Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College will have the opportunity to make an even larger impact on the area due to an expansion on the Middlesboro campus.
The groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday involved friends of the college, community businesses and donors as well as the SKCTC Board of Directors. SKCTC President, Dr. Jay Box spoke about the significance of the new building.
“(Health care classes) offered at SKCTC provide the opportunity to complete one of these programs quickly and move into the career field at the next stage of their life,” said Box.
Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelley spoke about how many different areas of the community have worked together during both tough times and exciting times, such as this. He believes this expansion is promising and will be a stepping stone to bigger things for the city.
Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock gave words of encouragement for the community to support the school financially and politically.
“We tend to take for granted day to day how important this college is to our community. As other suffer, the community college is the vehicle in which they use to improve their quality of life so nothing can be anymore important than supporting this college,” said Brock.
State Rep. Rick Nelson also spoke about how valuable higher education is for the area.
“You cannot beat this school here for a quality education and for the cost. I am glad to have played a small part in the building that’s going on,” said Nelson.
Donna McClure, a representative from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office read a letter of support.
The Middlesboro Educational Alliance Center will be a two-story building housing nursing, healthcare, general education, education and aviation classes to name a few. It will also house some f the specialty labs which are currently located in Pineville.
The completed project under the direction of Lexington-based firm Clotfelter-Samokar, will take approximately $2.5 million to complete and fundraising efforts are ongoing to complete the project.
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