Community College plans to overhaul building with grant money

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Hazard Community and Technical College is gearing up to take on a major renovation project.

At the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit a week ago HCTC was awarded $2.5 million.

The money is going towards renovating their Industrial Technology building to bring it into the 21st century.

"Having such a facility allows the economic folks to really recruit and say we have the training here," said Dr. Sandra Kiddoo, the Chief Academic Officer at HCTC.

Kiddoo along with a host of others hopes that the new renovations will boost student morale and better prepare them for a future in the industries they study at HCTC.

"Having a campus and facility that emulates that, clean manufacturing. You know you walk out onto some of these manufacturing floors and you can eat off of them, so we really want to have that experience for our students," said Kiddoo.

For those working on the Technical Campus, this is a much welcomed and needed upgrade.

"Oh, it will make us equal. They will receive training equal to any training program around the world," said Tony Back, the Academic Dean and Chief Campus Administrator Technical Campus.

This is just a small step to an overall plan to make the technical campus Centers of Excellence.

Construction is expected to start at the beginning of January and take a year to a year and a half.

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