarship Recipients for 2007; Clark County

  • Ashlee Davis
  • Amanda Lockhart

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded two Clark county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Sixteen Fayette County Residents Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarships

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded sixteen Fayette county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

BRAIN Scholarship Recipients for 2007; Fayette County

Kelley Abbott, Anna Cardenas, Jennifer Carter, Kendra Caudill, Crystal Dixon Ard, Jamie Duncan, Tamra Hager, Gena Hall, Sonya Kraft-Conley, Stephen Nethery, Rose Oliver, Krista Rubeling, Zelma Rutherford, Claire Sweeney, Cassaundra Talbert, and Dayna Webb.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded sixteen Fayette county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Three Jessamine County Residents Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarships

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded three Jessamine county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

BRAIN Scholarship Recipients for 2007; Jessamine County

  • Connie Banks
  • Lydia Ditto
  • William James

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded three Jessamine county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Three Lincoln County Residents Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarships

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded three Lincoln county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

BRAIN Scholarship Recipients for 2007; Lincoln County

  • Debra Carmack
  • Raylina Tillett
  • Barbara Willoughby

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded three Lincoln county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Two Madison County Residents Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarships

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded two Madison county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

BRAIN Scholarship Recipients for 2007; Madison County

  • Tarina Bruner
  • Amy Bullock

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded two Madison county residents a Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Marion County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Yvette Spalding, a Marion county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Yvette Spalding, a Marion county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Mercer County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Kathy Cromer, a Mercer county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Kathy Cromer, a Mercer county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Montgomery County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Shelia Molanck, a Montgomery county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Shelia Molanck, a Montgomery county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Nicholas County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Margareet Gonzalez, a Nicholas county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Margareet Gonzalez, a Nicholas county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Powell County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Cindy Sobojinski, a Powell county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Cindy Sobojinski, a Powell county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Robertson County Resident Awarded Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations in Nursing Scholarship

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11/27/2007 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Stephanie Howard, a Robertson county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

The BRAIN project, is the result of a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project was created to address the nursing shortage in Central Kentucky by expanding existing training facilities, equipment instruction, and support for students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 27, 2007) – Bluegrass Community &Technical College has awarded Stephanie Howard, a Robertson county resident, the Bluegrass Regional Advancement and Innovations Nursing (BRAIN) Scholarship.

Successful “Arts D’ Vine” Event Welcomes Large Crowd

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12/6/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of a Person Viewing Paintings at the Arts D Vine ExhibitLEXINGTON, KY (December 6, 2007) – Talon Winery & Vineyards played host to Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) “Arts D' Vine” on Saturday, December 1, 2007. The event that paired original art with award winning wine drew a crowd of about 800 people.

The 88 entries of original art included photography, oil paintings, and tile mosaics were from BCTC students, faculty, staff, and community artist. Smooth Jazz music was provided by Mark Gardner, BCTC music instructor. The BCTC Arts on Campus Committee organized the exhibition that raised $800 for future arts projects.

The overwhelming response to the “Arts D' Vine” exhibition resulted in an invitation to the college by Talon Winery & Vineyards to repeat as host next year.

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 6, 2007) – Talon Winery & Vineyards played host to Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) “Arts D' Vine” on Saturday, December 1, 2007.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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12/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: The Crown Plaza, 1345 South Broadway, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (December 10, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00p.m., at the Crown Plaza, 1345 South Broadway, Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, board members, information and minutes of past meetings visit www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 10, 2007) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00p.m., at the Crown Plaza, 1345 South Broadway, Lexington.

BCTC Licensed Practical Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for 34 Graduates

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12/11/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Students Receiving their Pins at the Nursing Program Pinning CeremonyLEXINGTON, KY (December 11, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

First held in 1893, the ceremony originates from Florence Nightingale an English nurse and pioneer. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War. It was then she decided to extend that honor to her outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The pinning is a proud tradition and a rite of passage in the nursing profesasion.

Nursing Graduates December 2007

Anderson County

Jessamine County

Bobbi Lynn Holt

Amanda L. Bishop

Casey County

Alisa J. Crutcher

Cynthia L. Cochran

Stephanie M. Donelson

Fayette County

Ashley Hutchinson

Brooke R. Bishop

Madison County

Nicole Callahan 

Cynthia L. Cochran

Terry Durbin

Nancy G. Lamb

Amber M. Holloway

Montgomery County

Thurman B. Massie 

Jamie C. Duncan

Suzan C. Mattingly

Robertson County

Brooke A. Nelson

Stephanie L. Howard

Pamela S. Pettyjohn

Rockcastle County

Amber L. Sidles 

Andrea L. Davidson

Cassaundra Talbert

Scott County

Franklin County

Jodie S. Gilbert

Wendy N. Turner

Krystal N. Noel

Garrard County

Kristen S. Plumley

Erin R. Bourne

Wendy N. Turner

Julie L. Morris

Angela R. Woodrum

Jackson County

Todd County

Carolyn R. Cornett

Elizabeth M. Collier

Woodford County

Amanda L. Bishop

Jackie L. Stone

 

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 11, 2007) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) licensed practical nursing students recently participated in their annual pinning ceremony.

Language and Literacy Backpack Project is a Positive Solution to Achievement Gap

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1/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Families from Franklin and Anderson CountyLEXINGTON, KY (January 2, 2008) – Families of Franklin and Anderson County child care centers are the beneficiaries of a challenge issued to students at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) by Maria Rutherford, Early Childhood Education instructor. The challenge issued to students was to come up with a project they as future educators could do to address the achievement gap. The students in her Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program responded by creating the Language and Literacy Backpack project.

The backpacks supplied by the BCTC class to five child care centers are sent home each Monday with a child and returned on Friday. Materials included in the backpack provide a child and family the tools to learn together. Backpacks are assembled and given to the childcare centers at no charge. Materials are updated and exchanged by child care instructors.

The Language and Literacy Backpack project is a simple, positive, grass roots solution that addresses the achievement gap and promotes learning in children 3 to 6 years old. It is estimated that the backpack project will benefit 139 children and their families in 2008.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 2, 2008) – Families of Franklin and Anderson County child care centers are the beneficiaries of a challenge issued to students at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) by Maria Rutherford, Early Childhood Education instructor.

KCTCS Announces Selection of Bluegrass Community and Technical College President

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1/3/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Dr.JulianLEXINGTON, KY (January 3, 2008) – KCTCS Announces Selection of Bluegrass Community and Technical College President KCTCS President Michael B. McCall has named Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) President Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D., to serve as the new president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).

Dr. Julian, who has led MCTC since 2001, will replace former BCTC President Dr. Jim Kerley, who now serves as president of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. Dr. J. Larry Durrence has served as interim BCTC president since May.

“Dr. Julian brings to her new post more than 33 years in community and technical college education, along with an in-depth understanding of our policies, goals and administrative procedures at the System level,” McCall said. “Over the last six years, her leadership was essential to the successful merger of a community college and a technical college into the organization we now know as Maysville Community and Technical College. Along the way, she served as an entrepreneurial leader by developing coalitions and community partnerships that have supported many educational and economic development efforts in the region.”

Prior to her current post at Maysville, Dr. Julian served as vice-president of institutional advancement for the Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis., where she provided leadership for resource development, institutional effectiveness, marketing and public relations, and business procurement assistance. Additionally, she was the dean of institutional advancement at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, N.C., where she also served roles as the executive assistant to the president and executive director of the college’s fund-raising foundation.

Dr. Julian received her Doctorate degree in Adult and Community College Education Administration from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.; her Master’s degree in Educational Media and Instructional Design from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

“I am excited to be joining BCTC with its history of service to its students and communities,” said Dr. Julian. “A thriving region like the Bluegrass still needs the underpinning of high quality transfer and career education to support and sustain its growth. I know already that we have the talent and commitment within the college to make great things happen. Together with the faculty, staff, and board members at BCTC, and in partnership with our community, business, and higher education partners, we will build on this solid foundation and reach for a new standard of excellence.”

BCTC is governed by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), which operates 16 colleges on 65 campuses throughout the state. KCTCS is Kentucky’s largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 3, 2008) – KCTCS Announces Selection of Bluegrass Community and Technical College President KCTCS President Michael B. McCall has named Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) President Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D., to serve as the new president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).

Good News in Herald-Leader Today

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1/10/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Mochizuki-ElrodProgram inspires teens to go to college
By Merlene Davis
Hearld-Leader Columnist
Courtesy of Lexington Herald-Leader

I'm beginning to think I am the last person to hear anything.

Just recently, a newsletter was passed on to me in which the new program director for Educational Talent Search at Bluegrass Community and Technical College was announced.

Not only did I not know about the new program director, I didn't know about the program.

ETS is a federal program that targets middle school and high school students who might need added nurturing to graduate and then go on to higher education. The target population is students from families with limited incomes and who are the first generation to go to college.

"They have potential," said Carol Mochizuki-Elrod, the new program director. "They have the ability to go through college and be successful, but that is not always reflected in their grades."

Once the target population is served, the program is open to others, she said.

Mochizuki-Elrod said ETS advisors are responsible for programs in 28 middle schools and high schools -- nearly every one -- in Fayette, Clark, Bourbon, Scott, Mercer, Jessamine and Boyle counties.

Among high school participants, girls outnumber boys almost 2 to 1. At the middle schools, the breakdown is about even. More than 1,000 students are served.

The intervention starts with sixth-graders and continues through graduation. Advisors meet with students for 45 minutes once a month, identifying the type of learner each student is and teaching study skills, how to read a textbook and other topics.

During the summer, middle school students attend a camp at the University of Kentucky for four days, take part in cultural activities and visit other universities.

"We trying to introduce them to new experiences," Mochizuki-Elrod said.

They also want to help the students excel in school and learn of potential careers while exploring new things.

High school students take out-of-state trips. They're going to New York City in April.

Those excursions are not a given. The students must attend the monthly workshops and have good behavior and grades.

Mochizuki-Elrod said 70 percent of the students in the program enroll in college.

"What is interesting about early intervention programs like ETS is students begin to not only imagine themselves in college and thriving, but they begin to expect to go to college," she said.

Parents need to know about this program.

BCTC's Educational Talent Search is one of 2,700 programs that operate under a program known as TRIO and serve 866,000 low-income students.

TRIO started out as Upward Bound under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, a part of the War on Poverty. A year later, Talent Search was created, and in 1968, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students was established. The three programs soon became known as TRIO.

Mochizuki-Elrod worked with TRIO at Eastern Kentucky University for four years before coming to BCTC two years ago.

She has worked with young people for 20 years and has lived in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she grew up, as well as Japan, Sweden, Texas and North Carolina.

"I really like working with middle school and high students," she said. "They are so indecisive, and there are so many possibilities out there for them.

"I like taking them to new places and seeing that 'aha!' moment."

ETS students usually are referred by teachers or counselors, or they hear about it from fellow students.

"We also serve adults who would like to enroll in college but need additional support and guidance to help them with the process that can be both intimidating and overwhelming," Mochizuki-Elrod said.

If you are like me and haven't heard of this program but know of a child in one of the seven counties who could benefit from it, call the ETS office at (859) 246-6574 for more information.

We need to be more nosy and definitely more knowledgeable about any program that acts as a safety net for our children and their futures.

Photo: Mochizuki-Elrod relishes students' 'aha' moments. Photo by Charles Bertram

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ETS is a federal program that targets middle school and high school students who might need added nurturing to graduate and then go on to higher education. The target population is students from families with limited incomes and who are the first generation to go to college.

Three New Scholarships Established for BCTC Students

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1/15/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 15, 2008) – Three new scholarships have been established at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

New scholarships include:

  • The BCTC Alumni Scholarship, in the amount of $500, is for students who demonstrate financial need and take a minimum of three credit hours. Scholarship provided by the BCTC Alumni Association.
  • Dr. Jim Kerley Scholarship is offered for first generation college students who demonstrate financial need.
  • The Lexington Moose Lodge #215 Governor’s Book Scholarship is offered for residents of Fayette County and bordering counties who have graduated from area high schools in 2007.

Applicants for the above scholarships must demonstrate need.

For scholarship requirements and application visit: http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/sa/financialaid/scholarship_application

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 15, 2008) – Three new scholarships have been established at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

City of Sadieville Demonstrates its Commitment to Education

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1/15/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 15, 2008) – In an effort to address the rising cost of attending college, the City of Sadieville located in Scott County has established a $500 scholarship at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). The scholarship will assist Scott County graduates currently attending or planning to attend BCTC. Applicants must demonstrate need. For scholarship requirements and application visit: http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/sa/financialaid/scholarship_application

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 15, 2008) – In an effort to address the rising cost of attending college, the City of Sadieville located in Scott County has established a $500 scholarship at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). The scholarship will assist Scott County graduates currently attending or planning to attend BCTC.

Clark County Farm Bureau Demonstrates its Commitment to Education

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1/15/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 15, 2008) – In an effort to address the rising cost of attending college, the Clark County Farm Bureau located in Winchester has established a $500 scholarship at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). The renewable two year scholarship is being offered to members of the Clark County Farm Bureau currently enrolled or considering attending BCTC as a full or part-time student. Applicants must demonstrate need. For scholarship requirements and application visit: www.legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/sa/financialaid/scholarship_application

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 15, 2008) – In an effort to address the rising cost of attending college, the Clark County Farm Bureau located in Winchester has established a $500 scholarship at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

Students, parents across state get pointers on financial aid

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1/28/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Financial Aid PresentationLEXINGTON PRESENTATION DRAWS CROWD OF MORE THAN 200

By Delano R. Massey / dmassey@hearld-leader.com
Courtesy of the Lexington Herald-Leader

The sounds of worksheets rustling and pens and pencils rhythmically scratching across paper echoed throughout the large auditorium at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.It wasn't your typical school day, but on Sunday afternoon, more than 200 people traded glances between an overhead projector and the speaker who commanded everyone's attention in the Oswald Building. The subject: filing for financial aid.

Families crammed into the lecture hall for College Goal Sunday, a statewide charitable program that provides free information and assistance to those applying for college financial aid. The program, sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid, was held at 20 sites in 19 Kentucky communities.

Lexington's program was led by Katie Conrad, director of financial aid at Midway College.

Conrad covered a variety of topics, providing parents and their children with useful tips on applying for aid without a hitch -- or, at least, with a limited number of roadblocks.

To increase the chances of receiving aid, families should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before March 15, the priority date for Kentucky. Conrad said the priority date "doesn't mean you can't file after March 15"; it's just best to file early.

"The sooner you get your financial aid application in, the better," she advised. "If your kid's going to college in August, you need to be filling this out right now."

In Kentucky, seven grant and scholarship programs help some 57,000 students every year. Participation in state aid programs has more than quadrupled since the 1990s.

In the 2006-07 academic year, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority awarded about $188 million in higher education grants and scholarships to more than 121,000 students.

Conrad discussed a variety of topics, including the sources and types of aid available, assets that needed to be reported, common errors that are made on the forms and the formula used to determine how much financial aid is needed.

She also explained the difference between an unsubsidized loan, which accrues interest while a student is in school, and a "subsidized" loan, which does not. (She said students often call her and refer to this loan as "the good one.")

There were several inquiries about who should be on the application if the student's parents have divorced or separated.

She encouraged parents to "get away from who claims who on taxes" because that "has nothing to do with support." She said that "whoever provides more than half" the support should be the parent on the form with the child.

After wrapping up her presentation, there was a $500 scholarship drawing. LeAndra Longoria, 17, received the scholarship.

The East Jessamine High School senior wants to attend Western Kentucky University in the fall.

The scholarship was good news to her parents.

"That's $500 I don't have to worry about," said her mother, Linda.

Her husband, Noe, agreed.

"Oh yeah, absolutely. The less I have to pay the better," he said.

TO LEARN MORE

On TV: For more information about financial aid, tune in to College Financial Aid Call-In 2008 at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KET1. Experts from Kentucky colleges and universities will answer viewers' questions about paying for college.

Reach Delano Massey at (859) 231-1455 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1455.

Photo: At Sunday's financial aid presentation at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, LeAndra Longoria of Nicholasville won a drawing for a $500 scholarship. The East Jessamine High School senior, 17, plans to attend Western Kentucky University. Photo by Gabriel B. Tait


 

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The sounds of worksheets rustling and pens and pencils rhythmically scratching across paper echoed throughout the large auditorium at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.It wasn't your typical school day, but on Sunday afternoon, more than 200 people traded glances between an overhead projector and the speaker who commanded everyone's attention in the Oswald Building.

BCTC Dental Hygiene Students to Provide Free Dental Care for Children

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1/28/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the Tooth Fairy with ChildLEXINGTON, KY (January 28, 2008) – In recognition of National Dental Health Month, Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s dental hygiene students are celebrating “Pedo Week” by providing free preventative dental care and education to children between the ages of 4-12 during the week of March 3-5, 2008. The clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the Cooper Campus. Free services will include a dental exam, x-rays, and cleaning.

The Tooth Fairy will be the featured guest on hand to talk with the children about good dental habits.

Appointments must be made by calling 859-246-6857. Space is limited.

The BCTC Dental Hygiene Clinic is open to the community by appointment, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for discounted dental examinations and cleanings.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 28, 2008) – In recognition of National Dental Health Month, Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s dental hygiene students are celebrating “Pedo Week” by providing free preventative dental care and education to children between the ages of 4-12 during the week of March 3-5, 2008. The clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the Cooper Campus. Free services will include a dental exam, x-rays, and cleaning.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Introduces Home Inspection Training

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1/31/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 31, 2008) – A home inspector training class has been added to BCTC’s non-credit, community education course offerings for 2008.

Students will be trained to conduct a thorough home inspection and generate a detailed report disclosing the conditions of the roof, foundation, insulation, furnace and electrical components. Once a student has completed the course and necessary licensing requirements, they are prepared to join an established inspection firm or start their own business. This is a great experience for anyone who has an interest in homes and has an eye for detail.

This first-time offering was created in partnership with American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT), a national leader in home inspection training. The class can be taken online or in a traditional classroom setting. Tuition includes course materials and tips on how to start your own home inspection business.

The online training takes one to three months to complete. The seven-day course runs March 8-14, 2008, and will be held at Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington. Financing is available through AHIT. For more information and additional dates call 800-441-9411, or visit www.ahit.com/affiliates/bctcs/index.cfm. The AHIT training is approved by the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors (KBHI).

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 31, 2008) – A home inspector training class has been added to BCTC’s non-credit, community education course offerings for 2008.

BCTC to Host the 2008 “Lexington Regional Science Olympiad”

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2/4/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 4, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive will be the site of the 2008 “Lexington Regional Science Olympiad” on Saturday, March 1. The Event will take place from 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

As the largest Regional Science Olympiad in the state, the participants will include 12 middle schools and 10 high schools, competing in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences, and math. Winners will advance to the state competition held April 26, at Western Kentucky University.

Participating schools include:

Bell Central Elementary and High Schools, Corbin High School, Estill County Middle and High Schools, Frakes Elementary, Lexington Traditional Middle School, Lone Jack Middle School, Madison Southern High School, Middlesboro High School, Page Middle School, Right Fork Middle School, Scott County Middle and High Schools, and Yellow Creek Middle School.

For more information, contact Valdis Zeps Jr., BCTC physics coordinator, at
(859)246-6450 or at val.zeps@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 4, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive will be the site of the 2008 “Lexington Regional Science Olympiad” on Saturday, March 1. The Event will take place from 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Art, Environment and Space are Highlighted for Camp Invention

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2/4/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 4, 2008) – Children will explore Mars, renovate an art museum’s sculpture garden, and help rebuild a polluted town when the Camp Invention program arrives for the first time at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Regency Campus this summer. The first session (Encounter) is scheduled for June 16-20. The second session (Imagine) will begin June 23 and end June 27.

The Camp Invention program, open to children entering first through sixth grades, fosters creativity, teamwork, inventive-thinking skills and science literacy. The program was created in 1990 by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, and receives support from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

“Camp Invention’s creators use an innovative, exciting approach to education,” says Sheila Simpson, Director. “Children who attend Camp Invention learn skills that enhance their abilities to brain-storm, solve problems and work in teams. As educators and parents, we know that children of all ages should continue sharpening these skills as we enter an era in which critical thinking will be extremely important to their future.”

During a module called M.A.R.S. (Moving at Rocket Speed) Camp Invention participants will plan and execute a trip to Mars, becoming the first astronauts to explore the planet. In Art Park, participants will attempt to save a museum from the threat of losing donations by designing a new sculpture garden to please the public and the museum’s largest donor. During Saving Sludge City, the Camp Invention team will rebuild and clean a polluted city, making it a more eco-friendly environment for its residents.

More than 60,000 children in 48 states across the country attended the Camp Invention program in 2007.

The Camp Invention program continues to get accolades from around the country. The president of the American Chemical Society, Catherine T. Hunt, spoke on National Public Radio’s Science Friday last August regarding Camp Invention as “bringing forward the next generation of inventors.” In addition, a Harvard study released in 2006 praised the Camp Invention program for its innovative hands-on enrichment activities. The program has been featured in more than two hundred newspapers and magazines, including Child, Invention & Technology, Inventors’ Digest, Scientific American Explorations, PTO Today, Gifted Child Today and others.

The $205 registration fee, due on or before May 31, includes daily snacks and a t-shirt. A discount of $20 per child is offered with early registration by March 31 and the bring-a-friend program after that date. There is also an additional $5 discount for online registrants. Registrations received after May 31 require a $20 late processing fee.

For more information, or to register, visit www.campinvention.org or call (800)968-4332.

 

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 4, 2008) – Children will explore Mars, renovate an art museum’s sculpture garden, and help rebuild a polluted town when the Camp Invention program arrives for the first time at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Regency Campus this summer.

BCTC Students to Compete at Regional College Theater Festival

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2/5/2008 12:00:00 AM

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BCTC TheaterLEXINGTON, KY (February 5, 2008) –In just it’s second year, the theater program at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) has three students and their associate professor nominated for awards and to attend the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCATF) .The festival will be held at the Brooks Center for Performing Arts, on the campus of Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, February 5-9, 2008.

The student nominees are, Jeremy Brown and Zach Dearing, for The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, Ashley Pennington, for KCACTF National Stage Management Award, Associate Professor, Tim Davis for KCACTF National Teaching Artist. Also in attendance at the festival, BCTC students Zach Moseley, Zack Hightower, and Courtney-Beth Carr who will attending as performing artist in open auditions with the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominees.

“To be nominated is an honor and an opportunity.” said Teresa Tope, associate dean of academics and faculty advisor, “Having our students and faculty recognized at this level speaks highly of our program.”

Winners at the regional festival will have the opportunity to compete at the national festival being held at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in April.

The next BCTC Theater production “The Boys Next Door” will be in partnership with the Actors Guild Theater, April10-12, 2008, at the Black Box Theater, Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street, Lexington.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 5, 2008) –In just it’s second year, the theater program at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) has three students and their associate professor nominated for awards and to attend the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCATF) .The festival will be held at the Brooks Center for Performing Arts, on the campus of Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, February 5-9, 2008.

BCTC Students Showcase Their Talent

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2/15/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 15, 2008) The student theater group of Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer a five act showcase on February 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lexington Public Library Theater, 140 East Main Street, Lexington.

The goal of the newly formed student showcase is to encourage college students and young adults to attend theater performances. The showcase is free and the audience is encouraged to attend a reception immediately following the show.

For more information, contact Ashley N. Pennington, BCTC student organizer, (859) 619-5686 or email APENNINGTON0024@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 15, 2008) The student theater group of Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer a five act showcase on February 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lexington Public Library Theater, 140 East Main Street, Lexington.

Businesses to participate in Employment Day 2008

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2/20/2008 12:00:00 AM

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By Mike Wynn, The Winchester Sun
Courtesy of The Winchester Sun

Bring a resume and your game face on Feb. 28, because leaders in the local job market will be paying attention. Representatives from 27 local and regional businesses are participating in the Winchester-Clark County 2008 Employment Day - a chance for employers to explore the community's talent and for potential employees to make their mark with the people who matter most.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Conference Center, 1025 Early Drive.

Organizers say the event will benefit anyone looking for a job, whether it's the driven clutch players, the experienced administrators or the new market entrants hoping for that first big break.

"There is something for everyone, from warehouse workers to registered nurses," said Cindy Powe Juett, the regional recruitment specialist from the Bluegrass Area News Group, which is one of five organizations sponsoring Employment Day.

Businesses ranging from Wal-Mart to East Kentucky Power Cooperative will have booths to scout prospective hires, distribute company information, receive resumes, and possibly conduct on-the-spot interviews.

All of the local staffing agencies plan to attend, and experts will also be on hand to give employees tips on resumes and interviewing.

Organizers hope the event will raise awareness of the diverse opportunities in the local job market and bolster the ability of Winchester and Clark County residents to build careers without leaving the community. The Bluegrass Area News Group also plans to unveil a new tool at the event to help employers and employees network.

"Every one wants to do every thing they can to keep jobs and employees in Winchester," Juett said.

Other sponsors include the Winchester-Clark County Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College, the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce, the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Development Authority and Clark County Community Education.

JoEllen Reed, community liaison for BCTC, said Employment Day is another way for the college to partner with the community.

"We're excited to have been asked to participate," she said. "This event supports the mission of BCTC, which in part is to sustain and strong partnership with the community to improve economic vitality and quality of life in the region."

Businesses scheduled to have a booth include: Adecco, Advanced Green Components, Ale-8 One Bottling Company, Bourbon Heights, CBS Personnel, Clark Energy Cooperative, Clark Regional Medical Center, Community Alternative KY-Winchester, Community Trust Bank, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, EDS, The Freeman Corporation, Gecom, JC Malone Associates, McDonald's, Peoples Exchange Bank, S&S Tire, Sekisui S-Lec America, Sid's Place, TI Automotive, Volt Services Group, Walle Corporation, Wal-Mart and the Winchester Adult Education Center. 

For more information, call Kathie Adams, Winchester Sun sales assistant, at (859) 355-1239; Juett at (859) 355-1221; or Reed at (859) 737-3098, ext. 56594.

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Bring a resume and your game face on Feb. 28, because leaders in the local job market will be paying attention. Representatives from 27 local and regional businesses are participating in the Winchester-Clark County 2008 Employment Day - a chance for employers to explore the community's talent and for potential employees to make their mark with the people who matter most.

BCTC to Host 4th Annual African-American Appreciation Breakfast

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2/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 21, 2008) – Timothy M. Southers, Midway College’s director of athletic recruiting and head basketball coach, will be the guest speaker at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) 4th Annual African-American Appreciation Breakfast.

The breakfast is held in conjunction with National Black History Month to recognize African-American citizens who have had a positive impact through role modeling or leadership. The breakfast will be held Thursday, February 28, at 8:30 a.m. in room 106 at the BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus, 1500 By Pass North, Lawrenceburg.

Certificates of recognition will be presented to individuals nominated by the community. The breakfast is free and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Jo Smith, student affairs specialist, (859) 839-8488 ext.56892 or e-mail cj.smith@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 21, 2008) – Timothy M. Southers, Midway College’s director of athletic recruiting and head basketball coach, will be the guest speaker at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) 4th Annual African-American Appreciation Breakfast.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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2/29/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: President’s Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (February 29, 2008) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, March 5, at 6 p.m., in the President’s Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, board members, information and minutes of past meetings visit http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 29, 2008) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, March 5, at 6 p.m., in the President’s Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

Sunny Skies and Bright Futures for BCTC Students Attending International Builders Show

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2/29/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Students at the International Builders ShowLEXINGTON, KY (February 29, 2008) – Warm breezes, sunny skies and 92,000 building industry professionals were just a part of the excitement at the 2008 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida. Attendees at the show, held February 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, included four Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) construction technology students and their instructor.

The trip sponsored by the Homebuilders Association of Kentucky for the BCTC student homebuilders’ chapter afforded the students the opportunity to attend four days packed full of education, exhibits and special events including over 1,900 exhibitors with the latest in building products, services and technologies.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get national exposure and view the Residential Development Competition for 2-4 year colleges,” said Claude Gross, carpentry instructor. “We can’t say enough about how our program has developed and is supported both by the Lexington and Kentucky Homebuilders Associations.”

Hosted annually by the National Association of Home Builders, the next International Builders Show will be in Las Vegas, January 20-23, 2009.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 29, 2008) – Warm breezes, sunny skies and 92,000 building industry professionals were just a part of the excitement at the 2008 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida. Attendees at the show, held February 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, included four Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) construction technology students and their instructor.

Prestigious Grant Awarded to BCTC Theater Arts and Film Programs

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3/3/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 3, 2008) – The W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation, has awarded, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) a $40,000 grant to support the Theater Arts and Film Production programs.

The theater & film programs, which began in 2006, are enjoying near capacity enrollments and sold out theater performances. Three theater students and their associate professor were nominated for awards and attended the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCATF) held at the Brooks Center for Performing Arts, on the campus of Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

"We are incredibly proud to be the recipient of such a prestigious grant, and with all of the state higher education budget cuts looming, the timing could not be better,” said Tim Davis, BCTC theater arts coordinator. “We are looking forward to using this grant to push our program to new heights."

In receiving the grant, the college joins an elite group of benefactors that include the Lexington Philharmonic, Studio Players and the University of Kentucky. Lucille Caudill Little, created the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation, after her husband’s death. The goal of the foundation‘s grants are to increase availability and participation in educational programs in the arts to provide skilled artists and technicians and improve the quality of life in Lexington and the surrounding region.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 3, 2008) – The W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation, has awarded, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) a $40,000 grant to support the Theater Arts and Film Production programs.

Architectural Technology Students Assist in Renovation of Police Gym

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3/6/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Architectural Students in the New Police GymLEXINGTON, KY (March 6, 2008) – Spending an entire weekend at a police station could be a college students worst nightmare, but the Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s American Institute of Architects Student (AIAS) chapter recently volunteered to do just that. The student organization was commissioned by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police to paint a new logo for the renovated police gym located on Old Frankfort Pike.

The project began in December 2007 with on-site measurements and meetings resulting in a contract for the job. Students continued to meet over December and January gathering materials and creating drawings for the execution of the project. On February 22, 14 students met at and worked through Sunday, February 24 to complete the project, thus limiting the time the gym floor was unavailable.

Funds raised by the project will be used to sponsor two class trips. In March, students will visit the largest privately owned home in America, the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina, and in May, they will explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and landmark buildings in Chicago.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 6, 2008) – Spending an entire weekend at a police station could be a college students worst nightmare, but the Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s American Institute of Architects Student (AIAS) chapter recently volunteered to do just that.

BCTC Spring Job Fair to be held in April

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3/12/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Students at the Spring Job FairLEXINGTON, KY (March 12, 2008) – Hitachi Automotive, Messer Construction and the Kentucky Transportation Department are among the many employers who will be on-hand at this year’s Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Spring Job Fair.

The fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 on BCTC Cooper campus, 470 Cooper Drive, in the Academic Technical building lobby. Parking for the free event will be available on Sports Center Drive in parking structure #7. Shuttle services from the parking structure to the college will be provided for attendees.

Area employers wishing to participate in the fair can receive more information and reserve space for a booth by contacting Lucinda White, coordinator of student services at (859) 246-6537 or lucinda.white@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 12, 2008) – Hitachi Automotive, Messer Construction and the Kentucky Transportation Department are among the many employers who will be on-hand at this year’s Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Spring Job Fair.

BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus Receives $335,043 From U.S. Department of Education

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3/17/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the Winchester-Clark County Campus Funding EventLEXINGTON, KY (March 17, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) students will enjoy the latest technology and lab equipment thanks to Congressman Ben Chandler’s support of the new Winchester-Clark County campus. Congressman Chandler presented Bluegrass Community & Technical College President, Dr. Augusta Julian, with a check for $335,043 from the U.S. Department of Education. The funds were awarded to purchase technology equipment for the new Winchester-Clark County campus.

The federal funds will be used for one science lab, two computer labs, one Learning Resource Center and 10 “Smart Classrooms.”

“The planning and construction of the Winchester-Clark County Campus has been a partnership from the start,” said BCTC President Dr. Augusta Julian. “With this funding, local and regional students will benefit from Congressman Chandler’s vision. We are grateful for his support of high quality career and transfer education.”

The campus is located at 2020 Rolling Hills Lane, Winchester, and is scheduled to be completed in April.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 17, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) students will enjoy the latest technology and lab equipment thanks to Congressman Ben Chandler’s support of the new Winchester-Clark County campus. Congressman Chandler presented Bluegrass Community & Technical College President, Dr. Augusta Julian, with a check for $335,043 from the U.S. Department of Education.

BCTC Announces New Scholarship Opportunities for Current Students

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3/24/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 21, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) students currently enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours, and in need of financial assistance, are eligible to apply four new scholarships.

New scholarships include:

  • Brian Bergin Memorial Scholarship - in the amount of $750, is for students of Fayette or Jessamine counties who exhibit an attitude of drive and determination and have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.8.
  • Ferzacca Scholarship - in the amount of $2500, is for students who intend or have declared a major in fine arts or education fields and have preformed community service with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • King Solomon Lodge #8 Educational Scholarship - in the amount of $500, is for Fayette county residents who have a G.P.A. of at least 2.5.
  • Mary E. Coleman Book Scholarship - in the amount $250, is for Fayette county residents who have a G.P. A. of at least 2.5.


For more information and scholarship applications, visit the BCTC scholarship web site http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/sa/financialaid/scholarship_application

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 21, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) students currently enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours, and in need of financial assistance, are eligible to apply four new scholarships.

“The Boys Next Door” Presented by BCTC Theater Program

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3/25/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 25, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s theater program will present “ The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin. The production will take place April 10-12, with performances at 8 p.m. in the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street, Lexington. Performances are being presented in cooperation with the Actor’s Guild of Lexington and LexArts.

General admission tickets are $12; student, faculty and staff tickets are $7 and are available through the LexArts box office by calling (859) 225-0370 or online at lexarts.tix.com.

The public is invited to attend the opening night reception on April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Downtown Arts Center lobby.

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 25, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s theater program will present “ The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin. The production will take place April 10-12, with performances at 8 p.m. in the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street, Lexington. Performances are being presented in cooperation with the Actor’s Guild of Lexington and LexArts.

“2008 Peace and Global Citizenship Fair” Requesting Children’s Art and Displays

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4/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2008) – The third annual Children for Peace art contest is currently accepting submissions of art and displays for the “2008 Peace and Global Citizenship Fair” scheduled to be held on May 10, at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

Human Rights, is the theme of this year’s competition. Four prizes, valued at $50 each, will be awarded to the top entries at the event. Submissions of art and activities from K-8 classes and club organizations from throughout the Bluegrass will be accepted until April 18. Requirements concerning art submissions, activities, and a schedule of events for the fair are available at http://www.peace2day.org.

For more information, contact Rebecca Glasscock, (859) 246-6319 or e-mail at rebecca.glasscock@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2008) – The third annual Children for Peace art contest is currently accepting submissions of art and displays for the “2008 Peace and Global Citizenship Fair” scheduled to be held on May 10, at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

Expert Home Repair Training and Advice Offered at Ms. Fix It Day

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4/7/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of a Student at the Ms. Fix It DayLEXINGTON, KY (April 7, 2008) –– The National Association of Women in Construction, Chapter #367, has teamed up with Bluegrass Community & Technical College to offer an interactive Ms. Fix It Day, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the BCTC Cooper campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. Demonstrations and activities will include “Basic Power Tool Use”, “Painting Tips”, “Maintenance for your Lawn Mower”, and “What Makes “Green” Design”.

The day is designed to provide women and girls hands on training and expert advice in home repair and maintenance.

For further information or to purchase tickets contact Kim Hellmueller (859)-533-8739 or Cindy Hiens (859)-983-2534. Tickets are on sale now for $10 each, children 12 and under are free. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 7, 2008) –– The National Association of Women in Construction, Chapter #367, has teamed up with Bluegrass Community & Technical College to offer an interactive Ms. Fix It Day, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the BCTC Cooper campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. Demonstrations and activities will include “Basic Power Tool Use”, “Painting Tips”, “Maintenance for your Lawn Mower”, and “What Makes “Green” Design”.

Governor Beshear Appoints Members to Bluegrass District Community Technical College Board of Directors

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4/8/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Courtesy of Commonwealth of Kentucky, Office of the Governor

FRANKFORT, KY (April 8, 2008) – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed the following members to the Bluegrass District Community Technical College Board of Directors to serve for terms expiring Oct. 15, 2013:

  • Annissa M. Franklin, of Nicholasville, is the office manager at the Urban League of Lexington. The appointment replaces Reginald Thomas, whose term has expired.
  • Jonah Mitchell, of Nicholasville, is a licensed realtor/broker and a professional seminar leader. He also is a part-time instructor at the University of Kentucky Gatton School of Business. The appointment replaces O.R. Powell, whose term has expired.
  • Ron L. Walker Jr., of Richmond, is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The appointment replaces David S. Samford, whose term has expired.
  • Maraskeshia S. Smith, of Lexington, is the administrative branch manager for the Kentucky Arts Council. The appointment replaces Gerald Allen Howell, whose term has expired.

The governor also has reappointed the following members to the Bluegrass District Community Technical College Board of Directors to serve for terms expiring Oct. 15, 2013:

  • Robert E. Rowland, of Danville, is the superintendent of Danville Independent Schools. He previously served as principal of Danville High School.
  • Florence S. Huffman, of Lexington, is an attorney in private practice. She serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Never Stop Learning, Inc., a non-profit.
  • Robert P. McNulty, of Lexington, is a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He serves as president of the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Members of the Bluegrass District Community Technical College Board of Directors are selected from a list of names submitted to the governor by the Bluegrass District Community Technical College Nominating Commission. The board is responsible for adopting and implementing an annual budget, approving budget requests and evaluating the functions of the school and the school’s staff.

Contact: Vicki Glass
Phone: 502-564-2611

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FRANKFORT, KY (April 8, 2008) – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed the following members to the Bluegrass District Community Technical College Board of Directors to serve for terms expiring Oct. 15, 2013

BCTC starting nurse aide program

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4/10/2008 12:00:00 AM

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by Katheran Wasson
Courtesy of The Winchester Sun

When Bluegrass Community and Technical College opens its new Winchester campus next month, it will also roll out a new course to train nurse aides.

BCTC officials hope the 75-hour course will jump start a complete nursing program in Winchester - to eventually offer students certification as licensed practical nurses and registered nurses, too.

"This is a wonderful step," said Rena Robinson, regional nurse aide coordinator for BCTC. "It's a step in the right direction."

The college will partner with Clark Regional Medical Center to build the program, placing students at the hospital for their required clinical rotation.

"They get their hands dirty, their feet dirty, their faces dirty," Robinson said. "They learn."

JoEllen Reed, community liaison for the college, said the entities will find other ways to partner along the way, including bringing in Clark Regional staff as guest lecturers.

"It's going to be an exciting venture, for all the programs we're going to bring, not just now, but in the future," she said.

The school will dedicate a classroom in its new Winchester campus to the nursing program, Reed said. With the help of donations from Home Convalescent, Wal-Mart, local physician Dr. Rankin Skinner and Clark Regional Medical Center, the school is amassing the tools needed for training - hospital beds, bed pans, restraints, bedding and more.

After taking an exam, students who complete the course can work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctors' offices and other health care settings. Robinson said the college can help students with job placement.

"We teach leadership skills with this class," she said. "It's not just about learning the hands-on skills."

Reed said she hopes that as the nursing program expands, so will the new Winchester campus. Doors are slated to open for classes in the first building May 6.

"We're just blessing every little piece of grass and dirt out there," she said.

The nurse aide class will be offered in Winchester in daytime and evening sessions starting May 7, and in Lexington on Saturdays. Winchester has added a second section of the class, after the first one nearly filled up.

College officials also hope to make Winchester a site for the certification test.

For more information about the BCTC nurse aide program, contact Robinson at rena.robinson@kctcs.edu or (859) 246-6638.

Copyright:The Winchester Sun 2008

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When Bluegrass Community and Technical College opens its new Winchester campus next month, it will also roll out a new course to train nurse aides.

Operation Read, Inc. Consolidates Services with BCTC Adult Education Program

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4/17/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2008) – After 29 years, Operation Read, Inc. a nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to teach adults to read and provides English as a Second Language (ESL) skills announced it will transfer its services to the Adult Education Program at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

The transfer will be complete July 1 and will not affect services provided. As a part of the consolidation, Operation Read will be moving its administrative offices to the BCTC Downtown Education Center, 120 West High Street. The English as a Second Language classes will continue to operate at their current locations throughout Lexington.

Volunteers who have been the backbone of the organization since it establishment in 1979 will continue to play an important role as part of the BCTC family.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2008) – After 29 years, Operation Read, Inc. a nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to teach adults to read and provides English as a Second Language (ESL) skills announced it will transfer its services to the Adult Education Program at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Commencement Exercises

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4/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 21, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lexington Civic Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington. The ceremony will recognize more than 1700 students from the class of 2008. Dr. Augusta A. Julian, President and CEO of Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), will preside over the commencement of graduates from the six BCTC campuses.

Dr. Charles W. Byers, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky will be the commencement speaker. Dr Byers received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University before working 37 years at the University of Kentucky (UK). He retired from UK in 2004. His distinguished career in education includes serving as the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Kentucky Dept of Education, Office of Adult, Technical Education and Vocational Rehabilitation as well as a Commissioner in the Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet.

BCTC serves 11,617 students at its six campuses in Lexington, Lawrenceburg, Danville and Winchester-Clark County. The college offers transferable associate degrees, diploma, and certificate training. Classes are available, days, evenings, weekends and on-line. For more information call (859) 246-6200 or visit our website at www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 21, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lexington Civic Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington.

Lexington’s Third Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair

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4/24/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Peace FairLEXINGTON, KY (April 24, 2008) – Think. Act. Discover. Peace is the theme of Lexington’s Third Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair on Saturday, May 10, at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive.

The 2008 Fair coincides with both World Fair Trade Day and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Lost Dog, Raspberry Jam, Jen Rose and the Kentucky Bootleggers are among the nine live musical acts performing. Terrapin Hill Farm and Slow Food Bluegrass will provide local foods on dinnerware that is an ecologically sound alternative to Styrofoam.

For more information, contact Rebecca Glasscock, faculty advisor BCTC Peace &Justice Coalition at (859) 246-6319 or visit www.peace2day.org.

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 24, 2008) – Think. Act. Discover. Peace is the theme of Lexington’s Third Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair on Saturday, May 10, at Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive.

Leadership Academy at BCTC graduates inaugural class

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5/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the Leadership AcademyLEXINGTON, KY (May 1, 2008) – Eleven faculty and staff members from Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) recently graduated from the college’s inaugural Leadership Academy. Class members Angel Clay, Mary Davis, Nancy Dixon, Jeanette Dodson, Jane Goatley, Jenny Jones, Kristi Key, Patricia Nation, Connie Rine, Sipera Simons and Kim York were selected to participate in the class designed to identify and develop employee leadership skills essential to the future operation and success of the college.

The nine-month class began last August. Classes met once a month and addressed issues that included applied leadership, community awareness and service learning. Other sessions covered personality assessment, leadership ethics, communications, culture and diversity within leadership, climate and conflict, meeting management, and public speaking. Additionally, the class had the opportunity to tour Toyota, BCTC’s extended campuses and participated in panel discussions with community leaders.

Applications are now being accepted for next year’s class and can be found online at Leadership Academy Application. The deadline to apply for the 2008-2009 Leadership Academy is May 30.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 1, 2008) – Eleven faculty and staff members from Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) recently graduated from the college’s inaugural Leadership Academy.

BCTC Celebrates Graduates at Commencement

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5/5/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of John GaudinierLEXINGTON, KY (May 5, 2008) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) held its 2008 commencement ceremony Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lexington Civic Center. BCTC President Dr. Augusta A. Julian congratulated more than 900 students who participated in the exercises and welcomed commencement speaker Dr. Charles Byers, Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky.

Outstanding graduates in 38 BCTC programs of study were also recognized at the event. Paul G. Embs, Clark Energy Cooperative, Inc. was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and Practical Nursing Coordinator, Brenda Willoughby, was awarded the Carolyn Beam Faculty Award.

BCTC serves 12,300 students at its six campuses in Lexington, Lawrenceburg, Danville and Winchester–Clark County.

Photo: Welding Technology’s Outstanding Graduate John Gaudinier smiles after exiting the stage.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 5, 2008) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) held its 2008 commencement ceremony Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lexington Civic Center. BCTC President Dr. Augusta A. Julian congratulated more than 900 students who participated in the exercises and welcomed commencement speaker Dr. Charles Byers, Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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5/7/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Leestown Campus, Building C board room, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (May 7, 2008) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 6:00 p.m., at the Leestown Campus, Building C board room, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, board members, information and minutes of past meetings visit http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 7, 2008) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 6:00 p.m., at the Leestown Campus, Building C board room, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

BCTC Winchester-Clark County campus hosts second annual “Glitz” fundraiser

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5/7/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 7, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) “Glitz” fundraising committee has been hard at work planning this year’s Winchester-Clark County “Puttin’ On the Glitz” event. This year’s “Glitz” will include a live and silent auction. New this year will be music provided by My Blue Heart band, Laura Mink and Sound Experience. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will once again be served.

The event will be held on the new BCTC Winchester-Clark Campus, 2020 Rolling Hills Lane, Friday, May, 16 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and can be obtained by calling (859) 808-0685 or (859) 246-6582. Anita Madden is this year’s Honorary Chairperson. All proceeds will benefit the Winchester-Clark County BCTC campus.

To preview the silent auction items and submit bids visit:
http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/development/2008_glitz/

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 7, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) “Glitz” fundraising committee has been hard at work planning this year’s Winchester-Clark County “Puttin’ On the Glitz” event. This year’s “Glitz” will include a live and silent auction. New this year will be music provided by My Blue Heart band, Laura Mink and Sound Experience. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will once again be served.

Graduates shine at BCTC commencement ceremony

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5/8/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 8, 2008) – Thirty-four outstanding program graduates were recently recognized at the 2008 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation held on May 4 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

The outstanding program graduates were chosen from the over 1,700 eligible students representing six BCTC campuses. To be selected, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a faculty member to the Program Coordinator.

2008 Outstanding Program Graduates

  • Rachel Young, Associate in Arts
  • Marika Wieliczko, Associate in Science
  • Lisa Ann Woosley, Architectural Technology
  • Erik W. Ekstrom, Collision Repair Technology
  • Tyler W. Huffman, Automotive Technology
  • Darrell Ray Treece, Business Management and Marketing
  • Katherine M. Hardy, Carpentry
  • Dana G. Lemieux, Civil Engineering Technology
  • David Keith Ash, Computer Aided Drafting
  • Michelle M. Estes, Computer and Information Technology
  • Anne Thomas Hayden, Cosmetology
  • Jessica Oldham Stith, Equine Studies
  • Natasha Nicole Bailey, Dental Assisting
  • Jeanie Sunshine Belcher, Dental Hygiene
  • Lyndsi Farah Hall, Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Raymond Otto Brenda, Electrical Technology
  • Ashley Gene Sparks, Engineering Technology
  • Paul D. Halbert, Environmental Science Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Cheryl. L.J. Robbins, Information Management and Design
  • Tamera S. Burkhalter, Information Technology
  • Graham P. Watt, Machine Tool Technology
  • Kothainayahi Shanmugam, Medical Assisting
  • Linda Joy Sellards, Medical Information Technology
  • Crystal Lynn Hampton, Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Adam Shreve Bland, Nursing
  • Connie Jane Rutherford, Office Systems Technology
  • Kasey L. Turner, Practical Nursing
  • Karen B. Cobb, Radiography
  • Andrew J. Tatum, Respiratory Care
  • Na Wei, Surgical Technology
  • John Gaudinier, Welding Technology
  • Lindsey A. Behrendt, Outstanding Technical Graduate
  • Melissa Lynn Adkins, Outstanding Pre Baccalaureate Graduate

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 8, 2008) – Thirty-four outstanding program graduates were recently recognized at the 2008 Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) graduation held on May 4 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s 2008 Adult Basic Education Commencement

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5/8/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 8, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) 2008 Adult Basic Education Commencement for G.E.D. students will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at The Rock/La Roca United Methodist Church, 1015 North Limestone Street, Lexington.

BCTC President Dr. Augusta A. Julian will be the keynote speaker for the commencement that will recognize 245 students who have completed their GED.

The BCTC Adult Education Program provides services in family literacy, GED preparation, English as a Second Language and college courses through eight locations in Fayette County.

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LEXINGTON, KY (May 8, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) 2008 Adult Basic Education Commencement for G.E.D. students will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at The Rock/La Roca United Methodist Church, 1015 North Limestone Street, Lexington.

Winchester puts on the glitz

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5/19/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Puttin' on the GlitzEvent helps local community college
By Rachel Parsons
Courtesy of The Winchester Sun

It was a night of big city glitz and glamour for Winchester at “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” the second annual fundraiser to support the new Bluegrass Community and Technical College Winchester campus.

The proceeds will go to pay for unanticipated expenses as the college begins classes in the new building, said event coordinator JoEllen Reed.

The event was held on the grounds of the new campus and featured live music by local talent. Lexington-based band My Blue Heart began the evening, and Winchester duo Lauren Mink and John Curtis also performed.

Guests mingled underneath a tent set up in the college’s parking lot and had to opportunity to participate in both live and silent auctions. Items available included artwork, restaurant gift certificates, sports memorabilia and the live auction even included a used truck.

College president and CEO Augusta Julian said she was pleased with the community’s response to the event and the overall support that the college has received.

“This is an incredibly wonderful college-community partnership. We’re thrilled that people would come out and support the college,” said Julian.

It was a sentiment echoed by most in attendance. Mayor Ed Burtner said he was pleased by the number of people that showed up for the event and the way the event has grown just since last year.

“The turnout, I believe, is higher than last year. It’s an indication the community really supports BCTC. … It’s a great evening,” Burtner said.

Dr. John Roche, master of ceremonies, said he was excited about the opportunities the campus will provide for Clark County high school students looking to further their education.

“It gives the kids at (George Rogers Clark High School) the opportunity to contemplate an education,” Roche said, adding that not all Clark County students can leave the immediate area to attend a traditional four-year university.

The night’s program also featured comments from a current BCTC student, Lori Morrison, who is working on an associate’s degree in business.

“What you (the students) think really matters. The instructors know your name,” said Morrison, who also pointed out the importance of having a campus available so close to home, especially for non-traditional students.

“If it weren’t for the campus locally there’s no way in the world I could do it.”

Thanks to corporate sponsorships, ticket sales and auction proceeds, over $44,000 was raised for the college.

“It was an enjoyable event with extremely positive results for the college,” said Reed, who also noted the outstanding generosity of Winchester and neighboring communities.

“We’re already looking forward to Glitz number three.”

Copyright:The Winchester Sun 2008

Photo: Bluegrass Community and Technical College President and CEO Augusta Julian thanked Puttin’ on the Glitz attendees Friday night for their support of the new Winchester campus.

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It was a night of big city glitz and glamour for Winchester at “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” the second annual fundraiser to support the new Bluegrass Community and Technical College Winchester campus.

Peace Art Garden Grows Roots at BCTC

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6/5/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Peace Art Garden Grows RootsLEXINGTON, KY (June 5, 2008) – Students, faculty and staff at BCTC will begin planting the seeds of peace in June with the creation of a new Peace Art Garden. The garden, which will symbolize peace on Earth, was designed by John Michler owner of Michler’s Gardens and Greenhouses and Michler Florist will be located at BCTC’s Leestown Campus.

The new garden will boast a wide variety of perennial plants including Black-eyed Susan, Sedum “Autumn Joy” Phox paniculata, Butterfly Bush, Anemone japonica, Boltonia and Joe-Pye Weed. Other permanent fixtures of the garden will be bird feeders, sculptures, benches and engraved markers for the plants.

Under the direction of Michler, the garden will be created on June 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the west side of Leestown Campus C Building, 164 Opportunity Way in Lexington. A dedication ceremony for the garden is scheduled for September 21, the International Day of Peace.

For more information regarding the BCTC Peace Art Garden contact Rebecca Glasscock at 859.246.6319.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 5, 2008) – Students, faculty and staff at BCTC will begin planting the seeds of peace in June with the creation of a new Peace Art Garden. The garden, which will symbolize peace on Earth, was designed by John Michler owner of Michler’s Gardens and Greenhouses and Michler Florist will be located at BCTC’s Leestown Campus.

BCTC Faculty and Staff Members Honored at New Horizons Awards Banquet

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6/10/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Top: Tracey Knowles and Bottom: Linda FaulLEXINGTON, KY (June 10) – Two of Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) best were among faculty and staff honored at the Kentucky Community Technical College System (KCTCS) New Horizons Awards banquet in May. Tracy L. Knowles, associate professor Natural Sciences Division, received the faculty award and Linda L. Faul, senior administrative assistant Student Services, received the staff award.

Knowles received both honors as the outstanding faculty member from BCTC and the KCTCS Faculty System Award of Excellence. She was chosen for statewide honors by a committee of her peers and received $1,000 to be used for professional development. “She is a constant source of inspiration and makes those around her better. She is truly an exceptional faculty member and without a doubt a “master teacher,” said one of her nominators.

Faul, recipient of the staff award is a 27 year veteran of the community college and is known for her excellent customer service qualities, her work ethic and professional yet cheerful attitude. “She is one of the best assets we have here at BCTC, and she sets a good example for all those with whom she comes into daily contact” said BCTC President Dr. Augusta Julian. “It is an honor to have her as a part of the BCTC team.”

BCTC’s honorees were among 33 KCTCS faculty and staff members recognized at the New Horizons Awards banquet. A list of all faculty and staff honorees follows, alphabetically by college.

Ashland Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Diana J. Opell, Office Support Associate, Office of Lifelong Learning
  • Faculty Award: Ms. Warren H. Howard, Assistant Professor of English

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Denese S. Atkinson, Interim Director of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Faculty Award: Ms. Carla A. Reynolds, Coordinator of Business Administration, Medical Technology, and Office Systems Technology

Bowling Green Technical College

  • Staff Award: Mr. Mark Brooks, Director of Public Relations
  • Faculty Award: Ms. Carmen C. Gaskins, Associate Professor, Computer Literacy

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Susan T. Berry, Instructional Specialist, Mathematics
  • Faculty Award: Mr. Anthony Slone, Associate Professor, Business Administration

Gateway Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Dale A. Meyer, Director of Grants
  • Faculty Award: Ms. Teri VonHandorf, Instructor, Developmental Math and Division Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies

Hazard Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Mr. Elbert E. Hagans, Business Affairs Specialist
  • Faculty Award: Mr. Tony Back, Assistant Professor, CAD

Henderson Community College

  • Staff Award: Mr. Greg M. Tope, Facilities Management Team Leader
  • Faculty Award: Ms. Bridget L. Murray, Associate Professor, Early Childhood

Hopkinsville Community College

  • Staff Award: Mr. Marc A. Barker, Campus/Education Center Director, Fort Campbell Campus Site
  • Faculty Award: Mr. Gregory W. Bridgeman, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice

Jefferson Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Mary Warford, Administrative Assistant to the Chair of Allied Health Division
  • Faculty Award: Mr. Morgan R. Broadhead, Professor of History

Madisonville Community College

  • Staff Award: Mr. Brad K. Downall, Director, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts
  • Faculty Award: Mr. Greg Jewell, Professor of English

Maysville Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Billie P. Barbour, Admissions
  • Faculty Award: Ms. Sharon G. Wilson, Professor of Biology

Owensboro Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Stacy R. Edds-Ellis, Director, Discover College
  • Faculty Award: Dr. Scott Williams, Associate Professor of Agriculture

Somerset Community College

  • Staff Award: Mr. Sean Ayers, Student Affairs Recruiter
  • Faculty Award: Dr. Ron Meade, Assistant Professor of Health

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Lisa Ahlstedt, Librarian
  • Faculty Award: Ms. Sandy Holbrook, Associate Professor of Humanities

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

  • Staff Award: Ms. Bettie U. Bean, Software Training Specialist
  • Faculty Award: Ms. Renea Akin, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

KCTCS System Office

  • System Office Award: Ms. Terri Giltner, System Director of Marketing and Communications

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 10) – Two of Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) best were among faculty and staff honored at the Kentucky Community Technical College System (KCTCS) New Horizons Awards banquet in May. Tracy L. Knowles, associate professor Natural Sciences Division, received the faculty award and Linda L. Faul, senior administrative assistant Student Services, received the staff award.

BCTC and Talon Winery Sponsor Kentucky Wine & Arts Festival

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6/11/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 11, 2008) – Looking for a fun activity this weekend? Join Bluegrass Community & Technical College and Talon Winery for two days of wine, food, art, music and more at the Kentucky Wine Arts Festival.

The festival will be held Saturday, June 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the grounds of Talon Winery located at 7086 Tates Creek Road in Lexington.

Free activities at the event will include artist vendor sales, musical performances, theatrical performances, short film viewings and children’s art activities. The festival will also offer wine tastings, wine, beer and food sales. A tentative musical schedule is as follows:

Saturday

  • 2:00 Rainjunkies (Alternative Folk)
  • 3:00 Wes Houp (Blues)
  • 4:00 What Happened When (Acoustic Rock)
  • 5:00 Argo Lynn (Folk Country)

Sunday

  • 1:00 Alien Blue
  • 2:00 Jazzmerized (Smooth Jazz)
  • 3:00 For Stella (Rock and Roll)

For further information regarding the festival, contact Teresa Tope at (859)246-6601 or teresa.tope@kctcs.edu.

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BCTC to offer CIT Summer Institute

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6/16/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 16, 2008) - The 11th Annual CIT Summer Institute will be held from July 7th through July 10th at Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Institute is designed to train college and K-12 faculty to use and teach information technology as well as train the support staff who keep the systems running.

This year’s workshop topics will include PHP/MYSQL, Alice, Office 2007, Web Design, BlackBoard, Second Life and Windows 2008 Server.

More information and registration is available at CIT Summer Institute Online

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 16, 2008) - The 11th Annual CIT Summer Institute will be held from July 7th through July 10th at Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive in Lexington, Kentucky.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Granted 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award

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7/7/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Brent EldridgeMore than $1.2 million in HP technology, cash and professional development awarded to 10 U.S. colleges and universities to enhance teaching and learning

LEXINGTON, KY (July 07, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) was awarded a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award designed to transform and learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology. 

Each of the HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients will use wireless HP Tablet PCs to enhance learning in engineering, math, science, or computer science. The HP Tablet PC screens will allow BCTC students to share their ideas while solving complex problems in science. Communication between faculty and students will also enhance the development of learning communities.

Leadership Awards are higher-value reinvestment grants awarded to HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients whose projects have demonstrated success in their first year of implementation. BCTC was selected for reinvestment because of its success in using HP technology to enhance instruction – demonstrating a measurable, positive impact on student achievement ¬– and for proposing innovative plans to expand their programs to have broader impact on student success.

BCTC is one of 10 HP Technology for Teaching higher education grant recipients that have been selected for the Leadership Award in 2008. The award package includes $131,000 in cash, professional development and HP equipment.

In addition to the equipment and cash, a representative from BCTC will attend the annual HP Technology for Teaching Worldwide Higher Education Conference to be held in San Diego, Calif. in February 2009. During the conference, grant recipients will join together to share ideas about how to effectively incorporate HP technology – such as the HP Tablet PC – into their teaching curriculums and the learning experiences of their students. Through a series of hands-on workshops, poster sessions and lectures, recipients from around the world will be invited to share their project details with peer educators across all disciplines such as mathematics; medicine and chemistry; and geological, physical, biological, and agricultural sciences. Many teachers and professors will also demonstrate their use of a variety of software solutions to support their course redesign efforts.

“I want to thank HP and BCTC for their commitment in seeking new ways to transform the learning environment to enhance student achievement in the sciences,” stated grant contact, Brent Eldridge, BCTC Associate Professor of Chemistry.

Since 2004, HP has contributed $60 million in HP Technology for Teaching grants to more than 1,000 schools in 41 countries worldwide. During the past 20 years, HP has contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other nonprofit organizations around the world.

“Education is at the core of HP’s giving strategy, and we are devoted to providing leading universities with the technology, funding and training needed to promote student success in higher education and beyond,” said Sid Espinosa, director of Global Social Investment programs at HP. “In awarding these leadership grants, HP aims to help teachers empower students by giving them the tools and resources vital in the 21st century workplace.”

More information about the 2008 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach.

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 07, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) was awarded a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award designed to transform and learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology.

BCTC Recognized in Community College Week Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers”

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7/9/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 9, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) was ranked 18th in the 2008 Community College Week Magazine’s list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. BCTC achieved the ranking in both “One-Year Certificates – All Disciplines” and “Two-Year Certificates – All Disciplines,” according to the magazine.

BCTC was also recognized by the magazine in a chart entitled “Big Leapers,” which included colleges that saw the biggest increase in associate degree production in the last five years. According to the chart, BCTC awarded 123 associate degrees in 2003, 202 in 2004, 178 in 2005, 838 in 2006 and 923 in 2007. BCTC’s percentage of increase, according to the magazine was 65.5 percent.

The rankings are based upon data reported by the institutions to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which is collected by the National Center for Education Statistics. Community College Week compared the average annual increase in associate degrees awarded between 2003 and 2007, the most recent years for which data is available.

BCTC has also been recognized for its transfer rate to four-year institutions by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. More transfers in 2006-07 came from Bluegrass Community and Technical College (1,086) than from any other KCTCS college. Bluegrass was the largest feeder for four of the state’s universities (University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, and Northern Kentucky University). Overall, Bluegrass transfers account for nearly one fourth (24.3 percent) of all KCTCS transfers.

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 9, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) was ranked 18th in the 2008 Community College Week Magazine’s list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. BCTC achieved the ranking in both “One-Year Certificates – All Disciplines” and “Two-Year Certificates – All Disciplines,” according to the magazine.

Bell named Vice President of Finance and Operations at BCTC

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8/18/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Lisa BellLEXINGTON, KY (August 18, 2008) – Lisa Bell was named Vice President of Finance and Operations for Bluegrass Community & Technical College effective July 16. Bell previously served in the Office of Audit Services for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System for 7 years and as the BCTC Interim Chief Financial Officer since January 2008. She will oversee the Finance, Business Office and Maintenance and Operations departments.

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 18, 2008) – Lisa Bell was named Vice President of Finance and Operations for Bluegrass Community & Technical College effective July 16.

Back To School Is A Time For Celebration At BCTC

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8/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of a Student Getting Ice Cream at the Ice Cream SocialLEXINGTON, KY (August 21, 2008) – Another summer has come and gone and it’s time to get back to class at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). Fall 2008 classes at BCTC campuses in Lexington and in Danville, Lawrenceburg and Winchester-Clark County will begin Monday, August 25. Enrollment is up more than 10 percent this fall from 2007, setting the tone for a big opening day for students, faculty and staff.

To welcome students and celebrate the beginning of a new school year, the administration of BCTC will hold a series of ice cream socials. On Monday, August 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. treats will be dished out on the Cooper Campus. On Regency Campus the event will be held on Thursday, August 28 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and at the Leestown Campus on Friday, August 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Danville Campus will hold their ice cream social on Wednesday, August 27, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Lawrenceburg Campus on Wednesday, August 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Winchester-Clark County Campus on Tuesday, August 26, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The socials are free and open to all BCTC students.

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 21, 2008) – Another summer has come and gone and it’s time to get back to class at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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8/22/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: President’s Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (Friday, August 22, 2008) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 6 p.m., in the President’s Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, board members, information and minutes of past meetings visit http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/

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LEXINGTON, KY (Friday, August 22, 2008) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 6 p.m., in the President’s Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

BCTC Receives National Science Foundation Grant

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8/26/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 26, 2008) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) has received a $149,980 grant from the National Science Foundation for support of a “Waterjet Cutting Technology for Machine Tool Technicians” project.

Under the direction of BCTC faculty members Mark Welch and Russell Chaney, the two-year grant will be used to develop an effective training program in state-of-the-art waterjet cutting processes for machine tool technicians and other programs in manufacturing.

This exciting new water jet training will also offer a new credential for students enrolled in courses related to the training” said Welch. “BCTC will be the first in the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) to offer this new credential. The Machine Tool Technology Department is very pleased to provide training opportunities for students and companies to stay competitive in Kentucky. Training sessions for instructors, secondary teachers and industry representatives will take place starting in the 2008- 2009 academic year and will continue through September, 2010”.

The project will be housed at BCTC’s Danville Campus where students will have the opportunity to work on a waterjet cutting machine which is quickly becoming a new “standard tool” in machine shops around the world. For further information contact Mark Welch at mark.welch@kctcs.edu or Russell Chaney at rchaney0002@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 26, 2008) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) has received a $149,980 grant from the National Science Foundation for support of a “Waterjet Cutting Technology for Machine Tool Technicians” project.

BCTC Welcomes Kenya Scholars

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8/27/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Phillip Owuor, Dr.Augusta A. Julian, and John AgureLEXINGTON, KY (August 27, 2008) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is proud to announce that two distinguished visiting scholars from Maseno University (MU), Kenya, have joined the faculty at BCTC Cooper Campus for the fall 2008 semester. Professors Phillip Owuor and John Agure will bring their respective expertise to BCTC’s mathematics and chemistry departments.

Professor Owuor, Director of the School of Graduate Studies at Maseno University, will be teaching Chemistry. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, Owuor received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1980.

Agure, Dean Faculty of Science at Maseno University will be teaching Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from the University of Birmingham in England in 1992.

The visiting professors are part of a faculty exchange agreement between Maseno University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College coordinated by faculty member Iddah Otieno, Associate of English at BCTC. The exchange program has been in existence for five years.

Photo: Dr. Augusta A. Julian (center) welcomes visiting professors Phillip Owuor (left), Director, School of Graduate Studies at Maseno University and John Agure (right), Dean, Faculty of Science at MU.

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LEXINGTON, KY (August 27, 2008) –Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is proud to announce that two distinguished visiting scholars from Maseno University (MU), Kenya, have joined the faculty at BCTC Cooper Campus for the fall 2008 semester.

New Interim Campus Director takes the reins at BCTC in Winchester-Clark County

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9/3/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Sheila SimpsonLEXINGTON, KY (September 3, 2008) – Shelia Simpson has been named Interim Campus Director of the new Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Winchester-Clark County Campus. Simpson has worked the last five years as a Project Manager with Corporate and Community Development at BCTC in charge of community education. Prior to that position, she was the Public Relations Director at Midway College. She will be providing overall management and supervision at the campus and is responsible for representing BCTC in the local community, working with industry educational institutions, and other community groups.

I am very honored and excited to lead the Winchester-Clark County Campus” said Simpson. “The student response to the new building has been very positive and the generous, supportive spirit of this community ensures future growth. This new campus is poised to be the fastest growing of the BCTC regional campuses and will play a key role in providing a trained workforce for our service area.”

Simpson is following in the footsteps of former Community Liaison Jo Ellen Reed, who led campus development through completion of the new building with much support from the community. Reed is taking her skills to another area of the college as Community Resource Development Specialist with BCTC’s Office of Development. In her new role, Reed will be working with individuals, businesses and local officials throughout the Bluegrass Region to generate awareness, interest, and involvement in BCTC. She will also be wrapping up the remaining details of the local fundraising campaign, including managing the federal appropriations received for the Winchester-Clark County Campus. She will continue to be active in the development of the campus as a member of the campus advisory council. The Office of Development also provides support to the BCTC Foundation.

Photo: Shelia Simpson

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 3, 2008) – Shelia Simpson has been named Interim Campus Director of the new Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Winchester-Clark County Campus. Simpson has worked the last five years as a Project Manager with Corporate and Community Development at BCTC in charge of community education.

Lawrenceburg Campus First Stop for BCTC Leadership Academy

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9/10/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Leadership AcademyLEXINGTON, KY (September 10, 2008) – Members of the 2008 - 2009 Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Leadership Academy held their first meeting at BCTC’s Lawrenceburg Campus on Tuesday, September 9.

The program is designed to provide college personnel with the opportunity to expand their leadership skills by exploring leadership literature, by increasing their knowledge of BCTC and the communities in which the college has campuses, and by participating in a leadership project. Members meet once a month for ten months beginning in September. Graduation ceremonies for the class will be held in April 2009.

The following faculty and staff have been selected to be members of BCTC’s second Leadership Academy class:

Melissa Anderson
Cosmetology
Paul Blankenship
Mathematics
Judy Brown
Payroll
Carol Crawford
Advanced Manufacturing Center
Tracy Dennis
Human Resources
Carrie Renee Felts
Nursing Student Resource Center
Tiffany Hayden
Academic Advisor
Tammy Horn
Purchasing/Accounts Payable
Larry Iaquinta
Institutional Research
Laquanda Miller
Student Development & Enrollment  Management
Gary Powell
History/Political Science
Lafoun Rawlins-Fellows
President’s Office
Maria Rutherford
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood
Tammy Satterly
Registrar’s Office
Rick Smoot
History
LouAnn Sunley
Grants’ Office

Photo: BCTC President Augusta A. Julian (left) and the 2008 – 2009 Leadership Academy.

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LEXINGTON, KY (September 10, 2008) – Members of the 2008 - 2009 Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Leadership Academy held their first meeting at BCTC’s Lawrenceburg Campus on Tuesday, September 9.

Winchester-Clark County Community Realizes the Dream of a New College Campus BCTC Dedicates Winchester-Clark County Campus

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9/25/2008 12:00:00 AM

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BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus Ribbon Cutting CeremonyWINCHESTER, KY (Thursday, September 25, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) celebrated a new era in education for Winchester-Clark County with the dedication of the BCTC Winchester-Clark County campus on September 25. The new campus, located at 2020 Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester is a state-of-the-art 23,645 square foot building that currently serves more than 600 students this fall. The building houses nine classrooms, a biology/chemistry laboratory, computer classroom, computer and resource room, student lounge, meeting rooms, office space for faculty, and a daycare facility set to open in November.

“This is a great day for Bluegrass Community & Technical College,” said BCTC President Dr. August A. Julian. “In partnership with Winchester and Clark County, we are providing increased access to higher education for students and enhanced resources for economic development. We are committed to growing this campus in new and innovative ways, so that its promise is borne out in opportunity for higher education, career development and job skills, and an increasingly successful region.”

“The creation of this facility will provide students with opportunities to learn in a state-of-the art environment, developing the needed skills to be competitive in today’s workforce,” added Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall.

The 4:00 p.m. dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Senator R. J. Palmer, Representative Don Pasley, Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner, Clark County Judge Executive Henry Branham, Executive Director Winchester-Clark County Industrial Authority Todd Denham, KCTCS President Dr. McCall, KCTCS Board of Regents Chair Richard A. Bean, BCTC Board of Directors Chair Florence Sue Huffman, members of the KCTCS Board of Regents and numerous business and community representatives as well as BCTC faculty, staff and students.

The building was designed by Voelker. Blackburn. Niehoff. Architects of Louisville, KY. Contractors for this project were James R. Leake & Son Contractors. State oversight on this project was provided by Butch Hatcher, Project Architect, Division of Engineering, Commonwealth of Kentucky and Jody McKee, Capital Project Manager for KCTCS.

Photo: Cutting the ribbon at the new BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus

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WINCHESTER, KY (Thursday, September 25, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) celebrated a new era in education for Winchester-Clark County with the dedication of the BCTC Winchester-Clark County campus on September 25.

BCTC Associate Professor Pens History of Lexington Community College

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10/7/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Rick SmootLEXINGTON, KY (October 7, 2008) – December 2005 marked the end on a long history of Lexington Technical Institute (LTI) later named Lexington Community College’s (LCC) relationship with its parent institution, the University of Kentucky.

Rick Smoot’s new pictorial history of the college commemorates and celebrates the achievements of the last forty years. Titled, The University of Kentucky Lexington Community College, 1965 -2005: A Pictorial History, and published by Donning Company Publishers, the book is filled with nearly 200 photos and other images and numerous historical facts with a side by side history of the development of two-year postsecondary institutions in the United States and Kentucky.

Richard (Rick) Clayton Smoot is a native of Ashland, Kentucky, where he attended the public schools and graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School. After attending Ashland Community College for two years, Rick went on to earn a liberal arts bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in history from Marshall University, and earned his doctor of philosophy degree in history from the University of Kentucky. Presently, he is an associate professor of history with Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) in Lexington, and teaches history in an adjunct capacity at the University of Kentucky. He is author of Lexington Country Club: A History of the First One Hundred Years, 1901-2001 by (Donning, 2004), and a co-author and compiler of Kentucky Through the Centuries (Kendall/Hunt, 2005).

The book may be purchased at the BCTC Cooper Campus Barnes & Noble store (470 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40506-0235). The price per book is $26.50. To order a copy e-mail your request with payment information (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) to sm401@bncollege.com.

Photo: Rick Smoot autographs copies of his book at the BCTC Winchester-Clark County campus dedication.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 7, 2008) – December 2005 marked the end on a long history of Lexington Technical Institute (LTI) later named Lexington Community College’s (LCC) relationship with its parent institution, the University of Kentucky.

BCTC Foundation Board Announces New Officers and Directors

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10/22/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Doug Oliver
Photo of Tom Masterson
Photo of Alan Turbyfill
Photo of O.R. Powell
Photo of Steve Rinehart

LEXINGTON, KY (October 22, 2008) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Foundation Board of Directors began the 2008-2009 year by electing their officers and inviting two individuals to join them as directors.

  • Douglas Oliver of Winchester was re-elected for a second term as Chair. Doug is retired from East Kentucky Power. He has been on the board since its inception in 2006.
  • Tom Masterson, President of TEM Group with offices in Lexington and Louisville, will serve another term as Vice Chair. He has also been on the board since its inception in 2006.
  • Alan Turbyfill, President and CEO of Kentucky Trust Company in Danville, Kentucky, has been chosen as Secretary/Treasurer. He joined the board soon after its inception in 2006.

The new directors are O. R. Powell, Director of Corporate HR & Talent Management for Ashland, Inc. in Lexington, Kentucky and Steve Rinehart, Human Resource Manager at Denyo Manufacturing Corporation in Danville, Kentucky.

Photos Top to Bottom: Doug Oliver, Tom Masterson, Alan Turbyfill, O.R. Powell, Steve Rinehart.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 22, 2008) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Foundation Board of Directors began the 2008-2009 year by electing their officers and inviting two individuals to join them as directors.

BCTC Blue + Press Conference

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10/24/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: BCTC Cooper Campus, Academic and Technical Building, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington KY

LEXINGTON, KY (October 24, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the University of Kentucky (UK) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, October 29 to announce an exciting new transfer opportunity between BCTC students and UK.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 24, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the University of Kentucky (UK) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, October 29 to announce an exciting new transfer opportunity between BCTC students and UK.

BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus Announces New Construction Technology Program

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10/28/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 28, 2008) – The Construction Technology Program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will be expanding its program to the Lawrenceburg campus with classes beginning January 12, 2008. Space is limited to 18 students.

Students entering the Construction Technology program will learn site layout and foundations, floor and wall framing, interior and exterior finishes, blueprint reading, and estimating. Classes will meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Construction Technology classes will include: Introduction to Carpentry, Blueprint Reading, Site Layout and Industrial Safety. Google Sketch-Up and Timberline Estimating Program are two of the computer software programs that will be used throughout the program.

I am very proud that we have grown the program to the point of expansion and will be offering construction classes at another location which will give students in the Lawrenceburg and surrounding area an opportunity to attend classes closer to home” said Claude Gross, Coordinator of the Construction Technology Program. “Our program offers a full AAS degree in construction technology that is transferable into the local universities. The program has strong support and ties with industry both residential and commercial, and is in part one of the reasons the program is expanding.” Those interested in entering the program should complete an application to the college and meet with a financial aid officer to determine eligibility for federal financial aid and/or scholarships. The program takes 12 months to complete a certificate, 18 months for a diploma, and two years to complete an associate degree. For more information on the program or to take a tour, contact Laura Lynch at (502)839-8488 ext 56583 or e-mail laura.lynch@kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 28, 2008) – The Construction Technology Program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will be expanding its program to the Lawrenceburg campus with classes beginning January 12, 2008. Space is limited to 18 students.

BCTC and UK Announce Dual Enrollment and Transfer Agreement

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10/29/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Augusta A. Julian and Lee T. Todd Jr.LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2008) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the University of Kentucky today announced a new dual enrollment agreement and a new program aimed at streamlining the transfer process from BCTC to UK.

BCTC President Augusta A. Julian and UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. signed the dual enrollment agreement during a news conference on the BCTC campus. It is the first formal relationship that allows students to take classes at both schools simultaneously since BCTC joined the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

The dual enrollment agreement sets the stage for the new BCTCblue+ program which is designed for students who plan to complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from BCTC and then transfer to UK to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students who enter the BCTCblue+ program will be eligible to take classes at a reduced tuition rate at UK while enrolled at BCTC, and when they successfully complete the associate degree (BCTC students must have a 2.0 GPA to graduate), the students will be guaranteed admission to UK upon application by the appropriate deadline.

This program focuses on what is best for the students,” said Julian. “It reconfirms and values our historical relationship with UK and the fact that students have in the past had very fluid movement between the two institutions. This agreement allows us to be true partners in higher education.

"We are pleased to partner with Bluegrass Community and Technical College to offer this opportunity to students who may not be ready for the UK experience right out of high school, but who have aspirations of acquiring a four-year degree," said Todd. "Research shows that students who transfer to UK after earning their associate degree are more likely to complete their baccalaureate degree than other transfer students. BCTCblue+ encourages that type of success and hopefully will result in more Kentuckians obtaining four-year degrees."

BCTCblue+ allows students to take classes at UK that are not offered at BCTC, and it gives the community college students the chance to experience UK academically before committing to the larger research university. Other advantages of the program include the following.

  • After students earn 15 credit hours at BCTC, they will be eligible to take up to 12 credit hours of coursework toward their associate degree at UK and pay the lower BCTC tuition rate for those UK classes.
  • Earning an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree means students will already have fulfilled their general education courses when transferring to UK.
  • Students will receive enhanced academic advising and are eligible to apply for scholarships reserved for students in the program.
  • Students can priority register for pre-major and major courses at UK while attending BCTC.
  • Students are eligible to apply for UK housing and dining services. BCTCblue+ will begin with the fall 2009 semester, but students may start applying immediately. An online application and more information are available at the Transfer Center.

We "see blue" at the University of Kentucky. We're home not only to powerhouse basketball and the best of intercollegiate athletics; we're also nationally ranked in more than 70 academic programs. We're charting an aggressive, exciting path toward becoming a Top 20 public research institution. “see blue.” is a lot of things, but most of all it's about helping students realize their potential and harness the power of their dreams. For more about UK’s efforts to become a Top 20 university and how we "see blue," visit www.uky.edu/OPBPA/business_plan.htm.

Photo: BCTC President Augusta A. Julian and UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr. congratulate each other after signing the BCTCblue+ agreement.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2008) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the University of Kentucky today announced a new dual enrollment agreement and a new program aimed at streamlining the transfer process from BCTC to UK.

BCTC Theater Program Presents Dancing with Dani

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10/29/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 29, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Theater Program will present Dancing with Dani on Thursday, November 6 through Saturday November 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Dancing with Dani is a story about Jason, a young man whose wife dies in a car accident and the group of high school friends who reunite with him to provide solace and support. Along the way, old wounds resurface and the genesis of Jason’s true grief is revealed.“It’s like a modern day Big Chill” said Teresa Tope, BCTC Associate Dean.Performances will be held at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main Street, Lexington. Tickets are $7.00 for BCTC students, faculty and staff and general admission is $12.00. For more information visit www.lexarts.org or contact Tim Davis, BCTC Theater and Film Program Coordinator at (859)246-6672.

 

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LEXINGTON, KY (October 29, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s (BCTC) Theater Program will present Dancing with Dani on Thursday, November 6 through Saturday November 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Dancing with Dani is a story about Jason, a young man whose wife dies in a car accident and the group of high school friends who reunite with him to provide solace and support.

BCTC Construction Technology Program Opens Its Doors In Lawrenceburg

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11/12/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Laura Lynch Addressing a CrowdLEXINGTON, KY (November 12, 2008) – BCTC’s Lawrenceburg Campus held an open house to introduce the new Construction Technology program to the public on November 11. The event brought together representatives from the college, community members and prospective students for a program review that included a tour of the new construction technology classroom and lab.

The Lawrenceburg program is an extension of the existing program located in Lexington on the BCTC Leestown Campus. Students enrolled in the program will learn site layout and foundations, floor and wall framing, interior and exterior finishes, blueprint reading, and estimating. The program takes 12 months to complete a certificate, 18 months for a diploma, and two years to complete an associate degree.

The college is now accepting applications for enrollment. Classes begin January 12. For more information, contact Laura Lynch at 502.839.8488 ext 56583 or e-mail laura.lynch@kctcs.edu.

Photo: Laura Lynch, Assistant Professor of Carpentry, addresses the crowd at the Construction Technology program open house.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 12, 2008) – BCTC’s Lawrenceburg Campus held an open house to introduce the new Construction Technology program to the public on November 11. The event brought together representatives from the college, community members and prospective students for a program review that included a tour of the new construction technology classroom and lab.

EKU, BCTC ANNOUNCE PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS REACH EDUCATIONAL GOALS

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11/18/2008 12:00:00 AM

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RICHMOND, KY (November 18, 2008) – Eastern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College have announced a cooperative program that will help students achieve their educational goals.

By successfully completing the BCTC Colonel Program, BCTC students gain a strong academic foundation and will be guaranteed admission to EKU.

“The BCTC Colonel Program gives students considering or planning to transfer to EKU an important, early connection with a university partner,” said Dr. Augusta A. Julian, BCTC president. “Support and incentives such as advising, on-site registration and entry to athletic events, plus the financial support will help these talented students make the transition.”

To enter the BCTC Colonel Program, students should:

  • Apply for admission to BCTC and submit an official copy of high school transcript or GED scores.
  • Submit ACT scores or take COMPASS test in math, reading and writing to determine appropriate courses. A high ACT score may negate the need for developmental courses.
  • Complete any required developmental courses at BCTC.
  • Complete an associate of arts or science degree at BCTC and earn at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

BCTC Colonel students will receive enhanced transfer advising from the EKU transfer coordinator located on the BCTC campus, and will participate in a special orientation, also on site. They will also be able to attend EKU athletic events for free.

“The BCTC Colonel Program will provide a seamless transition and an opportunity for Bluegrass students to achieve their academic goals,” said Nicole McGrew, a transfer admissions and articulation coordinator with EKU who’s based on the BCTC Cooper Campus. “Eastern was the first university to have an onsite transfer adviser at BCTC and offer half-price tuition to those who qualify. Now, through this program we will be the first to offer onsite registration and free access to all athletic events. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to become part of the Eastern community.”

More EKU transfer students come from BCTC than any other school; last year, more than 270 BCTC students transferred to EKU. BCTC students who transferred in 2006/07 earned an average 2.93 GPA after their initial year at a four-year institution.

“The strong partnership between BCTC and EKU is made even stronger through the BCTC Colonel transfer program,” said Catharine Penfold Navarro, director of BCTC’s Transfer Center. “This program will allow more BCTC students to transfer to EKU and fulfill their educational dreams of earning a bachelor’s degree.”

Students who earn 24 credit hours at BCTC with a cumulative 3.0 GPA are automatically awarded a KCTCS Transfer Scholarship, which amounts to half the normal EKU in-state tuition rate for up to six semesters.

In addition, those BCTC Colonel students who qualify for financial aid will also be able to apply the aid at EKU. By maintaining the required GPA, students can also transfer their KEES money to EKU.

For more information about becoming a BCTC Colonel student, contact McGrew at (859)246-6430 or at nicole.mcgrew@eku.edu, or Penfold Navarro at (859)246-4622 or cathy.navarro@kctcs.edu.

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RICHMOND, KY (November 18, 2008) – Eastern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College have announced a cooperative program that will help students achieve their educational goals.

Daugherty receives L.R. Bean Radiology Award at BCTC

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11/24/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of Debbie Kelly, Brittany Daugherty, and Amy MullerLEXINGTON, KY (November 24, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) radiology student Brittany Daugherty, received the 2008 L.R. Bean Radiology Award during the Student Dental Hygienists Association (SADHA) meeting on October 28.

The award is named for Dr. L.R. Bean who taught dental radiology at Lexington Community College (now BCTC) for more than 17 years. In 1991, he created an endowment for a dental hygiene student who showed “empathy with patients, a sense of humor, and exceptional abilities in the area of oral radiology.” Since Dr. Bean’s death, his family has continued to sponsor the scholarship.

“Dr. Bean was a true treasure and extremely dedicated to providing quality education for all students,” said Debbie Kelly, BCTC Professor of Dental Hygiene. “Brittany is a very talented student and is someone that the scholarship committee felt Dr. Bean would have enjoyed teaching.” Daugherty, who home-schooled herself throughout her junior and senior year of high school graduated at age 16 and went on to work as a dental assistant before joining the Dental Radiology program at BCTC. She currently resides in Nicholasville, KY.

Photo: Pictured left to right: Debbie Kelly, BCTC Professor of Dental Hygiene, Brittany Daugherty, Amy Muller, Dental Hygiene Adjunct Faculty Member.

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LEXINGTON, KY (November 24, 2008) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) radiology student Brittany Daugherty, received the 2008 L.R. Bean Radiology Award during the Student Dental Hygienists Association (SADHA) meeting on October 28.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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12/3/2008 12:00:00 AM

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  • Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Place: Leestown Campus, Building C board room, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (December 2, 2008) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 6:00 p.m., at the Leestown Campus, Building C board room, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, board members, information and minutes of past meetings visit http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 2, 2008) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 6:00 p.m., at the Leestown Campus, Building C board room, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

Georgetown-Scott County Advisory Council for BCTC selects new leaders

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12/10/2008 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 10, 2008) – The Georgetown-Scott County Advisory Council for Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has selected a new Chair and Vice-Chair. Dallas Blankenship, former superintendent of Scotty County Schools will lead the advisory council this year. In addition to being the retired superintendent, Blankenship is a founding member of the Quality People and Organizations and the current chair of the Georgetown Community Hospital. He has been a member of the council since its inception in 2006.

Christy Hockensmith was selected as the Vice-Chair for the advisory council. Hockensmith is Vice-President of the Hockensmith Agency and also serves as President of the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce. She has also been on the council since 2006.

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 10, 2008) – The Georgetown-Scott County Advisory Council for Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has selected a new Chair and Vice-Chair.

KCTCS officials attend BCTC December board meeting

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12/12/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of the December of Board MeetingLEXINGTON, KY (December 12, 2008) – Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents Chair, Richard A. Bean and Dr. Michael A. McCall, President of KCTCS recently attended the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) December board meeting. At the meeting, both Bean and McCall expressed their appreciation to the faculty and staff of BCTC for their untiring work throughout the year.

December Board MeetingWhile at the meeting, Bean and McCall also met with two visiting scholars from Maseno University (MU) in Kenya that joined the BCTC faculty for the fall semester. Professor Phillip Owuor, Director of the School of Graduate Studies at Maseno University is teaching chemistry at BCTC and John Agure, Dean Faculty of Science at MU is teaching mathematics.

Photo top:(Pictured left to right) Iddah Otieno, Florence Sue Huffman, Chair, BCTC Board of Directors, Professor Phillip Owuor, Professor John Agure and BCTC President Augusta A. Julian.

Photo bottom:(Pictured left to right) Dr. Michael McCall, President, KCTCS, Professor Phillip Owuor, Iddah Otieno, Professor John Agure and Richard A. Bean, Chair, KCTCS Board of Regents.

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 12, 2008) – Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents Chair, Richard A. Bean and Dr. Michael A. McCall, President of KCTCS recently attended the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) December board meeting.

Six BCTC students receive ACS Winners for Life College Scholarships

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12/17/2008 12:00:00 AM

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Photo of ACS Scholarship WinnersLEXINGTON, KY (December 17, 2008) – In an effort to make college more affordable, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) awarded scholarships to six Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) students during a ceremony on December 10. Each student will receive $1,000 per semester, with a maximum award of $4,000, based on students maintaining good academic standing.

“My will and determination have gotten me this far,” said scholarship recipient Daniela Hodges. “With ACS’ support, nothing will stop me now.” Hodges thanked The Winners for Life Foundation during the awards ceremony and noted that with their help, she can enroll as a full time student next semester. Last semester she could only afford to enroll in one class.

The scholarships are funded through ACS’ partnership with Winners for Life. The ACS Philanthropic Foundation, Inc. was established to assist in furthering education outreach in the communities where its employees live and work. The Foundation provides programs that address the needs and advancement of education and technology enrichment to students in underfunded educational institutions. Educational programs currently supported include Winners for Life, World of Work, and Readers are Leaders.

“These scholarships help the foundation fulfill one of its goals of rewarding students who are motivated to succeed, but might not have the resources to make it happen,” said Lora Villarreal, president and chair of the ACS Philanthropic Foundation, and executive vice president and chief people officer of ACS.

“Bluegrass Community and Technical College is pleased to partner with ACS to bring the Winners for Life program to Lexington,” said Dr. Augusta A. Julian, president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College. “Community partnerships like this help our student to have the support they need to reach their goals and be a success in life. We so appreciate ACS for making these scholarships possible.”

Scholarship recipients were:

  • Ashley Adams, Lexington
  • Bethany Coleman, Danville
  • Stefanie Evans, Versailles
  • Daniela Hodges, Nicholasville
  • Anessia Nutter, Lexington
  • Alaa Thabateh, Lexington

Photo: Pictured from left to right: Augusta A. Julian, president BCTC, Daniela Hodges, Ann Vezina, executive vice-president and group president ACS, Ashley Adams, Alaa Thabateh, Stefanie Evans, Anessia Nutter, Bethany Coleman, Darin Wright, senior vice present of sales ACS

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LEXINGTON, KY (December 17, 2008) – In an effort to make college more affordable, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) awarded scholarships to six Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) students during a ceremony on December 10.

Spring Registration

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1/7/2009 12:00:00 AM

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Open Registration For Currently Enrolled Students

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Spring Registration

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1/7/2009 12:00:00 AM

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Open Registration For Currently Enrolled Students

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Bluegrass Community and Technical College Is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2009 Alumnus of the Year

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1/13/2009 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 13, 2009) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Alumnus of the Year. The award is designed to honor a BCTC alumnus who represents the positive qualities of our graduates. The nominee must be a graduate of a school currently incorporated into Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The successful candidate must have made a positive contribution in his or her career and the community in which he/she resides.

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, students or members of the community. Nominations should be made in writing and submitted to the BCTC Alumni Association/Office of Development, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington, KY 40511. The award will be presented at BCTC’s graduation ceremony in May. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 30.

Nomination forms can be found on BCTC’s website at: www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu.

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LEXINGTON, KY (January 13, 2009) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Alumnus of the Year.

KCTCS Colleges Receive More Than $3.2 million In Grants

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1/29/2009 12:00:00 AM

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to announce three of its colleges have received grants from the U.S. Department of Labor totaling more than $3.2 million.

“KCTCS has been a real leader in developing programs at our colleges that meet the demand for high wage, high skilled jobs in our communities,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.

Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) in Covington received a Community-Based Job Training (CBJT) grant for $846,670.  The grant will fund the Northern Kentucky Regional Homeland Security Careers Project.  The project will enable Gateway to add the organizational infrastructure required to create new and expanded training activities designed to increase the pipeline of qualified workers into the security industry.  This is the third Department of Labor grant Gateway has received in less than a year. The others include an $866,095 nursing expansion grant awarded in April 2008 and a $394,993 grant awarded in July to fund career education for high-growth jobs, specifically for the energy industry.

Madisonville Community College (MCC) received a Technology-Based Learning (TBL) grant for health care in the amount of $425,181.  The college will use the funding to develop an online Integrated Nursing Center Pathway to address the critical shortage of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and baccalaureate nurses in the health care industry in western Kentucky and continuous regions of three other states (Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee). MCC will model the design and delivery of the online program after its highly successful, online surgical assistant program.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) in Paducah also received a CBJT grant for $1,931,913 to be used in energy careers.  Participants in this project will work to develop a workforce that promotes regional energy capacity and efficiency.

The Department of Labor CBJT grants were introduced by former President George W. Bush in 2004.  The grants are awarded to improve the ability of community colleges to provide their regions' workers with the skills needed to enter growing industries.

GCTC and WKCTC were chosen from among 274 nationwide CBJT grant applicants.  MCC was chosen from 193 applicants for the TBL grant.

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to announce three of its colleges have received grants from the U.S. Department of Labor totaling more than $3.2 million.

Kentucky Chautauqua presents Margaret Garner: Death Before Slavery

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2/2/2009 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 2, 2009) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will be hosting a Kentucky Chautauqua presentation featuring the story of Margaret Garner (c. 1833 – 1858), a Kentucky slave who ran away and got caught — but killed one of her own children rather than see the child returned to slavery.

The program will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 on the Cooper Campus in the Oswald Building room 230, 470 Cooper Drive in Lexington. Kentucky Chautauqua, a one-person drama series from the Kentucky Humanities Council Inc., features the lives of famous and unknown contributors to Kentucky’s history and heritage. Margaret Garner will be portrayed by Erma Bush, a Louisville actress, poet, playwright, and recipient of the Kentucky Women Writers Award. Juanita White, who wrote the Margaret Garner script, will also participate by answering questions following the performance. The event is free and open to the public.

Garner’s story was the inspiration for the 1987 novel Beloved and a 2005 opera titled Margaret Garner. Garner was a slave at Maplewood, a farm in northern Kentucky. Her owner was Archibald Gaines, known for a threatening tongue and a quick hand with the whip. When she was 16 years old, Margaret married Robert Garner, who lived on another farm.

The Garners and their four children were part of a group of 17 Kentucky slaves who made a mass escape to Cincinnati in January 1856. They walked across the frozen Ohio River in the middle of the night and found their way to a safe house.

Part of the group headed on to Canada, but before the Garners could leave, the house was surrounded by a posse. The slaves were subdued after a gun battle, but not before Margaret cut the throat of her daughter Mary and tried to kill her other children. Abolitionist lawyers argued that Garner should be declared free, but a Cincinnati court ruled she was still the property of her master.

Gaines took Garner and her children back to Maplewood. He promised to return her to Ohio to be tried for murder, but then sent the whole family down the river. Garner was never tried. Still in her mid-20s, she died at Willow Bend, a cotton plantation in Mississippi, around 1858.

Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc., with statewide support from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and funding from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Hazard, Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Brown-Forman Corporation, Union College in Barbourville, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.

More information about Kentucky Humanities Council and the Kentucky Chautauqua series can be found at http://www.kyhumanities.org

Photo: Erma Bush, a Louisville actress, portrays Margaret Garner in the Kentucky Chautauqua series. Photo provided by Kentucky Humanities Council Inc.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 2, 2009) – Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will be hosting a Kentucky Chautauqua presentation featuring the story of Margaret Garner (c. 1833 – 1858), a Kentucky slave who ran away and got caught — but killed one of her own children rather than see the child returned to slavery.

BCTC and University of Kentucky Theatre Programs Present “The Grapes of Wrath”

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2/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 3, 2009) - Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the University of Kentucky (UK) theatre programs are joining together to present “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. The production will take place at the Guingol Theatre housed in UK’s Fine Arts Building on Rose Street. Performance dates are February 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 1 at 2:00 p.m.

General admission tickets are $15, BCTC and UK faculty, staff and senior citizens $10, and students $5. Contact the Singletary Ticket Office at 859.257.4929.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 3, 2009) - Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the University of Kentucky (UK) theatre programs are joining together to present “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck.

BCTC Presents the “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Exhibition”

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2/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 3, 2009) – In partnership with the Winchester Opera House, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is pleased to present the “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Exhibition”. The opening reception will be held at the Opera House located at 10 E. Lexington Avenue in Winchester, KY from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 14.

On March 30th the exhibit will move to the Bluegrass Gallery at BCTC’s Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way in Lexington. The opening reception will be from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and the exhibit will run from March 30 to April 24.

Both events and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information contact Teresa Tope at 859.246.6601.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 3, 2009) – In partnership with the Winchester Opera House, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is pleased to present the “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Exhibition”.

BCTC WINCHESTER-CLARK COUNTY CAMPUS PARTNERS WITH NEW CHILD CARE CENTER

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2/17/2009 12:00:00 AM

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WINCHESTER, KY (Feb. 17, 2009) — Deanna Harmon hasn't attended school for more than 10 years. She worked minimum wage jobs while raising her three children.

So when Harmon, 29, was accepted into the Bluegrass Community & Technical College nursing program, she also had to find child care.

She found out the Winchester-Clark County campus was partnering with Bluegrass Children’s Academy to open an on-campus child care center.

Between classes, Harmon now walks down a hallway to check on her son J.C., which gives her “peace of mind.”

“You can pop out of class, come down and see what they need, and go back to class” instead of driving to the other side of town, said Harmon, a first year nursing student. “I can put more focus into my school work.”

It’s that reason — alleviating the worry of child care— why an anonymous donor gave $250,000 dollars to help build the center, said JoEllen Reed, community specialist for the college.

The donor “wanted to see that no one was ever denied an education because child care was a barrier,” Reed said. Many of the students are also parents, said Sheila Simpson, interim director of the Winchester-Clark County Campus.

Area businesses and community groups also donated more than $31,000 in furnishings and supplies. The donors included Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Lowes, Sekisui S-LEC America LLC, Sonoco, Clark County High School Alumni, the Winchester Kiwanis Club and the Mount Sterling Kiwanis Club. Winchester residents also donated, including Reed, who donated in honor of family friend 5-year-old Holden Bishop of Winchester, and resident Martha Gamble.

Rebecca Biddle, director of Bluegrass Children’s Academy, has 10 years of experience working in preschools and day cares, but partnering with BCTC has been one of her most rewarding experiences. Biddle said students who have visited the day care tell their stories of starting over and returning to school.

“Not only do I love the kids, but I love the parents also,” Biddle said. “Because I feel like I am making a difference.”

Bluegrass Children’s Academy opened at the start of Spring 2009 semester. Enrollment is open to students and the public.

The child care center is a state licensed day care facility for up to 30 children. The day care is accepting enrollment of children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The facility offers full-time and part-time enrollment and drop-in service. Biddle said she has tried to make the child care tuition affordable for students.

Bluegrass Children’s Academy is privately owned and operated, but has partnered with BCTC to open an on-campus child care facility.

The day care is working toward having its infant, toddler and preschool programming accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, also known as NAEYC. The center will also participate in STARS for KIDS NOW, a voluntary quality rating system from the Kentucky Department of Education.

“I want to be able to help each and every student, as much as I possibly can, to get a college education and not let child care hold them back,” Biddle said.

The public is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting of Bluegrass Children’s Academy. The event will be held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Winchester-Clark County Campus, 2020 Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester.

For more information on tuition or child care center, contact Bluegrass Children’s Academy Director Rebecca Biddle at (859) 246-4679 or rbiddle0004@kctcs.edu.

Photo: Rebecca Biddle (middle) is the director of Bluegrass Children’s Academy, an on-site day care at the Winchester-Clark County campus. Biddle says partnering with BCTC has been one of her most rewarding experiences.

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WINCHESTER, KY (Feb. 17, 2009) — Deanna Harmon hasn't attended school for more than 10 years. She worked minimum wage jobs while raising her three children.

American and Chinese Views of the Inauguration

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2/18/2009 9:29:00 AM

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Visiting Chinese faculty Liu Xiaoping & Zhou Wei and ACTC staff member Traci Gibson attended President Obama’s Inauguration in Washington on January 20. They will share their reaction to being in the ‘front row’ of such a momentous occasion. NOTE: All students who attend will have another chance at winning the Gateway Laptop Computer that will be given away February 18 at the Frank X. Walker program. This program is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Diversity.

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American and Chinese Views of the Inauguration

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2/18/2009 9:29:00 AM

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Visiting Chinese faculty Liu Xiaoping & Zhou Wei and ACTC staff member Traci Gibson attended President Obama’s Inauguration in Washington on January 20. They will share their reaction to being in the ‘front row’ of such a momentous occasion. NOTE: All students who attend will have another chance at winning the Gateway Laptop Computer that will be given away February 18 at the Frank X. Walker program. This program is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Diversity.

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BCTC Dental Hygiene Students To Provide Free Dental Care for Children

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2/23/2009 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 23, 2009) – In recognition of National Dental Health Month, BCTC dental hygiene students are celebrating “Pedo Week” by providing free dental services for children between the ages of 4 and 12 starting Monday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 11. The three-day free clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on the Cooper Campus. Free services will include a dental exam, x-rays, fluoride treatments and cleanings.

The Tooth Fairy will be the featured guest to talk with the children about good dental habits.

To make an appointment for this free clinic, contact the BCTC Dental Clinic (859) 246-6857. The BCTC Dental Hygiene Clinic is also open to the community by appointment Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for dental examinations and cleanings.

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LEXINGTON, KY (February 23, 2009) – In recognition of National Dental Health Month, BCTC dental hygiene students are celebrating “Pedo Week” by providing free dental services for children between the ages of 4 and 12 starting Monday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 11.

FEMA Grant Meeting

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2/25/2009 12:00:00 AM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information Contact:

John McGlone, ACTC, (606) 326-2400 or john.mcglone@kctcs.edu

Mark Hammond, KY Fire Commission, (606) 326-2431 or mark.hammond@kctcs.edu

Feb. 20, 2009

Ashland Community and Technical College, State Fire Rescue Training and the Kentucky Fire Commission are sponsoring a USFA / FEMA workshop for their Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop. 

Ashland, KY-Ashland Community and Technical College, State Fire Rescue Training and the Kentucky Fire Commission are sponsoring a U. S. Fire Administration (USFA) / Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) workshop for their Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop.  The workshop, open to community members and fire department representatives from throughout the tri-state, will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at the ACTC Roberts Drive Campus, located at 4818 Roberts Drive in Ashland. 

Representatives of the USFA and FEMA will be on hand to discuss the purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and how to successfully complete the grant application process.

The purpose of the grant is to award one-year grants directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services (EMS) organizations of a State to enhance their abilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The primary goal is to provide assistance to meet fire departments' and nonaffiliated EMS organizations' firefighting and emergency response needs. This program seeks to support organizations that lack the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards they may face.

 For more information about this program, contact the northeast Kentucky Fire / Rescue Training Coordinator, Mark Hammond at mark.hammond@kctcs.edu or by phone 606-326-2431.

 

 

 

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If your Fire Department wants to get on the list for FEMA Grants, this is the meeting to attend.

FEMA Grant Meeting

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2/25/2009 12:00:00 AM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information Contact:

John McGlone, ACTC, (606) 326-2400 or john.mcglone@kctcs.edu

Mark Hammond, KY Fire Commission, (606) 326-2431 or mark.hammond@kctcs.edu

Feb. 20, 2009

Ashland Community and Technical College, State Fire Rescue Training and the Kentucky Fire Commission are sponsoring a USFA / FEMA workshop for their Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop. 

Ashland, KY-Ashland Community and Technical College, State Fire Rescue Training and the Kentucky Fire Commission are sponsoring a U. S. Fire Administration (USFA) / Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) workshop for their Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop.  The workshop, open to community members and fire department representatives from throughout the tri-state, will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at the ACTC Roberts Drive Campus, located at 4818 Roberts Drive in Ashland. 

Representatives of the USFA and FEMA will be on hand to discuss the purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and how to successfully complete the grant application process.

The purpose of the grant is to award one-year grants directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services (EMS) organizations of a State to enhance their abilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The primary goal is to provide assistance to meet fire departments' and nonaffiliated EMS organizations' firefighting and emergency response needs. This program seeks to support organizations that lack the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards they may face.

 For more information about this program, contact the northeast Kentucky Fire / Rescue Training Coordinator, Mark Hammond at mark.hammond@kctcs.edu or by phone 606-326-2431.

 

 

 

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If your Fire Department wants to get on the list for FEMA Grants, this is the meeting to attend.

Dancing for Your Soul

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2/27/2009 12:00:00 AM

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This event, sponsored by the ACTC Multicultural Student Organization is free and open to the public at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. Come out and watch local dance teams perform hip hop and African Dance routines.

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Dancing for Your Soul

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2/27/2009 12:00:00 AM

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This event, sponsored by the ACTC Multicultural Student Organization is free and open to the public at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. Come out and watch local dance teams perform hip hop and African Dance routines.

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Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors Meeting

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3/4/2009 12:00:00 AM

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  • Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Place: President's Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (March 2, 2009) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, March 4, at 6 p.m., in the President’s Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

For a schedule of meetings, board members, information and minutes of past meetings visit http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/president/board_of_directors/

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 2, 2009) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, March 4, at 6 p.m., in the President’s Board Room, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington.

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN 2009 KENTUCKY SCIENCE REGIONAL OLYMPIAD

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3/5/2009 12:00:00 AM

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 5, 2009) – Regional middle and high school students will compete in the 2009 Kentucky Science Regional Olympiad being held Saturday, March 7 at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

Students will compete in several areas, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences, physics and math. The public is invited to view the Regional Science Olympiad being held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Awards ceremony will be held 3:30 p.m.

Regional student winners advance to the State Science Olympiad being held April 26 at Western Kentucky University. State winners will advance to the National Tournament being held May 15-16 in Augusta, Ga.

For more information, contact Science Olympiad Regional Director Dr. Valdis J. Zeps at (859) 246-6450 or Science Olympiad Regional Coordinator Becky Lanier at (859) 246-6419.

Participating schools:

Bell County: Bell Central Elementary, Frakes School Center, Lone Jack Middle School, Middlesboro Middle School, Right Fork Middle School, Yellow Creek Middle School, Bell County High School, Middlesboro High School

Estill County: Estill County Middle School, Estill County High School

Scott County: Scott County Middle School, Scott County High School

Madison: Madison Central High School, Madison Southern High School

Whitley County: Corbin Middle School, Corbin High School

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 5, 2009) – Regional middle and high school students will compete in the 2009 Kentucky Science Regional Olympiad being held Saturday, March 7 at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

Happy Hour

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3/5/2009 4:15:00 PM

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Enjoy Happy Hour Tuesday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Lounge at College Drive. Get a free sample of your favorite beverage with all the taste but without the alcohol. Happy Hour is funded through a grant from the Kentucky Network for Collegiate Substance Abuse Prevention.

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It's for a good cause.

Happy Hour

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3/5/2009 4:15:00 PM

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Enjoy Happy Hour Tuesday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Lounge at College Drive. Get a free sample of your favorite beverage with all the taste but without the alcohol. Happy Hour is funded through a grant from the Kentucky Network for Collegiate Substance Abuse Prevention.

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It's for a good cause.

SNAP, what is that all about?

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3/5/2009 4:19:00 PM

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It is not too late to sign up for SNAP, the college's emergency notification text messaging system. To opt in or for more information go to: kctcs.edu/snap

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Get SNAP and get informed.

SNAP, what is that all about?

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3/5/2009 4:19:00 PM

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It is not too late to sign up for SNAP, the college's emergency notification text messaging system. To opt in or for more information go to: kctcs.edu/snap

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Get SNAP and get informed.

ACTC Theatre Auditions

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3/5/2009 4:21:00 PM

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Auditions for the ACTC Theatre production, A Little Night Music, will be held Thursday and Friday evenings, March 5 and 6, at 7:00 PM in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the ACTC College Drive Campus. For more information contact the Theatre Office at 606.326.2073.

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Auditions for A Little Night Music.

ACTC Theatre Auditions

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3/5/2009 4:21:00 PM

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Auditions for the ACTC Theatre production, A Little Night Music, will be held Thursday and Friday evenings, March 5 and 6, at 7:00 PM in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the ACTC College Drive Campus. For more information contact the Theatre Office at 606.326.2073.

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Auditions for A Little Night Music.

Scholarship Workshop

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3/10/2009 3:48:00 PM

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Find out about scholarship opportunities to help you pay for college. The workshop is sponsored by Student Support Services. All students welcome!

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Scholarship Workshop

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3/10/2009 3:48:00 PM

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Find out about scholarship opportunities to help you pay for college. The workshop is sponsored by Student Support Services. All students welcome!

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Financial Aid Workshop

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3/10/2009 3:56:00 PM

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Bring your 2008 tax returns and your FAFSA pin number. The workshop is sponsored by Student Support Services. SPRING BREAK Monday, March 16 – Saturday, March, 21. There are no classes, but offices will be open.

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All students welcome!

Financial Aid Workshop

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3/10/2009 3:56:00 PM

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Bring your 2008 tax returns and your FAFSA pin number. The workshop is sponsored by Student Support Services. SPRING BREAK Monday, March 16 – Saturday, March, 21. There are no classes, but offices will be open.

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All students welcome!

Apply to HCC by April 1 & register early for summer & fall 2009 classes

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3/13/2009 12:00:00 AM

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Apply and register early for the 2009 Summer Session and/or Fall Semester at Henderson Community College.  Those who submit an admissions application no later than April 1 will have an opportunity to complete the admissions process, meet with an advisor, and register early for summer and fall classes.

Visit the HCC web site at henderson.kctcs.edu for an application or call (270) 831-9610 or toll-free 1-800-696-9958 for more information.

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Apply and register early for the 2009 Summer Session and/or Fall Semester at Henderson Community College.  Those who submit an admissions application no later than April 1 will have an opportunity to complete the admissions process, meet with an advisor, and register early for summer and fall classes.

KCTCS Board of Regents Approves Tuition Increase for 2009-10

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3/13/2009 12:00:00 AM

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved a $4 per credit hour increase in tuition for the 2009-10 academic year during their quarterly meeting today.  The tuition ceiling for all public postsecondary institutions was established by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) last week during their quarterly meeting.

"We applaud the thoughtful process that was employed this year by CPE to establish the recommendations," said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.  "These are extremely difficult economic times not only for public higher education institutions but for all Kentuckians and it is important that college tuition remains affordable." 

KCTCS tuition will slightly increase from $121 to $125 per credit hour for in-state students and from $390 to $425 per credit hour for most out-of-state students.  

The KCTCS budget has been reduced seven times for a total of $35.9 million since 2001. Reductions in KCTCS' 2008-09 state appropriation resulted in no salary increases for faculty and staff, 240 fewer full-time and part-time positions, a decrease in programs and services, and for the first time in the system's ten-year history, a 3.1 percent decline in 2008 fall enrollment.  

"KCTCS is doing what the majority of households across that state are doing...we are tightening our belts and focusing our resources on core programs and services that have the most impact on our students and communities," said KCTCS Board of Regents Chair Richard A. Bean.  "As the largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training in the state, KCTCS remains committed to providing Kentuckians with a low-cost, quality education right in their own community."

The additional tuition revenue for 2009-10 generated by tuition rate growth ($5.6 million) will be available to the KCTCS Board of Regents in developing the 2009-10 operating budget.  This additional revenue is sufficient to fund fixed cost increases in employee benefits, utilities and property insurance cost increases and the cost of faculty promotions.

The Board of Regents also approved a change in the employment status categories and retirement benefits for KCTCS faculty and staff.  The approved policy regarding employment status reduces the employment categories from seven to two by primarily eliminating tenure for faculty and continuing employment status for staff for appointments effective on or after July 1, 2009.  All future KCTCS employees will be either hired on a contract or "at will' basis.  

"This decision will allow KCTCS to expand statewide economic growth by providing responsive and flexible workforce training solutions for the state's businesses and industries," said Bean. "KCTCS faculty will continue to have the same rights and privileges afforded to faculty in other higher education institutions through existing organizational policies regarding academic freedom, promotion, shared governance and due process."

A change to the employee retirement policy was also approved that eliminates post-retirement health insurance benefits and requires a five year vesting period for an employee to be eligible to receive accrued benefits from employer contributions to 403 (b) plans for those appointed on or after July 1, 2009.  This change will result in a projected ten-year savings of more than $60 million.

"Significant budget reductions for KCTCS from 2001-02 to the present put significant pressure on our human resource expenses because they represent the majority of the KCTCS budget," said Bean.  "KCTCS needs the ability to manage these expenditures, including the ability to eliminate programs that are not cost effective or consistent with KCTCS goals."

In other business, the board approved:

  • Ratification of three new credit certificate programs:
    • 3D Modeling Specialist at Bowling Green Technical College;
    • African American Studies at Jefferson Community and Technical College; and
    • Health Physics Technician I at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.
    • 1,796 candidates for graduation who applied for academic credentials (certificates, diplomas or associate degrees) between October 14, 2008 and January 6, 2009. 


    The credentials include:

    • 1,077 candidates for certificates;
    • 144 candidates for diplomas; and
    • 575 candidates for associate degrees.
       

    The next meeting of the KCTCS Board of Regents will be June 11, 2009 at the KCTCS system office, Versailles, Kentucky.

     

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    The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved a $4 per credit hour increase in tuition for the 2009-10 academic year during their quarterly meeting today.

    ReadRight for Kids

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    3/18/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ReadRight for Kids, Mondays and Wednesdays March 23 through April 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m. There is a fee.  For more information call: (606) 326-2072 or email: as_lll@kctcs.edu.

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    ReadRight for Kids, this is a great program to improve reading skills for youth of all ages.

    ReadRight for Kids

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    3/18/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ReadRight for Kids, Tuesdays and Thursdays March 24 through April 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m. There is a fee.  For more information call: (606) 326-2072 or email: as_lll@kctcs.edu.

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    ReadRight for Kids, this is a great program to improve reading skills for youth of all ages.

    ReadRight for Kids

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    3/18/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ReadRight for Kids, Mondays and Wednesdays March 23 through April 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m. There is a fee.  For more information call: (606) 326-2072 or email: as_lll@kctcs.edu.

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    ReadRight for Kids, this is a great program to improve reading skills for youth of all ages.

    ReadRight for Kids

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    3/18/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ReadRight for Kids, Tuesdays and Thursdays March 24 through April 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m. There is a fee.  For more information call: (606) 326-2072 or email: as_lll@kctcs.edu.

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    ReadRight for Kids, this is a great program to improve reading skills for youth of all ages.

    Statesman, senator, and author Howard Baker, Jr. to headline Fourth Annual Cooper Lecture Series at SCC

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    3/18/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    Former Tennessee Senator Howard Baker, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual John Sherman Cooper Lecture Series at Somerset Community College on Wednesday, March 25, beginning at 2 p.m.

    The former chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan will be speaking in the Citizen's National Bank Community room located in the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the SCC Somerset Campus North.

    "It is a great honor to have Senator Baker here at Somerset Community College," said SCC President and CEO Dr. Jo Marshall. "He is a statesman and true American hero."

    The 84-year-old Baker has been a leading light of the Republican Party since he was first elected to the United States Senate in 1966. He is the son of the late Tennessee representative Howard Baker, Sr. The elder Baker was born in Somerset in 1902. He was the son of James F. and Helen K. Baker. 

    The Senator is the former son-in-law of the late Everett Dirksen. Dirksen was Senate Minority Leader during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Interestingly, Dirksen defeated Kentucky's John Sherman Cooper by six votes to become the Senate Minority Leader in 1959. He was considered by his senate colleagues to be more conservative than Cooper.

    In 1996 the widower Baker married former Kansas Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum. She is the daughter of Alf Landon, the Republican candidate for President in 1936.

    Baker was born, not far from Somerset, in Huntsville in Scott County, Tennessee on Nov. 15, 1925. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Law College in 1949 and served in the United States Navy 1943-1946.

    Baker was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1949. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the U.S. Senate in 1964, but was elected in 1966. He was reelected in 1972 and again in 1978. While in the senate he served a minority leader from 1977 to 1981 and as  majority leader from 1981 to 1985.

    Baker was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1980. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on March 26, 1984 and he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2001 to 2005.

    In addition to his other accomplishments, Baker is a noted photographer and author.

    Previous John Sherman Cooper lecturers were Senator Mitch McConnell, who helped to initiate the lecture series, and the second was James Klotter, the Kentucky State Historian and Georgetown College faculty member. Al Cross, the Director of the University of Kentucky's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and Assistant Professor at the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications, was the third Cooper lecturer.

    The public is invited to attend Baker's lecture and there is no charge for admission.

    The annual John Sherman Cooper Lecture focuses on issues of public affairs.

    "John Sherman Cooper was 20th Century Kentucky most notable public figure," explained Dr. Roger Tate, the chair of the SCC Social Sciences Division. "The lecture series is a source of pride for everyone at SCC."

    John Sherman Cooper was born in Somerset, Pulaski County, on Aug. 23, 1901. He graduated from public schools. He attended Centre College in Danville, but graduated from Yale College in 1923. Cooper attended Harvard Law School from 1923-25 and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1928. He set up his law practice in Somerset.

    Cooper was elected to the Kentucky Legislature in 1928. He served as judge of Pulaski County from 1930 to 1938. Cooper was a veteran. He served in World War II and rose to the rank of captain in the Army. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1946 and served until 1949. He was elected to the Senate a second time from 1952 to 1955. On Nov. 6, 1956 Cooper was elected a third time to the Senate where he was reelected in 1960 and 1966. His Senate service ended on Jan. 3, 1973 when he declined to run for reelection.

    Cooper was also a member of the board of trustees of the University of Kentucky from 1935-1946, served as a delegate to the United Nations, was appointed Ambassador to India, Nepal and the German Democratic Republic. He died on Feb. 21, 1991 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

    Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. The website is www.somerset.kctcs.edu. Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.

    KCTCS serves the Commonwealth through 16 community and technical college districts that form a seamless system of 62 campuses open or under construction. KCTCS colleges change lives by providing accessible and affordable education and training through academic and technical associate degrees; diploma and certificate programs in occupational fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; customized training for business and industry; and distance learning. For more information, visit www.kctcs.edu.

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    Former Tennessee Senator Howard Baker, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual John Sherman Cooper Lecture Series at Somerset Community College on Wednesday, March 25, beginning at 2 p.m.

    Lincoln and History

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    3/18/2009 5:49:00 PM

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     In Lincoln and History, Danny Mahan, ACTC associate professor of history, will examine how Lincoln has been viewed in historic writings and how we have arrived at our opinions about him.  More has been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other figure in American history.

    The free program will be from 12:15 to 1: 00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Conference Room at the College Drive Campus. The program is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. through funds from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (kylincoln.org).

    For more information, contact Kathy Edwards, ACTC associate professor, 606-326-2203, email: kathy.edwards@kctcs.edu

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    Lincoln and History

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    3/18/2009 5:49:00 PM

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    In Lincoln and History, Danny Mahan, ACTC associate professor of history, will examine how Lincoln has been viewed in historic writings and how we have arrived at our opinions about him.  More has been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other figure in American history.

    The free program will be from 12:15 to 1: 00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Conference Room at the College Drive Campus. The program is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. through funds from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (kylincoln.org).

    For more information, contact Kathy Edwards, ACTC associate professor, 606-326-2203, email: kathy.edwards@kctcs.edu

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    Poetry and Lincoln

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    3/18/2009 6:18:00 PM

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     In Poetry and Lincoln, Philip St. Clair, ACTC professor of English, will read selections from his Lincoln poem, Divided House, published by Finishing Line Press in 2005.  He will also talk about the problems he faced and the strategies he employed in writing about this iconic figure.  

    The free program will be from 12:15 to 1: 00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Conference Room at the College Drive Campus. The program is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. through funds from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (kylincoln.org).

    For more information, contact Kathy Edwards, ACTC associate professor, 606-326-2203, email: kathy.edwards@kctcs.edu.  

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    Poetry and Lincoln

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    3/18/2009 6:18:00 PM

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    In Poetry and Lincoln, Philip St. Clair, ACTC professor of English, will read selections from his Lincoln poem, Divided House, published by Finishing Line Press in 2005.  He will also talk about the problems he faced and the strategies he employed in writing about this iconic figure.  

    The free program will be from 12:15 to 1: 00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Conference Room at the College Drive Campus. The program is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. through funds from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (kylincoln.org).

    For more information, contact Kathy Edwards, ACTC associate professor, 606-326-2203, email: kathy.edwards@kctcs.edu.  

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    The Lincoln Bed

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    3/18/2009 6:24:00 PM

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    In The Lincoln Bed, Ernie Tucker, ACTC professor of history, will include stories, legends, documents, cartoons, and pictures of what First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy called “the most famous piece of furniture in the White House.”

    The free program will be from 12:15 to 1: 00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Conference Room at the College Drive Campus. The program is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. through funds from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (kylincoln.org).

    For more information, contact Kathy Edwards, ACTC associate professor, 606-326-2203, email: kathy.edwards@kctcs.edu.

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    The Lincoln Bed

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    3/18/2009 6:24:00 PM

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    In The Lincoln Bed, Ernie Tucker, ACTC professor of history, will include stories, legends, documents, cartoons, and pictures of what First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy called “the most famous piece of furniture in the White House.”

    The free program will be from 12:15 to 1: 00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Conference Room at the College Drive Campus. The program is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. through funds from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (kylincoln.org).

    For more information, contact Kathy Edwards, ACTC associate professor, 606-326-2203, email: kathy.edwards@kctcs.edu.

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom and Abraham Lincoln

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    3/18/2009 6:27:00 PM

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     In Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom and Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Carol Greene, will talk about the connections between a slave auction in Kentucky and the Emancipation Proclamation.  Dr. Green is a professor of English and Director of Distance Learning. 

    The free program will be from 12:15 to 1: 00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Conference Room at the College Drive Campus. The program is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. through funds from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (kylincoln.org).

    For more information, contact Kathy Edwards, ACTC associate professor, 606-326-2203, email: kathy.edwards@kctcs.edu.

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom and Abraham Lincoln

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    3/18/2009 6:27:00 PM

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    In Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom and Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Carol Greene, will talk about the connections between a slave auction in Kentucky and the Emancipation Proclamation.  Dr. Green is a professor of English and Director of Distance Learning. 

    The free program will be from 12:15 to 1: 00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Conference Room at the College Drive Campus. The program is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. through funds from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (kylincoln.org).

    For more information, contact Kathy Edwards, ACTC associate professor, 606-326-2203, email: kathy.edwards@kctcs.edu.

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    OCTC Speech and Debate Team at Anderson

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    3/23/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    OCTC debaters dominated the speaking awards portion of the Spring Harold Achor NEDA Debates at Anderson University held March 6-7, in Anderson, Indiana. OCTC speakers were among the top 7 performers at the two day event and won awards including Alan Fulkerson -7th, Tiffany Duke -3rd, and Brooke Bozarth - firstTop Speaker. Bozarth has now won four top speaker awards at both NEDA and Parliamentary debate competitions this year, a team record. This was Fulkerson’s first debate competition since attending the 2008 NEDA Nationals tournament in New Jersey last spring. The team of Bozarth and Duke earned a 5th place team award. Also competing for OCTC at Anderson were Jeremy Rogers, Nathan Bishop, and Michelle Donovan.

    For more information on joining the Speech & Debate please contact Bob Glenn at 686-4553 or by email at bobj.glenn@kctcs.edu.

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    OCTC debaters dominated the speaking awards portion of the Spring Harold Achor NEDA Debates at Anderson University held March 6-7, in Anderson, Indiana.

    OCTC Speech and Debate Team at Anderson

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    3/23/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    OCTC debaters dominated the speaking awards portion of the Spring Harold Achor NEDA Debates at Anderson University held March 6-7, in Anderson, Indiana.   OCTC speakers were among the top 7 performers at the two day event and won awards including Alan Fulkerson -7th, Tiffany Duke -3rd, and Brooke Bozarth - firstTop Speaker.   Bozarth has now won four top speaker awards at both NEDA and Parliamentary debate competitions this year, a team record. This was Fulkerson’s first debate competition since attending the 2008 NEDA Nationals tournament in New Jersey last spring. The team of Bozarth and Duke earned a 5th place team award.   Also competing for OCTC at Anderson were Jeremy Rogers, Nathan Bishop, and Michelle Donovan. 

    For more information on joining the Speech & Debate please contact Bob Glenn at 686-4553 or by email at bobj.glenn@kctcs.edu.

     

     

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    OCTC debaters dominated the speaking awards portion of the Spring Harold Achor NEDA Debates at Anderson University held March 6-7, in Anderson, Indiana.

    BCTC joins community colleges to provide training and scholarships for displaced workers

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    3/24/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced today a KCTCS Career Transitions initiative designed to provide Kentuckians who have lost their jobs with workforce training in high-growth, high-wage fields. 

    “The KCTCS Career Transitions program is part of a workforce competitiveness initiative we have launched to enhance Kentucky’s capacity to meet current and future job needs,” said Dr. McCall. “As the primary provider of workforce training and education in Kentucky, we are working to ensure that our programs and services align with both current and future needs of business and industry.”

    The KCTCS year-long initiative is being offered through its statewide system of 16 colleges, including Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The initiative offers a 50 percent tuition scholarship for up to six credit hours per term (spring, summer and fall) in open enrollment courses along with personalized assistance in navigating the college admissions process.  Each KCTCS college will provide displaced Kentucky workers with a coordinator to acclimate them to the campus and its resources.  The colleges will also provide: a streamlined admissions process; assistance in filing for state and federal financial aid; and advising and training sessions that maximize the students’ opportunity for success and re-employment. Kentucky residents who have become unemployed and have filed for unemployment benefits since Oct. 1, 2008 are eligible for the program. 

    Shelley J. Evans started taking nursing classes at BCTC about a year after she lost her job in 2005.

    “School seemed to be a good place to heal some wounds and find a new direction,” Evans said.  She graduated last May with an associate’s degree in nursing and passed nursing board examinations last August.

    “The changes in my life have been hard, but very rewarding. … The career I have chosen will continue to allow me to take care of my calling to care for others and will also serve to further my education each year.”

    The Career Transition program at BCTC offers training in certified nurse aid, HVAC, welding, medical information technology and construction

    “All offerings will be reviewed and tailored to the community in which it’s offered to ensure the workers are transitioned into a career with both short term opportunities and career pathways to higher skilled, critical need jobs,” said Mark Manuel, vice president of corporate and community education at BCTC.

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for January 2009 climbed to a 22-year high of 8.7 percent from December 2008’s revised 7.6 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The January rate was the highest in Kentucky since the 8.9 percent jobless rate recorded in March 1987. The Office of Employment and Training also recently released county unemployment rates. Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Fayette County and neighboring counties with BCTC campuses: Fayette County at 6.3; Anderson County at 9 percent; Boyle County at 9.7 percent, and Clark County at 9.5 percent.
    For more information on the program, please contact our Career Transition Coordinator: 

    Mark Manuel
    BCTC Vice President of Corporate and Community Development
    (859) 246-6673
    Email: mark.manuel@kctcs.edu

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced today a KCTCS Career Transitions initiative designed to provide Kentuckians who have lost their jobs with workforce training in high-growth, high-wage fields.

    Gov. Announces KCTCS Career Transitions Initiative to Assist Displaced Workers

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    3/24/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced today a KCTCS Career Transitions initiative designed to provide Kentuckians who have lost their jobs with workforce training in high-growth, high-wage fields.  

    “The KCTCS Career Transitions program is a key ingredient in our efforts to transform the state’s economy during these challenging economic times,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky’s two-year colleges are perfectly positioned to provide the workers with the skills and training they need to succeed in today’s marketplace.”

    The KCTCS year-long initiative is being offered through its statewide system of 16 colleges and features a 50 percent tuition scholarship for up to six credit hours per term (spring, summer and fall) in open enrollment courses along with personalized assistance in navigating the college admissions process.  Each KCTCS college will provide displaced Kentucky workers with a coordinator to acclimate them to the campus and its resources.  The colleges will also provide: a streamlined admissions process; assistance in filing for state and federal financial aid; and advising and training sessions that maximize the students’ opportunity for success and re-employment. Kentucky residents who have become unemployed and have filed for unemployment benefits since Oct. 1, 2008 are eligible for the program. 

    “The KCTCS Career Transitions program is part of a workforce competitiveness initiative we have launched to enhance Kentucky’s capacity to meet current and future job needs,” said Dr. McCall. “As the primary provider of workforce training and education in Kentucky, we are working to ensure that our programs and services align with both current and future needs of business and industry.”

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for January 2009 climbed to a 22-year high of 8.7 percent from December 2008’s revised 7.6 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The January rate was the highest in Kentucky since the 8.9 percent jobless rate recorded in March 1987.

    “I’ve never been laid off or had to rely on unemployment until now,” said Robert Lake a non-traditional student at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC).  “ECTC was there for me…they had the answers I was looking for.  The program I am enrolled in is allowing me to obtain an education in something I’ve always wanted to do.”

    All KCTCS colleges are working with local Workforce Investment Boards and other agencies to inform dislocated workers of the education resources that are available and to coordinate their efforts.  Additionally each college has developed specific workforce training programs to meet the specific needs of their local community. 

    For more information contact a KCTCS College Career Transition Coordinator:


    Ashland Community and Technical College

    Nancy Menshouse

    606- 326-2199

    nancy.menshouse@kctcs.edu



    Big Sandy Community and Technical College

    Susan Chafin

    606-886-3863

    susan.chafin@kctcs.edu



    Bluegrass Community and Technical College

    Mark Manual

    859-276-6673

    mark.manuel@kctcs.edu



    Bowling Green Technical College

    Jamie Parke

    270- 901-1007

    jamie.parke@kctcs.edu



    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

    Darrin Powell

    270-706-8620

    darrin.powell@kctcs.edu



    Gateway Community and Technical College

    Mr. Andre Washington

    859-442-4176

    andre.washington@kctcs.edu



    Hazard Community and Technical College

    Doug Fraley

    606-487-3086

    doug.fraley@kctcs.edu



    Henderson Community College

    Pamala Wilson

    270-831-9649

    pamala.wilson@kctcs.edu

     

    Hopkinsville Community College

    Dr. Randall Wilson

    270-707-3741

    randy.wilson@kctcs.edu



    J efferson Community and Technical College

    Fran White

    502-213-2208

    fran.white@kctcs.edu



    Madisonville Community College

    Cathy Vaughan

    270-824-1705

    cathy.vaughan@kctcs.edu

     

    Maysville Community and Technical College

    Barbara Campbell

    606-759-7141

    barbara.campbell@kctcs.edu



    Owensboro Community and Technical College

    Bernice Ayer

    270-686-4518

    bernice.ayer@kctcs.edu



    Somerset Community College

    Deborah Gaines

    606-451-6818

    deborah.gaines@kctcs.edu



    Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

    Henry Hughes – Cumberland Campus

    606-589-3193

    henry.hughes@kctcs.edu



    Roland Cornett – Cumberland Campus

    606-589-3021

    rcirbett0002@kctcs.edu



    West Kentucky Community and Technical College

    Debbie Smith

    (270) 534-3479

    deborah.smith@kctcs.edu

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    For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at KCTCS.  Our statewide system of 16 colleges and 67 campuses provides citizens throughout the Commonwealth with a quality education that is both accessible and affordable.  For more information, visit www.kctcs.edu.

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    Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced today a KCTCS Career Transitions initiative designed to provide Kentuckians who have lost their jobs with workforce training in high-growth, high-wage fields.

    South American Music Recital

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    3/26/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College presents a recital of South American music performed by Kevin Shank, classical guitar, and Christina Shank, flute. The recital will take place Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m. in the Morrison Gallery of the College. Featured composers are Villa-Lobos, Antonio Lauro, and Augustin Barrios-Mangore. Sponsored by the Fine Arts Committee, the program is free, and the public is invited.

    Kevin Shank studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated Cum Laude in 1984. Kevin joined the US Army Band in 1985 and broadened his skills in all areas of performance, including, rock, jazz, and classical guitar. While in the Army Band, he studied classical guitar with Michael Newman at the Mannes College of Music in New York and with Yasunori Kitsukawa while stationed in Japan. He has performed for many dignitaries, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, and former President George Bush Senior. Kevin earned his Master of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of Louisville and is now teaching at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Christina Shank studied at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and spent 22 years in the Army Band. After retiring from the army in 2001, she earned her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Western Kentucky University. She currently works as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at Ft. Knox and is on the board for the Advocacy Support Center of Elizabethtown. She continues to pursue her music through church activities, providing private lessons, and playing for a variety of events with her husband Kevin.

    For further information, you may contact Dr. Camille Hill, 270-706-8448.

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    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College presents a recital of South American music performed by Kevin Shank, classical guitar, and Christina Shank, flute. The recital will take place Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m. in the Morrison Gallery of the College. Featured composers are Villa-Lobos, Antonio Lauro, and Augustin Barrios-Mangore. Sponsored by the Fine Arts Committee, the program is free, and the public is invited.

    Transfer Fair Scheduled at Gateway for April 1

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    3/26/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    Edgewood, Ky. – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System will host a Transfer Fair at Gateway Community and Technical College Wednesday, April 1, at Gateway’s Student Services Center at the Edgewood Campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be the first Transfer Fair conducted at Gateway.

    Sponsored by the Kentucky Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO), the Transfer Fair offers GCTC students opportunities for first-hand information from representatives of four-year colleges and universities, who will be ready to show them:

    • How to transfer academic credits from GCTC to a four-year institution;
    • How and where to apply for financial aid;
    • The majors offered at four-year Kentucky institutions and elsewhere, and;
    • What campus life is like at many four-year institutions.

    Colleges and universities attending the transfer fair will be: University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Kentucky State University, Murray State University--Madisonville Regional Campus, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College, Campbellsville University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Thomas More College, Metropolitan College, and Mid-Continent University.

    All students are invited to attend; the fair will be of particular interest to students seeking AA/AS transfer degrees and those who have not yet declared a major.

    Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gateway Community and Technical College. Gateway is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, 41 Perimeter Center East NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30346. Phone: 800-917-2081. GCTC enrolls nearly 3,500 students and offers more than 200 associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in 30 subject areas. Classes are provided at GCTC locations in Boone County, Covington/Park Hills, and Edgewood. Through partnerships with more than 400 local businesses, GCTC provides customized, short-term training to more than 3,000 other people. Find out how to “start here and go anywhere” at www.gateway.kctcs.edu. GCTC is one of 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. For most Kentuckians, higher education begins here. For more information, visit www.kctcs.edu.

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    Edgewood, Ky. – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System will host a Transfer Fair at Gateway Community and Technical College Wednesday, April 1, at Gateway’s Student Services Center at the Edgewood Campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be the first Transfer Fair conducted at Gateway.

    KCTCS Hosts “Transfer Fairs” at 15 Colleges in April

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    3/26/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    VERSAILLES, Ky. (March 26, 2009) – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will host Transfer Fairs at 15 of its colleges in April; the first at Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) on April 1, and the final at Paducah’s West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) on April 29.

    The Transfer Fairs, sponsored by the Kentucky Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO), offer KCTCS students first-hand information from representatives of four-year colleges and universities about how to transfer to these institutions to pursue a baccalaureate degree.  Representatives from these institutions will share:

    • How academic credits transfer from a KCTCS college to a four-year institution;
    • How and where to apply for financial aid;
    • The majors offered at four-year Kentucky institutions and elsewhere; and
    • What campus life is like at the four-year institutions.

    Dates and times of Transfer Fairs across the state:

    April   1        Gateway Community and Technical College, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

              6        Hazard Community and Technical College , Jackson Campus, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

                        Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard  Campus, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

              7        Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Whitesburg Campus, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

                        Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Cumberland Campus, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

              8        Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Middlesboro Campus, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              9        Somerset Community College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              13      Big Sandy Community and Technical College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              14      Ashland Community and Technical College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              15      Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

              16      Maysville Community and Technical College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              20      Henderson Community College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              21      Owensboro Community and Technical College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              22      Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              23      Jefferson Community and Technical College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

              28      Hopkinsville Community College, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

                        Madisonville Community College, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

              29      West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

    For more information about Transfer Fair dates, times and locations, contact a representative at a KCTCS college near you: http://www.kctcs.edu/Students/Transfer/KCTCS_Transfer_Contacts.aspx

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    For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at KCTCS.  Our statewide system of 16 colleges and 67 campuses provides citizens throughout the Commonwealth with a quality education that is both accessible and affordable.  For more information, visit www.kctcs.edu

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    The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will host Transfer Fairs at 15 of its colleges in April; the first at Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) on April 1, and the final at Paducah’s West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) on April 29.

    Spring 2009 Student Art Show

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    3/30/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    Art student showing his work.

    Check out ACTC's Spring Student Art Show

    Friday, April 3, 2009

    Highlands Discovery Museum

    5:00-8:00 p.m.

    Students artist's include  . . .

    Charles Bentley, Melanie Calder, Crystal Calder, Lelsie Cline,

    Carey Dillon, Dustin Dixon, Jeremy England, Miles Hatfield, Josh Howard,

    Tyler Johnson, Josh Miller, John Morris, Patrick Nickoson, Judy Pennington,

    Aly Powell, Stefanie Seelhorst,  and Evonne Walters.

     

     

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    ACTC is now on Twitter

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    3/30/2009 12:00:00 AM

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     Follow ACTC on Twitter!  (http://twitter.com/ACTC)   

    Ashland Community and Technical College is now on Twitter.  If you are familiar with it, feel free to follow us. Our name is "ACTC."

    If you are not familiar with Twitter, it is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables  users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 bytes in length. 

    We will use Twitter to send brief messages about what is going on at ACTC.  For more information, follow us on Twitter, or send us an email at AS_PR@KCTCS.EDU

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    ACTC on Twitter? Yes we are! Follow us.  Our name on Twitter is: ACTC.  Check it out.

    Spring 2009 Student Art Show

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    3/30/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    Check out ACTC's Spring Student Art Show

    Friday, April 3, 2009

    Highlands Discovery Museum

    5:00-8:00 p.m.

    Students artist's include  . . .

    Charles Bentley, Melanie Calder, Crystal Calder, Lelsie Cline,

    Carey Dillon, Dustin Dixon, Jeremy England, Miles Hatfield, Josh Howard,

    Tyler Johnson, Josh Miller, John Morris, Patrick Nickoson, Judy Pennington,

    Aly Powell, Stefanie Seelhorst,  and Evonne Walters.

     

     

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    ACTC is now on Twitter

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    3/30/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    Follow ACTC on Twitter!  (http://twitter.com/ACTC)   

    Ashland Community and Technical College is now on Twitter.  If you are familiar with it, feel free to follow us. Our name is "ACTC."

    If you are not familiar with Twitter, it is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables  users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 bytes in length. 

    We will use Twitter to send brief messages about what is going on at ACTC.  For more information, follow us on Twitter, or send us an email at AS_PR@KCTCS.EDU

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    ACTC on Twitter? Yes we are! Follow us.  Our name on Twitter is: ACTC.  Check it out.

    3rd Annual BCTC Golf Scramble now accepting team entries

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    3/31/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2009) – Team entries are being accepted for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) 3rd Annual Golf Scramble. The event will be held Friday, June 26 at the University Club of Kentucky Wildcat Course, 4850 Leestown Road in Lexington. Check-in is at 8 a.m. and shotgun start at 9 a.m.

    The entry fee for a team of four is $400. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Sponsorship is $250 per hole.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Alumni Scholarship Fund. Alumni Scholarships help students like recipient Yuridia Bermejo, a freshman studying accounting.

    Bermejo, 18, was born in Chicago and moved to Mexico when she was a toddler. When she came to Lexington, she joined an older sister, leaving her single mother and brothers in Mexico.

    The Alumni Scholarship gave her peace of mind to focus on her academics without financial worry, she said. Bermejo hopes to work in a bank after she receives her associate's degree. Bermejo’s motto: “you are who you decided to be.”

    For information or to be a sponsor, please call Chad Hayes (859) 246-GOLF (4653) and leave your name and a phone number. More information can also be found on the Web site: http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/development/alumni_association/bctc_alumni_golf_scramble/

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2009) – Team entries are being accepted for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) 3rd Annual Golf Scramble.

    OCTC Speech and Debate Team Repeats as State Champs

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    4/1/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    The Owensboro Community and Technical College Speech and Debate Team repeated as state champions for the 2008-09 season.  The team captured the first place team sweepstakes awards for both Debate and Individual Events at the 2009 Kentucky Forensics Association State Speech and Debate Tournament held February 27-28, 2009. OCTC was the first two year school in over 20 years to host the state tournament on its campus.  

    OCTC Debaters were lead by the team of Tiffany Duke and Brooke Bozarth.  Bozarth earned a 5th place speaker award in the Senior/Open category, also competing for OCTC were Jessica Caplan and Alan Fulkerson.  Brooke Bozarth earned 4th place honors in Radio Broadcasting and was also recognized as the top community college speaker in Radio and Extemporaneous speaking. Jessica Caplan earned 6th place in Communication Analysis and Dramatic Interpretation. Caplan was also recognized as the top community college and novice performer in Communication Analysis, After Dinner Speaking, and Impromptu speaking.  Jeremy Rogers, was recognized as the top novice and community college speaker in Dramatic Interpretation.

    Each year, KFA coaches select an outstanding male and an outstanding female student competitor from nominations by the membership. At the 2009 KFA tournament Marshall Jolly of Transylvania and Brooke Bozarth of OCTC were the Harlan Hamm winners.

    For more information on joining the Speech and Debate please contact Bob Glenn at 686-4553 or by email at bobj.glenn@kctcs.edu.

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    The Owensboro Community and Technical College Speech and Debate Team repeated as state champions for the 2008-09 season.  The team captured the first place team sweepstakes awards for both Debate and Individual Events at the 2009 Kentucky Forensics Association State Speech and Debate Tournament held February 27-28, 2009. OCTC was the first two year school in over 20 years to host the state tournament on its campus.  

    SKCTC Project allows students to connect with past holidays

    Date

    4/1/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    A project carried out by members of an Appalachian literature class taught by Dr. Rhonda Breedlove of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College that dealt with the traditions of the Christmas season while also paying tribute to several local citizens who have made an impact on the lives of many within the Bell County community, proved to be a success and culminated with students’ interviews and subsequent articles/profiles being published in the Middlesboro Daily News.

    Dr. Breedlove’s class completed a project during the fall ’08 semester as members worked diligently to learn more about the various celebrations of the Christmas season within the Central Appalachian Mountains. Class members were instructed to read George Ella Lyon’s “A Kentucky Christmas,” (a compendium of short stories and poems).

    From their readings, the SKCTC students then identified local people who would discuss their recollections of celebrating “Old Christmas” and about the celebrations of the holiday in Southeastern Kentucky.

    Those chosen to be interviewed included Carlie Thompson, Rev. Bruce Walzer, Bonnie Tuttle, Helen Walker and Helen Keaton. The individuals interviewed came to the classroom or were interviewed in their homes by the students with their comments recorded for posterity sake on video. The interviews will be placed in the college’s Appalachian Archives Collection.

    From each interview, a synopsis of the session was written by a student who then submitted the work to the editor of the Middlesboro newspaper. Prior to the holiday season, each of the five individuals interviewed had their recollections of the season chronicled on page one of the Daily News.

    “All in all, the students did a masterful job with the project,” said Dr. Breedlove. “I did very little to correct or embellish their efforts, and we were overjoyed that the staff of the Daily News chose to run the interviews. We were interested in helping preserve the past. The articles have now been placed in the college library on the Middlesboro campus for all to see, to enjoy and to learn from.”

    A few days before Christmas, class members and those interviewed for the project and their friends gathered on the campus to celebrate the holiday with music, food and fellowship.

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    A project carried out by members of an Appalachian literature class taught by Dr. Rhonda Breedlove of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College that dealt with the traditions of the Christmas season while also paying tribute to several local citizens who have made an impact on the lives of many within the Bell County community, proved to be a success and culminated with students’ interviews and subsequent articles/profiles being published in the Middlesboro Daily News.

    BCTC Hosts Animal Relief Expo to Help Local Shelters and Rescue Groups

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    4/2/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2009) - In response to an increasing number of abandoned pets at animal shelters, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will host an Animal Relief Expo to help local agencies share their missions and get donations for much needed items.

    “The need for animal rescue is greater than ever, yet most nonprofits are seeing a decrease in donations,” said Victoria King of Holly’s Place, an animal rescue group in Anderson County. “With the economy down, raising funds has become more difficult.”

    Several animal shelter and rescue groups from around the region will attend the Animal Relief Expo being held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at the BCTC Academic Technical building on Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive in Lexington.

    The community has the opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities and donate directly to the animal shelter or rescue group. Each organization has created a wish list of items that are desperately needed.

    “By making the needs and problems of our animal friends public, we help spread the word that these creatures need everyone’s help to avoid abuse, neglect and death,” said LaFoun Rawlins-Fellows, a BCTC staff member coordinating the event. “I hope that the Animal Relief Expo will help teach us what we must do to be a better place for animals.”

    For more information about the Animal Relief Expo, contact LaFoun Rawlins-Fellows at (859) 246-6205 or lafoun.fellows@kctcs.edu.

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    ECTC's Richard M. Briggs Receives AACC 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award

    Date

    4/2/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. - Dr. Richard M. Briggs, a West Point, Ky. native and 1973 graduate of Elizabethtown Community College, has been selected to receive a 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

    Briggs, a cardiothoracic surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn. and a colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve, will be among five outstanding community college graduates to receive the annual award April 6 at AACC’s Annual Convention in Phoenix. 

    The award is given to former community college students who make outstanding contributions in their chosen career field and to their communities.  Briggs, who was honored last year as one of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s (ECTC) Distinguished Alumni, was nominated for national recognition by ECTC President/CEO Dr. Thelma J. White.

    “Dr. Richard Briggs’ life and career personifies the quality found among the nation’s most outstanding community and technical college graduates,” Dr. White said.  “His dedication and service to his profession and our country have been exemplary, and we are delighted that he has been selected to receive this prestigious national award.”

    After graduating from ECC, Briggs earned a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and graduated at the top of his medical class with honors from the University of Kentucky.  With Dr. William DeVries, the American surgeon who performed the first heart surgery with the Jarvik-7 artificial heart, Briggs helped pioneer innovative treatments for critically-ill heart patients.  An advocate for quality education at all levels, he has taught and mentored future physicians at four postsecondary institutions. 

    “The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is honored that the AACC has selected Dr. Briggs to receive this national award,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.

    “Dr. Briggs is an example of the quality of students our system continues to educate and prepare for challenging, successful careers…both at home and abroad.”

    As an officer and physician in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve, Briggs has treated hundreds of American soldiers, as well as scores of Iraqi and Afghan civilians, including many children, during numerous active duty deployments on foreign soil.

    The Los Angeles Times reported on his efforts to save a critically injured Army sergeant at Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad’s Green Zone.  While serving in Afghanistan, CNN featured him in a story about saving the life of a 12-year old boy.  Professional journals chronicled his efforts to treat a young Iraqi girl who suffered burns over 50 percent of her body.

    Briggs and his medical team are credited with helping save the lives of critically injured ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, who were injured in a 2006 explosion of a roadside improvised explosive device near Baghdad.

    His skills as a surgeon, and his humanitarian work at home and abroad, have brought regional, national and international recognition:  A Bronze Star Medal, President’s Award for Outstanding Physician from the Knoxville Academy of Medicine, Hero of the Year Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association, among many others.

    Briggs currently is in private practice with East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group in Knoxville.  There, he continues to find ways to give back to his community, volunteering with several local health care agencies, providing philanthropic leadership, and serving on numerous local and state boards and commissions, many in leadership positions.

    The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. The association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 11 million students.  Dr. McCall, KCTCS founding president, was the first system level president to serve as AACC Board Chair.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, is a public, comprehensive learning community serving 12 counties in north central Kentucky.

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    Hardin County Native Richard M. Briggs Selected to Receive American Association of Community Colleges’ 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award

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    4/2/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. --- Dr. Richard M. Briggs, a West Point, Ky. native and 1973 graduate of Elizabethtown Community College, has been selected to receive a 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

    Briggs, a cardiothoracic surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn. and a colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve, will be among five outstanding community college graduates to receive the annual award April 6 at AACC’s Annual Convention in Phoenix. 

    The award is given to former community college students who make outstanding contributions in their chosen career field and to their communities.  Briggs, who was honored last year as one of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s (ECTC) Distinguished Alumni, was nominated for national recognition by ECTC President/CEO Dr. Thelma J. White.

    “Dr. Richard Briggs’ life and career personifies the quality found among the nation’s most outstanding community and technical college graduates,” Dr. White said.  “His dedication and service to his profession and our country have been exemplary, and we are delighted that he has been selected to receive this prestigious national award.”

    After graduating from ECC, Briggs earned a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and graduated at the top of his medical class with honors from the University of Kentucky.  With Dr. William DeVries, the American surgeon who performed the first heart surgery with the Jarvik-7 artificial heart, Briggs helped pioneer innovative treatments for critically-ill heart patients.  An advocate for quality education at all levels, he has taught and mentored future physicians at four postsecondary institutions. 

    “The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is honored that the AACC has selected Dr. Briggs to receive this national award,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.

    “Dr. Briggs is an example of the quality of students our system continues to educate and prepare for challenging, successful careers…both at home and abroad.”

    As an officer and physician in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve, Briggs has treated hundreds of American soldiers, as well as scores of Iraqi and Afghan civilians, including many children, during numerous active duty deployments on foreign soil.

    The Los Angeles Times reported on his efforts to save a critically injured Army sergeant at Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad’s Green Zone.  While serving in Afghanistan, CNN featured him in a story about saving the life of a 12-year old boy.  Professional journals chronicled his efforts to treat a young Iraqi girl who suffered burns over 50 percent of her body.

    Briggs and his medical team are credited with helping save the lives of critically injured ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, who were injured in a 2006 explosion of a roadside improvised explosive device near Baghdad.

    His skills as a surgeon, and his humanitarian work at home and abroad, have brought regional, national and international recognition:  A Bronze Star Medal, President’s Award for Outstanding Physician from the Knoxville Academy of Medicine, Hero of the Year Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association, among many others.

    Briggs currently is in private practice with East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group in Knoxville.  There, he continues to find ways to give back to his community, volunteering with several local health care agencies, providing philanthropic leadership, and serving on numerous local and state boards and commissions, many in leadership positions.

    The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. The association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 11 million students.  Dr. McCall, KCTCS founding president, was the first system level president to serve as AACC Board Chair.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, is a public, comprehensive learning community serving 12 counties in north central Kentucky. 

    FOR EDITORS ONLY –  For more information about AACC, contact Sarah Lawler at 202-728-0200 x208, slawler@aacc.nche.edu .  Information about KCTCS is available from Heather Baber at 859-256-3216, heather.baber@kctcs.edu .

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    Third annual BCTC Golf Scramble now accepting team entries

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    4/2/2009 3:01:00 PM

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2009) – Team entries are being accepted for the Third Annual Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Golf Scramble. The event will be held Friday, June 26 at the University Club of Kentucky Wildcat Course, 4850 Leestown Road in Lexington. Check-in is at 8 a.m. and shotgun start at 9 a.m.

    The entry fee for a team of four is $400. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Sponsorship is $250 per hole.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Alumni Scholarship Fund. Alumni Scholarships help students like recipient Yuridia Bermejo, a freshman studying accounting.

    Bermejo, 18, was born in Chicago and moved to Mexico when she was a toddler. When she came to Lexington, she joined an older sister, leaving her single mother and brothers in Mexico.

    The Alumni Scholarship gave her peace of mind to focus on her academics without financial worry, she said. Bermejo hopes to work in a bank after she receives her associate's degree. Bermejo’s motto: “you are who you decided to be.”

    For information or to be a sponsor, please call Chad Hayes (859) 246-GOLF (4653) and leave your name and a phone number. More information can also be found on the Web site: http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/development/alumni_association/bctc_alumni_golf_scramble/

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2009) – Team entries are being accepted for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) 3rd Annual Golf Scramble. The event will be held Friday, June 26 at the University Club of Kentucky Wildcat Course, 4850 Leestown Road in Lexington. Check-in is at 8 a.m. and shotgun start at 9 a.m.

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    4/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ACTC THEATRE presents Stephen Sondheim’s

    A Little Night Music

     

    ACTC Theatre will present the musical A Little Night Music Fridays and Saturdays, April 17, 18 and April 24, 25 at 8:00PM and Sundays, April 19, 26 at 2:30 in the J. B. Sowards Theatre.

     

    One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, the romantic and achingly beautiful A Little Night Music deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations.  The book for the musical is by Hugh Wheeler with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.   The musical score is composed entirely in 3/4 time, or in variations thereof.   A song from the musical, “Send in the Clowns" has become a popular music standard and has been recorded by dozens of superstars, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Judy Collins, whose recording garnered the composer Stephen Sondheim the 1975 Grammy for Song of the Year.  The musical is the Tony award winner for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.  The book by Hugh Wheeler was inspired by the Ingmar Bergmann film "Smiles of a Summer Night."   A Little Night Music premiered on Broadway in 1973 and was revived in London both in 1989 and 1995.

     

    Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, the musical follows the lives of several couples from all walks of life and their views on life and love are explored with compassion and humor.  And in the end, under the summer night, things are set to right.

     

    The cast includes Bil Neal of Huntington who portrays the role of “Fredrik” and Pamela Hall an Ashland resident playing “Desiree Armfeldt”.  Lauren Saltzman, a student at Greenup County High and Brian Cook and ACTC/MSU graduate are “Anne Egerman” and “Henrik Egerman” respectively.  The Liebeslieder singers are Austin Cross a student a Paul Blazer High, Zach Davis a student at Marshall Community and Technical College, Judith Pennington a Business Affairs Assistant at ACTC, Anna Baker a student at Boyd County High and Megan Woods a theatre major at ACTC.  Jesse Riggs a graduate of Marshall University and Stephanie Cook an ACTC nursing major are Count Carl-Magnus and Countess Charlotte respectively.  

     

    Edward Figgins, ACTC Director of Theatre and Associate Professor will be the Production Director and Technical Director.  Mr. Kirk Saltzman, ACTC Theatre Musical Director will be Musical Director/Orchestra Conductor and Max Jackson to be the Rehearsal/Performance accompanist.  Paula Krepsik will be the Costume Designer/Costumer.  Brian Cook is the Lighting Designer and Mr. Figgins serve as the Scenic Designer.

     

    For performances at ACTC Theatre, ticket prices are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.  Tickets may be picked up at the College bookstore or reserved by calling (606) 326-2014.  Major credit cards are accepted for reservations.  Any unsold tickets will be available at the door, however reservations are strongly recommended as ACTC Theatre musical productions often sell out.  Only cash or check (with ID) is accepted at the box office at all public performances.  If further information is required please call the ACTC Theatre Office at 606-326-2073.



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    ACTC Theatre will present the musical A Little Night Music Fridays and Saturdays, April 17, 18 and April 24, 25 at 8:00PM and Sundays, April 19, 26 at 2:30 in the J. B. Sowards Theatre.

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    4/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ACTC THEATRE presents Stephen Sondheim’s

    A Little Night Music

     

    ACTC Theatre will present the musical A Little Night Music Fridays and Saturdays, April 17, 18 and April 24, 25 at 8:00PM and Sundays, April 19, 26 at 2:30 in the J. B. Sowards Theatre.

     

    One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, the romantic and achingly beautiful A Little Night Music deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations.  The book for the musical is by Hugh Wheeler with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.   The musical score is composed entirely in 3/4 time, or in variations thereof.   A song from the musical, “Send in the Clowns" has become a popular music standard and has been recorded by dozens of superstars, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Judy Collins, whose recording garnered the composer Stephen Sondheim the 1975 Grammy for Song of the Year.  The musical is the Tony award winner for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.  The book by Hugh Wheeler was inspired by the Ingmar Bergmann film "Smiles of a Summer Night."   A Little Night Music premiered on Broadway in 1973 and was revived in London both in 1989 and 1995.

     

    Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, the musical follows the lives of several couples from all walks of life and their views on life and love are explored with compassion and humor.  And in the end, under the summer night, things are set to right.

     

    The cast includes Bil Neal of Huntington who portrays the role of “Fredrik” and Pamela Hall an Ashland resident playing “Desiree Armfeldt”.  Lauren Saltzman, a student at Greenup County High and Brian Cook and ACTC/MSU graduate are “Anne Egerman” and “Henrik Egerman” respectively.  The Liebeslieder singers are Austin Cross a student a Paul Blazer High, Zach Davis a student at Marshall Community and Technical College, Judith Pennington a Business Affairs Assistant at ACTC, Anna Baker a student at Boyd County High and Megan Woods a theatre major at ACTC.  Jesse Riggs a graduate of Marshall University and Stephanie Cook an ACTC nursing major are Count Carl-Magnus and Countess Charlotte respectively.  

     

    Edward Figgins, ACTC Director of Theatre and Associate Professor will be the Production Director and Technical Director.  Mr. Kirk Saltzman, ACTC Theatre Musical Director will be Musical Director/Orchestra Conductor and Max Jackson to be the Rehearsal/Performance accompanist.  Paula Krepsik will be the Costume Designer/Costumer.  Brian Cook is the Lighting Designer and Mr. Figgins serve as the Scenic Designer.

     

    For performances at ACTC Theatre, ticket prices are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.  Tickets may be picked up at the College bookstore or reserved by calling (606) 326-2014.  Major credit cards are accepted for reservations.  Any unsold tickets will be available at the door, however reservations are strongly recommended as ACTC Theatre musical productions often sell out.  Only cash or check (with ID) is accepted at the box office at all public performances.  If further information is required please call the ACTC Theatre Office at 606-326-2073.



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    ACTC Theatre will present the musical A Little Night Music Fridays and Saturdays, April 17, 18 and April 24, 25 at 8:00PM and Sundays, April 19, 26 at 2:30 in the J. B. Sowards Theatre.

    Free BCTC Seminar on Real Estate Offers Tips for Buying or Selling in a Down Market

    Date

    4/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2009) - A cool real estate market may be the right time to gain an edge. A free informational seminar hosted by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will discuss advantages and share tips about buying and selling property and having a career in real estate.

    “Now is the time for people to learn to navigate the real estate market and then be prepared for the next real estate boom,” said Jenny Jones, BCTC assistant dean of business. “Even though some people believe now is not the time to get into real estate, houses are selling because the cost of real estate is low and mortgage interest rates are low.”

    The seminar, Your Future in Real Estate is Here! will be held 5:30 to 8pm Thursday, April 16 at the Academic Technical Building on BCTC Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Advance registration is not required.

    The community has the opportunity to ask professionals in an informal setting about the real estate market and the BCTC real estate program. Discussion topics include information on buying a home, the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit, “good faith money,” and real estate terms like P&I, PITI, VRM, ARM, and APR.

    The seminar will also include tips for selling a house, such as getting the most value from a house through home inspections and increasing the value of a home through home improvements.

    “A lot of people put money into improvements but they are not putting money into the things that will add value when they sell it,” Jones said. Making the right improvements in a home “can help sell it faster, earn the seller more money, and put the buyer in a better-quality house.”

    BCTC’s real estate management program offers associate degrees with a real estate emphasis and certificates in pre-licensing and brokerage management. A real estate career is not limited to selling property, Jones said. Other real estate career options include property management, appraisal, inspection, construction, banking, finance, and real estate law.

    For more information about the seminar, contact Jenny Jones at (859) 246-6653 or email Jenny.Jones@kctcs.edu; or Sandye Hackney at (859) 246-6266 or email Sandye.Hackney@kctcs.edu

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2009) - A cool real estate market may be the right time to gain an edge. A free informational seminar hosted by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will discuss advantages and share tips about buying and selling property and having a career in real estate.

    Free BCTC Seminar on Real Estate Offers Tips for Buying or Selling in a Down Market

    Date

    4/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

    Body

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2009) - A cool real estate market may be the right time to gain an edge. A free informational seminar hosted by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will discuss advantages and share tips about buying and selling property and having a career in real estate management.

    “Now is the time for people to learn to navigate the real estate market and then be prepared for the next real estate boom,” said Jenny Jones, BCTC assistant dean of business. “Even though some people believe now is not the time to get into real estate, houses are selling because the cost of real estate is low and mortgage interest rates are low.”

    The seminar, Your Future in Real Estate is Here! will be held 5:30 to 8pm Thursday, April 16 at the Academic Technical Building on BCTC Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Advance registration is not required.

    The community has the opportunity to ask professionals in an informal setting about the real estate market and the BCTC real estate program. Discussion topics include information on buying a home, the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit, “good faith money”, and real estate terms like P&I, PITI, VRM, ARM, and APR. 

    The seminar will also include tips for selling a house, such as getting the most value from a house through home inspections and increasing the value of a home through home improvements.

    “A lot of people put money into improvements but they are not putting money into the things that will add value when they sell it,” Jones said. Making the right improvements in a home “can help sell it faster, earn the seller more money, and put the buyer in a better-quality house.”

    BCTC’s real estate management program offers associate degrees with a real estate emphasis and certificates in pre-licensing and brokerage management. A real estate career is not limited to selling property, Jones said. Other real estate career options include property management, appraisal, inspection, construction, banking, finance, and real estate law.

    For more information about the seminar, contact Jenny Jones at (859) 246-6653 or email Jenny.Jones@kctcs.edu; or Sandye Hackney at (859) 246-6266 or email Sandye.Hackney@kctcs.edu

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2009) - A cool real estate market may be the right time to gain an edge. A free informational seminar hosted by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will discuss advantages and share tips about buying and selling property and having a career in real estate management.

    Date

    4/6/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    The ACTC Technology Drive Campus is CLOSED, Tuesday, April 7, 2009 due to water problems. 

    The other ACTC campuses are open for normal class and business hours. 

     

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    ACTC Technology Drive Campus Closed 4-7-2009

    Date

    4/6/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    The ACTC Technology Drive Campus (ONLY) is closed, Tuesday, April 7, 2009 due to water problems.

    The other ACTC campuses will be open for normal class and business hours. 

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    The ACTC Technology Drive Campus (ONLY) is closed, Tuesday, April 7, 2009 due to water problems.

    The other ACTC campuses will be open for normal class and business hours. 

    Date

    4/6/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    The ACTC Technology Drive Campus is CLOSED, Tuesday, April 7, 2009 due to water problems. 

    The other ACTC campuses are open for normal class and business hours. 

     

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    ACTC Technology Drive Campus Closed 4-7-2009

    Date

    4/6/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    The ACTC Technology Drive Campus (ONLY) is closed, Tuesday, April 7, 2009 due to water problems.

    The other ACTC campuses will be open for normal class and business hours. 

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    The ACTC Technology Drive Campus (ONLY) is closed, Tuesday, April 7, 2009 due to water problems.

    The other ACTC campuses will be open for normal class and business hours. 

    Big Sandy Singers at Big Sandy Idol

    Date

    4/7/2009 1:29:00 PM

    Body

    Watch Big Sandy Idol on WYMT Saturday 8-10 p.m. Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), along with the MAC, and sponsor Jennifer Reynolds’ State Farm Insurance produced a very successful, nearly sold-out, third annual Big Sandy Idol Regional Talent and Music Scholarship Competition.

    The competition, held at the Mountain Arts Center on Fri., and Sat., Mar. 13 and 14, featured 32 high school students from all of our local high schools in our five-county region. The Big Sandy Idol finals, featuring the first place winners from each high school, will air on WYMT this-coming Saturday, April 11, from 8-10 p.m. The show features a special performance by Rebecca Lynn Howard, who served as Head Judge for the competition.

    The Big Sandy Singers will also perform throughout the evening. BSCTC launched Big Sandy Idol, its music scholarship program for high school students, three years ago. Clayton Case, the BSCTC Music Assistant Director and Big Sandy Idol Director; along with Laura Ford Hall, BSCTC Director of Music; and Timothy Cooley, Technical Director, facilitated and hosted a talent showcase at each high school that offered two winners from each of the 14 high schools in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin Counties, a chance to compete for a demo CD recording, a full-album recording, a $1,200.00 vocal scholarship to attend BSCTC, cash prizes, and a spot with the Big Sandy Singers who are directed by Hall. Through the sign-ups, auditions, and school-show productions, all of the local-level school winners were chosen and the first place winners from each high school will be featured on WYMT this Saturday as they compete for the ultimate prize as Big Sandy Idol Champion.

    Watch WYMT this Saturday from 8-10 p.m. to see all of the talent and to find out the winner! To order the 2008-2009 Big Sandy Idol or Big Sandy Singers CD, visit www.bigsandysingers.com.

    CAPTION FOR PHOTO: Pictured are The Big Sandy Singers who serve as special guest performers on Big Sandy Idol which will air this Saturday on WYMT from 8-10 p.m.

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    Watch Big Sandy Idol on WYMT Saturday 8-10 p.m. Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), along with the MAC, and sponsor Jennifer Reynolds’ State Farm Insurance produced a very successful, nearly sold-out, third annual Big Sandy Idol Regional Talent and Music Scholarship Competition.

    Transfer Fair

    Date

    4/8/2009 9:51:00 AM

    Body

    ACTC will host a Transfer Fair April 14 to help students learn about their options at four year colleges and universities in the region.  The Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Lounge at the College Drive Campus.  

    Sixteen colleges and universities have signed up to participate in the fair which is sponsored by the Kentucky Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.

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    Learn about your transfer options to universities and colleges in the area.

    Transfer Fair

    Date

    4/8/2009 9:51:00 AM

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    ACTC will host a Transfer Fair April 14 to help students learn about their options at four year colleges and universities in the region.  The Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Lounge at the College Drive Campus.  

    Sixteen colleges and universities have signed up to participate in the fair which is sponsored by the Kentucky Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.

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    Learn about your transfer options to universities and colleges in the area.

    Spring Fling

    Date

    4/8/2009 6:42:00 PM

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    Spring Fling

    Monday, April 13 - Roberts Drive Campus
    Tuesday, April 14 - College Drive Campus
    Thursday, April 16 - Technology Drive Campus

    11:00AM-1:00PM

    Come celebrate the ending of another semester!
    Free Stewart's Hotdogs!!

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    Come celebrate the ending of another semester!

    Spring Fling

    Date

    4/8/2009 6:42:00 PM

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    Spring Fling

    Monday, April 13 - Roberts Drive Campus
    Tuesday, April 14 - College Drive Campus
    Thursday, April 16 - Technology Drive Campus

    11:00AM-1:00PM

    Come celebrate the ending of another semester!
    Free Stewart's Hotdogs!!

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    Come celebrate the ending of another semester!

    ACTC Theatre's Production of "A Little Night Music"

    Date

    4/10/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ACTC Theatre will present the musical A Little Night Music Fridays and Saturdays, April 17, 18 and April 24, 25 at 8:00PM and Sundays, April 19, 26 at 2:30 in the J. B. Sowards Theatre.

    One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, the romantic and achingly beautiful A Little Night Music deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations.  The book for the musical is by Hugh Wheeler with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.   The musical score is composed entirely in 3/4 time, or in variations thereof.   A song from the musical, “Send in the Clowns" has become a popular music standard and has been recorded by dozens of superstars, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Judy Collins, whose recording garnered the composer Stephen Sondheim the 1975 Grammy for Song of the Year.  The musical is the Tony award winner for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.  The book by Hugh Wheeler was inspired by the Ingmar Bergmann film "Smiles of a Summer Night."   A Little Night Music premiered on Broadway in 1973 and was revived in London both in 1989 and 1995.

    Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, the musical follows the lives of several couples from all walks of life and their views on life and love are explored with compassion and humor.  And in the end, under the summer night, things are set to right.

    The cast includes Bil Neal of Huntington who portrays the role of “Fredrik” and Pamela Hall an Ashland resident playing “Desiree Armfeldt”.  Lauren Saltzman, a student at Greenup County High and Brian Cook and ACTC/MSU graduate are “Anne Egerman” and “Henrik Egerman” respectively.  The Liebeslieder singers are Austin Cross a student a Paul Blazer High, Zach Davis a student at Marshall Community and Technical College, Judith Pennington a Business Affairs Assistant at ACTC, Anna Baker a student at Boyd County High and Megan Woods a theatre major at ACTC.  Jesse Riggs a graduate of Marshall University and Stephanie Cook an ACTC nursing major are Count Carl-Magnus and Countess Charlotte respectively.  

    Edward Figgins, ACTC Director of Theatre and Associate Professor will be the Production Director and Technical Director.  Mr. Kirk Saltzman, ACTC Theatre Musical Director will be Musical Director/Orchestra Conductor and Max Jackson to be the Rehearsal/Performance accompanist.  Paula Krepsik will be the Costume Designer/Costumer.  Brian Cook is the Lighting Designer and Mr. Figgins serve as the Scenic Designer.

    For performances at ACTC Theatre, ticket prices are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.  Tickets may be picked up at the College bookstore or reserved by calling (606) 326-2014.  Major credit cards are accepted for reservations.  Any unsold tickets will be available at the door, however reservations are strongly recommended as ACTC Theatre musical productions often sell out.  Only cash or check (with ID) is accepted at the box office at all public performances.  If further information is required please call the ACTC Theatre Office at 606-326-2073.

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    ACTC Theatre's Production of "A Little Night Music"

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    4/10/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ACTC Theatre will present the musical A Little Night Music Fridays and Saturdays, April 17, 18 and April 24, 25 at 8:00PM and Sundays, April 19, 26 at 2:30 in the J. B. Sowards Theatre.

    One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, the romantic and achingly beautiful A Little Night Music deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations.  The book for the musical is by Hugh Wheeler with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.   The musical score is composed entirely in 3/4 time, or in variations thereof.   A song from the musical, “Send in the Clowns" has become a popular music standard and has been recorded by dozens of superstars, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Judy Collins, whose recording garnered the composer Stephen Sondheim the 1975 Grammy for Song of the Year.  The musical is the Tony award winner for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.  The book by Hugh Wheeler was inspired by the Ingmar Bergmann film "Smiles of a Summer Night."   A Little Night Music premiered on Broadway in 1973 and was revived in London both in 1989 and 1995.

    Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, the musical follows the lives of several couples from all walks of life and their views on life and love are explored with compassion and humor.  And in the end, under the summer night, things are set to right.

    The cast includes Bil Neal of Huntington who portrays the role of “Fredrik” and Pamela Hall an Ashland resident playing “Desiree Armfeldt”.  Lauren Saltzman, a student at Greenup County High and Brian Cook and ACTC/MSU graduate are “Anne Egerman” and “Henrik Egerman” respectively.  The Liebeslieder singers are Austin Cross a student a Paul Blazer High, Zach Davis a student at Marshall Community and Technical College, Judith Pennington a Business Affairs Assistant at ACTC, Anna Baker a student at Boyd County High and Megan Woods a theatre major at ACTC.  Jesse Riggs a graduate of Marshall University and Stephanie Cook an ACTC nursing major are Count Carl-Magnus and Countess Charlotte respectively.  

    Edward Figgins, ACTC Director of Theatre and Associate Professor will be the Production Director and Technical Director.  Mr. Kirk Saltzman, ACTC Theatre Musical Director will be Musical Director/Orchestra Conductor and Max Jackson to be the Rehearsal/Performance accompanist.  Paula Krepsik will be the Costume Designer/Costumer.  Brian Cook is the Lighting Designer and Mr. Figgins serve as the Scenic Designer.

    For performances at ACTC Theatre, ticket prices are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.  Tickets may be picked up at the College bookstore or reserved by calling (606) 326-2014.  Major credit cards are accepted for reservations.  Any unsold tickets will be available at the door, however reservations are strongly recommended as ACTC Theatre musical productions often sell out.  Only cash or check (with ID) is accepted at the box office at all public performances.  If further information is required please call the ACTC Theatre Office at 606-326-2073.

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    Graduation 2009 Information

    Date

    4/13/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ACTC will hold the Graduation 2009 ceremony  Saturday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Paramount Arts Center. 

    Graduation participants should be in the Paramount lobby, in cap and gown, Saturday, May 16, by 9:15 a.m.  A rehearsal will be held Friday, May 15, at the Paramount at 12:00 noon.  Please try to attend the rehearsal, but if you are unable to attend, you may still participate in graduation.

    Caps and gowns are $26.50 plus tax and may be purchased through the bookstore at College Drive.  Please get your gown by May 11.  Order forms for graduation invitations are also available. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM. You may contact the Bookstore at (606) 326-2014 for more information

    National Technical Honor Society members need to order stoles from advisor Nick Beever at (606) 326-2485.  Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members should order their stoles through advisor Dan Bailey at (606) 326-2040.

    The Paramount Arts Theatre is handicap-accessible. If you or a guest attending graduation will require any special arrangements such as wheelchair seating, sign language interpreter, etc., please contact ACTC Manager of Disability Services Heather Shelton at (606) 326-2051.

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    The 2009 Graduation Ceremony is Saturday, May 16.

    Graduation 2009 Information

    Date

    4/13/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    ACTC will hold the Graduation 2009 ceremony  Saturday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Paramount Arts Center. 

    Graduation participants should be in the Paramount lobby, in cap and gown, Saturday, May 16, by 9:15 a.m.  A rehearsal will be held Friday, May 15, at the Paramount at 12:00 noon.  Please try to attend the rehearsal, but if you are unable to attend, you may still participate in graduation.

    Caps and gowns are $26.50 plus tax and may be purchased through the bookstore at College Drive.  Please get your gown by May 11.  Order forms for graduation invitations are also available. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM. You may contact the Bookstore at (606) 326-2014 for more information

    National Technical Honor Society members need to order stoles from advisor Nick Beever at (606) 326-2485.  Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members should order their stoles through advisor Dan Bailey at (606) 326-2040.

    The Paramount Arts Theatre is handicap-accessible. If you or a guest attending graduation will require any special arrangements such as wheelchair seating, sign language interpreter, etc., please contact ACTC Manager of Disability Services Heather Shelton at (606) 326-2051.

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    The 2009 Graduation Ceremony is Saturday, May 16.

    NORTH AMERICAN RACING ACADEMY GRADUATE WINS AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS

    Date

    4/13/2009 12:00:00 AM

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    Versailles, KY (April 10, 2009) – Mike Straight recently won his first career race at Tampa Bay Downs.  He rode to the winner’s circle aboard Ready Ruler on March 6.  Since his initial race, Straight has won eight additional races at the same track and has been named Jockey of the Month.   

    Straight, 23, came to Kentucky in September 2007 from East Greenbush, New York to complete courses at the North American Racing Academy (NARA) under the tutelage of Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron.  He recently had the opportunity to gain additional experience by working for trainer Wesley Ward in Miami.  Mike is the twin brother of the very successful apprentice jockey Matthew Straight (2008 NARA graduate). 

    “The program is hands on, so the students really get to be part of the daily operations.  It’s exciting to watch them learn and grow within the academy,” said McCarron.

    NARA is the brainchild of McCarron.  He and his family relocated to central Kentucky, after his retirement from the saddle in 2002, for the sole purpose of establishing the academy. 

    “I’ve been given a great foundation,” said Straight.  “All the knowledge I gained through the NARA program and Chris McCarron is what I use every day.”

    Straight next chance at the winner’s circle is Saturday, April 11 and again Tuesday, April 14 in Tampa.

    NARA is an equine program of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and is the first college-affiliated horse racing academy in the United States.  KCTCS facilitates the development of NARA by providing direction for academic courses, through Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), that lead to certifications.

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    For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at KCTCS.  Our statewide system of 16 colleges and 67 campuses provides citizens throughout the Commonwealth with a quality education that is both accessible and affordable.  For more information, visit www.kctcs.edu



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    Versailles, KY (April 10, 2009) – Mike Straight recently won his first career race at Tampa Bay Downs.  He rode to the winner’s circle aboard Ready Ruler on March 6.  Since his initial race, Straight has won eight additional races at the same track and has been named Jockey of the Month.   

    It's Time for Class Evaluations

    Date

    4/13/2009 11:33:00 AM

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    Let us know how we're doing and help us to improve. Your evaluations make a difference. Visit https://www.actc.info/student/, login using your student username and password then select "class evaluations."

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    Help us to improve at https://www.actc.info/student/.

    It's Time for Class Evaluations

    Date

    4/13/2009 11:33:00 AM

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    Let us know how we're doing and help us to improve. Your evaluations make a difference. Visit https://www.actc.info/student/, login using your student username and password then select "class evaluations."

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    Help us to improve at https://www.actc.info/student/.

    JCTC African-American students honored for academic achievement

    Date

    4/13/2009 11:48:00 AM

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    Twenty-nine Jefferson Community and Technical College students were honored March 26 during the annual African-American Students of Excellence Awards program on the college’s Downtown Campus.

    “This ceremony is among the most special for the college,” said Dr. Tony Newberry, president of the college, “because we set aside the time to honor students for their hard work, dedication, creativity and spirit.”

    The program, sponsored by the college’s Black Affairs Advisory Committee, also honored Robert Fraction, a retired police detective who is now a Jefferson County deputy corner, with a Community Service Award.  Newberry was given the Institutional Service Award for his commitment to and support of the mission, goals and activities of the Black Affairs Advisory Committee and the college.

    Dawne Gee, WAVE-TV 3 news anchor, was the guest speaker.

    To qualify for the award, African-American students must have 30 credit hours at Jefferson and a minimum 3.25 GPA.

    The honored students were:

    Alan L. Alston
    Richard A. Anane
    Alor K. Arop
    Gwendolyn D. Atkinson
    Ronnie L. Batts
    Jamie Benjamin Precious
    W. Driver
    Sandra D. Easley
    Brenda G. Evans
    Caroline R. Grundy
    Lisa Hartman
    Tyonda L. Hill
    Ruby N. Holt
    Alexandria Howard
    Uminda M. Humphrey
    Anab N. Khalif
    Tina R. Lee
    Janice Y. Moore
    Sophia M. Prater
    Elvie A. Sloan
    ShaNita Sloan-Keelyen
    Travis. L. Stone
    Trena A. Strambler
    Robert A. Sutton
    Monica J. Taylor
    Mechele F. Turner
    Andrea E. Williams
    Lonnie O’Neal
    Daniel Odongo

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    JCTC Academic Team takes 2nd place in Ohio

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    4/13/2009 12:15:00 PM

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    The Jefferson Community and Technical College Academic Team had its best performance of the year April 4, taking second place honors at a Quick Recall tournament held at Ohio University Southern in Ironton, Ohio.

     JCTC finished ahead of Big Sandy Community & Technical College, University of the Cumberlands, Murray State University, Henderson Community College, and host Ohio Southern University.  Taking top honors was Georgetown University.

    “We played really well,” said Pete Rodski, coach of the academic team and math professor on the Southwest Campus.  “We were tied with Georgetown 12-12 at halftime, and lost the match 30-22 on multiple protests by Georgetown.  Frankly, I couldn’t tell you the difference between papyrus and paprus – I’ve heard it pronounced both ways.  It was a tough way to lose, but I was proud of the way we competed.”

    Jefferson came to the match shorthanded, having only 3 players able to make the long trip to Ironton.  Competing for Jefferson were students Casey Clark, Sarah Qureshi, and Brad Congleton.   Helping Rodski with the coaching duties was fellow faculty member Brandon Bartley.  The last tournament of the season will be held on April 18 at Georgetown University.

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