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Construction completed on ECTC Springfield campus

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By Jimmie Earls

Several local residents recently had the chance to go back to the classroom when they were treated to a tour of the new Springfield campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Visitors were given a first-hand look at the new campus which will open early next year.

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Construction of the $14.5 million, 50,000-sq. ft. facility was completed in early December. Furnishings and equipment have been ordered and will be installed over the next several months. Voice and data service will be activated after the first of the year.

“We’re getting closer to the opening of this new educational facility, and we’re excited to be able to bring our technical programs, expanded workforce training and community education opportunities to the local community,” said ECTC President and CEO Dr. Thelma J. White. “We’re also very pleased to have a permanent presence in the area, and we’ll continue to strive to be good friends and good neighbors for the citizens and communities we will serve.”

ECTC’s new campus will serve Washington, Marion, Nelson and surrounding counties. Formal dedication ceremonies and an open house are planned for Thursday, April 29.

Dr. White said community education programming will get under way in February when ECTC’s Workforce Solutions will offer a series of specialized training courses. These will include continuing education classes for electricians, plumbers, and HVAC contractors in addition to computer software classes.

Darrin Powell will serve as interim director of the Springfield campus. Previously, Powell was a community and economic development coordinator in ECTC’s workforce solutions division, and a full-time faculty member in the occupational/technical division.

More information about ECTC’s Springfield campus is available by calling Darrin Powell at 270-706-8620.

For the complete story, see this week's edition of The Springfield Sun.