Battelle investment in biotechnology program at BCTC
LEXINGTON, KY (May 15, 2018) - Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is pleased to recognize Battelle, a global nonprofit research and development organization, for its significant investment in the college's biotechnology program.
Steve Downing, lab manager for Battelle at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant, presented a $25,000 check to Tammy Liles, dean of Academics and biology professor to contribute to the purchase a FT-IR Spectrophotometer (pictured in photo foreground).
This equipment helps students detect and identify compounds and analyze chemicals in academic and forensic labs.
"Over the past five years, Battelle has made meaningful investments in our program through tours of their facilities, internships for students and financial support for scholarships and the purchase of equipment and materials," said Liles. "We are very grateful for their partnership and support."
At the check presentation, the largest investment in an educational institution to date, several Battelle representatives were able to speak with Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president, students, faculty and staff about Battelle's growth in the region and the importance of science education.
"We are excited to see BCTC focusing on STEM skills in their new Science Education Center," Mark Needham, Battelle site manager said. "We think you're doing the right things, and we want to help you. We share an objective to broaden the impact of analytical education in science programs because we hope to recruit and hire BCTC graduates."