BCTC equine students gain experience through apprenticeships

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Source: Bluegrass Community and Technical College

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) equine studies program will be expanding their students’ opportunities.

Magdalena Farm, division of Kenneth McPeek’s McPeek Racing, and Wainui Farm, a horse farm owned by Nick and Jeannie Larkin, will join Locust Trace AgriScience Center and BCTC Workforce Solutions to offer registered apprenticeships.

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A current example of this is two Locust Trace career and technical education high school students who are employed as horse trainer apprentices. Not only are they earning paychecks, but they are also getting college credit and valuable hands-on work experience.

Once students finish the apprenticeship program, they earn an industry certification issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as a foundation for an associate degree and their career.

This partnership with the equine industry marks the beginning of BCTC working with various fields. The college plans to offer industry-driven apprenticeship opportunities in many fields such as health science, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.), skilled trades, manufacturing and more.

BCTC Workforce Solutions provides many options for apprenticeships and customized training that can save employers time and money while increasing production and profit. Businesses can learn more about these opportunities, connect with regional colleagues, and hear from companies who are growing their businesses through partnership with BCTC Workforce Solutions at the  Propel Kentucky event on June 22, 2021 and can register for the event here.

For more information about apprenticeships, contact Gary Robinson, Apprenticeship Project Manager, at 859-246-6714 or via e-mail at gary.robinson@kctcs.edu.