MOUNT VERNON — Enrollment at Knox Technical Center is up 40 percent from a year ago, Director Jane Marlow told the Knox County Career Center board at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.
Marlow credited some of KTC’s newer programs in attracting more students. The certified administrative assistant and computer systems and networking programs were added this year; the LPN to RN and adult diploma programs began two years ago.
Marlow said that the tuition assistance KTC has been able to provide through a grant from the Ariel Foundation is another factor in the increase.
Other agenda items included authorizing a contract with The Harold J. Becker Co., Inc. for repair and reconstruction of the roof.
“We’ve had some damage, some leaks and it’s time,” said district treasurer Tracy Elliot. “We feel it’s time to remove the layers and start fresh.”
The construction will begin June 1. Most of the construction should be done by next school year.
“Over the summer we hope to do the high bay areas so there’s no disruption to the high school labs,” said Elliot.
Four students attended the meeting to talk briefly about their experience at KCCC. Abigail Buckingham spoke about earning an associate’s degree in business through the CollegeU-Business program. Gene Fitzpatrick talked about what he’d learned in the Skilled Trades Aptitude Readiness Training.
Julia Rine informed the board that she discovered an interest in forensic science after going on ride-alongs with the Mount Vernon Police Department and sheriff’s office through the Pre-Professional Mentorship program. She plans to study accounting at Ashland University and then obtain a post-graduate degree in forensic science.
Senior Caden Bebout highlighted the Careers in Construction Trades program.
“I have learned so many new things,” said Bebout. “My favorite was building a small house in class.”
After graduation, Bebout plans to work with his brother to take over the family business.
The board also:
•Accepted the resignation of Shawn Kendall, who will retire at the end of the school year. Kendall has been a staff member at KCCC since 2007. She has served in many roles and most recently worked in KTC’s certified administrative assistant program.
•Employed various substitute teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.
•Approved various policy updates and the 2019-2020 course catalog.
•Approved a donation of $300 from United Aggregates for refreshments for certification day on March 23.
•Approved a donation of 60 pairs of safety glasses from Siemens.