January 2020 Update | BCTC

January 2020 Update

Happy New Year and beginning of our spring semester!

Whether is this one of many spring semesters you have begun at BCTC, or this is your very first one, semester beginnings are exciting.

We are all fortunate to have time to refresh, then come back ready to welcome and serve our students. It's inspiring to realize many students have decided that 2020 is the year they will begin working on their goals toward making a better life. What a privilege to be part of that journey!

As we start this New Year, it's clear that your hard work in 2019 set us up for a great 2020. Our enrollment is up because you continue to put students first every day.

Additionally, we are grateful for the stakeholders who support our work here at BCTC. They, too, ensure the success of our students by working with us to build partnerships, fund activities, provide resources and offer students experiential learning. Together, we build better lives, one student, one employer, one community at a time.

One important segment of our stakeholders is our legislators, who just began the 2020 legislative session. We are grateful for their support and attention to the needs of our students. One of the exceptional things they do is give BCTC legislative interns the opportunity to work alongside them during session. I'm looking forward to hearing about their experiences this semester as they share them on social media.

I also look forward to reading more Why Stories from our students, staff, and faculty.

As we begin 2020, I encourage you to choose the quote below that most inspires you and share it with me on Twitter. Then, embrace it this year.

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
- Oprah Winfrey

What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.
- Vern McLellan

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
- Tom Peters

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. 
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It always seems impossible until it's done.
- Nelson Mandela

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
- William Shakespeare

Happy New Year!
Dr. Koffi Akakpo