Frankfort – A project that state Rep. Rick Rand and other Carrollton leaders have sought for more than two decades cleared its final hurdle today after the General Assembly voted for a budget that authorizes $16 million for a new campus in the community.
“I’m extremely pleased that this project made it through the budget process, because it was my top priority locally,” said Rep. Rand, who chairs the House of Representatives’ Appropriations and Revenue Committee. “It will mean so much for our students and area industry once it is up and running. I’ve been proud to work with so many people to get this done and look forward to the day we can break ground.”
The budget calls for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to provide $12 million, with the campus funding the rest with other revenue, including private donations. That is the formula for all KCTCS projects in the budget, and follows recommendations by the system’s leaders.
“This is not just a community project, but one affecting the entire region,” said Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson. “We’re really excited about this, because we have outgrown our current facility. We’re fortunate to have a diversified industrial base, and these companies are expecting a number of retirements. This new campus will help us train the next generation of workers for new industrial careers.”
Dennis Goff, the long-time chairman of the Carrollton Education Foundation that oversees the local campus, added: “It’s been a long 23 years since we started this, and I think everyone is going to be grateful for Rep. Rand for the effort he put into making this possible. The new location, on about 30 acres across from General Butler State Resort Park, is perfect for our needs. We have really outgrown our current site in the renovated department store building we now use.”