BCTC Celebrates Apprenticeships During Career and Technical Education Month

Published on Feb 12, 2018

photo of Tim LeshneyLEXINGTON, KY – Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) celebrates Career and Technical Education Month by highlighting important programs that align with the needs of business in Central Kentucky.

"We know the importance of students learning both skills required in a career and expectations for performance in the workplace. Students and employers can forge a successful employment process when they connect early," said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president. "The partnerships between BCTC and industry lead to a well-performing, high-skilled workforce."

BCTC's partnership with the UK Medical Center is a great example of collaboration to meet community need. Due to demand for qualified technicians in pharmacy, diagnostic medical sonography and ophthalmology, BCTC is expanding its programming to include these areas.

It is no secret that those who earn a postsecondary credential are in demand, earn more and experience less unemployment. BCTC offers numerous career education programs, some of which can be completed in four months or less and lead to careers that pay up to $60,000.

BCTC also works with the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KYFAME) to offer apprenticeship-type programs. These learn and earn programs allow students to earn a paycheck while getting hands-on experience and college credit.

Tim Leshney, who came to BCTC after military service, was selected through the KYFAME program to be an apprentice with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) at the Georgetown-Scott County Advanced Manufacturing Center. Since its opening in 2017, the center has seen a 25 percent growth in enrollment. Leshney will graduate from BCTC in 2018.

"Returning to college wasn't easy, but the hands-on instruction, and discipline I learned in the military ensured my success,” Leshney said. "After graduation, I'm looking forward to earning a bachelor’s degree in business and to a long career at Toyota.”

Through KYFAME, BCTC offers partners with 26 local businesses like Toyota.

For those who want to earn a short-term certificate and go to work quickly, BCTC offers the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, funded by the state. It covers up to 32 hours tuition free for programs in healthcare, manufacturing, construction, logistics, business and information technology.

For more information on CTE programs at BCTC, visit BCTC’s program page. The summer semester begins in May.

Are you interested in partnering with BCTC? Contact Laura Lynch, assistant dean Workforce, Solutions, at 859 246-6583 or laura.lynch@kctcs.edu. To see how BCTC is bettering the lives of Kentuckians, visit betterlivesky.com.