Dedication ceremony held for new BCTC Georgetown-Scott County Campus
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the BCTC Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Advanced Manufacturing Center, April 17, 2017.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) officially opened its new Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Advanced Manufacturing Center, with a dedication ceremony today, though students have been working and learning there since January. The new facility is located at Lane’s Run Business Park, 200 Technology Court, Georgetown, Ky., and focuses on high-skill manufacturing job training and supports general education courses for Scott County and the Bluegrass Region.
Congratulatory remarks were offered during the ceremony by Hal Heiner, Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; Damon Thayer, State Senator; Phillip Pratt, State Representative; Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture; George Lusby, Scott County Judge Executive; Tom Prather, Mayor of Georgetown; Mike Price, Vice President of Administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; Dr. Jay Box, President of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS); Ron L. Walker Jr., Chair of BCTC Board of Directors; and Dr. Augusta Julian, President of BCTC.
Partnering with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) since 1987, BCTC and TMMK developed in 2006 a unique “work and learn” training model called the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program to increase the pipeline of skilled workers. Now, 17 companies have joined the Bluegrass Chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KYFAME) to create a structure that allows companies to innovate, adopt new technologies, and create talent.
“This project is 10 years in the making and worth the wait. BCTC is grateful for the persistent efforts of regional partners, starting with the Georgetown community and Toyota leadership. Students getting ready for good jobs and employers who need them will see substantial benefits from this effort,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, president of BCTC.
The new campus features a 78,000 square-foot building that is expected to serve 1,200 students, with 12 full-time and 20 part-time faculty. Programming includes industrial maintenance, electronics, PLCs, industrial electricity, robotics, mechanical drives, fluid power, machining and welding.
Funding for the new campus was allocated by the Kentucky General Assembly, based on a design funded in 2006. A financial investment of $375,000 was made by the Scott County Fiscal Court, with the city of Georgetown assisting in securing funds to construct infrastructure. In 2014, construction funding was provided as part of a package of support for the expansion of production at TMMK.
“The construction and opening of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Center is one of the most significant workforce development initiatives to occur in Scott County,” said Senator Damon Thayer. “I was pleased to play a role in securing $24 million in the 2014 State Budget along with former representative Ryan Quarles. One fact of our current manufacturing economy is there is a shortage of well-trained workers who are ready to go to work when they graduate, and hopefully the opening of the campus will play a major role in addressing that issue.”
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