Bluegrass Community and Technical College
|Bluegrass Community and Technical College|
|Type||Public, 2 year|
|President||Dr. Augusta Julian|
|Location||Lexington, Kentucky, USA|
|Colors||Navy █ and Gold █|
|Affiliations||Kentucky Community and Technical College System|
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), located in Lexington, Kentucky, is one of 16 two-year, open-admissions colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). It was formed from the consolidation of two separate institutions: Lexington Community College and Central Kentucky Technical College. Lexington Community College was the last remaining college in the University of Kentucky Community College System, until a vote by the trustees transferred governance to KCTCS in 2004. Prior to 1984, the college was named Lexington Technical Institute. Central Kentucky Technical College was part of the Workforce Development Cabinet of Kentucky State Government until the creation of KCTCS in 1997. KCTCS was formed in 1997 by the state legislature through House Bill 1 that combined the technical colleges of the Workforce Development Cabinet and the community colleges previously with the University of Kentucky. BCTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
BCTC's Cooper Campus is located next to the University of Kentucky campus and dorms, in the shadow of Commonwealth Stadium. BCTC has a large international student base with students attending from Europe, Jordan, Turkey and many other nations. As of Fall 2009 11,500 students were enrolled at BCTC.
The primary service area of BCTC includes:
- Anderson County
- Bourbon County
- Boyle County
- Clark County
- Fayette County
- Franklin County
- Jessamine County
- Madison County
- Mercer County
- Scott County
- Woodford County
BCTC maintains six campus locations, an Advanced Manufacturing Center, the North American Racing Academy, and various other educational sites:
- Cooper Campus in Lexington, KY
- Danville Campus in Danville, KY
- Bluegrass Advanced Manufacturing Center in Georgetown, KY
- Lawrenceburg Campus in Lawrenceburg, KY
- Leestown Campus in Lexington, KY
- Newtown Campus in Lexington, KY
- Regency Campus in Lexington, KY
- Winchester Campus in Winchester, KY
- North American Racing Academy at the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, KY
The Newtown Campus opened in the fall of 2013 on Newtown Pike in Lexington, KY
BCTC's Cooper Campus in Lexington consists of three buildings. The Oswald Building is the main building, consisting of classrooms, the Learning Resource Center (Library), administrative offices, as well as a cafeteria and a bookstore. The Academic Technical building is mostly classrooms, and the Moloney Building contains more classrooms as well as several computer labs.
BCTC's Leestown Campus consists of four buildings. Building C contains a variety of programs including Automotive Technology, Welding, Autobody, Cosmotology, a community day care center, Workforce Solutions, and Administrative offices. The Manufacturing Building includes programs in Electrical Technology, Engineering Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool, Computer Aided Drafting, and various classrooms, offices, and labs. Building A has the campus library and variety of classrooms and programs including Nursing and Adult Basic Education. Building B houses the Carpentry program and Early Middle College.
The Regency campus is home to the Business program and the film studies program. In addition to staff offices and those programs, a variety of general education courses are offered to reach the population on the south side of Lexington.
BCTC Georgetown is located at the North American Production Support Center of Toyota on Cherry Blossom Drive. It focuses on Industrial Maintenance Technology and utilizes a unique combination of classroom space and open lab. The campus is a key partner in AMTEC, an NSF funded collaboration of community colleges and automotive manufacturers and suppliers focusing on technical education.
BCTC has a robust online education program, offering a wide variety of general education courses and technical courses. The online course tuition is an affordable flat-rate for in-state and out-of-state students alike. Online students come from all over the world.
- Bluegrass Community and Technical College Home Page
- Kentucky Community and Technical College System Home Page