BCTC Celebrates Opening of Nursing and Allied Health Facility on Leestown Campus

Dr. Julian standing with other officials and cutting the ribbon at the Leestown open houseBluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on the Leestown Campus. This project was funded by a Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative investment of $3,040,000 and the support of community partners. 

“We’re so pleased to welcome everyone to our new facility today,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president. “We want to express our gratitude to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, our legislators and business partners who help us provide workforce education to our students.”

The BCTC Leestown Campus renovation features dynamic classrooms and labs with state-of-the-art medical equipment for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Over 500 students will learn in multi-disciplinary simulation labs that resemble their future work environments.

“We need nurses, doctors and allied health personnel here in Kentucky to meet the growing demand,” said Senator Ralph Alvarez. “This facility will move us forward in meeting that need. I hope you will continue to support the work of BCTC.”

Through education and training received at this facility, employers and the communities they serve will benefit from an expanded and well-trained workforce to meet growing demand.

“Congratulations for the great work you’ve done,” said Josh Benton, deputy secretary, Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet. “BCTC has established itself as an institution providing state-of-the-art training that prepares students for the workforce.”

With this 37,000 square-foot renovation, BCTC can increase enrollment to meet current and projected workforce demand and significantly reduce the skills gap. In addition, BCTC will work with secondary education partners to expand the number of high school students earning postsecondary credits and credentials, which will move them more quickly along healthcare career pathways offered at BCTC.

“I appreciate the support our legislators have given to Kentucky healthcare,” said Dr. Karen Hill, chief operating officer/chief nursing officer, Baptist Health Lexington. Dr. Hill, a graduate of Lexington Technical Institute, expressed a particular fondness for community college and technical education. “We’re happy to partner with BCTC to help students get into healthcare. Thank you for the investment in students, like me.”

Learn more about Nursing and Allied Health programs at BCTC by visiting our website. Spring classes begin in January. Apply now!

See photos from the Leestown Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.