IRVINE, Ky. — A $14.7 million technology center that serves high school and technical college students and provides training for displaced workers seeking new career paths held its grand opening on July 23, 2021.
The Estill County Area Technology Center (ATC) will serve around 300 students from Estill, Powell, and surrounding counties. The 40,000-square-foot ATC will house six different career and technical programs and will also be the new home of the Estill County Success/Virtual Academy. Construction funding for this facility in the amount of $14.7 million consisted of:
- $5 million in District Building Funding financed by local tax dollars through the passage of the “Recallable Nickel.”
- $5.7 million from the State Work Ready Skills Initiative Grant.
- $4 million from a federal U.S. Economic Development Administration grant..
The ATC will provide several program areas and career pathways for high school students which include:
- Advanced Manufacturing/Maintenance Mechanic
- Construction/Industrial Electrician
- Diesel Mechanics/Small and Medium Truck Repair
- Engineering/Project Lead the Way
- Health Sciences/Nurse Aid
- Informational Technology/Computer Science and Networking
Funding will also allow BCTC to offer new opportunities for students, such as training for displaced workers seeking new career paths, dual-credit opportunities for high school students, and post-secondary evening classes for the community and technical college students.
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