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A celebration years in the making took place Sept. 18 as Grant County Schools dedicated its new Career and Technology Center.
In August, the district opened the $10 million facility at Grant County High School, featuring 12 new classrooms/labs that will house seven new career and tech programs.
New programs offered at the center include pre-engineering, bio-medical, information technology, health sciences, automotive technology, electric technology and welding technology.
They join existing career and tech programs agriculture, business and marketing and the culinary arts/Early Childhood Development.
“It’s beautiful,” said Krissy Schlueter, whose daughter, sophomore Dana Liggett, will be taking biomedical studies classes at the center beginning in January. “There was a lot more to it than I thought there would be. I have two boys, one in elementary school and one in preschool, and it excited me to see the possibilities of what Grant County Schools could offer to our children. My 7-year-old, walking through those classrooms, couldn’t wait to get there.”
Schlueter’s daughter is leaning toward a profession in the medical field, but hopes taking classes at the center will steer her in the right direction.
During the past several years, about 40 students from GCHS were required to travel to a technology center in northern Kentucky for classes.
That’s not the case anymore, said board chair Richard Bredenberg.
“We will no longer be limited to a small number of students driving over an hour to access programs that may or may not meet their needs,” he said. “We will now be able to provide a facility within our district that can serve all of our students with programs that we and the community have chosen to meet the needs we have identified.”
G. Edward Hughes, president of Gateway Community and Technical College, spoke about the importance of the center during the dedication.
Gateway is working with GCHS so juniors and seniors can take college courses that will provide dual credit.
Hughes said that 75 to 85 percent of jobs today and in the future require some education and training beyond what is taught in high school.
“Let me suggest that you are dedicating a new road to student success and ultimately to community success, for this community and our region,” he said. “I want to thank you for really doing something that is at the cutting edge.”
Following the dedication and ribbon cutting, attendees toured the center.
To mark the occasion, John Sanders, GCHS associate principal in charge of the center, said a time capsule would be filled with items from all departments in the high school.
“We’re not just celebrating a new building,” he said. “We’re also starting a new chapter in history.”