Battelle Foundation presents check to BCTC to support STEM program

image of the Battelle Foundation presenting check to BCTC to support STEM program Lexington, Ky. (March 15, 2016) Representatives from the Battelle Foundation, which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) programs, presented a check for $10,000 to the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Natural Sciences division. Battelle is the world's largest nonprofit research and development organization, and contributes to community development and education.

The grant award will be used to provide $5,000 toward a purchase of a spectrophotometer for an environmental field study by BCTC students, which will involve looking at improving water quality and providing data to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government to aid in managing their aquatic systems more effectively.

Through a competitive process, two scholarships were also funded through the grant money and the top two candidates selected are BCTC Science Technology students Richard Black and Melissa Fitzgerald. Each will receive $2,500 to finish the program and pursue a job in a STEM field or advance education.

Mark Needham, site manager for Battelle at the Bluegrass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) in Richmond, Ky., presented the check. We hope to get our workforce from BCTC, said Needham. We are looking for the best and brightest students trained and educated in STEM skills. You do not have to have a four-year degree to work our entry-level positions, two-year degrees are fine.

For more information about the Battelle Foundations work with STEM education, please go to their website at

Photo caption: Pictured are representatives from Battelle and the BCTC Natural Sciences division: From left to right: Dr. Augusta Julian, president of BCTC; BCTC student Melissa Fitzgerald; Mark Needham, BGCAPP site manager; BCTC student Richard Black; Battelle's Senior Chemist Lindy Dejarme; and Battelle's CPRP Coordinator Heather Grant.