BCTC expanding to strengthen dental program | News

LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – City and state officials were at Bluegrass Community & Technical College for a groundbreaking ceremony at the on Newtown North Campus in Lexington to house their Dental Hygiene program, Cosmetology program and Assessment Center.

“This new building will allow us to better serve our students and the people that need access to these services,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, president and CEO of Bluegrass Community and Technical College, or BCTC. “I am grateful to our faculty, staff, legislators, and community partners for making this a reality.”

The new building will not only allow BCTC to train more students, but will allow easier access to BCTC’s community resources, and bring those services onto the Newtown North Campus. Both the Dental Hygiene Program and Cosmetology Program offer services to the community at a reduced fee. The BCTC Assessment Center offers placement testing, program completion assessments, as well as industry certification exams. 

Currently, the Dental Hygiene program is located on the Cooper Campus next to the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field Stadium. It offers a wide variety of services including screenings, cleanings and bleachings. 

Services offered at the Cosmetology Program, now located on the Leestown Campus, include hair styling, spa facials, makeup application and haircuts.

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, was also on hand for the groundbreaking of the 26,400 square foot state of the art facility.

“This campus is vital to our economy, and the commitment among students, teachers and administrators shapes the region’s future success,” Alvarado said. “I take great pride in being with you today and celebrating this campus’s progress.  Many future professionals in the fields of dentistry and cosmetology will get their start right here on this campus, where the staff who keep the educational gears turning will equip them with all the knowledge they need to succeed.”

The project will include shared spaces such as a large lobby and reception area, meeting/conference room, communications suite, break areas, security office, and other support spaces. Site development includes a new vehicular entrance and access drive, parking, utility services and landscaping.

BCTC is one of 16 two-year community and technical colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, where high school graduates may attend to earn an associate degree or acquire credits in pursuit of a four-year degree at a regional university.

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