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BCTC receives 2011 national diversity award

Charlene Walker LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2010) Bluegrass Community and Technical College was recently honored as the 2011 winner of the National Role Models Award.

Minority Access, Inc. presented the award at its 2010 National Role Models Conference held Sept. 10-12 in Las Vegas.

Vice President of Multiculturalism and Inclusion Charlene Walker attended the conference and accepted the award on behalf of the college. The award recognizes people or institutions who mentor and encourage under representative groups to purse careers in science and technology.

"It was an honor to receive this award and be included in the ranks of major universities," Walker said.

BCTC's Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion has led the college's diversity efforts by increasing the percentage of African American and Latino students through mentoring and retention programs, such as C.A.R.N.E.G.I.E. H.A.L.L. and the Latino Leadership and College Experience Project.

Caption: BCTC Vice President of Multiculturalism and Inclusion Charlene Walker (center) accepted the 2011 National Role Models Award on behalf of the college. The award was presented by Andrea Mickle, president and CEO of Minority Access, Inc. (left), and Clarence Johnson, director of the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity for U.S. Department of Defense.