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New Joint Venture Between BCTC and Xerox Offers Classes to Full-time Xerox Employees

Bluegrass Community and Technical Colleges (BCTC) Workforce and Institutional Development (WID) office and the Lexington office of Xerox Corporation have created a unique program that offers academic general education classes to qualifying, full-time Xerox employees.

The credit-bearing classes, held onsite at Xerox, are coordinated by BCTC's departments of Workforce Solutions and Academic Affairs. The idea of the joint venture was born in late August 2014. Xerox believes the classes will help increase retention and encourage employees to continue their education. These classes can be applied toward a college degree.Xerox-BCTC parking sign

"One of our corporate goals is to build a better workplace," said Connie Harvey, chief operating officer for commercial healthcare at Xerox. "By investing in this program, we are helping create more defined career paths for our employees, showing them they have a long-term future with the company. We have not found a program like this anywhere else in Kentucky, so we hope to be a model for others to follow."

Free COMPASS testing, which is given to students who are applying for college classes for the first time, was used to gauge where the employees placed in various classes. Nearly 100 Xerox employees were COMPASS tested in December. The testing was conducted and proctored by BCTC staff.

Xerox is paying for class tuition, and employees are responsible for books and fees. For this cycle, 18 employees were accepted into the ENG 101 class; 14 were accepted in COM 252; and 11 were accepted into MAT 011. The English, Communications, and Math classes will run through May 8.

Donna Farmer, who has been employed by Xerox since 2005 said, I think this is a wonderful program. It gives us a chance to expand our knowledge and abilities, and increases the possibility of a move up in our jobs.

Xerox employs 144,000 people worldwide, including approximately 3,000 employees in Lexington, making it one of the largest private employers in the city.

For more information regarding the program, please contact Sheila Simpson, Workforce Solutions at sheila.simpson@kctcs.edu or 246-6676.