Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) welcomed Scott Stump, U.S. assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education.
Stump visited BCTC as part of the Department of Education’s Back to School Tour themed, “Rethink.” He and the other assistant secretaries are traveling the United States looking at institutions that are innovatively approaching workforce education, and reducing barriers and limitations students face.
At the Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Stump learned more about BCTC’s industry and education partnership from Kim Menke, regional director, Government Affairs Office, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) and Fenella Smith, Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program & Diversity Recruitment, TMMK; Donna Taul, Kentucky Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education (KYFAME) Bluegrass Chapter president; Dr. Augusta Julian, president BCTC, and BCTC staff and faculty.
Leaders talked about how BCTC and industry partners train students with skills they need to be successful in the workforce. Students like Jason Dedman exemplify the opportunity advanced manufacturing training can bring. Dedman is taking classes at BCTC while working at NSG. He anticipates the additional education and training he’s receiving will help him advance his career.
Stump celebrated Dedman and this long-term partnership that empowers students and communities. Stump’s hope is to bring this type of innovative collaboration to more communities across the country.