Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Heart of BCTC, a food pantry and career closet for students.
The Heart of BCTC was born from the dream of a BCTC graduate and the hard work of staff and faculty who believe in Helping Everyone Attain Resources Together (HEART).
Many college students across the nation, and in Central Kentucky, face food insecurity and lack basics needed to care for themselves and their families. It is hard to keep up academically when one is unable to take care of basic needs. 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.
In addition, The Heart of BCTC will offer professional clothing, donated by community members, to students entering the workplace and preparing for job interviews. After meeting with a career counselor to discuss career goals, create a resume and prepare for an interview, students will be able to shop for interview attire in the BCTC career closet.
Not only will students go to an interview mentally prepared to shine, but their wardrobe will give them an extra boost of confidence.
All of this is made possible by an ever-growing group of supporters including the Community Action Council, Newport Cleaners, New Vine Baptist Church, BCTC faculty and staff, and KCTCS.
Please contact Regina.Shank@kctcs.edu if interested in donating.