Grant money to provide funding for new Dream Community Job Training and Area Technology Center

INEZ, Ky. (WYMT) - This empty lot in Martin County will eventually become home to the new Dream Community Job Training and Area Technology Center.

"We are a community that's working together to help move our citizens forward," Martha Williams who is the Principal at the Martin County Area Technology Center said.

The current Area Technology Center is 50 years old and was built when learning how to use a typewriter was a necessary skill.

"We're now at a place where our economy and our technology has just so far eclipsed where our facilities are," Eric Mills who is the Co-Chair of the Dream Martin County Coalition said.

So with a more than $2.7 million grant, Eric Mills said the new building will not only provide job skill certifications to high school students but training for adults as well.

"We want to allow this to be an easy point of entry in a familiar place, where people who may not be ready for that leap to go back to college, have a way to get their foot in the door and realize they can do it," Mills said.

The new center will provide entry-level training for a variety of careers including aerospace, advanced manufacturing, IT, healthcare and more.

"The one thing that employers are looking for when they're going to locate a business into an area, is there a qualified workforce and that's what we want to tell them, that yes we do," Williams said.

The facility will be about 36,000 square feet and is set to open in 2019.

The Kentucky Work Read Skills Initiative will provide the grant money.

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