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Bluegrass Community and Technical College

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Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) is a two year community college in Lexington, Kentucky. The school was formed in 2004 from two merging institutions, Central Kentucky Technical College and Lexington Community College, to create a large, comprehensive community college that can serve the needs of students in the following counties of Kentucky: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott, and Woodford. Today, there are over 11,000 students enrolled from throughout the Lexington area and beyond.

There are seven campuses in the BCTC system. The Cooper campus is located in Lexington; the Danville campus is in Danville; the Georgetown campus, home to the industrial maintenance technology program, is in Georgetown; the Lawrenceburg campus is in Lawrenceburg; the Leestown campus is in Lexington; the Regency campus, home to the business program, is in Lexington; and the Winchester campus is in Winchester. The Cooper campus is located adjacent to the campus of the University of Kentucky and shares many of the university’s resources—particularly convenient for students who wish to transfer to the university after graduating.

In addition to the seven main campuses, the college also offers classes at the downtown adult education center in Lexington, the Toyota manufacturing facility at Georgetown-Scott County Manufacturing Center, the Lancaster Higher Education Center, and Royal Springs Middle School in Georgetown.


Students may select from more than 200 degrees, diplomas, and certificates. The school is particularly well known for its engineering, health, and mechanical programs.

In addition to the many programs with open admission, the college also maintains eleven selective admission programs. These programs are: dental hygiene, dental laboratory technology, nuclear medicine technology, associate degree nursing, polysomnography, radiography, and respiratory care on the Cooper campus; dental assisting, cosmetology, practical nursing, and surgical technology on the Leestown campus; associate degree nursing on the Lawrenceburg campus; practical nursing on the Danville campus; and equine studies at Kentucky Horse Park.

Furthermore, several popular programs are full to capacity most of the time. These programs maintain waitlists for interested and qualified students. Normally waitlisted programs include air conditioning technology, automotive technology, collision repair technology, equine studies, esthetician, and welding technology. Students interested in these programs should fill out a waitlist program request form, available on the website.

Alternative Ways to Participate in Academics

Because many students either work or have other obligations during the day, classes are offered in the evenings and weekends as well. There is also has a strong online education program, which allows students to “attend” class and complete work at any time convenient to them. Students in online classes pay in-state tuition rates regardless of their location. Registrants from around the world take advantage of this price break.

Online tutoring is also available to students taking online classes. Students can email a paper or assignment to the tutor along with the instructions for the project. A professional tutor will respond and engage the student in an email discussion to help guide their progress. Online students who live within commuting distance are welcome to visit one of the Writing Centers, which are located on the Cooper, Leestwon, Winchester, and Danville campuses. Online tutoring services are also available through the public library.

Internships and Experiential Education

BCTC facilitates both cooperative experiential education and internships for their students. Cooperative education ventures consist of paid employment which earns the students one credit hour for every 80 hours of work. Cooperative education Is letter graded. Internships, on the other hand, consist of unpaid employment which earns the students one credit hour for every 40 hours of work. Internships are graded pass/fail.

Academic Support

A wide variety of academic supports is provided for students. These include academic coaching, identification and early intervention for at-risk students, adult basic education, focus assessment, assessment testing, academic advising, peer tutoring, professional tutoring, supplemental instruction when necessary, and specialized tutoring services for nursing students.

The college also offers several kinds of computer assistance, including computer stations for student use, free Internet access on campus, and a variety of software programs for free use in order for students to complete assignments. These programs include Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, study software in many subject areas, Photoshop, Adobe Pagemaker, Graphical Analysis, Starry Night, and many more.

Academic Opportunities for High School Students

Opportunity College is a collaborative program with area high schools which facilitates classwork for juniors and seniors who wish to earn college credit before their graduation from high school.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The North American Racing Academy (NARA) is a professional jockey school offering classes in nutrition, communication, technology, nutrition for horses, and the rules of racing. NARA meets at the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington. The academy was founded in 1988 as part of a movement to bring American thoroughbred racing up to international standards, as many other countries require education and certification for jockeys, but the United States does not. Although the University of Arizona and the University of Louisville both offer education in racetrack management, NARA is the only program for jockeys in the country.

The facilities at NARA include a training track, fitness center, and horse barn. In the future, the school plans to add a dormitory for jockeys in training as well as a kitchen and dining room. Students earn a two-year certificate in Equine Science.


Admissions are open, in keeping with the college’s mission to offer higher education to anyone in their catchment area who desires it. International students are expected to score at least a 400 (paper), 97 (computer) or 32 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Financial Aid

In addition to the usual array of federal and state financial aid options open to Kansas residents, the financial aid office offers several scholarships through the Kentucky Community Technical and College System (KCTCS). These include the KCTCS Presidential Scholarship, the KCTCS John T. Smith Scholarship, the KCTCS Commonwealth Scholarship, the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), and a number of donor scholarships. Other locally sponsored scholarships include the Fayette County Farm Bureau Scholarship and the Kentucky AHEAD Scholarship.

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Students come from most states and nearly 50 countries. The office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion promotes multiculturalism and serves as a resource for the many international students at the college.

Clubs and Organizations

The campus hosts a vibrant diversity of student clubs and organizations. In addition to academic clubs, belief-based organizations, and social clubs, notable extracurricular clubs include the Athena Club, which provides support and advocacy around the lives of people with disabilities; Courier, the student newspaper; and the Socialist Student Union. The Bluegrass Courier is the online newspaper with student-produced news, editorials, and comics.

The Arts in Focus Committee plans cultural events and guest speakers, organizes arts exhibitions, and holds an annual poetry contest for students. This committee also publishes the quarterly literary journal, Accolade. Members of the film program and performing arts (theater and chorus) work collaboratively with the committee to present their work.

Student Residences

Students may live in any of the 20+ residence halls at the University of Kentucky. To be eligible for campus housing, students must be enrolled full-time. Smoking is not allowed in any residence hall and alcoholic beverages are not permitted, regardless of the age of the students. Alcoholic beverage containers, including souvenir containers, are also not permitted.


Students have access to the Campus Area Transit System (CATS) which operates buses on four routes around the campus and the Lexington area.

Student Services

Student services include free tutoring services, disabilities services, housing assistance, employment services, and individualized counseling services.

Services for disabled students include interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing; several kinds of computer software for people with disabilities provided free of charge; textbooks in audio, Braille, and electronic formats; special parking permits; and more.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletics department does not field any intervarsity sports. There are several intramural activities for students, including basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball.

Local Community

Lexington, Kentucky is a vibrant city with over half a million people in the metro area. Home to Keeneland race course, Red Mile race course, and Kentucky Horse Park, it was also the site of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Potential employers for students in the Lexington area include Affiliated Computer Services, Amazon.com, Central Baptist Hospital General Electric Company, Hewlett Packard, Johnson Controls, Lexmark International, Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company, Saint Joseph Health System, Smucker’s, Tempur-Pedic, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Trane, Valvoline, Veteran’s Administration Hospital, United Parcel Service (UPS), and University of Kentucky.

Information Summary

Ranks 51st in Kentucky and 3292nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 743 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 14 0.00
Forcible Rape 105 0.04
Robbery 496 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,724 0.91
Larceny 9,036 3.03
Vehicle theft 671 0.23

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2106

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3219th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,456 $3,456 $12,096
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $60 $60 $60
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $144 $144 $504
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,516 $4,516 $13,156
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,341 $14,341 $22,981
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,366 $7,366 $16,006

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,290 $3,420 $3,290 $3,420 $11,210 $11,820
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,975(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,850(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,850(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 11 283 84 31 6 2,902 23 3,389
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 1 1 5 7
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 4 2 12 18
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 18 47 71
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 5 18 23
Business Administration and Management, General 2 28 31
Carpentry/Carpenter 3 1 43 47
Child Care Provider/Assistant 5 22 3 70 102
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 8 9
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 3 7 10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 8 10
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 45 5 57
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 9 9
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3 3
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 17 5 22
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 53 55
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 18 18
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 6 7
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 21 21
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 3
Electrician 2 182 184
Elementary Education and Teaching
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1
Engineering Technology, General 13 184 197
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 9 9
Equestrian/Equine Studies 5 5
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 1 5 7 205 1 222
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 10 11
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 5 5
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 8 45 57
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 1 1
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 18 3 123 144
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 63 29 11 1 573 8 698
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 3 52 18 9 3 430 1 524
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 13 70 1 84
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 17 9 3 159 189
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 3 2 30 35
Medical/Clinical Assistant 9 5 58 72
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 1 2 50 55
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 1 3 1 5
Real Estate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 3 96 1 104
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 14 16
Securities Services Administration/Management 3 3
Social Work 5 5 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 8 9
Teacher Assistant/Aide 4 4 8
Welding Technology/Welder 1 1 2 209 218

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3323rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $51,318 ($52,199 male / $48,512 female)
Number of FT Faculty 229 (99 male / 130 female)
Number of PT Faculty 936
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $7,855,660

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