After sustaining four funding cuts in three years, schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are preparing budget-reduction plans that may include closing buildings, reducing programs and services and limiting enrollment.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System operates three schools in the Blurgrass District. One of these schools is right here in Danville. The other two are located in Anderson County and Lexington. Both of these schools have students from Danville and the surrounding counties. Our community has needed this school for many years, and now that we finally have it, we are facing terrible consequinces due to cuts from our new governor. This is the same governor who campaigned on supporting education. Within weeks of his election, huge funding cuts were swept across the entire post-secondary educational system in our commonwealth.
For many years, I have witnessed and supported the need for technical education in Kentucky. The very people who we all depend on come from these technical and traditional learning institutes. The last nurse that helped you or a family member could easily come from one of the nursing programs in our technical or traditional colleges. Just take a look in this very paper at the "help wanted" advertising, and see for yourself the need for more in just that one trade. This training need also extends to the people who fix your cars, build your homes, welded the last bridge you crossed on the highway, and others that have training in many other speciality trades.