Owensboro Community Priority List Revealed

Projects involving workforce training and education among ten projects area leaders will focus on in Frankfort.
Owensboro and Daviess County leaders want to focus on workforce development, and they say the way to do that is to invest in brick and motor projects at several institutions of higher education. This morning, business and government leaders unveiled what they call their Community Priority list to help them accomplish that goal.

We all have priorities in life. So does WKU-Owensboro Regional Chancellor Gene Tice.

"Our entire goal is to provide affordable public education for this community," he says.

But, he says, you need more than pens and the latest technology. You need room.

"Right now, our evening classes, we don't have enough classroom space in the evening on our campus," Tice says.

The school's planning to build a second classroom building on campus. It's one of ten capital and transportation projects city and county leaders will lobby for in Frankfort next year. Other projects include a graduate medical center and an advanced technology center at Owensboro Comm. & Technical College.

"Not only do we provide those career tracks for our area, but we also provide them for much of western Kentucky," says Dr. Jim Klauber of OCTC. He says the center's needed because many students want the skills, but there's not enough room.

"We actually had 35 welding students on a waiting list this fall because we couldn't place them into classrooms," Klauber says.

The schools educate the community. Now they hope the community educates lawmakers on their importance.

"Knowing that the community is behind it, it gives us a great deal of legislative support," he says.

Tice says the second classroom building at WKU-Owensboro would cost about $10 million to build.
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