A college on the move
Happy New Year to the BCTC Family and our larger connected community! We start 2018 with plenty of challenges and opportunities. I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions but I do feel a sense of renewal and possibility at the start of a new year. As administrators at BCTC, we come back after a holiday break; we begin a new semester; we decide which priorities, at the middle of the academic year, are critical to accomplish this spring; we begin the budget planning for the next fiscal year in earnest. It is a time of reflection and recommitment to our important work. For students, some are celebrating their successful first semester, some are reevaluating their choices, and some are finishing the long struggle to reach their educational goal with a degree to be awarded in May. It is a time to recommit to their studies that will take them forward to the career they want.
These are exciting times for a college on the move – literally! One of the celebrations this year is the continuing expansion of the Newtown Campus. The 60-acre campus, located in the heart of Lexington, was occupied from 1817 to 2013 by Eastern State Hospital or its predecessors. It is now an open, safe, and vibrant community college campus with education and outreach that welcome students, neighborhood residents, and people from across the region to visit and study.
On the land transferred to BCTC in 2008 legislation and expanded in 2012, construction of a new building began in 2011 along with renovations of three buildings on site. The Classroom Building opened in February 2014, and now the Science Education Center is getting ready to welcome students for Spring 2018 classes. The 64,000 square-foot facility will support up-to-date science experiences with four large classrooms, student support areas, offices, and labs for biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, organismal biology, physics and astronomy, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. It will also be home to two technical programs, biotechnology and environmental science, and feature a Biotechnology Contract Services Lab which will increase collaboration among faculty, students, and professionals in the regional biotechnology industry. Students can increase participation in undergraduate research in preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
So, yes 2018 promises plenty of challenges. Kentucky faces its perennial need for resources to provide citizens an education in preparation for sustaining careers and successful lives. At BCTC, we keep up our commitment to weather the challenges and remain focused on critical supports to our students. We are here, with new facilities and expanded opportunity for people and families looking for a high-quality, affordable education. Visit us at Newtown or one of the other six campuses across the region! Go to https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/admissions/visit_campus.aspx to start.