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New Adair Workforce Grant application will not fund building

For now, plans for a $6 million plus Adult Learning/Career Center/Administration Building is defunct. Adair County's new Workforce Initiative is for $265,000 for Healthcare training with the hub being in Columbia, also serving Casey & Russell. The Russell County application, with a hub for Advance Manufacturing and IT service for the three counties, is for $6,442,646. The Casey County hub for Diesel Mechanics, Transportation & Logistics, is seeking $2,957,217. The applications are among 41 asking for a total of more than $165 million, with approximately $34.5 million available to yet be distributed.
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By Ed Waggener

Dr. Pam Stephens, interim Adair County Superintendent took some time to clarify the Adair County School District's new Workforce Development Grant application in the "Hub & Spokes" centers for Adair, Casey, and Russell Counties.

Adair County County's application is for $265,356, which is much lower than the application which made the second round of funding last year, which would have included a new $6 million plus center which would have also included a new administration building, a center for adult education, and a workforce emphasis on Industrial Maintenance. That plan, Dr. Stephens said, is now essentially defunct.

(Related: Grant hearing well attended, resolution 2016-05 approved/re: Community Learning Central/Central Office Building

With the new application, Adair County will have a hub for students from Adair, Casey and Russell with an emphasis on Healthcare. Dr. Stephens said that the classes would likely be taught at a leased site, and that the district is now working with TJ Samson/Columbia, KY for space at the local hospital for the training.

Russell County High School will be the hub for training for Advanced Manufacturing and IT services, with students from Adair and Casey Counties studying in those fields traveling to Russell Springs. Russell County's Workforce Development application is for $6,442,646.

Casey County High School will be the hub for training for Diesel Mechanics, Transportation, & Logistics, with students from Adair and Russell County studying in those fields traveling to Liberty, KY. Casey County's Workforce Development application is for $2,957,217.

All three applications are in the latest round of 41 applications now being considered by the Workforce Development Cabinet under its Work Ready Skills Initiative, which also includes an application for $3,626,289 for the Taylor County District.

According to a news release from Jessica Fletcher, yesterday, "The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet received 41 project applications - totaling more than $165 million in requests - for second-round funding consideration through the Commonwealth’s new $100 million statewide workforce development bond fund, the Work Ready Skills Initiative.

"The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee awarded approximately $65.5 million of the $100 million bond in the first round of the Initiative, announced in January. The Committee expects to award the remaining funds, approximately $34.5 million, after reviewing applications and conducting interviews for round two."

This story was posted on 2017-03-21 04:47:22
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