U.S. Education Department Official Tours BCTC

Mar 14, 2013

U.S. Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier takes a tour of the BCTC Leestown Road Campus
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A high ranking federal education official has gotten an up-close view of programs offered at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.    A full community and technical college experience awaited Doctor Brenda Dann-Messier in central Kentucky.  The Assistant Secretary of Education was briefed at the community college’s new Leestown Road campus.  Dann-Messier then toured Toyota’s Advanced Manufacturing Center.

“It’s really important to have, in your mind, and have seen, firsthand, practices that we would want to scale up and replicate.  And that’s why I’m here,” said Dann-Messier.

In addition to offering financial incentives, Dann-Messier says the federal government should also spread the word about such successes.

“We can provide incentives through funding.  We can use the bully pulpit to lift up what are some of the practices that we think can be scaled up and replicated and we can look at our own rules and regulations and see where we can be more flexible.  And enable institutions like Bluegrass to think about ways to braid funding sources so they can be more cost efficient and effective,” added Dann-Messier.

Dann-Messier also learned about a graduate who earned 50 college credits while still in high school.  The assistant secretary says such programs demonstrate an effective model of instruction.