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Meet Your Admissions Team

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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: 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?

After doing two years of dual enrollment and one year of general education courses at Meridian Community College, 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, and 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, as well as 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.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

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 the areas that interested me, while being exposed to new topics and ideas as well. 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, without being held down by costly student loans.

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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, 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

sara.morency@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

Lowell, MA

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

I graduated from Centre College in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology.

What did you love most about college?

I loved that college was an adventure! It was a time to explore curriculum, learn about different perspectives and ideologies, meet people from all different walks of life, and it was a time for me to learn a whole lot about myself and who I wanted to become.

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

Some of the best advice I ever received was, “You only get out of an experience what you put into it.” College is just like that – dig in, make connections, study hard, and always try your best. Your education will serve you for the rest of your life, so no matter where you choose to attend really give it your all.

Why should students attend BCTC?

BCTC offers a wide variety of educational pathways at an affordable price. This is truly unbeatable option in a world where the price of higher education is increasing exponentially every year. Not only is BCTC full of academic opportunity at an affordable price, but there are all sorts of resources and organizations on campus to help you be successful as a student and after you graduate. BCTC believes in making education accessible to all students; everyone who works at BCTC also believes in this mission – so before you even arrive on campus you have a whole team of people cheering you on.
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! 

photo of yamukumba mbayo

mmigrant and Refugee Enrollment Specialist

Phone: 859-246-6887

yamukumba.mbayo@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

I was born in Zaire, what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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

For my undergrad I attended Earlham College in Richmond Indiana, focusing my studies on International Relations. I completed my graduate studies at Kentucky State University specializing in Public Administration.

What did you love most about college?

I love to meet so many new people, and to expand my knowledge.

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

Research colleges thoroughly! Look up campus resources, city life, academic programs, etc

Why should students attend BCTC?

Students should attend BCTC because of its small classes, allowing students to really get to know their professors and many of their fellow students.

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
203 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.