BCTC names Elkhorn principal as 2011 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2010) Francis OHara, principal of Elkhorn Crossing School in Georgetown, was named as the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The award honors an alumnus for outstanding contributions in their field, community and to the college.

OHara was recognized at the 2011 BCTC commencement ceremony held May 14 at the Frankfort Convention Center.

OHara graduated in 1987 with a degree in drafting and CAD from Central Kentucky State Vocational Technical School, the previous name of the current Leestown Campus. The school merged with Lexington Community College in 2005 to become BCTC.

He spent 8 years in the private sector as a Mechanical Designer and CAD Operator before he switched his focus to educating students entirely. He taught at Central Kentucky Technical College for four years before being named principal of Eastside Technical Center in Fayette County. In 2005, OHara became the director of career and technical education and principal of Elkhorn Crossing School in Scott County.

His experience, skills and knowledge have led him to become a leader in his field. He has served in various leadership capacities throughout the community and has been recognized for his work in the education and business sectors, including being named Fayette County School Administrators Association Administrator of the Year in 2005 and serving on numerous leadership boards, such as Leadership Kentucky.

OHara is a strong advocate for education in general, and more specifically for technical education. He is extremely passionate about the value of an education, and he shows it by dedicating hours to the cause. He has visited schools in Ireland, England, and throughout North America, and has been selected to visit, research, and present to schools in China this summer. He serves on BCTC's Regional Opportunity Council in Scott County where he has joined BCTC in advocating for a BCTC campus in Georgetown and helping to create a new Middle College partnership with Scott County Schools and BCTC.