HCS names career center's first principal

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North Hardin counselor promoted to new position

By Kelly Cantrall

After finding a site for its new college and career center, the Hardin County Schools district has found a leader for the school.

Dan Robbins, a counselor at North Hardin High School, has been hired as principal of the new Early College and Career Center, which is scheduled to open in August 2014.

Robbins was selected by HCS officials and representatives from Western Kentucky University and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Both institutions are involved in creating the new facility adjacent to ECTC’s Elizabethtown campus.

Robbins said he was interested in a new leadership position and the center’s focus on preparing students for the workforce appealed to his background as a business and marketing teacher.

Robbins said it’s exciting to be part of establishing the center and being able to lead its efforts.

He expects the biggest challenge to be informing everyone of what the center offers and what it can do for students, he said.

As principal, he will coordinate the district’s college and career readiness efforts, work with middle school students to begin planning their future, creating career pathways in the center with other principals and counselors, and forming partnerships in the community, according to an HCS news release.

Robbins said he is pleased with the partners involved in the center and hopes to see more.

“The more partnerships we’ll be able to create will open more doors for students,” he said.

Robbins has been with the district since 2000 and in addition to his tenure at North Hardin, he also worked at Bluegrass Middle School and Central Hardin High School.

The center is designed to offer six career pathways in which students can earn a certification as well as college credit through other courses of study.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.