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JCTC manufacturing building among finalists for state funding

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A rendering shows the proposed advanced manufacturing and IT center at Jefferson Community and Technical College. A rendering shows the proposed advanced manufacturing and IT center at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Jefferson Community and Technical College is still in the running for state funding to help build a $33 million Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology Center on land the college owns at First and College streets near its downtown campus.

The JCTC building is among 24 construction projects proposed by K-12 school districts and community colleges across the state – all vying for a portion of $100 million in state money Gov. Matt Bevin persuaded lawmakers to include in the state budget earlier this year.

A committee chaired by Hal Heiner, Bevin’s workforce development secretary, plans to decide which of the 24 projects will get up to $65 million in collective funding in a “first round” of awards next month.

The group will save at least $35 million of the funding for a second round of awards later in 2017, according to a news release Friday.

JCTC has asked for more money -- $28 million – than any other project in the state.

JCTC plans to move all of its manufacturing-related programs into the building, which it hopes to open as soon as 2018.

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The University of Louisville asked for $13 million for its Institute for Product Realization – an engineering research park planned on the Belknap Campus – but that project did not make the cut.

Called the Work Ready Skills Initiative, the Bevin administration program aims to support capital projects – such as buildings and equipment – that will be used to train workers for in-demand jobs.

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