BCTC and ACE partner to improve accessibility to adult education in Lawrenceburg
LEXINGTON, KY — Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) and the Anderson Community Education (ACE) Center celebrated their partnership forged to improve accessibility for Lawrenceburg residents seeking a GED, at a ribbon cutting event at the ACE Center in Lawrenceburg.
“This is a great example of how we work with our community partners to meet students where they are and set them on the path to a Better Life,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, BCTC president. “As the community’s college, we want to provide education and training that will elevate students and the Lawrenceburg community.”
Through this partnership, BCTC will provide transportation between ACE and BCTC’s Lawrenceburg Campus once per week, as needed. Once on campus, prospective students will get a tour and onsite orientation to adult education through Skills U, take placement testing and register for the program. If transportation is a persistent issue, students may enroll in the Skills U online program, so they will only need to come to campus for their unit tests.
“We have been told that transportation is an issue for some students in Anderson County, so we wanted to work with ACE to remove that barrier,” said Tiffany Drury, director of the Lawrenceburg Campus. “We are excited about the opportunity to serve our community in this way and hope to reach more adult learners.”
“We are extremely excited about what this partnership brings to our community for all learners,” said Pamela Brough, BCTC Board member and Anderson County Chamber of Commerce president.
Even more exciting for GED seekers in Lawrenceburg, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System and KY Skills U (formerly adult education) have partnered to offer an innovative GED program, GEDPLUS, where students can co-enroll in Skills U and short-term BCTC classes and earn a GED plus a college certificate tuition-free.