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Becoming HER

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Becoming H∙E∙R is a program established to support female students of color, particularly African-American/Black females.  Becoming H∙E∙R intends to increase, encourage, and support inclusion and educational success.  This female empowerment program is designed to address the needs of women of color.  Becoming H∙E∙R will also strive to develop valuable leadership skills at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  This retention program will foster a supportive environment for students to learn and grow as active members of the community and as individuals through education. 

Core Functions

  1. Coaching/Mentoring  
  2. Academic Support
  3. Student Success

Program Requirements

  • Students must be enrolled at BCTC as a credential seeking student.
  • Participants expected to attend monthly discussions.  Discussions are co-facilitated by a Community Leader and a BCTC Employee.
  • Students are expected to meet with the African-American Retention Specialist (Advisor or other assigned advisors) and mentor twice per semester. 
  • Students will engage in a shared-learning experience.

Benefits of Becoming H∙E∙R

    • Strong connections with other students
    • Building relationships with Community Leaders, Faculty & Staff
    • Mentoring
    • Topic Discussions 
    • Social and Cultural Activities
    • Academic Support

For more information, please email

Spring 2024 semester Becoming Her Candid Conversation Sessions will be conducted in-person at the Newtown Campus, Classroom Building, Room 105-107.

Dates for Candid Conversation Sessions:

  • Tuesday, January 30 @ 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27 @ 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26 @ 3:30 p.m.

Dates for joint sessions with A Few Good Men:

  • Tuesday, February 13 @ 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19 @ 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9 @ 3:30 p.m.

Meeting reminders will be sent via email and/or text.

Some meetings will have an online option, the link can be provided upon request,


I am Honorable, Empowered, Resilient


Tania Crawford Gross
Associate Vice President of Retention and Student Success
859 246-6580

Kauai Thurman
African American Recruitment & Retention Specialist
859 246-6471