LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new advanced manufacturing center in Louisville will help fill tens of thousands of open jobs in the area. 

Jefferson Community and Technical College broke ground Friday morning on a new $24 million Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology (AMIT) Center. The center is located at the intersection of South First and East College Streets, just south of Broadway. 

"We have 30,000 open jobs right now in the community," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. "Some of the reasons are because we don't have the skills for all those jobs."

JCTC President Ty Handy,said more money is expected to be invested in the future.

"When it's complete, we will have about $30 million invested in this project," he said. 

It's funded primarily by Kentucky Gov, Matt Bevin's Work Ready Skills initiative, which contributed $15 million. That state initiative is the largest in the country to ramp up career and technical education.

Private, municipal and college contributions also helped to fund the project.

The new 50,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in fall 2020. 

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