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Welcome Mr. Russell Chaney, Machine Tool Instructor, SCATC

Shelby County Public Schools is dedicated to expanding workforce education in our community.  Our Area Technology Center works closely with industry leaders to educate future workers in the classroom and in internships and co-ops in industrial maintenance, machine tool, welding, diesel mechanics, dentistry, nursing, and more. 


We are pleased to welcome a new Machine Tool instructor for the Shelby County Area Technology Center.  Mr. Russell Chaney comes to Shelby County with 33 years in the machine tool field both in education and on the shop floor.  He completed vocational school in Somerset, Kentucky in 1987.  He co-oped at Mt. Vernon Plastics while in school and took a job at B&H Tool Works in Richmond Kentucky - his first introduction to stamping dies. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he took a job with KCTCS in 2004 as a Machine Tool Instructor and became an Assistant Professor.  


In 2013 he helped to open a program in Grayson County at their Technology Center. Mr. Chaney has experience with SKILLS USA. He has had regional and state winners and one student who went to the National Skills competition.  To be closer to family he accepted a position with Hitachi Automotive in Harrodsburg, Kentucky as a Senior Technician in the corporate training department Regional Engineering and Skills Training Center where he taught mechanical and machining classes at the Harrodsburg, Berea, and Monroe, Georgia facilities. 


Mr. Chaney plans to promote the Machine Tool Program at the SCATC by working with local industry to find placement opportunities for his students.  “ I want to make sure they leave with the necessary machining and soft skills that are necessary for them to succeed in the present work environment. I will also encourage them to go on and complete additional training because technology is changing at a fast rate and I want them to keep abreast of these changes to have a successful career.” 


Mr. Chaney plans to put together an advisory committee made up of local industry representatives that will evaluate the lab projects that his students will do.  “I want to make sure I am giving the students the skill sets necessary for them to compete and be successful after they leave my program and continue on their educational and career paths.” 


Mr. Chaney is an FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator Extra Class (KN4OHD).  He is a member of the WRARC (Wilderness Road Area Radio Club, where he serves as a Volunteer Exam Coordinator. He enjoys woodworking and bike riding.  His longest ride to date was going to Missouri and riding the KATY Trail, a 237 mile converted rail-trail reading from west to east in the state. 


As empty-nesters, Mr. Chaney and his wife Mysti keep busy with their three German Short Haired Pointers.  They have three children Dedrie, Matthew and Robbie, and three grandchildren.