Bluegrass Community and Technical College
|Type||Public, 2 year|
|President||Dr. Augusta Julian|
|Affiliations||Kentucky Community and Technical College System|
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) is a public community college in Lexington, KY. It is one of sixteen 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).
The primary service area of BCTC includes:
- Anderson County
- Boyle County
- Clark County
- Estill County
- Fayette County
- Franklin County
- Jessamine County
- Madison County
- Mercer County
- Powell County
- Scott County
- Woodford County
BCTC consists of three main campus locations in Lexington, in addition to three other regional campuses outside its home city. It also maintains an Advanced Manufacturing Center, the North American Racing Academy, and various other educational sites.
- Main campuses
- Cooper Campus
- Leestown Campus
- Newtown Campus
- Regional campuses
- Danville/Boyle County Campus (Danville, KY)
- Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Campus (Lawrenceburg, KY)
- Winchester/Clark County Campus (Winchester, KY)
- Additional sites
- Fayette County Adult Education - Newtown Campus North (Lexington, Kentucky)
- Georgetown-Scott County Manufacturing Center (Georgetown, KY)
- North American Racing Academy (NARA) at the Thoroughbred Training Center (Lexington, Kentucky)
BCTC's Cooper Campus is located next on the University of Kentucky campus, in the shadow of Kroger Field. The Cooper Campus consists of three buildings: the Academic Technical (AT), Oswald, and Moloney buildings. Oswald is the main building, consisting of a number of offices and classrooms, as well as the Bluegrass Cafe, the Learning Resource Center (Library) or LRC, and a Barnes & Noble College bookstore. The Academic Technical (AT) Building is primarily classrooms, and Moloney contains more classrooms, as well as several computer labs and department offices.
BCTC's Leestown Campus consists of four buildings. Building C contains a variety of programs including Automotive Technology, Welding, Autobody, Cosmetology, a community day care center, Workforce Solutions[clarification needed], 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 Shipping and Receiving.
The Newtown Campus opened in the fall of 2013 on Newtown Pike in Lexington. The property once housed Eastern State Hospital.
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, open lab, and internships. 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