Welcome to the winter edition of Bluegrass News! BCTC is moving forward - Transforming Lives in the Bluegrass in many ways. Our commitment remains to provide outstanding services to all citizens who need our support, direction, and education. While 2012 promises to be a pivotal year for BCTC, we build on the achievements of 2011. Like Wes, the student highlighted in this edition, our students across the college are achieving success, and we applaud and respect their hard work. Our commitment to student success is reflected in partnerships with local school districts, new grants and additional student services. We are especially proud of the new Early College program in Scott County that offers local high school students the opportunity to earn college credits. According to studies, students are more likely to go to college and be successful when enrolled in early college programs. Another student population that is increasing at college campuses nationwide, including BCTC, is returning veterans. The Military Veterans Student Services provides career counseling, academic advising and other student support services to help with the transition back to college life. We are pleased to continue outreach activities such as the MOSAIIC Conference, held this fall for its fifth year, and a new grant to extend services to Latino populations. We will continue to add new services, activities, programs and training to keep up with our students' and employers’ needs. The Newtown Campus construction is progressing nicely and we invite you to see our progress at http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/en/News_and_Events/For_the_Media/Construction.aspx.
This year, we commit to continue helping to transform Central Kentucky. No matter what the economic challenges, BCTC will continue to provide high-quality education close to home, to jumpstart a career or earn a college degree. Thank you for all you do for our students and college, and my best wishes for you in 2012.