November 30, 2018
I started teaching adult education and basic skills 44 years ago and have loved the opportunities I have had to serve students in four colleges and in a number of different positions.
August 9, 2018
As we get ready for another exciting and challenging academic year, we welcome the BCTC community to the college for Fall Semester.
July 6, 2018
I recently came across an article I had saved from 2013. It is a set of social and economic changes predicted by 2020 and was written by Rob Rawson of Staff.com. The most startling item, from my perspective, is his prediction that most of the world’s universities have gone out of business. Now, I do think he was being dramatic, and I do not think this is happening as he predicted, but his rationale for the prediction is frighteningly sound: competition from free online resources and lack of appreciation for formal education.
May 25, 2018
Almost every month, the 16 presidents of colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, of which BCTC is a part, meet to discuss the weighty issues that college presidents deal with day-to-day, and the thousand or so decisions that must be made each month. Then once a year, we meet to think more carefully and strategically about what we do and why and how. It has always been fun for me to learn in a group with others who challenge you to listen carefully and see differently.
March 14, 2018
Since I became politically aware in the 1970s, I have admired Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. You don't have to be a member of a specific political party to know these are people who have committed their lives to serving their family, their community, their country, and their world.
February 16, 2018
One of the most important parts of the mission of community colleges is to increase access to higher education for a broader set of adult learners. Community colleges are unique to the United States and reflect the belief of most Americans that everyone can lift themselves up with a little help from our public education systems. No matter how a person starts out in life or at what point he or she understands the necessity for getting higher education or training, anyone can come to BCTC and colleges like us all around the country and get the help they need.
January 30, 2018
BCTC folks have happily settled in and began classes for Spring 2018 in the new Science Education Center at the Newtown Campus. Last January we moved into the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Georgetown-Scott County Campus and began classes in that great new training space. New opportunities for STEM careers abound at BCTC!
September 18, 2017
I have written a number of times in this BLOG about the college's open and inclusive mission and climate, welcoming all who can make use of our support to reach their educational and career goals. Our resources are directed to, first, excellent academics, and second, supportive structures across the college that allow students to strive to be their best selves.
August 7, 2017
We are moving quickly toward the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year. It is an exciting time, and at BCTC, we can feel the energy and anticipation of new students starting their college life. We are excited to have them join the BCTC Family.
July 25, 2017
I recently was on a flight from Detroit to Lexington. This was the result of a cancelled flight the night before and had resulted in a scramble for a hotel room and rebooked flights for the next day.