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State and Local Officials Dedicate Newtown Campus and Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) celebrated its 75th Anniversary and officially dedicated its Newtown Campus on Thursday, September 4, 2014 with a community event that celebrated the past and future of the institution.

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Governor Steve Beshear; Congressman Andy Barr; Senator Reginald Thomas, Kentucky Senate; Representative Jesse Crenshaw, Kentucky House of Representatives; Mayor Jim Gray, City of Lexington; Councilmember Chris Ford, 1st District, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG); Dr. Michael McCall, President of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS); and Annissa Franklin, Chair of BCTC Board of Directors were on hand to offer their comments and congratulations.

In regards to BCTC's accomplishments, Gov. Beshear said, We take great pride in our vibrant community colleges in Kentucky. For the past 75 years, Bluegrass Community and Technical College has been a major part of this system as one of the largest two-year community and technical colleges in the state. Im honored to be a part of the official dedication of its Newtown Campus.

Addressing the importance of a good education, Congressman Barr said, BCTC provides a skilled workforce for our economy. Today is really a celebration of the American Dream, which is hard work, good education, and no limits to what we can achieve.

The dedication ceremony was open to the community, faculty, staff and students of BCTC. Tours of the campus were offered before and after the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting.

Whether students travel from across the region or across the street, the BCTC Newtown Campus offers them the chance to study in a beautiful and engaging learning environment in the heart of Lexington. The campus has already transformed an underserved area. It brings access, builds capacity, and creates opportunity, said Dr. Julian.

BCTC is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year as an institution of higher education, beginning in 1939 as Fayette County and Lexington schools began to offer adult education classes in trades, industrial and retail education. For more information about BCTC and our 75 year history, please visit bctc75.org.