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Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), located in Lexington, Kentuckymarker, is one of 16 two-year, open-admissions colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). It was formed from the consolidation of two separate institutions: Lexington Community College and Central Kentucky Technical College. Lexington Community College was the last remaining college in the University of Kentucky Community College System, until a vote by the trustees transferred governance to KCTCS in 2004. Central Kentucky Technical College was part of the Workforce Development Cabinet of Kentucky State Government until the creation of KCTCS in 1997. KCTCS was formed in 1997 by the state legislature through House Bill 1 that combined the technical colleges of the Workforce Development Cabinet and the community colleges previously with the University of Kentucky. BCTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

BCTC's Cooper Campus is located next to the University of Kentuckymarker campus and dorms, in the shadow of Commonwealth Stadiummarker. Interestingly, BCTC has a large international student base with students attending from Europe, Jordanmarker, Turkeymarker and many other nations.

Service area

The primary service area of BCTC includes:


BCTC maintains seven campus locations:

BCTC's Cooper Campus in Lexingtonmarker consists of three buildings. The Oswald Building is the main building, consisting of classrooms, the Learning Resource Center (Library), administrative offices, as well as a cafeteria and a bookstore. The Academic Technical building is mostly classrooms, and the Moloney Building contains more classrooms as well as several computer labs.

BCTC's Leestown Campus consists of four buildings. Building C contains a variety of programs including Automotive Technology, Welding, Autobody, Cosmotology, a community day care center, Corporate & Community Development, and Administrative offices. The Manufacturing Building includes classrooms, offices, a library and labs. Building A has a variety of classrooms and programs including Nursing. Building B houses the Carpentry program and Adult Basic Education.

BCTC has a robust online education program, offering a wide variety of general education courses and technical courses. The online course tuition is an affordable flat-rate for in-state and out-of-state students alike. Online students come from all over the world. A significant online student group, enrolled in the Library Information Technology certificate program, comes from The Bahamas.

Relationship with University of Kentucky

BCTC Cooper Campus students are still very connected to UK, depending upon it for parking passes as well as having access to residence halls and student tickets for athletic events..

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