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Meet Your Admissions Team

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Admissions Counselor

Campus: Newtown

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.

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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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Admissions Counselor

Phone: (859) 246-6247

alexis.edwards@kctcs.edu

Where are you From?

I was born and raised in Lexington, KY

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

I attended Western Kentucky University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration, with a minor in Facility and Event Management

What did you love most about college?

Being involved in extracurricular activities and organizations, expanding my knowledge, having my self-discovery journey, and meeting lifelong friends

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

Always do your research on the colleges you have in mind. Choose the college that best suits you and your success and go to where you are offered the most money (scholarships).

Why should students attend BCTC?

BCTC offers a wide range of programs to choose from to receive a certificate, diploma or Associates degree. The class sizes are small so you will be able to have a one-on-one connection with your instructor/professor and peers. You will have the support from students and staff with any assistance and help. The cost of attendance is very low and feasible so you would not have to pay out of pocket for much.

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African American Outreach Coordinator

Campus: Newtown

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!

Visitor Center Coordinator

Phone: (859) 246-6252

allison.grzywacz@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

I am from Lexington, Kentucky! I have also lived in Murray, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio; and most recently, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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

I graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in History with minors in Political Science and Psychology. 

What did you love most about college?

I loved being around people that were passionate about the subjects they were studying, and how everyone chose to be there and be present within their communities. I was also a Resident Advisor for a long time and the relationships I built with my residents and fellow RA staff were so meaningful to me. 

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

Choose somewhere that makes you feel supported. So many schools have great academic programs, but they don’t all have staff, services, and resources to support you before, during, and after your college career. College is much more than just a classroom, so it’s very important to be at a place that reflects that. 

Why should students attend BCTC?

BCTC is a school that looks to create opportunities. Opportunities for classes, for careers, but most importantly for learning. The things you can learn here can take you anywhere and everywhere.

Admissions Counselor

Campus: Newtown

Territories: Bourbon, Franklin, Grant, Jessamine, Nicholas, Scott, and Woodford

jalil.malik@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

Hello! My name is Jalil Malik, and I am from Frankfort, KY.

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

I had the pleasure of attending the University of Kentucky for both my bachelor's degree and master's degree. I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology and my master's degree in Social Work.

What did you love most about college?

What I loved most about my time in college were the experiences I had, the friends I obtained, and the community I was able to form. Whether pleasant or unfortunate, every occasion offers a lesson to be learned, and I believe it was those lessons that have aided in helping me grow, mature, and improve overall as a person.

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

When selecting which college to attend, I think it is essential for a student to have a solid understanding of her passions. College can be an incredible experience, but it is necessary to remember why you are there – to graduate! When choosing which college you will attend, make an educated and informed decision to determine if the college suits you.

Why should students attend BCTC?

Suppose you are a student looking for an affordable and enjoyable college experience while receiving quality support and assistance from dedicated staff and faculty. In that case, BCTC is the college for you!

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Student Development Specialist- Campus Tours

Campus: Winchester

Office: (859) 246-6927

katie.reams@kctcs.edu

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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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.

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Student Development Specialist- Campus Tours

Campus: Danville

Office: (859) 246-6830

emily.swiney@kctcs.edu

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!

Admissions Counselor

Campus: Newtown

Territories: Anderson, Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Harrison, Lincoln, Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Shelby, Spencer Washington, and Owen County.

Phone: (859) 246-6259

brenna.taulbee@kctcs.edu

Where are you from?

I am from Lexington, Kentucky.

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

I went to Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. I graduated from Anderson with a bachelor's degree in Business and a focus on Music and Marketing.

What did you love most about college?

I loved the well-rounded, small community on a small campus. The opportunity to build a close relationship with my peers and communicate my needs to my professors was essential during my college search. I was happy knowing my teachers and mentors knew me personally and could see me as an individual, not just another student in their class.

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

The best piece of advice I could offer a student who is choosing a college would be to go to a college that best suits their needs. You typically attend college to earn a degree, and you have many options out there. However, you want to pick a college that will help you achieve your goals and encourage you to do your best.

Why should students attend BCTC?

Bluegrass Community and Technical College offer you the lowest tuition in Kentucky, alongside financial aid options and a helping hand to guide you through the application process. We'll help you reach your dreams at a price that won't break the bank.

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.