Open house set at new Casey facility

October 29, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Doors at the new facility that houses East Casey County Water District and Casey County Adult Education Center will be open for tours from 2-5 p.m. Thursday.

Offices of East Casey Water District moved into the brick building at 690 Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard in early September after being housed in a crowded one-room office on Shugars Hill Road.

The new facility is a former residence near the southern city limits. It was converted into offices and renovated to meet state standards for a commercial building. It has more than double the space for the five people who work there.

The water department had been in an old pump house. All of the offices were in one room with the desks butting together, said Eddie Wesley, administrative assistant at the water department.


The new office building has space for each employee to have an office.

The front office is for paying bills, and another is for applying for hookups to the water system. Wesley and Andy Greynolds, who manages the water department, each have an office.

Offices and study rooms for the Somerset Community College Adult Education Center are to the left of the water department offices.

April Russell, adult education family literacy instructor, will lead tours for her office. The office has a computer classroom and testing area, a family literacy meeting room and space for Lake Cumberland Head Start.

An old kitchen in the house was converted into a literacy and Head Start study room. It is filled with books to help children with homework. Other educational materials cover first aid and health-related subjects.

Russell said another area is used for typing tests for the state Department of Employment Services.

The learning center offers general educational development classes, training for local companies, and computer training for company needs with a college instructor to help out.

Training is offered in job search, interviewing techniques, resume writing and communication skills. Services also include instruction in English conversation, grammar and writing skills for non-English speaking residents, and basic reading and writing skills for adults.

Russell said the agency needs volunteers to help children and adults with reading, parenting classes, and adults working toward their GED. The new GED tests are free.

Mickey LaFavers is instructor/training specialist at the office. He and Russell oversee the work with the help of volunteers. Jackie Card is part-time adult education instructor.

As the program grows, there is a potential to hire part-time staff, said Russell.

Somerset Community College took over the learning center about a year ago.

Prior to that, the Casey County Board of Education was the sponsor.

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