FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Bluegrass Community and Technical College will be expanding its healthcare education and training at its Leestown Campus, courtesy of a multi-million grant.
The college says a $3,040,000 Work Ready Skills Initiative (WRSI) grant from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and funds from community partners will help put the finishing touches on the newly renovated 37,000-square-foot nursing and allied health building just in time for a new semester. The completed project features classrooms and simulation labs with state-of-the-art medical equipment that mirrors what is currently used in hospitals.
The completed project brings nearly all of BCTC’s nursing and allied health programs under one roof on the Leestown Campus. The investment is allowing the college to add healthcare programs and classes, and increase the number of students enrolled to more than 730 including over 500 adults for a gain of 16 percent over last year.
BCTC has expanded offerings in programs such as nurse aide, surgical technology, diagnostic medical sonography and practical nursing. In 2020, the school plans to add emergency medical services (paramedic) and health science technology.
BCTC Leestown Campus was one of 40 projects awarded the $100 million WRSI funding in 2017 after a competitive process.