One of the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance’s top priorities is getting closer to becoming a reality.
Among the goals of the group of leaders from Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties was building a technical training center in Todd County.
Representatives of Hopkinsville Community College and the Todd County School System were at this morning’s Todd Fiscal Court meeting, where magistrates gave Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield authority to sign a matching grant application that would require 500-thousand dollars from county government, if approved.
The Todd County Career Path Institute would be on the campus of Todd County Central High School and would be staffed and equipped by Hopkinsville Community College.
High School students and adults could utilize the center to prepare themselves for a vocation such as welding or industrial maintenance. School system Superintendent Wayne Benningfield said it’s a unique opportunity that he will support in every way possible.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin supported the project, saying he hears more from his constituents about Todd County needing more jobs than anything else.
It’s not a given that Todd County will receive the grant, but Judge Greenfield says he is optimistic. He also hopes to get help from state government for the half million dollars in matching funds, but says the county will finance the match if that’s what’s necessary.
Some Todd County Students are currently being bussed to Russellville each day for vocational training, costing the school system in transportation funds and taking a full period of instructional time away from students each day in travel time.
All four magistrates in attendance voted in favor of applying for the 2-million dollar grant, with Squire Jimmy Turner absent.