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New college and career educational center being built in Elizabethtown

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The finishing touches are being placed on a new $16 million high school.

There's no mascot, no sports and no clubs, however there is a new approach to learning in Hardin County.

Construction teams have been working at a fevered pace to see the new Hardin County Early College and Career Center complete in time for the new school year.

"It will be close, but we'll be right on it," said Jerry Johnson, construction site supervisor.

"We really want this building to be more than a school," said Dan Robbins, who will be a first time principal when the school opens.

The school will give students access to professional training in a number of fields including welding, auto tech, information technology, engineering and health science.

"A reverse intercepts where those doctors and physical therapists will come here and bring patients here, and while they're working on those patients, our students are hands on observing what's going on," Robbins said.

Every pathway can lead to job with a livable wage straight out of high school.

"We are really behind because we haven't given our students the opportunity to earn industry level certificates in programs like this. Our community needs it, as we are trying to develop the community here with a workforce that will grow," Robbins said.

Local business leaders told Hardin County Schools many of their graduates were coming to the work world unprepared.

The school has formed a number of partnerships to launch the Early College and Career Center.

The campus is being built adjacent to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Western Kentucky University is sharing the grounds. Professors from Sullivan University are consulting on courses.

Students can graduate with 12 free college credits. Many students are in summer school getting the prerequisites they need to enter the program in the fall.

There are 500 juniors and seniors enrolled in the first class. They will spend half the day on the new campus and the rest of the day at their home high school.

"They're going to come here and learn and maybe they'll be out on one of my jobs one day," Johnson said.

Students will begin classes on August 6.

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