Recession, depression, and bad economic times. They all mean one thing to the
people in eastern Kentucky, hunger! Hunger for food for their childrens bellies, hunger
for jobs to pay the rent and basic necessities of life, hunger for the privilege to
live the life of a working man. Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC)
has always prided its self on being there to provide the necessary training to enable
each generation since 1938 with the tools to reinvent themselves when life called
upon them to do so and start a new career or fine tune an old one.
Recently however there has been some changes in enrollment at the technical campuses
of BSCTC. Dr. George D. Edwards, president of BSCTC, aware that the College plays
a critical role in the community as it continually prepares people for the changing
job market, appointed a new task force to study the changes and take action.
Dr. George D. Edwards said, When we examine what we have been able to accomplish over
the past several years, we can readily see that we have accomplished much. This examination
process also reveals some things that need special attention. One such area of concern
is the perception that our technical program enrollment has significantly declined
at the Mayo and Hager Hill Campuses. It is clearly a very complex issue and likely
has occurred for many reasons. To address this critical issue, I am appointing a
task force on Enrollment Management to be led by Bobby McCool. The charge to the
task force will be to develop a plan and associated strategies and action steps to
increase enrollment for the College, with special emphasis on technical programs.
Bobby McCool is Vice President of Institutional Services for BSCTC. Prior to that
he was Director of the former Mayo Technical College, a member of the KCTCS Board
of Directors and a Mayo welding teacher. He knows the technical field as well as
the administrative side of the College. He has been an educator for many years and
has a heart for the students.
McCool said, I know how important it is that we fill our classrooms with students.
But it is also important that we teach them skills that they can take into the job
market. At BSCTC we strive to do that every day. The student is my number one commitment.
This taskforce will work hard to find the answers to the questions we are pursuing.
BSCTC will still meet the needs of the workforce and the students of eastern Kentucky.