Read, learn, and apply your knowledge to improve your world

Jun 22, 2017

I like to read.  I read professional journals, fiction and non-fiction books, newspapers, essays, articles, magazines, BLOGS, tweets, postings, and comments.  I listen to webinars, conference calls, presentations, and speeches.  I listen to news and commentary.  You get the picture.  I enjoy learning and keeping up with current events.  I enjoy traveling and seeing the world through others’ culture and experience.  Seeing a 16th century church is very different from reading about its amazing architecture and stained glass windows or the Renaissance sculpture in its alcove.  Or, for a lasting impact, go to a place where 20th century wars were fought, and people resisted totalitarianism.  Learning can take many forms and be accomplished in many ways.  Hands-on experience and personal search, or knowledge passed down by others, are equally fulfilling and compelling.

I have thought that this interest in nearly everything is why I ended up with a career in education.  I could never leave school.  But of course it is more than that.  Education is meant to be used for some purpose.  While learning is in itself to be valued, most of us also want to use our experience and knowledge to accomplish something.  Perhaps it is to improve upon a talent in the arts or technology.  Maybe it is needed to get a job or move up in a company.  Sometimes it is to contribute to a profession or to our community.  I, like many, hope to help make my small corner of the world a better place.  I think many of our faculty, staff, and students at BCTC have an impulse to help others and contribute to improving our communities.  They learn to be good teachers, instructional specialists, mentors, cashiers, technology gurus, student service providers, customer service specialists, housekeepers, maintenance technicians, accountants, public relations managers, outreach specialists, and all the other jobs it takes to make BCTC work.

Here are a just a few ways we are using our learning and knowledge at BCTC to help students and make the world a better place:

  • Staff in Multiculturalism and Inclusion and in programs such as Project RISE or Student Support Services use outreach skills to support students through a number of partner agencies including the Arbor Youth, Booker T. Washington Academy’s Annual summer reading program, Fayette County Schools Youth Service Center, the Hope Center, Community Action Council, and Lexington Housing Authority, among others. 
  • Student activities staff look for ways to address social issues and began a program to help students who may be hungry.  Faculty, staff, and community partners provide soup or other quick snacks at each campus for students to pick up as needed.
  • Science faculty support interest in science for young people in activities such Bugs And Blooms Science Safari, STEM expos and school science fairs, Science Olympiad competitions, Conference for Student Research, Career Craze summer camps, robotics competitions, and many others. 
  • Allied Health and Nursing faculty use their knowledge in a dynamic field to teach to high standards in medical care including programs like registered and practical nursing, respiratory care, radiography technician, dental hygiene, surgical technology, emergency medical technician, and other specialty fields.  Many of these programs’ recent graduating classes have achieved 100% pass rates on licensure exams.
  • Reading faculty and their subject area colleagues put their experience to work to improve instruction for students with reading challenges.  Recent strategies such as revamping scheduling and curriculum, open lab support, Adult Education partnerships, and pairings of reading and subject area classes, are showing improvements of up to one grade-level reading improvement over past years.  They have also found that these students earned higher grades in the semester immediately following completion of their developmental reading requirement.
  • Student Development and Academics staff have created new transfer agreements this year with the University of Kentucky, Bellevue University, Morehead State University, and others to give students more options to transfer credits to count toward a bachelor’s degree in many fields including engineering.

These are just a fraction of the efforts underway to use our learning at BCTC to help students succeed.  As you can easily see, we are putting knowledge to work so that students reach their career and transfer goals even more quickly and with a great foundation for the future.