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Meet Your Admissions Team

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Admissions Counselor

Campus: Cooper

Territory: Fayette

Phone: 859-246-6247

katelyn.collins@kctcs.edu

Where are you From?

Meridian, MS

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

I completed two years of dual enrollment and one year of general education courses at Meridian Community College. Then, I transferred to Berea College where I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts in Education and Studio Art.

What did you love most about college?

Extracurricular involvement, for sure. I love meeting new people, and getting involved in clubs and activities is a great way to do that.

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

Don't choose a college just because you have friends who are going there. Take time to research what different places have to offer. Think about what is really necessary for your personal success.

Why should students attend BCTC?

There are so many options at BCTC. We offer a wide variety of technical programs. We also offer transfer pathways that feed into any four year college or university. The affordability is unparalleled! We offer small class sizes, tons of student support, and so many fun activities to get involved in. Regardless of your interests, BCTC has a plan that will work for you.

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Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment

Campus: Leestown/Newtown

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

Phone: 859-246-6240

britney.poe@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. Then, 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! I came 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 Tours

Campus: Lawrenceburg

Phone: 859-246-6826

michelle.beck@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

Enfield, CT

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

I earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. I then earned a Master's in Education from Post University.

What did you love most about college?

I loved being able to learn more about my interests. And, being exposed to new topics and ideas. I also enjoyed making life-long connections with peers and teachers.

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

Choose the college where you can picture yourself being happy and successful! Consider the academic programs offered, community events/organizations available, location and cost. Do the research, take a tour and ask plenty of questions before make your decision.

Why should students attend BCTC?

Students should attend BCTC because we offer a wide range of degree, diploma and certificate options at an affordable cost. With small class sizes, students can learn in a setting that allows for one-on-one time with instructors and peers. The best part is that you won't leave BCTC with a mountain of debt! The low tuition makes it possible for you to pursue your career goals immediately after graduation. Costly student loans won't hold you down!

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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. In high school, most of the courses were pre-selected for me. 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. Especially those seeking a more affordable higher education path. 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. Students receive individualized assistance in planning courses here. And those courses 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. Students can stay at one campus, attend classes online, or mix it up with courses at different locations.

photo of emily swineyStudent Development Specialist- Campus Tours

Campus: Danville

emily.swiney@kctcs.edu

Office: 859.246.6830

Where are you from?

Mt. Sterling, KY

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

I earned an Associate in Science from Bluegrass Community and Technical College. I then earned a Bachelor of University Studies from Morehead State University.

What did you love most about college?

What I loved most about college was the experiences, opportunities, and life-long connections it gave me!

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

Choose a college that you believe you’d have the most potential, opportunity, and happiness! Truly think about your academic and career goals. Consider what you hope for in a college with those goals in mind. Also, research and visit the colleges that interest you most to make the best-informed decision!

Why should students attend BCTC?

Students should attend BCTC because we offer quality education at affordable prices. The wide range of degrees, diplomas, and certificates we have offer students many opportunities. You can continue your education at a university, enter the workforce, or both!

katherine reams photoStudent Development Specialist- Campus Tours

Campus: Winchester

katie.reams@kctcs.edu

Office: 859-246-6927

Where are you from?

Bedford, KY

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

I graduated from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY with two degrees. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Community Support Services. I also have a Master of Arts in Adult & Higher Education.

What did you love most about college?

The thing I loved most about college was that it got me out of my comfort zone. This allowed me to meet new people.

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

Choose the college that you think fits you best and you think would be the best environment for you. Also, a college that has degrees and programs that you are interested in. The biggest thing you can do is research and visit the schools before making a final decision.

Why should students attend BCTC?

Students should attend BCTC because of the one on one interaction with faculty and staff. BCTC has small class sizes, is affordable and lots of student supports.

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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 attended Eastern Kentucky University. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work with a Minor in African/African American Studies. Then, I earned 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. 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. No matter your choice. Choose to go directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year college. BCTC will help get you there without putting you in debt! BCTC is the SMART CHOICE! 

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Admissions Counselor

Campus: Newtown

Territory: Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Owen, Shelby, Spencer, Washington

Phone: 859-246-6965

shanise.edwards@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

I am born and raised in the home of the Big Blue Nation, Lexington, KY!

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

I attended Eastern Kentucky University, where I studied Communications.

What did you love most about college?

What I loved and valued most about college was discovering myself and realizing the importance of being self-aware and owning my identity. In doing so I was able to contribute to the framework of my community and classroom by offering my unique perspective, ideas, experiences, and values so that I and others may thrive fully in and out of the classroom. In addition, I enjoyed the connections that I formed while at college, and through those connections, I landed my first paid job right after college and created lifelong friendships with amazing people! 

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

Most of your educational career before college has been tailored for you, college is your turn to be in control of your education! Choose a college that fits YOU! Choosing a college that fits you includes evaluating the following:

  • Academic Interest (Does the college offer the program that interests YOU? Does the college offer courses for students with a variety of learning styles or academic needs?) 
  • Culture (Can you see yourself at the college? Does the college promote and practice cultural awareness, inclusion, and equity for all?) 
  • Cost (Is it affordable? Will this college provide minimal or no debt?) 
  • Campus and classroom size (What is the professor-to-student ratio? Will I be seen or just a number?) 
  • Location/ Housing (Does the college offer housing? If not, can you commute in a reasonable amount of time to campus? Does the city the college is in offer entertainment or job opportunities outside of campus?) 
  • Resource Accessibility (Does the college offer tutoring, counseling, career services, disability support services…etc.?)
  • Student Activities/Organizations (Intramural sports? Clubs tailored to your identity and interest? Honor Society?)  

Why should students attend BCTC?

BCTC offers ALL the above! With the lowest tuition in the state, small class sizes, and a plethora of student services and support BCTC stands out from many and is a sure fit for everyone. No matter your goal, BCTC can help you achieve it. Get started with BCTC today!

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Admissions Counselor

Campus: Newtown

Territory: Clark, Montgomery, Madison, Estill, Powell, Bath, Wolfe

Phone: 859-246-6609

elvis.andrade@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

I was born in Las Vegas, NV and have lived in various places like Appleton, WI, Raleigh, NC and Mexicali, MX but nowhere has felt more like home than Lexington, KY.

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

I graduated from EKU in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies and Business after transferring over from BCTC. I am currently working on a Master of Social Work from NKU.

What did you love most about college?

I really enjoyed how I was given the opportunity to take classes and explore topics like social work that I knew I had some interest in but also take classes in fields like HVAC that I wouldn’t have known that I had interest in. It was a very interesting time in my life since I was forced out of my comfort zone and because of that I was given the opportunity to learn more about myself.

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

Be smart about how you approach student loans and how much money you borrow since that decision will follow you for a good chunk of your life. Community college is a good way to accomplish your goals of graduating with a two-year degree or pursuing a 4-year degree from a public university without breaking the bank because no matter where you end up graduating from, general education credits are usually the same.  

Why should students attend BCTC?

Students should consider attending BCTC because it’s an affordable choice for students to be able to take their general education classes in a time where student debt is at an all-time high, class sizes are much smaller than most universities and thus can be a better environment to learn in, and BCTC offers two-year terminal degrees in various disciplines that can be used to get a job right out of college. 

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
500 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40508

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.