BCTC's Nursing Division Receives 1.4 Million Dollar Grant

LEXINGTON, KY (December 19, 2006) The U.S Department of Labor has announced that Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College (BCTC) will be the recipient of a 1.4 million dollar Presidents Community Based Job Training Grant. The grant will fund the Bluegrass Regional Advancements and Innovations in Nursing (BRAIN) project, designed to meet the current and future workforce demand for nurses in Kentucky. The BRAIN project will expand the training capacity of BCTC's nursing program adding facility space, lab equipment, and instruction.

The grant also allows for the development of a Nursing Student Referral Center that will identify high risk students for tutoring as well as $235,000.00 per year in student scholarships. Collaborative efforts with secondary schools, workforce investment board, adult education providers, and industry partners will develop a pipeline for students to enter nursing education programs.

This grant will allow the college to help more students enter into the field of nursing, said BCTC President Jim Kerley. By supplementing BCTC's traditional nursing programs with non-traditional learning methods such as evening and weekend classes, web-based learning, and apprenticeships, the BRAIN project will provide more alternatives for demographic groups which are underrepresented in traditional learning situations to enter into and become successful in the nursing field.

The highly competitive grant process reviewed 429 entries and awarded 125 million dollars to 72 community college partnerships in 34 states.

Carolyn Lewis, assistant dean of nursing, noted, The excitement around this project is the Nursing Student Resource Center (NSRC). This will provide intensive assistant to our nursing students that is not currently available. Those at risk students will be identified early in their program of study and will be provided the needed assistance, so they can be successful. Emphasis on diversity will not end with student recruitment, but we will ensure that students from under-represented groups have the support they need for success.

BCTC offers Medicaid Nurse Aid Training, Licensed Practical Nursing, and Registered Nursing Programs at the Lexington, Lawrenceburg, and Danville campuses.