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BCTC Among Finalists for National Diversity Award

Jan 30, 2014 -

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) is among a select group of colleges named as a finalist in a prestigious program designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges nationwide. BCTC was recognized in the Advancing Diversity category in the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Awards of Excellence. MOSAIIC Award

BCTC’s Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion includes Hispanic/Latino Outreach, Diversity Outreach, International Student Services, Upward Bound, Talent Search, Ready to Work and Work to Learn. Several of the department’s initiatives have received additional awards and recognition recently.

A one-week intensive academic summer camp, with continuing learning activities throughout the year, called Carnegie Hall, prepares high school students for the rigors of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum.

The Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp. This program is a unique experience that provides Latino youth with an intensive college preparation and leadership development experience. Simulating college processes, high school students from across Kentucky apply to participate in the camp that includes a creative mix of college-like courses, leadership development workshops, team-building activities, cultural experiences and social justice awareness. Participants are introduced to current college students, professors, community leaders and an extensive peer network.

A cooperative effort between BCTC and Kentucky State University (KSU), in collaboration with The Links and USA Funds, to utilize mentoring, study strategies and other resources to help BCTC students graduate with an associate in arts or sciences and receive a full tuition scholarship to KSU for their undergraduate degree.

The annual Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Conference (MOSAIIC) is a yearly multi-day conference that seeks to raise awareness of opportunities and strategies needed to promote inclusive working and learning environments.

“I am very proud of all the work, commitment and dedication that comes from the staff in the Department of Multiculturalism and Inclusion,” said Charlene Walker, BCTC’s vice president for Multiculturalism and Inclusion. “This indeed is an honor for BCTC to be considered among the best in the nation for our work in diversity.”

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The Awards of Excellence were established last year. Winners in each of six categories will be named April 7 in Washington, D.C., during the 94th Annual AACC Convention, an event that attracts close to 2,000 educators, policymakers, corporate and foundation representatives each year.

Criteria for the Awards of Excellence are designed to reflect innovative practices in areas that relate to recommendations of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, a national, blue-ribbon group of education experts. The finalist colleges have shown leadership in putting the commission’s recommendations into practice.