By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
Governor Andy Beshear issued a release on Monday announcing an award of $10 million to the Carter County School District through the Better Schools Program. The funding, the governor’s release said, “will be used to support and expand the Carter County Career and Technical Center.”
The funding will help build a new facility with room for expanded program offerings, replacing the current CTC which “hasn’t seen renovations, upgrades, or additions in 21 years,” and “does not have the capacity to accept all students who are interested in completing the district’s vocational training program,” the governor’s release read.
Expanded programming at the new facility will include pre-nursing, mechanical engineering, cyber engineering, carpentry, and welding, among others.
School officials and local leaders alike praised the funding, and the impact it will have on the community and in creating opportunities for students.
“This investment will help prepare Carter County students and residents for successful careers,” Judge Executive Mike Malone said. “Funding education is one of the best ways to support our county. This is a great investment in our future, and will help us for many years to come.”
Representative Patrick Flannery also praised the funding.
“We’ve devoted the past several years to creating opportunities for Kentuckians and making this the best place to live and work,” Flannery said. “As a result, we’re getting things done. That means funding water projects, broadband expansion, and education.”
“I’m very happy to see the money we allocated for these projects awarded,” Flannery continued. “In particular I hope our Local Area Vocational Education Center (LAVEC) students and others interested in pursuing a path to a good paying, rewarding job through vocational education see this as an investment in them.”
Superintendent of schools Dr. Paul Green said this funding, which he explained is a delivery of funds promised earlier this year, “will benefit Carter County students as it presents a lot of opportunity to add programs.”
He said he wished to express his appreciation to the governor and the legislature for making the funding available.
“Carter County School District is very excited about the opportunities the LAVEC funding will provide for the students in Carter County,” Green said. “This investment will help our students get good jobs and be prepared to join the workforce. We want to thank Kentucky for prioritizing education and setting us up for success.”
Governor Beshear said this funding is just one part of building the state’s future economy.
“World-class companies are betting their futures on Kentucky because of our world-class workforce,” Beshear said. “That’s why we must continue to put education first and invest in career training programs for our students.”
The release was part of a suite of funding projects that also included water infrastructure improvements to neighboring Lewis County as well as funding for a career and technical center in Lewis County.
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