BCTC delivers pizza to students and first responders
LEXINGTON, KY — Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) student activities and government know, even during a global pandemic, college students and first responders like pizza, so they delivered.
Over 500 Little Caesars pizzas were delivered to students and first responders April 20 -28 in Lawrenceburg, Georgetown, Danville, Winchester and Lexington. A dozen volunteers, BCTC President Koffi Akakpo, campus directors and Regina Shank, student activities coordinator, served FREE pizza every day at lunchtime to students then delivered to first responders and essential personnel. Check out BCTC pizza delivery photos.
An email to students from Shank read, “What would spring be at BCTC without our annual event promoting Student Government Association (SGA) nominations with FREE pizza? Thankfully, we do not have to answer that question! We are simply doing it differently.”
A lot of things are happening differently at BCTC these days. Many courses are already online, so there was not much change for these students and instructors. However, the scheduled in-person classes have had to significantly change.
Using technology BCTC already had in place, faculty is providing remote instruction to all students. Instructors are coming up with creative assignments for students to do with computers, their cell phones or other technology they have at home. One great example comes from the Filmmaking and Cinematic Arts class.
To address the need to provide hands-on filming and editing experience, students are recording and editing their favorite film, and creating their own films, using a camera or a cell phone. These films will be entered in national student quarantine film competitions.
In addition, the admissions team has continued to connect with prospective students and introduce them to BCTC through emails, virtual tours, virtual admissions sessions and daily program showcases. Sign-ups for these activities are on the BCTC website and social media.
To keep current students connected with each other and help reduce stress, the student engagement and retention team has been providing virtual student activities. In addition, BCTC staff and faculty conducted a campaign to make personal phone call to every BCTC student. The second call campaign to encourage our students for finals week is going on right now.
Because a picture is worth one thousand words, and video is even better, staff and faculty sent encouraging videos that are emailed to students and posted on social media each week.
Although BCTC is adapting to this new normal, one thing remains the same: at BCTC students come first.