About our program
Opportunity Middle College, which is housed on the Newtown campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College, provides a small, family-like atmosphere that nurtures student success in college classrooms. Our high school staff includes a principal, a counselor, and three classroom teachers. All OMC students take at least one college course each semester so they are also exposed to highly qualified college instructors.
We cap enrollment at 100 juniors and seniors, accepting students from all six public high schools in Fayette County. OMC enables them to earn college hours free of personal costs in their pursuit of an associate degree, a four-year degree, or a technical program certificate/diploma while completing the credit requirements to earn a diploma from Fayette County Public Schools.
In all instances, OMC students receive dual credit for each college course. Some college courses such as ENG 101 count as a required dual credit course. Students will receive three college credit hours on the college transcript and one high school credit on the high school transcript for the same course! Other college courses such as COM 252 count as an elective, with the student receiving three college hours on the college transcript and one high school credit.
Students are allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities at their assigned high school including sports, clubs, student organizations, prom, etc. They must complete the state credit requirement for graduation (22 credits) instead of the assigned FCPS high school graduation requirement, which ranges from 22 to 26 credits. (The difference is four elective credits for schools requiring 26 total.)
OMC students graduate with their peers at their assigned high school commencement, and their diploma is issued by the high school.
For assistance at the district level of FCPS, please contact James McMillin, a School Leadership support specialist, at (859) 381-4233.
Our mission is to provide all students, especially lower income, first-generation college, and minority students, an opportunity to achieve high school and college academic success, to explore and pursue vocational and career aspirations, and to prepare themselves for future college experiences in a supportive, academically challenging environment supported by Fayette County Public Schools and Bluegrass Community & Technical College.