Soon the MCTC/Licking Valley Campus building will be expanding. An addition to be built beginning this summer, will house the Allied Health Sciences labs and classrooms. The bricks and mortar costs are being assumed by Maysville Community and Technical College. The college funds cannot stretch to cover the cost of the interior fittings: technology, equipment and furnishings.
The funds generated locally by the campaign are critical to the completion of the project.
When questioned about the cost Bruce Florence, campus director, said, “High-tech classrooms that prepare students for the modern workplace bear very little resemblance to those rooms we remember from our childhood. I remember if you had 20 student seats, a teacher’s desk, a paddle and a picture of George Washington, you were in business. Today we begin with computers, a smart board, a simulation lab, Skype cameras and printers and that is just for starters. We want our graduates to enter the workforce with up-to-the-minute training on equipment that will enable them to fill the best positions at the highest salaries.”
Dr. Ed Story challenged the faculty and staff of Licking Valley Campus to see if they could engage the local community and seek their assistance to equip and furnish the proposed building.
The answer was immediate and positive.
Lori Gaunce remarked, “They have never let us down. This community has always stood behind the development of Licking Valley Campus. They will this time, too.”
Apparently she is right.
The amount needed, $350,000 is the goal, and of this $261,000 has been pledged and/or donated leaving $90,000 yet to be raised.
As Sandy Power, marketing and PR for the campaign added, “If only 180 groups, families or individuals gave $500 to be paid over two years, we would be right there. That may sound like a lot, but we started with 600 and look where we are right now. This community always finds a way to get the job done. ”
Debbie Gill, fund treasurer further remarked, “I will be glad to send out donor cards to anyone who calls. I can also help arrange a convenient payment plan for our generous donors. ”
The Harrison County Extension Homemakers (HCEH) annually contributes to ongoing community projects and this year decided to support the Licking Valley Campus project.
The Homemakers chose to purchase a lectern with their organization’s donation. It will be used in one of the classrooms in the new addition to the Licking Valley Campus building.