Fayette County Schools Technical Education Centers Merge

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The old Lexington Herald-Leader building has been given new life.

Fayette County Public Schools plan to merge the Eastside Tech Center and Southside Tech Center into a single campus in the former Lexington Herald-Leader building as the program continues to grow.

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Dr Demetrus Liggins said the new space will help students gain real hands-on experience.

“This saves our students from having to learn things on a computer screen and to train themselves technically to do it, to physically have the equipment on site, to get their hands dirty and to be able to do it”, Liggins said.

As she stood in the center’s future aviation and electrical lab on Friday, Fayette County Public Schools were awarded $ 10 million to advance the project as part of the Better Kentucky Plan, an effort $ 75 million statewide to fund renovations to local vocational and technical training centers.

Liggins says the new facility will give more people the opportunity to get vocational and technical training.

“I consider this to be more than for the students who attend Fayette County public schools… high school,” Liggins said.

Student Amaya Young divides her time between Henry Clay High School and the Eastside Tech Center. She says she wants to work in media someday and is part of the media arts program at Eastside.

She says the idea of ​​a future career and technical students sharing the same space is exciting.

“I can only imagine what will happen when all the technical centers merge into one building and all the incredible opportunities that will bring,” Young said.

The facility will house programs in digital design and game development, welding, law enforcement, automotive technology and many more.

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