Shelby County Public Schools’ winning proposal is titled The IGNITE Initiative. Its overarching theme is in response to the human resource needs of local industry along the I-64 Corridor. The 142-page proposal, submitted to the Kentucky Work Skills Initiative group, outlines how the award would be used to support commitments and investments already underway in the area. Nearly half will support the renovations currently underway at the Shelby County Area Technology Center. According to John Leeper (Director of Innovation and author of the grant proposal,) “The Committee recognized the [SCPS] Board’s commitment to the growing need for advanced manufacturing education and training in our region. They are giving this money to support that movement.” The remaining funds will be used at the Shelby Campus of JCTC where renovations and construction are planned to support the growth at this school.
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