We have come to the end of another successful school year at BCTC. It’s time to celebrate
all we have achieved and the lives that have been changed by our commitment to the
students we serve.
To begin, I want to celebrate the college’s first open forum. I appreciate the participation of our faculty, staff and students and look forward to many more of these opportunities to get to know each other and discuss college business. I am feeling more and more at home at BCTC and Kentucky. Last week, I was named a Kentucky Colonel by Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes. What a blessing to be a true Kentuckian!
This year’s enrollment is a celebration. We have secured increases and are currently leading the system in this area. We’re seeing the faces of our fall enrollees at the first orientations of 2019. I spoke to packed rooms at the first two orientations this month. Not only are we recruiting local students, but we are seeing students travel over three hours to come to BCTC. One student I met last week left at 4 a.m. to attend orientation. Now that I’m a Kentuckian, I’m especially happy to see BCTC recruiting students from Ohio.
This year, we celebrate the many scholarships, awards and recognitions earned by our students and alumni. Just a few include the first generation student scholarships, PTK awards, and BCTC NARA alumni Austin Motley and David Mussad training the 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. I’m especially looking forward to celebrating our students at my first GAR ceremony on Thursday. I hope you can attend.
Our instructors, too, are celebrated, earning state and national recognition for their work with students. And, the programs they lead ensure our student success. For instance, for the sixth consecutive year, Surgical Technology has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the CST exam. Dental Hygiene also recently celebrated a 100 percent pass rate and 100 percent job placement for their graduating class.
Finally, we are securing the funds to expand our services to students. This year we celebrated the opening of the newly renovated nursing and allied health facility on the Leestown Campus. This project was funded by a Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative investment of over $3M and the support of community partners. Secretary Ramsey was extremely impressed with the facility and our students, faculty and staff at his visit this month. We also celebrated raising the $1M needed to complete funding for the Danville Advanced Manufacturing Center and will break ground on that facility this fall.
As you know, my mantra is “Students First.” However, as you can see from our successes, our commitment to students reaches far beyond individual students. It reaches into their families, the places they work and communities where they live. This is how we live our mission every day.
Thank you for all you’ve done to make 2018-19 a tremendous success!
Dr. Koffi Akakpo