BCTC faculty member receives 2010 Legacy Award

Photo of Laura Lynch Receiving Legacy AwardLEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2010) A Bluegrass Community and Technical College faculty member was recognized for her commitment to empower women and girls in the Bluegrass region through her leadership and community service.

Laura Lynch, an assistant professor of construction technology, received the 2010 Legacy Award from the Bluegrass Alliance for Women.

Lynch was recognized during the alliances annual Legacy Luncheon on March 23 in Lexington. WKYT news anchor Amber Philpot was the master of ceremonies for the event.

I am very honored by this recognition and also very appreciative of all the other women who were nominated and their work, Lynch said. The more we are able to empower women and girls to reach their true potential, the better the world will be for everyone.

Lynch has been with the college since 2000 and has been teaching in the BCTC Lawrenceburg Campus construction technology program since January 2009. Lynch, who is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), recognizes that many women do not consider construction technology as a career at first. She hopes to change that mindset.

We are missing half our talent when we are not encouraging them, she said. Its just that all people deserve dignity and respect and the opportunity to succeed or fail.

Lynch has helped coordinate community workshops focused on teaching women and young women about the construction trade. The annual Ms. Fix-it Fair, sponsored by BCTC and NAWIC, specializes in teaching women about home maintenance, remodeling and other repair skills. Every fall, the college hosts a series of workshops given by female professionals in the construction field. These Girls Can Too! workshops show middle and high school girls that construction technology is a viable career option.

Lynch is a resident of Lexington, Ky.

The Bluegrass Alliance for Women (BAW) is an all volunteer, non-partisan organization that was formed in 2005 as a result of recommendations from the Governors Task Force on the Economic Status of Kentucky's Women.

Photo caption: BCTC assistant professor of construction technology Laura Lynch (center) receives the 2010 Legacy Award during a Bluegrass Alliance for Women Legacy Luncheon on March 23. Lynch stood next to WKYT news anchor Amber Philpott (left) and Karman Wheeler (right), BCTC assistant vice president of institutional effectiveness and strategic planning.