Meet Your Admissions Team

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photo of Hayley Anders

Visitor Center Coordinator

Campus: Newtown

Service Area: Visitor Center, Newtown Campus

Phone: 859-246-6252

hayley.anders@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

Corbin, KY

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I graduated with honors with a B.A. in History from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.

What did you love most about college?

The thing I love most about college is getting to meet new people and learn new ideas that you’re passionate about.

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

When choosing a college, try to find an institution that has the programs that interest you, the size that makes you feel the most comfortable and at home, and the accessibility of resources that you could use to your advantage to help you achieve your goals.

Why should students attend BCTC?

Students should attend BCTC because it is an institution that offers a one-on-one atmosphere, and allows students to access a range of support services that they can utilize to help them pursue their degree. BCTC also has small classes and great affordability. If you start here, you can go anywhere!

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Admissions Counselor

Campus: Leestown/Newtown

Territory: Scott, Harrison, Bourbon, Nicholas, Woodford, and Jessamine

Phone: 859-246-6240

britney.emmons@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

Mayslick, KY

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I graduated with an Associate of Arts from Maysville Community and Technical College and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Middle School Language Arts endorsement from Midway College.

What did you love most about college?

Most definitely meeting new people! Coming from the smallest county in Kentucky, I took advantage of every opportunity to meet new people and experience new things.

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

Choose a college that’s right for you. Don’t choose a college based on where your friends are going, where your parents went or what you've heard. Do the research, plan a visit, and make a choice that will benefit you the most.

Why should students attend BCTC?

BCTC offers hundreds of associate degree, diploma, and certificate options but most importantly you can receive a quality education in the field you desire, at an affordable price. Graduating college without student loan debt should be a goal of every college student. Attending BCTC can make that goal a reality.

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Student Development Specialist

Campus: Lawrenceburg

Territory: Anderson, Franklin, Nelson, Shelby, Spencer, and Washington

Phone: 859-246-6826

tiffany.drury@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

Baltimore, MD

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I completed a B.A. in Media Communications with a minor in Public Relations at Asbury University. I then graduated with my M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville.

What did you love most about college?

The ability to explore other areas of interest and to learn as much as I could about the fields and subjects that interested me.

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

Find a path that allows you to pursue what you love. Consider the location, the career you hope to pursue, the friendliness of the faculty and the staff and the cost of the college. Find the best combination of all of these things that will get you to your end goal.

Why should students attend BCTC?

My favorite thing about BCTC is the affordability that it offers to students. My husband and I are working on paying back our student loans and every day I come to work, I wish that someone would have talked to me more about how much community college could have saved me. You don’t fully realize how much those student loans are going to cost you. Let me tell you from experience, every penny you can save counts, and if you can take out half the amount in student loans by starting at a community college, your future self will thank you!

photo of Milton Meza De Los Santos

Latino Outreach Coordinator

Campus: All

Service Area: Latino Outreach Center

Phone: 859-246-6530

milton.meza@kctcs.edu

Where are you From?

Born in Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico. Grew up in Garrard County, KY since I was 7 and have been living in Lexington since 2012.

Where did you go to College and What did you study? 

I graduated with my Associate of Arts with a focus in Psychology from BCTC in 2015. I am currently attending Eastern Kentucky University to finish up my Bachelors degree in Psychology. 

What did you love most about college? 

I loved getting to know the different people that attend college. People would come from all over the country and world in BCTC and EKU. I currently participate in the Latino Student Association of EKU. I love participating in the intramurals with them.

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

Find a college that fits your personality! Every college has a certain vibe to it. Choose the one you feel is right for you.  Choose the one that offers opportunities outside of the college. Studying abroad, intramurals, and student organizations. Take all of that in consideration.

Why should students attend BCTC?

BCTC was a fantastic choice for because of the affordability and the opportunities it has. BCTC allowed me to explore my options in terms of career fulfillment, while still keeping it affordable for me. The professors take their time to get to know the students. The class sizes are much smaller, which made making friendships easier. I always recommend students who may not know what they want 100% to give BCTC a try. It’s affordable, which means it won’t financially hurt as much if they change majors.

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Student Development Specialist

Campus: Winchester and Georgetown

Territory: Clark, Madison, Estill, Powell, Montgomery, Lee, Bath, Menifee, and Wolfe

Phone: 859-246-6839

elizabeth.neill@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

Originally Rochester NY but I have been in Lexington for 11 years

Where did you go to College and what did you study?

BCTC Associate in Art 2009; University of Kentucky Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Dec 2011); Eastern Kentucky University Master of Arts in Student Personnel in Higher Education (May 2014)

What did you love most about college?

Learning something completely new with every class!

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

Make sure you visit and that it is the right fit for you!

Why should students attend BCTC?

It is an excellent way to start your college career off right and potentially debt free. BCTC also has a community feel with faculty & staff that want to see you achieve your dreams.

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Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment

Campus: Cooper

Territory: Fayette

Phone: 859-246-6247

dan.pauley@kctcs.edu

Where are you From?

Dayton, OH

Where did you go to College and What did you study?

I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Arts from The University of Kentucky where I studied Journalism and Communication. I then attended Asbury Theological Seminary for a year, studying for my Master’s in Divinity. I will be attending Eastern Kentucky University to pursue my Master’s in Arts in Student Personnel Services.

What did you love most about college?

Getting involved and making new friends. I was involved in church ministries, peer-mentorship programs, and even wrote for my school paper. The people I met getting involved in these activities have become some of my best friends to this day.

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

Find a college where you can get the most involved. Look for clubs, programs, or even job opportunities that you can take advantage of while you are there. It can make the difference in your experience. If you’re going to going to school for two to four (sometime even more) years, you might as well make the best of it!

Why should students attend BCTC?

The affordability in unbeatable. With colleges getting more and more expensive for students to attend, BCTC offers a great opportunity for students to either learn hands-on skills to get jobs or get general education knocked out of the way for transfer, while saving money.  As I like to tell students (and what I’ve learned from paying back my student loans) you never know how much you pay for college until you’re out of it.

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Assistant Director of Admissions, International Student Services

Campus: Cooper

Service Area: International

Phone: 859-246-4647 

brian.schanding@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

While I was born in Washington, D.C., my family moved a lot when I was growing up. By the time I was nine years old, I had lived in five states. Kentucky is where we finally settled, so I am proud to adopt Kentucky as my home state.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I attended Eastern Kentucky University, Georgia State University, and the University of Cincinnati, where I received my B.A. in English, M.A. in Applied Linguistics, and Ed.D. in Literacy and Second Language Studies, respectively.

What did you love most about college?

I loved that there was such a wide variety of academic fields. After having most of the courses pre-selected for me throughout high school, in college I truly enjoyed the freedom to pursue my interests. When you love the subject you study, you have a greater chance of success in college. 

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

How about two? First, try to view the bigger picture. Ask yourself how different life might be in 5-6 years if you go to College A rather than College B. Select a school using not just your heart, but also your head. Second, find a school where you can see yourself integrating into that school’s culture, be it through a campus job or student groups—just find ways to get involved somehow. Research shows that the student who is involved is more likely to graduate.

Why should students attend BCTC?

I believe BCTC makes sense for everyone. Those seeking a more affordable higher education path would be happy to know that tuition at BCTC is considerably lower than any other accredited higher education institution in Kentucky. You will simply save money here.

Our transfer specialists also make BCTC appealing to those seeking four-year degrees, as these students receive individualized assistance in planning courses here that will transfer to the school where they plan to finish up their Bachelor’s degrees.

Our campus is decentralized, which is convenient for students. With courses offered at different locations in the Lexington area, BCTC recognizes the needs of the commuter student as well as anybody. Students can stay at one campus, attend classes online, or mix it up with courses at different locations.

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Student Development Specialist

Campus: Danville

Territory: Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Marion, Mercer

Phone: 859-246-6830

dawn.smith@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

I call Clarksville, TN home (Army Brat)

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I completed my M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University

What did you love most about college?

The opportunity to achieve something I never thought possible and the network of people I was exposed to 

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

Research! Research! Research! Don’t believe the hype, follow YOUR own path and enjoy the experience. Do not be afraid to visit first.

Why should students attend BCTC?

Whether you are completing here or transferring out the affordability cannot be beat. The faculty and staff are ready and willing to ensure you are successful and who knows you could possibly graduate with ZERO DEBT unlike I did.

photo of Kauai Thurman

Recruitment & Retention Specialist for African American Students

kauai.thurman@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

Lexington, KY

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I attend Eastern Kentucky University and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a Minor in African/African American Studies, and my Master of Arts Degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education.

What did you love most about college?

College is where I learned the most about myself. I enjoyed the diverse environment that allowed me to experience new things and meet some amazing people.

What is one piece of advice you would give a student when choosing a college?

Choose a college that will allow you to pursue your dreams without causing you to go into debt. Selecting a college is a major decision and it should be made based on what is best for you, not what others think you should do.

Why should students attend BCTC?

BCTC offers a wide variety of options for all individuals at an affordable cost. We are small but mighty. We provide a quality education with small class sizes and a wide range of student support. BCTC helps prepare you for your next step in life. Whether you choose to go directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year college, BCTC will help get you there without putting you in dept. BCTC is the SMART CHOICE! 

If you have questions for the Office of Admissions please contact us at (855) 246-2477.

Mailing address:
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Office of Admissions
119 Oswald Building
470 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40506

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After hours: Secure document drop box located in the door of 119 Oswald Building.