BCTC Receives Title III Grant to Support Student Success

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has received a Title III Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education for almost $2.3 million, or about $450,000 annually, to be distributed over a 5-year period.

The grant will assist with first-year to second-year student performance barriers and to develop a college-preparatory developmental education sequence to move students toward college-level courses more quickly.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Title III grant provides funds to help eligible institutions of higher education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

In order to be eligible for Title III funds, BCTC had to show to the Department of Education that BCTC supports low-income or minority students. Generally speaking, Title III aid goes to institutions at which a large percentage of the student body receives a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid.

The Title III grant will allow BCTC to develop three primary components that will promote student academic success, persistence and completion. The grant will go into effect on October 1, 2014, and will have three guiding components that will include developing a structured, high impact first year Student Services Program; reform developmental and general education curriculum; and developing timely access to and effective use of data for staff and faculty.

The three primary components will include various measures including, but not limited to, creating systems and space for constant student contact with advisors, peers and support staff; designing a first year Success Course linked to developmental and general education courses; and developing desktop student data dashboards for faculty and staff use.

Upon hearing the news of the grant award, Congressman Andy Barr said, "I offer my congratulations to Dr. Augusta Julian and all of the hardworking faculty and staff in the BCTC family for being awarded this grant and for their efforts to improve the academic success of their students. I look forward to continuing to support these efforts because the link between top-quality education and new businesses and job-creation is undeniable."