BCTC opens student food pantry and career closet


LEXINGTON, Ky.  (WTVQ) –Bluegrass Community and Technical College held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the opening of The Heart of BCTC, a food pantry and career closet for students.

BCTC says it is hard to keep up academically when one is unable to take care of basic needs.

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This challenge is often hidden by students, and when they begin to fall behind in class, most don’t suspect the real reason.

“When students are hungry or their family is in need, this creates a barrier to their academic success,” said Dr. Palisa Williams Rushin, BCTC vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Management. “With students at the heart of our mission at BCTC, we are working to alleviate these obstacles as they advance toward their better lives.”

To meet this challenge, BCTC has joined with community partners and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to establish a pantry, which will provide food, toiletries and baby items at no cost to students.

If you are interested in donating, please contact Regina.Shank@kctcs.edu.