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WC Area Technology Center celebrates 50th Anniversary

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Several individuals attended the ceremony and then toured

Several local individuals stopped by the center to see the new building.

ATC Principal John Kinnett welcomed everyone

WC ATC Principal John Kinnett welcomed those in attendance. 

Commissioner Horseman speaking

Associate Commissioner David Horseman from the Office of Career and Technical Education spoke to the audience.

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Superintendent Wayne Roberts and former ATC Principals Anita Hopper and Danny Guffey had the honor of cutting the ribbon with current ATC Principal John Kinnett at the podium.

Associate Commissioner David Horseman chatted with Supt Wayne Roberts

Associate Commissioner David Horseman, from the Office of Career and Technical Education chatted with Superintendent Wayne Roberts and ATC Principal John Kinnett. 

Extension Agent visits Josh Parmley's carpentry lab

Extension Agent Glen Roberts (right) visited Josh Parmley in his carpentry lab

Mark Smith chats with American Woodmark employees

ATC Machine Tool Teacher Mark Smith chats with American Woodmark Production Manager Jason Irvine and Materials Manager Luke McCaine.

Principal John Kinnett welcomed a guest in the welding lab

ATC Principal John Kinnett and Instructor Alan Bell discussed opportunities for students in the welding lab with Dr. Carey Castle, KCTCS president.

FFA students were happy to provide tours

FFA members were happy to give tours of the building. They included (l-r:) FFA Student Advisor Harley Hodge, Historian Jorden Watson, and President Jenna Morrow.

Dr. Sherry Roberts McGuffin of AdvanceKentucky learned about the technology classes

Dr. Sherry Roberts McGuffin of AdvanceKentucky learned about the computer technology classes, including a tech design class where students fill orders making posters, plaques, trophies and all kinds of items made in the 3D printing lab. Their grade is determined on whether they made a profit as entrepreneurs.

3D printed drink dispenser

3D printed drink dispenser dividers designed on the computer monitor for a job.

Myra Wilson, director for Workforce Development for the Cumberlands

Teacher Marsha Bertram showed Myra Wilson, director of Workforce Development for the Cumberlands, the child's hand prosthesis that the students made in the 3D lab this past school year.

David Smith and his wife and grandaughter enjoyed sampling the projects

Paula and David Smith enjoyed taking their granddaughter Alivia to the 3D Printing Lab where she was handed a rose, which was one of their products.

OT Elizabeth Hoskins and 8th grader Bryce Catron

School Occupational Therapist Elizabeth Foster and 8th grader Bryce Catron checked out some of the 3D Lab products.


                                                   Wayne County Area Technology Center celebrates 50th Anniversary

              They were oohing and aahing at the ‘gem’ located on the Wayne County School campus. The ‘gem’ is not a precious stone nor an athletic gym. It is the newest school building facility on campus, located at 38 Academic Avenue just behind the Wayne County High School.

              The Wayne County Area Technology Center got to open their doors to the public for the first time on August 16, well over a year after the building was finished.  The new school became restricted to primarily students and staff only during COVID. The staff and students have been excited about their new home and anxious to show it off.

             Those attending got to see the modern industrial style architecture that houses classrooms with adjoining labs that are filled with state-of-the-art equipment to teach high school students valuable skills that they can use in the workforce. It was carefully located close to the high school, so students could conveniently walk from the high school to the neighboring ATC, rather than having to take shuttle buses. Programs that were moved to the new building include: Automotive (Instructor Mark Burke), Machine Tool Technology (Instructor Mark Smith), Construction Technology (Teacher Josh Parmley), Office Technology (Instructors Rob Allen and Dana Hurd), Welding Technology (Instructor Alan Bell), Industrial Maintenance Technology (Instructor Chris Denney), and Health Science (Instructor LeShaunda Neal). In addition, high school programs that were relocated to the new ATC building include: Computer Science (Instructor Marsha Bertram), Agriculture (Instructor Justin Horton), Health Science (Brittany Lawrence), and JAG (Instructor Brenda Hoover).

             ATC Principal John Kinnett welcomed former employees, business owners, former students, and area educators and administrators who work with the center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in the two-story foyer and visitors enjoyed touring the impressive facility. ATC teachers, who are true professionals, were on hand to show off their programs in their labs.

          Some familiar local faces from the past like former Principals Anita Hopper and Danny Guffey, along with former School Secretary Evelyn Duncan, were included in the ribbon cutting ceremony, honoring their contributions from the past. They were thrilled to see the advancements made under the new roof, realizing the strides students could make in their education. They had worked at the former building on campus that has been remodeled to house the central office, known more today as a district services building.

           Several visitors came from out of town to congratulate the ATC staff, including David Horseman, the Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner from the Office of Career and Technical Education.

          “This is a very impressive facility,” remarked Luke McCaine, American Woodmark Materials Manager, as he toured ATC Teacher Mark Smith’s lab. He and American Woodmark Production Manager Jason Irvine were wowed by the labs and agreed that they would work towards more partnerships between the local industry leader and technical school.

             Former ATC student Jamie Jones was tickled to see how far her school has come. “I got my start here. My teachers got me on at the Monticello Bank.” She was employed for 21 years where she worked as a Human Resources Training Assistant before becoming a product specialist with Jack Henry and Associates. She shares her talents by serving on the advisory group for FBLA where she was president her senior year in high school.

              Dr. Sherry Roberts McGuffin of AdvanceKentucky, a Lexington based Science Technology corporation that works with districts across the state to provide professional development, mentoring and student recruitment to increase enrollment and success in STEM classrooms noted,  ”This is such an incredible opportunity for kids in this region. They can learn to do 3D printing by working on projects in this classroom (Marsha Bertram’s computer technology classroom) and then finish their certification at Somerset. Hopefully in two the three years, Wayne County will be positioned to be the first high school to be able to provide students with certification in 3D printing.  

            “Of course it is a tremendous job to develop a Computer Science program here and to offer opportunities to students that they would not have had, otherwise. I will be glad to see what the next generation does here,” remarked McGuffin.

             Myra Wilson, director of Workforce Development for the Cumberlands, and colleague Lyndsey Brown were also impressed with the 3D Printer Lab. Their goal is to offer some of the same skills that are being taught at the Wayne County ATC, but for a variety of customers which include: youth, adults, dislocated workers and trade services that lead to employment through training. They were very complimentary about the local program as they toured the 3D lab where an entrepreneur class has made special orders like: lamps, gyro ornaments, a preschool tote that keeps water bottles from tipping over, and printer stands for police cruisers.

            “Our students are only limited by their imaginations as to what they are going to design next,” Teacher Marsha Bertram told the guests.

            ATC Principal Kinnett expressed his appreciation for those that attended. He said his staff has worked hard to meet the needs of their students through these trying times and will continue to offer exceptional learning opportunities. He is grateful to the Wayne County Board of Education and Superintendent Wayne Roberts for initiating this building project and the support for providing students with skills to meet current and future job requirements.


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