November 2019 Update | BCTC

November 2019 Update

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin this month of thanksgiving, I'm reflecting on all of the things for which I am grateful. Much of that has to do with you and what we do here at BCTC. First, I'm grateful for each of you and the important roles you play at this amazing and distinguished institution. I'm also grateful for the relationships I've been able to form with you and our community. Most importantly, I'm grateful that every month of the year we all get to play a small role in changing lives, what an incredible honor.

Each of you has a vital role in supporting the Better Lives our students are attaining.

For months, our Planning and Facilities folks have prepared to build and make possible the ground breakings at the Danville and Newtown campuses. These facilities will be cared for and equipped every day, as are all of our current facilities, to welcome students by the Maintenance and Operations and Information Technology staff. And, somebody has to pay the bills and collect money for all of this to work. For this, I thank our Bursar and Business offices.

Our Academic and Workforce Solutions teams make sure our students are equipped to enter the workforce or continue their education at our partner institutions. We celebrated the evidence of this excellent work last month when the SACS review committee praised what we do here. Kentucky Educational Television (KET) representatives are also visiting our campuses to record and highlight the great work we are doing in classrooms. This month, we will increase academic support for students with the launch of online tutoring services.

Student Development and Enrollment Management teams reach out to those seeking a better life and bring them to BCTC, welcome them so they feel at home here and support them through the journey to completion. This month, we celebrate First Generation Students who have chosen to begin a journey that no other family member has travelled, and we will open our food pantry and professional clothing closet appropriately named, Heart of BCTC.

The Advancement team and BCTC and Foundation boards of directors support all of these efforts through funding, communication and care for our outstanding employees. This fall, you also gave back, more than ever before, in our employee giving campaign to demonstrate you believe in what we are doing here. Your generosity brings a smile to many, and my heart fill with gratitude.

All of these efforts say to me that you are putting students first, every day, as you serve our BCTC communities. Your commitment to this daily operation exemplifies that you "make each day your masterpiece." -John Wooden.

These things that I am so grateful for, you, our students and the impact we are privileged to make, are my "why." I want to hear about your "why," too, and we want to share it with our community. If you have not already, please take a moment to send us your "why" now.

Finally, during this month of reflection, remember the faces and names of those you have served and know that you, too, have something for which you can be truly grateful.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Dr. Koffi Akakpo