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New Hardin Co. center to provide students with workforce skills

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Media Arts, Manufacturing and Hospitality -- Hardin County students will have the opportunity to learn those types of skills and more. It could even put them into the workforce after high school.

At a Hardin County Board of Education meeting, the board voted to accept a 20-acre tract of land from Western Kentucky University. It's located near Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. A Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center is expected to be built there.

Gary Ransdell, the Western Kentucky University President says, "We're going to drive up intellectual development in this region. That's our primary focus. That's what we as educators are here to do."

Once completed, the center is expected to be a place where Hardin County High School juniors and seniors can take courses for various careers.

Nannette Johnston, the Hardin County Schools Superintendent says, "One of the career pathways is Health Science. So all of the students that are in the pathway of Health Science, some of those students may go directly into work right after high school because they'll have a certification to do so whether it's pharmaceutical tech, medical nurse assistant."

Ransdell says, "We are going to drive workforce development for this region. We're going to help fill meaningful jobs and we're going to drive up degree productivity."

Hardin County Schools says this project is still in the early stages.  It would not release the cost and says an architect has not even been hired yet.  The Kentucky Department of Education still has to approve the plan before it can move forward.

Johnston says, "We expect to turn dirt as quickly as possible. The aggressive goal is that this center would open in August of 2014."

Hardin County Schools say WKU can use the classroom space for evening, weekend, and summer classes.

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