September 2019 Update
What a great start to our 2019-20 school year! We welcomed over 9,300 students our first week of classes, an enrollment growth trend we hope to continue. As I visited the campuses and classrooms, I saw the excitement and anticipation that fall brings.
You made sure our students got a great first impression of BCTC with Welcome Week activities. I saw you greeting students in the classrooms and hallways, serving students and joining in the fun. You scooped ice cream, played kickball, held open houses and resource fairs, showed BCTC school spirit on College Colors Day, and even danced with students at our G.L.O.W dance party last Thursday night. I can't help but smile when I see our BCTC family putting students first and providing an excellent student experience. Thank you!
Over the past few weeks, it has been my honor to represent BCTC before community leaders and donors. They affirm our reputation for excellence and service to communities. They want to partner with us to support our students and provide more opportunities for them. Without the commitment of our boards, faculty and staff, this would not be possible.
Speaking of commitment, I'm so grateful for your participation in our Foundation's annual employee giving campaign. We are only half way through our campaign and 94 have already made a gift to support our students. I think it is important to note that 30 of those faculty and staff members are first-time donors. Haven't made a gift yet? Please know it is not too late to contribute. The campaign continues through September 15, 2019. We hope to celebrate 100% support among our faculty and staff by the end of this month.
August was an exciting month, but we have a lot to look forward to this month. We are breaking ground for the new Advanced Manufacturing Center on our Danville Campus, September 12, 2019. Our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) kicks off this month, helping students learn more about essential skills in the workplace. The SACSCOC team will be on campus September 22-26, 2019, for the accreditation process, and we hope for an affirmation of the great work happening at BCTC. As the month concludes on September 24, 2019, the New York Times bestselling author Silas House and co-author, Neela Vaswani, will visit the Newtown Campus to read and discuss their novel Same Sun Here and kick off our Common Read.
Finally, I want to remind you to add your "why" to the BCTC why page. Here, a student said BCTC "gave me courage to go after what I wanted and helped me prove to myself I can finish my education, which will make me the best possible version of myself. I am so thankful to be consistently backed by educators who want the best for me." This captures our mission and the heart of what we do. What is your why?
As Oprah Winfrey said, "There's no greater gift than to honor your life's calling. It's why you were born and how you become most truly alive."
Every day my pride for our college and the work done here grows. At BCTC, a culture of Students First thrives, and it is because of the individual contributions of you all.
It is my pleasure to serve our students and community with you!
Dr. Koffi Akakpo