Career & tech center working to offer more programs next school year
SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County Career and Technical Center Director Vince Minix talked with the Independent this week, discussing the possibility of adding more programs for students.
The New Skills for Youth Grant, through the Kentucky Department of Education, will be coming out this week, giving schools the opportunity to apply for funding to go toward programs to connect students to in-demand careers.
Minix explained that the governor allocated $75 million in 2016 for career and technical centers to develop programs for high-demand pathways.
He recently went to a training about the grant and said he thinks Magoffin’s chances are good to receive the grant, explaining they will partner with Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (in Hazard), Big Sandy Community and Technical College, as well as some surrounding school districts, to receive the $100,000 grant.
“Right now, we’re looking at the work force outlook up to 2024, trying to determine which programs would be beneficial in this area so we can help students get jobs and live in this area,” Minix said.
On top of his list, Minix said he would like to bring back the carpentry program, as well as expand the nursing program to include pharmacy tech. If funding allows, he said he would also like to expand the welding program.
Minix explained that his goal is to help students be employable in this area when they graduate high school, meeting the new graduation requirements (that all students must be college or career ready when they graduate).
He said he will have to have the application turned in by mid-March, they should know if they received it by June or July and they will be ready to start the program/programs by the next school year (2019/2020).
As for the carpentry program, he said they have most of the needed equipment since they have offered the program in the past, so the funding would go towards supplies.
He said carpentry could work hand-in-hand with the already-offered electricity and welding programs, so the students could do joint projects.
“We at the career and technical center want to do everything we can so our students can have a career and stay at home to work,” Minix said. “I have four kids and all four of them have had to move away to work. I want to put a stop to that so our kids can stay here if they want.”