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Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Established 2005
Type Public, 2 year
President Dr. Augusta Julian
Location Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Colors Navy and Gold
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Affiliations Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), located in Lexington, KY, is one of sixteen two-year, open-admissions colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). It was formed from the consolidation of two separate institutions: Lexington Community College and Central Kentucky Technical College. Lexington Community College was the last remaining college in the University of Kentucky Community College System, until a vote by the trustees transferred governance to KCTCS in 2004. Prior to 1984, the college was named Lexington Technical Institute. Central Kentucky Technical College was part of the Workforce Development Cabinet of Kentucky State Government until the creation of KCTCS in 1997. KCTCS was formed in 1997 by the state legislature through House Bill 1 that combined the technical colleges of the Workforce Development Cabinet and the community colleges previously with the University of Kentucky. BCTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

BCTC has a large international student base with students attending from Europe, Jordan, Turkey, and many other nations. As of Fall 2009, 11,500 students were enrolled at BCTC.[1]

Service area

The primary service area of BCTC includes:


BCTC consists of three main campus locations in Lexington, in addition to three other regional campuses outside its home city. It also maintains an Advanced Manufacturing Center, a Downtown Adult Education Center, the North American Racing Academy, and various other educational sites.

Main Campuses

  • Cooper Campus
  • Leestown Campus
  • Newtown Campus

Regional Campuses

Additional Sites

  • Fayette County Adult Education - Newtown North (Lexington, Kentucky)
  • Georgetown-Scott County Manufacturing Center (Georgetown, KY)
  • North American Racing Academy (NARA) at the Thoroughbred Training Center (Lexington, Kentucky)

Former Campus

  • Regency Campus (Lexington, Kentucky)

BCTC's Cooper Campus is located next to the University of Kentucky campus and dorms, in the shadow of Commonwealth Stadium. The Cooper Campus consists of three buildings: the Academic Technical, Oswald, and Moloney buildings. Oswald is the main building, consisting of a number of offices and classrooms, as well as the Bluegrass Cafe, the Learning Resource Center (Library) or LRC, and a Barnes & Noble College bookstore. The Academic Technical Building is primarily classrooms, and Moloney contains more classrooms, as well as several computer labs.

BCTC's Leestown Campus consists of four buildings. Building C contains a variety of programs including Automotive Technology, Welding, Autobody, Cosmetology, a community day care center, Workforce Solutions, and Administrative offices. The Manufacturing Building includes programs in Electrical Technology, Engineering Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool, Computer Aided Drafting, and various classrooms, offices, and labs. Building A has the campus library and variety of classrooms and programs including Nursing and Adult Basic Education. Building B houses the Carpentry program and Early Middle College.

The Newtown campus opened in the fall of 2013 on Newtown Pike in Lexington. The property once housed Eastern State Hospital.

BCTC Georgetown is located at the North American Production Support Center of Toyota on Cherry Blossom Drive. It focuses on Industrial Maintenance Technology and utilizes a unique combination of classroom space and open lab. The campus is a key partner in AMTEC, an NSF funded collaboration of community colleges and automotive manufacturers and suppliers focusing on technical education.

The Regency campus was home to the business program and the film studies program. In addition to staff offices and those programs, a variety of general education courses were offered to reach the population on Lexington's south side.

BCTC has a robust online education program, offering a wide variety of general education courses and technical courses. The online course tuition is an affordable flat-rate for in-state and out-of-state students alike. Online students come from all over the world.


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