April 2019 Update
Happy April Fools' Day! In honor of this strange holiday, I found a quote that illustrates what I hope we strive for as a college: "A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees" - William Blake.
So what does that mean to us? It is evident to me that in our high schools, communities, and college divisions and departments, we see things that others may not see: untapped potential, more efficient and effective ways to do things, and partnerships with the community that, like an aged tree, add stability and strength to our efforts.
In the past month, I've seen us tap into the potential we see in middle and high school students as we draw them to our college with the Science Olympiad at Newtown and the Science Safari Fair at Leestown. In addition, our staff and faculty see the potential of current students as we work with them in our offices and classrooms every day. This was especially evident at the student leadership conference last Friday.
We're also looking at new ways to do things. As we serve students of all ages and interests, we work to follow the traditional college recruiting techniques, but we must also think outside the box, and the Manufacturing Madness event at Georgetown is an example of this. Several areas of our college came together to make this event a great success. I was also very impressed with the Changing Classroom Cultures Conference. Here, our faculty and staff explored ways we can serve our students in more efficient and effective ways. I love that we are a community of not just educators, but learners.
And finally, I see us investing in the community that supports our efforts. Long after our work day ended, staff and faculty members volunteered with one of our educational partners, KET, to support educational television. We also had staff members, Mrs. JoEllen Reed and Dr. Erin Tipton, recognized for their efforts to build into the communities we serve. This month ended with a celebration of the alumni and community partners who support our efforts at all campuses.
Honestly, it is an honor to get to know the work each of you does and your influence, which makes BCTC a great college.
As I close, I want to leave you with a lighter April Fools' Day quote that is good advice:
"Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It's good to be silly at the right moment" - Horace.
Dr. Koffi Akakpo