Jefferson Opens New State-of-the-Art Campus in Carrollton
Published on Aug 9, 2017
Carrollton, Ky. (August 9, 2017) – After more than three decades in Carrollton, Jefferson Community & Technical College finally has its own campus to call home. Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Hal Heiner joined Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) president Dr. Jay Box and Jefferson President Dr. Ty Handy in officially opening the 30-acre educational hub situated adjacent to General Butler State Park.
A robotic arm, fittingly, cut the ribbon alongside area dignitaries to celebrate the new $16 million, 48-thousand-square-foot facility which houses more than $2 million in high-tech equipment for the college’s Electrical Engineering, Applied Process Technology, and Welding programs. The Carrollton Campus also offers courses that will transfer to state universities for students pursuing four-year and other credentials and diplomas.
“Jefferson has been a part of the fabric of this community for so many years and we are proud to be changing the landscape both figuratively and literally,” said Handy. “We are growing the offerings which lead to the careers that make our area of the commonwealth more prosperous, thereby making Kentucky more prosperous.”
Completion of the project was a true community effort. The Carrollton College Educational Foundation, Inc., led by its president and Jefferson Board of Directors member Dennis Goff, worked for years to gain fiscal support for the project. KCTCS pledged $12 million to the construction, but matching funds were also needed. A BuildSmart Steering Committee propelled by Ruth Baxter, former county judge Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson, and numerous community leaders, raised an additional $4 million for a 25% match.
“As the job market requires employees to be more educated, and the world market requires Kentucky to be more competitive, it’s imperative that we continue to invest in projects like the Carrollton Campus,” said Box. “It’s all about helping students get the education they need so they can have better lives. This leads to a better community and a better Kentucky.”
The Leed Certified energy efficient structure represents the coming full circle of the Carrollton higher education learning experience. Classes were first held at a strip mall on Highway 227 decades ago before moving to a hundred-year-old building that was formerly a department store. The college now returns to Highway 227, but this time on its own property.
About Jefferson Community & Technical College
Jefferson Community & Technical College is the largest of the 16 colleges forming the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. JCTC prepares students for transfer into baccalaureate programs and for high wage, high demand careers. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jeffersonctc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeffersonCTC.
About Kentucky Community & Technical College System
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth’s largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky’s largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.