BCTC Breaks Ground on Advanced Manufacturing Center at Danville Campus
Published on Sep 12, 2019
Through the State of Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grant and exceptional local support, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Danville is proud to break ground on the Advanced Manufacturing Center, located in the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park on the Danville Campus.
“Today we celebrate state and local officials coming together with the community to serve students,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, president of BCTC. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide real-world training and education to prepare men and women for the manufacturing industry across Central Kentucky and create better lives for them and their communities.”
The 13,780 sq. ft. Advanced Manufacturing Center will expand the newly implemented Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program, and the Electrical and Industrial Maintenance programs by doubling their annual capacity and increasing the number of program graduates from 38 to 76, annually, when it opens in the summer of 2021.
“I see the future of Kentucky right here. You have an important role in developing Kentucky’s workforce,” said Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes, Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet.
The Advanced Manufacturing Center will have a high bay, open-lab concept consistent with workplaces in the manufacturing field. Four additional classrooms will surround the open lab providing space for instruction, student projects, meeting space, and other instructional-related activities. This state-of-the-art learning space will prepare students for their professions.
In 2016, BCTC was awarded one of 25 Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grants in the amount of $2,736,000 to build the Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Danville BCTC Campus. The entire project is valued at $4,845,000, leaving just over $2.1M for the college to raise. BCTC contributed just over $1.1M and $1M was provided by the local community. The local match and commitment is a key component of the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative.