BCTC marks workforce training milestone

Published on Feb 21, 2018

LEXINGTON, KY — Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) celebrates a milestone with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Workforce Solutions team. Since it began in 2000, more than three million individuals have benefited from the KCTCS Workforce Solutions program.

BCTC Workforce Solutions offers customized training and support services for local business and industry. One local company served is RJ Corman Railroad Group, LLC.

“In a fast-paced industry, staying on the forefront is imperative. The training we receive from BCTC enables us to do just that,” said Aaron D. Corle, shop manager, RJ Corman Railroad Group, LLC. “The Hydraulics course material met the knowledge level of our more experienced technicians without leaving the entry level technicians behind. The instruction was designed to maximize field application and was delivered in a ‘down to earth’ and personalized way.” 

In addition to these types of training programs, BCTC offers open enrollment classes in field-specific topics to help individuals and companies meet their training and advancement needs.

“We individually assess businesses to find customized solutions to their workforce needs, whether that be on-site training, classes at BCTC or professional certification instruction and testing,” said Pam Hatcher, dean of Academics and Workforce Development at BCTC. “Our services empower industry to leverage emerging technologies in today’s economy and recruit and retain the best and the brightest employees.”

The centerpiece of the BCTC workforce and economic development efforts is the KCTCS-TRAINS program. Through KCTCS-TRAINS, companies receive funding to assist with the cost of providing workforce training and assessment services to current, as well as, potential employees.

The program is part of the Kentucky Skills Network, a partnership of workforce professionals from the Cabinet for Economic Development, Kentucky Career Center, Labor Cabinet and KCTCS, that is dedicated to providing training and education services for business and industry.

BCTC also provides workplace assessments for business and industry as well as individuals. Assessments range from nationally recognized certifications to specific licenses required by the state. The schedules and types of assessments are customized for each business.

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 about these and many training opportunities at BCTC, visit the Workforce Solutions page.

Are you interested in partnering with BCTC? Contact Laura Lynch, assistant dean Workforce, Solutions, at 859 246-6583 or laura.lynch@kctcs.edu to learn more today.