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Satellite campus public hearing: Artist & Artisan support

2013-12-11 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne, Adair Co. School District photo.
Artist Cassie Davenport and Master Welder Winston Keltner chatted before the hearing Tuesday night, December 10, 2013, on the new Lake Cumberland Technology satellite campus public hearing was held. Davenport told the audience about having a welder-father who helped her get a start in the craft, but wishes that she could have also had classes available in high school or at the University of Kentucky to learn the craft. She's a noted artist, an Adair resident, and a teacher in the Green County School District. Winston Keltner, right told the audience of his excitement that welding classes will be readily at hand for Adair County students, how he'd had to travel - sometimes out of state - to obtain training essential to his livelihood. He's a Master Welder, an entrepreneur at the top tier of his calling, and operates a private business in Columbia. Back to camera Debra Wimmer, art teacher in Adair County schools, told the audience how importatnt the new campus will be to students in her classes. The intense interest from members of the art world came as a pleasant surprise when the welding center was first announced. Interest had been expected from Adair County's farm community, from local industry, and from vocational education advocates and Career Ready enthusiasts, but the artists' interests made the proposal even more convinincing.

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