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GCHS career, tech center to offer community classes

By Bryan Marshall

Grant County High School students will soon not be the only ones in the community utilizing the new $10 million Career and Technology Center on campus.


The school district is making plans to offer community classes likely beginning in February at the 34,000 square-foot addition to GCHS that opened in August 2011.

“The new Career and Technology Center has been such a positive factor in the lives of our students that we wanted to provide the same rigorous educational opportunities for the citizens of Grant and surrounding counties,” said John Sanders, associate principal of the center.

“As I have said before, this building is not only a part of Grant County Schools, but it is also a educational resource for the entire community.”

The center allows students to take classes in areas such as health careers, information technology, electrical technology, welding technology, automotive technology, bio-medical and pre-engineering.

To gauge interest for community classes, district officials are asking citizens to participate in an online survey to see what topics they would be interested learning about at the center.

The potential subjects range from ceramics and computers to automotive and welding.

The survey asks participants to choose which classes they are interested in, what their preferred class schedule is and if they have any other suggestions for classes.

Individuals who may be interested in attending one or more of the classes are asked to complete the survey form by Feb. 1, by going to www.grant.kyschools.us/CTCCommunityOfferings.aspx.

All class costs are estimates, and the costs may be slightly higher or lower based upon the number of participants.

Those who complete the survey will be notified only if their chosen class or classes have received enough participants to meet.

In order for a particular class to be scheduled, Sanders said the center will need the commitment of 12 to 15 participants.

“If the educational desires that the students of Grant County exude is any indication of response or interest in these classes, I can foresee that the majority of these classes will meet,” he said.

The center will continue to offer community classes as long as the need and interest exists, said Sanders.

“By providing these classes, it is our hopes to build strong relationships with local business, industry and community members,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to become an employment pipeline for our own community through this educational partnership.”


A broad overview of possible classes has been developed and includes the following:
- Welding (Basic), 40 hours, $175
- Welding (GMAW) MIG, 20 hours, $100
- Welding (GTAW) TIG, 20 hours, $100
- OSHA, 10 hours, $55
- Automotive - Brake Systems, 10 hours, $55
- Automotive - Basic Tune-up, 10 hours, $55
- Automotive - Computer Diagnostics, 10 hours, $55
- Medicaid Nurse Aid - KY, 80 hours, $350
- Computers - Social Media, $35
- Computers for Beginners, $50
- Computer Repair, $40
- Computers - Microsoft Office (Basic), $50
- Computers - Website Design, $40
- Electricity (Basic), $50
- Cake Baking & Decorating, $40
- Gardening 101, $40
- Aqua Culture, $40
- Floral Design, $40
- Ceramics, $50
- Painting, $50