'Imagination is the only limit': Congressman Hal Rogers says new technology center puts Eastern Kentucky on the forefront

Published: Sep. 5, 2019 at 7:05 PM EDT
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The Hal Rogers Advanced Technology Center on Big Sandy Community and Technical College's Pikeville campus provides an opportunity for students to learn in a high-tech environment.

Congressman Hal Rogers joined local leaders and educators for the building's dedication ceremony Thursday calling the new building a"'wave of the future."

"We're still going to be mining coal in the region, but not with as many employees as we've had before," Rogers said. "So, we've got to think about new ways to make a living and train for that."

He said the school will help promote that change.

"The fact that we could all come together and realize what we needed to do and then do it," Rogers said. "Big Sandy's leading the way from this Pikeville campus."

Rogers said the school will move forward quickly with a new connection from Kentucky Wired, adding that the current connectivity in the region is bottom-level.

"We're near the last. The worst. This will put us number one," he said. "And I think it's going to mean big time stuff for us."

He said there will be more on the Kentucky Wired announcement during the 2019 SOAR Summit Friday.

"The only limit now is whether or not we have the imagination to think about a new way to do things," Rogers said.

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