Ford gives update on new college and workforce center

The Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center project on the Russell County High School campus is coming along well.

Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford said the project is on schedule with an open house scheduled for August as students will begin occupying the building next school year.

Ford said a temporary certificate of occupancy is expected soon, with a final certificate of occupancy coming soon after completion of final inspections.

“It’s in the final phases with punchlist items being worked on,” Ford told WJRS News. ” There’s new equipment and classroom furniture being ordered now.”

High school students will use the building during the day and Somerset Community College will be offering several evening classes in the facility for the upcoming fall semester.

Classes such as HVAC, electricity, and welding will be taking place in the fall. An EMT class is expected to be offered in the facility for the Spring 2022 semester.

As of now, an open house and dedication is planned for Sunday, Aug. 1 from 2-4 p.m.

“On behalf of the Russell County Board of Education and the faculty, staff, and administration of the Area Technology Center, we want to again thank our entire community for helping make this facility a reality,” Ford said.

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