Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Celebrates New Addition to Adair County High School’s KY Tech Satellite Campus

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 19, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Addition funded by federal, state, local partners, supports career readiness

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear joined local officials and students today to celebrate the addition of a new welding center at Adair County High School’s KY Tech satellite campus. The new facility offers students a wide-range of vocational curriculum and career readiness education.

“Our students need an education system that provides job-training and varied learning opportunities that will give students the necessary skills to be successful once out of school,” said Gov. Beshear. “I applaud Adair County for recognizing the changing landscape of today’s workforce, and implementing hands-on job and career training directly into the classroom.”

The nearly 3,000-square-foot welding classroom and shop is fully outfitted with modern equipment, and is an addition to the school’s existing vocational wing. The new facility is a satellite program of the Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center, which is overseeing the day-to-day operations and classroom training.

In the past, Adair County High School was transporting students to an area technology center to take welding courses. Now, welding, metal fabrication and health science courses are offered on-site and more than 100 students are currently enrolled in the expanded program.

“In Adair County, we are highly committed to our young people, education and creating an environment that attracts new businesses and jobs to our community,” said Adair County Judge Michael Stephens. “The new KY Tech facility will give our students valuable training and experience when seeking employment, and will show prospective businesses that Adair County is focused on educating a highly-skilled workforce. Thank you to Governor Beshear and all of the federal, state and local partners involved in building this new facility.”

Currently, Adair County is certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as a Work Ready in Progress Community. The certification is an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly skilled workforce required in today's competitive global economy.

“Adair County’s focus on alternative education and creating a skilled labor force proves they are centered on the future,” said Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder. “This new satellite campus not only enhances career-readiness education, it assists the community in its efforts to achieve Work Ready Community status and attract new job-creating businesses and industries.”

Funding Sources
The funding for this addition included a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a nearly $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant and $325,000 in local funds.

The state’s CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.

ARC partners with federal, state and local governments in an effort to support sustainable community and economic growth throughout Appalachia by funding projects that range from education and job training to housing and business expansion to transportation and infrastructure development.