BCTC Selected as a Career Connections Site
LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2007) Bluegrass Community and Technical Colleges (BCTC) Adult Education Division in partnership with the BCTC Nursing program and Louden Company has been selected as an Adult Basic Education (ABE) Career Connections Site by the U.S. Department of Educations Office of Vocational and Adult Education. The ABE Career Connections Project encourages new solutions for assisting adult basic education students to successfully transition to postsecondary programs and begin career in high-demand fields.
One of only five sites selected across the country, BCTC will receive $75,000 plus training and technical assistance over an 18-month period to build upon its current involvement in career pathways. The college will have access to experts in the field and will be involved in a national effort to promote the transitions of ABE students to college and careers.
I commend our Adult Education program for being one of only five winners for the highly competitive grant funds. Our program will provide adult education and job readiness skills training to small part of the 24,000 Fayette County residents who lack a high school diploma and are stuck in entry level jobs. We will focus on entry level workers in healthcare to give them a foundation that enables them to move up the career ladder to fill critical healthcare needs, said Dr. Larry Durrence, BCTC Interim President.
Career pathways are a series of connected education and training strategies and support services that enable individuals to secure employment in a specific industry or occupational sector and advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in that sector.
The ABE Career Connections Projects is made possible by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1988.