BCTC celebrates groundbreaking of new Georgetown Campus
On a beautiful Monday afternoon, ground was broken on a new Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) campus that will house not only the Advanced Manufacturing Center for high-skills jobs training in Central Kentucky, but will also support higher education in Georgetown and Scott County and the surrounding communities.
Congratulatory remarks were offered during the ceremony by Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen; Dr. Jay Box, President of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS); George Lusby, Scott County Judge Executive; Senator Damon Thayer, Senate Majority Floor Leader; Tom Prather, Mayor of Georgetown; State Representatives Ryan Quarles, Tom McKee, and Brian Linder; Wil James, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; Annissa Franklin, Chair of Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors; and Dr. Augusta Julian, President of BCTC.
Partnering with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) since 1987, BCTC and TMMK developed in 2006 a unique work and learn training model called the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program to increase the pipeline of skilled workers. Now, 17 companies have joined the Bluegrass Chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KYFAME) to create a structure that allows companies to innovate, adopt new technologies, and create talent.
This solid partnership with business sectors to design and offer high-skills training for the workforce is the model of the future. This building is an important part of the program. Our students receive direct support from potential employers to be sure they are ready to contribute on day one, said Dr. Julian.
The new campus will feature a 78,000 square-foot center expected to serve 1,200 students, with 12 full- time and 20 part-time faculty. Programming will include industrial maintenance, electronics, PLCs, industrial electricity, robotics, mechanical drives, fluid power, machining and welding. The AMT program will support the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) goals for making Central Kentucky a premiere advanced-manufacturing area.
Funding for the new BCTC campus was allocated by the Kentucky General Assembly, based on a design funded in 2006 and completed in 2008. A financial investment of $375,000 was made by the Scott County Fiscal Court, with the city of Georgetown assisting in securing funds to construct infrastructure. In 2014, the Governor and Legislature supported funding of a project to expand production at TMMK, and the training component included the campus for BCTC.
Today's manufacturing is a sophisticated industry that requires highly skilled workers, and we are going to be producing more of those workers here, Gov. Steve Beshear said. Our commitment to funding this training center shows how Kentucky is a leader in training workers for jobs at companies like Toyota and other advanced manufacturers who are investing in the Commonwealth.
Traditional academic courses and customized workforce training for business development will also be offered to the Georgetown and Scott County community, and the center is scheduled to be open by the Spring of 2017.
Photo caption: Participants enjoy the BCTC Georgetown/Scott County Advanced Manufacturing Center groundbreaking ceremony: From left to right: George Lusby, Scott County Judge Executive; Annissa Franklin, Chair of Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors; LuvTesha Robertson, BCTC Visitor Center Coordinator; State Representatives Ryan Quarles; Dr. Jay Box, President of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS); Dr. Augusta Julian, President of BCTC; Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen; Tom Prather, Mayor of Georgetown; State Representative Tom McKee; Wil James, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; Senator Damon Thayer, Senate Majority Floor Leader; and State Representative Brian Linder.