BCTC receives two U.S. Department of Education grants

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2010) Bluegrass Community and Technical College has been awarded two federal grants to increase services to students who are low-income, disabled or first in their family to attend college.

Each grant awards an annual amount of $220,000, which amounts to $1.1 million each over five years, toward the Student Support Services (SSS) Program for students attending Lexington campuses (Cooper and Leestown campuses) and the Danville Campus. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education and take effect in September.

The grant will fund the Student Support Services program for approximately 140 students attending the Lexington campuses. The program offers academic tutoring, financial counseling, and assistance with transferring to four-year colleges and universities. In addition, students will be assigned a personal advisor and participate in college career workshops, peer-mentoring program, and cultural and social events. New students accepted in the program will have the opportunity to participate in a Summer Bridge Program, which will offer preparatory courses that cover computer, basic math, study and writing skills and adjusting to college.

This year is the first time the college received a federal Student Support Services grant through the TRIO Program under the U.S. Department of Education. Since the mid-90s, the college has continually received federal grants for two other TRIO Programs: Upward Bound and Talent Search.

The competition for the grant was a very competitive process, and we are very excited to have been awarded two grants, said Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management Dr. Palisa Williams Rushin. The services provided will be a boon for many students and provide support to help facilitate academic achievement and success. Students who participated in Upward Bound and Talent Search will also have the opportunity to continue their education at BCTC through Student Support Services. We are one of the few colleges in the state that has all three TRIO programs.

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