WKCTC Names New Student Support Services DirectorMcCracken County resident Gail Bachuss has been named director of the Trio Student Support Services office at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Bachuss, formerly the assistant director and counselor in the Trio office for 12 years, succeeds longtime director John Krupansky who retired in 2014.
I am have spent my life working to help students of all ages reach their goals and potential, and I couldnt be more proud of the student successes Ive seen over my career, said Bachuss. Being named the director of Trio allows me to continue to fulfill my passion of making a real difference in the lives of our students at WKCTC.
A federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Trio Student Support Services provides assistance to selected students to improve their academic skills, establish goals, and earn a college degree. Individualized tutoring in general education classes and transfer assistance to four-year universities are featured Trio services.
At WKCTC, Trio is located in the Anderson Technical Building, Room 126 and all services to members are free.
Bachuss earned a bachelors degree in home economics and early childhood education from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1975 and a masters degree in education in guidance and counseling from Murray State University in 1998. She also earned an Early Care and Education Trainers credential from the University of Kentucky in 2011.
Also a 1973 graduate of Paducah Community College, one of the founding institutions of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Bachuss knows first-hand how attending community college can benefit students.
I couldnt have chosen a better place to begin going to college, said Bachuss. The cost was more affordable for me and the help of faculty and staff really helped me feel confident and become a successful student throughout college. And thats another reason Im so proud to work at WKCTC, it so important to give back.