New Casey tech principal getting acclimated

July 29, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The new principal at Casey County vocational school does not plan to make changes at the school anytime soon. First, he wants to get to know the staff and students.

David L. Horseman of Stanford, who took over as head of the Kentucky Tech - Casey County Vocational School after former principal John Shugars retired, said the school is in good order.

"Kentucky Tech has a reputation for being a good school," said Horseman. "We want to maintain our focus on the kids and give teachers the support they need."

He mentioned two 2004 graduates who already have gotten jobs.

"Two students who graduated in May have been hired by a Lexington contractor, Fayette Electrical, and will work in the apprenticeship program," he said. "They did a great job wiring the concession stand at the Casey County Ag/Expo."


The current classes at the school are centered around industry in Casey County, and all classrooms are used, he said. Welders train in the classroom and may be hired by the farm gate shops and the local construction industry. Welders also can go into industrial and manufacturing maintenance, Horseman added.

Business students and those trained in the nursing class can get jobs with local businesses, he said.

Horseman wants the school to work with economic development in Casey County.

"We can provide adult training for industry that is interested in locating in the county."

His background is in industrial electricity

With a background in industrial electricity, Horseman, 55, is a former teacher at the Garrard County Area Technology Center in Lancaster. He also has been an instructor at Central Kentucky Technical College in Danville and has taught classes for industries in Danville and Harrodsburg.

Horseman is a graduate of Stanford High School. He graduated from the University of Kentucky, attaining a degree in electrical engineering. Prior to working in Garrard County, he spent six years at Florida Power and Light. He and his wife, Allisa, live in Stanford and have two grown sons, Kelly and David Jr.

Horseman was certified as a technical school principal by Eastern Kentucky University a couple years ago and began looking for a position in area technical centers.

Horseman is pleased with his new position at the vocational school, which has more than 300 students from Casey County High School that are enrolled in one or more classes. The vocational school has seven teachers, who teach classes in business, health services, auto mechanics, electricity, welding and horticulture.

"We (the technical school) support the math and science programs at the high school. We encourage our students to pursue additional education and try to prepare them for the workforce," he said.

Students can gain enough knowledge and skills at the tech center to skip the first year of college.

"We encourage students to at least get an associate degree. By taking dual-credit courses at the tech center and making good grades, students can bypass some of the classes in college. Grades students get in high school go on the college report."

That's a win-win situation for students," Horseman said.

But not all students want to go to college, he said. However, they can go into the workforce with the skills they have learned at the tech center. For example, a health student can begin work at a home health business if she successfully passes the tests, he said.

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