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March 7, 2019
Officials from the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) and Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) entered an agreement on March 7 that creates an educational pathway between BSCTC, UPIKE and UPIKE-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM).
February 20, 2019
Traditional musician, songwriter, poet, commercial performer, recording artist, author and composer Jean Ritchie, born in Viper, Perry County, Kentucky, in 1922, was the youngest of Balis and Abigail Ritchie's 14 children. She began her recording career in 1952, signing with Elektra Records. Throughout her career she recorded more than 35 albums, which strongly reflect her Kentucky heritage and featured her playing the mountain dulcimer. Known as the "Mother of Folk," Ritchie was a major contributor to the national revival of folk music across America during the mid to second half of the 20th century. Artists including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton have covered her songs. Jean Ritchie was also a gently fierce environmental activist.
February 20, 2019
Nancy Green became one of the first prosperous African American women in the U.S. Green was born enslaved in Montgomery County, Kentucky, in 1834. While in Kentucky she worked for the Walker family, and moved with them to Chicago just after the Great Fire, in 1872. Eight years later, Nancy Green became "Aunt Jemima."
February 20, 2019
Samantha and Regina love everything about motors. Samantha loves the outdoors and motorbikes, four wheelers, and side-by-sides. With her love of off-roading, scaling-the-side-of-hills adventurous spirit, she is earning a degree in Automotive Technology at Mayo Campus. Regina loves lightning- fast cars and a quarter-mile strip. She loves the sleek lines and aerodynamics of a dragster or a "digger", and she, too, is earning a degree in Automotive Technology at Mayo Campus.
February 12, 2019
A native daughter of Appalachia, of coal miners and immigrant theologians, Greta Heintzelman Slone is rooted in eastern Kentucky--by birth and by choice. The love of her own culture, her heart's focus upon people, was nurtured through an extended family of servant-leaders who provoked her to learn deeply, teach tirelessly, and work vigorously for self-fulfillment.
February 7, 2019
On the second floor of the Campbell Science Building on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC there is a 125-gallon aquarium that has been meticulously maintained by Mathematics professor Dwight Smith for over twenty years! If you've ever own an aquarium of any size, you will understand the dedication and work that goes into creating a healthy underwater environment in which life can thrive.
February 1, 2019
Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) recently recognized Drs. Gopal and Mina Majmundar at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals KY, Bluegrass Chapter. The annual event honors philanthropists and volunteers in our region who truly make a difference. Dr. Zylka, President of BSCTC stated, "We are honored to be the focus of the generosity of Drs. Gopal and Mina Majmundar. Their unwavering support and insight has provided excellence within our student body and college." Drs. Gopal and Mina Majmundar moved to the United States from India in the early 1970s. Dr. Gopal operates a successful pediatric and family medicine practice. His wife, Dr. Mina, is now a retired anesthesiologist of more than thirty years. Dr. Mina currently serves as a member of the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors. They raised two daughters in Martin, Kentucky, Dr. Mamata Majmundar and Dr. Monica Majmundar Sheth. Since 2014, Drs. Gopal and Mina Majmundar have awarded a scholarship in their namesake to the top two Associate Degree Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing students at graduation. They recently established the Drs. Gopal, Mina, Mamata, and Monica Majmundar Family Endowed Scholarship, which benefits first generation college students and encourages students to complete their degrees. The scholarship is renewable for their second year of college.
February 1, 2019
The new old ways are coming back to the mountain folks of eastern Kentucky. It's the best practices of the hardest days when our ancestors gardened, canned, butchered, and lived based upon their own genius, determination, and brawn. Now, fast forward to 2019. This is a day when we value those old ways that are blurry daydreams coming from our ancient and modern past.
January 25, 2019
Dr. Sherry Zylka, Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) President / CEO is pleased to announce the Dean's and President's Lists for the 2018 Fall semester.
January 24, 2019
Rachelle Burchett determined to attend BSCTC after she began her family. In fact, as a non-traditional student, she was featured in an advertising campaign entitled "Three Good Reasons to Go Back to School" that denoted her three beautiful young sons in the campaign. However, Rachelle's story was more than billboard-worthy. It was real and powerful and based upon a familiar desire to teach through actions. To become a role model is perhaps one of the highest callings in this life, and Rachelle embraced the possibility that she would reflect self-determined growth to her sons.
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