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image of ARC Commissioner Tony Wilder, KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box, MCTC President Dr. Stephen Vacik, Representative Rocky Adkins, MCTC Rowan Campus Director Russ Ward, and MCTC Coordinator of Academic Programs Stanley ClickMorehead, KY-A check in the amount of $500,000 was presented to Maysville Community and Technical College from the Appalachian Regional Commission on Friday afternoon. The funds came as a result of a successful grant application submitted through Gateway Area Development District on behalf of MCTC.

The money will be used to purchase equipment for the planned 90,000 square foot MCTC Rowan Campus, which will be located on 41 acres at the John Will Stacy MMRC Regional Business Park on KY 801.

The fundraising effort is part of a larger statewide initiative called the KCTCS BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness. BuildSmart is a public-private partnership that provides funding for the top capital project at each of the KCTCS campuses.
Our entire staff is so honored to be part of this project, stated ARC Commissioner Tony Wilder. BuildSmart is just what we need in the Commonwealth as we move forward.

For MCTC, the plan includes a $21 million agency bond paired with a public and private match of $7 million, representing a $28 million investment in the regional economy. The new Rowan Campus is the largest of all capital construction projects in the KCTCS BuildSmart plan. We were wide-eyed when they told us we needed to raise $7 million, stated Rowan Campus Director Russ Ward. But now, as we get closer to meeting our goal, we are wide-eyed about the new construction getting ready to take place.

All programs in the existing MCTC Rowan Campus will remain in its current location until the new facility is completed. The Rowan County school district has purchased the property where the MCTC Rowan Campus currently exists and will take over once the new MCTC building is built.

The current campus has no room for expansion and the existing space cannot meet the needs of current or future students, said KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box. The new campus is something that is critically needed if we are to continue to offer the certificate, diploma and associate degree programs for local citizens who want to better themselves and their families.

The Rowan Campus has the largest percentage enrollment growth of any MCTC campus and is among the highest in the state. The current building was constructed more than 30 years ago to accommodate just 300 students. Today, enrollment has nearly tripled maximum capacity. With such a lack of needed space, many eager students have been placed on waiting lists for high-demand classes and selective admissions programs.

I know you (MCTC) folks are bursting at the seams in your current facility, stated Representative Rocky Adkins. You have students crammed in every corner you can get them into, as you try to get them trained and educated so they can feed their families and put a roof over their heads.

Rowan Campus Director Russ Ward told attendees that MCTC representatives have made campaign visits to over 100 different public and private organizations. Its not just about MCTC or Rowan County, its about the Commonwealth and our region, and the chance for economic development to grow in this area for our people.

I want everyone to understand that this money doesnt just fall out of the sky, it happens as a result of a lot of work from a lot of different people, stated Representative Adkins. There is no other community, in my opinion, that works harder together as a team to try and make good things happen.

With plans to break ground sometime in early spring of 2016, Representative Rocky Adkins confidently concluded the presentation, This is an exciting day for this community and we will soon see the dirt being moved and the brick and mortar start to fly.

For more information about giving opportunities and the BuildSmart program, contact MCTC Director of Resource Development Cara Clarke at 606-759-7141, ext. 66176.