Fayette County Schools technical education centers merge

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The old Lexington Herald-Leader building is getting a new life.

Fayette County Public Schools is planning to merge Eastside Technical Center and Southside Technical Center into one campus at the old Lexington Herald-Leader building as the program continues to expand.

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins says the new space will help students get real hands-on experience.

“It takes our students away from having to learn things through a computer screen and practicing technically how to do it, to physically having the equipment on site, getting their hands dirty, and being able to do that,” said Liggins.

Friday, while standing in the future aviation and electrical lab for the center, Fayette County Public Schools was presented with ten million dollars to advance the project as part of the Better Kentucky plan, a 75 million dollar state-wide effort to fund renovations for local career and technical education centers.

Liggins says the new facility will give more people the opportunity to get career and technical education.

“I envision this as more than just for students who go to Fayette County public schools…But we’re looking at making this about Fayette County and the Lexington community as a whole to bring individuals in who already graduated high school or may not have graduated high school,” said Liggins.

Student Amaya Young divides her time between Henry Clay High School and Eastside Technical Center. She says she wants to work in media one day, and is part of the media arts program at Eastside.

She says the thought of future career and technical students sharing one space is exciting.

“I can only imagine what will happen when all of the technical centers merge into one building and all of the amazing opportunities it will bring,” said Young.

The facility will house programs in digital design and game development, welding, law enforcement, automotive technology, and many others.

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