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Gov. Beshear presents $10 million grant for CTE upgrades

Gov. Andy Beshear has presented $10 million to Fayette County Public Schools to support career and technical education (CTE). “This vital funding will help make sure our students know they have the support they need to achieve their goals and build bright futures for themselves and their families,” he said. “It’s also going to help make sure businesses all over the world know Kentucky’s skilled workforce is ready and able to compete as our economy takes off.”

The $10 million will help combine two CTE campuses – Eastside Technical Center (2208 Liberty Road) and Southside Technical Center (1800 Harrodsburg Road) – into a fully renovated facility in downtown Lexington at the former Herald-Leader building (100 Midland Ave.). The new location -- serving students from Fayette, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford counties -- will increase the CTE program’s visibility and accessibility, expand classroom and support spaces, and improve available technology and resources.

“As a former educator, I know how much more engaged students are when they see the connections between what they’re learning and how they can apply that to a career they want to pursue and the life they want to build,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as Kentucky’s secretary of Education and Workforce Development. “This is such an exciting milestone for CTE in Central Kentucky, and I can’t wait to see the difference it makes for learners who find a program that’s a great fit for them.”

Eastside and Southside offer programs in auto body/collision repair technology; automotive technology; diesel/medium-heavy truck technology; aviation; fire and emergency medical services; law enforcement; cinematography; digital design and game development; carpentry; electrical design and repair; electronics; welding; HVAC; plumbing; automation engineering; culinary arts; and medical sciences. Fayette County offers additional CTE programs in agriculture, engineering, animal science, environmental science, plant science and more at the Locust Trace Agri-Science Center (242 Locust Farm Road), which was completed in 2011.

On Sept. 1, as part of his Better Kentucky Plan, Beshear awarded Kentucky school districts $75 million to upgrade Vocational Education Centers, including the $10 million designated for Fayette County. The Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission Board approved the grants.

Source: Governor’s Office

Contacts: Crystal Staley, (502) 545-3714; or Sebastian Kitchen, (502) 330-0799 

(Posted Sept. 17, 2021)