BCTC Danville reaches $1M and will begin work on the Advanced Manufacturing Center on campus

Published on Jan 30, 2019

LEXINGTON, KY — Through the State of Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grant and exceptional local support, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Danville will soon break ground on a state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center, located in the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park on Corporate Drive. 

In 2016, BCTC was awarded one of 25 Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grants to build the Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Danville BCTC Campus. The award amount was $2,736,000. The entire project that is valued at $4,845,000, leaving just over $2.1M for the college to raise. BCTC contributed just over $1.1M, leaving $1M to be provided by the local community. The local match and commitment is a key component of the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative.

At a meeting of the City of Danville last night, the final $78K was committed and the $1M goal was achieved.

“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in our community for this project,” said Dr. Erin Tipton, Danville Campus director. “We can’t wait to complete this building and deepen the pool of skilled technicians who will reduce the skills-gap in high-demand industries in our community.”

Currently, three academic programs are operating at capacity, AMT, Electrical Technology and Industrial Maintenance Technology, sharing three classrooms used for lecture and laboratory instruction.  A total of four academic levels of students rotate through these classrooms each semester, averaging over 64 hours each week.  These training hours do not include the customized training conducted through the college’s Workforce Solutions department.

The additional space will expand the newly implemented Advanced Manufacturing Technician program and the Electrical and Industrial Maintenance program by doubling their annual capacity and increasing the number of program graduates from 38 to 76, annually. 

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.

The following public and private organizations and individuals believe in the value of this facility to the students who will be served, and the community that will benefit as they enter the workforce:

Boyle County Fiscal Court

Boyle County Industrial Foundation, Inc.

City of Danville

Caterpillar, Inc.

Corning Incorporated Foundation

Harrodsburg-Mercer Co. Industrial Development Authority

Inter-County Energy

Whitaker Foundation

Danville Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, Inc.

Farmers National Bank

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc.

Kentucky Trust Company

Rotary Club of Danville

Stanford-Lincoln County Industrial Development Authority

Alan Turbyfill

American Greetings

Anonymous

Central KY Regional Jobs Training Consortium

City of Harrodsburg

Denyo Manufacturing Corporation

Hobart

PBK Bank of Stanford

Stephen and Dorothy Rinehart

Robinson Hughes & Christopher PSC

William Shaver

Damon Talley

Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment

Trim Masters Charitable Foundation Inc.

For more information about the classes, programs and services at the BCTC Danville Campus, call 859-239-7030.