• Work begins on HCS facility

    The sun baked the blacktop of a parking lot at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, but it was a welcome sight in Thelma White’s eyes.

    “The sun is shining bright on Hardin County this morning,” said White, ECTC president and CEO, eliciting laughter from the sweltering crowd.

    Construction has begun on the new Early College and Career Center for Hardin County Schools, and community partners involved in the project celebrated Wednesday morning at a groundbreaking.

  • Morningside to pilot elementary engineering program

    Morningside Elementary School is one of just a few dozen schools in the country working with a new elementary engineering program.

    Morningside will pilot the elementary curriculum in the Project Lead the Way engineering program this school year. The school was selected as one of 44 in the nation to pilot the curriculum. T.K. Stone Middle School and Elizabethtown High School have PLTW programs.

    The district applied in May and learned a few weeks later Morningside was chosen.

  • ECTC, Twin Lakes unveil new Leitchfield campus

    The state legislature hasn’t paid for a new postsecondary facility for several years, but that did not stop community leaders in Grayson County from unveiling the area’s newest college campus Tuesday.

    The new Leitchfield campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is open and will house classes beginning in August. The building was dedicated Tuesday as the 74th campus in the Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges System.

  • ECTC, Flex Films hope to spark a 'craze' in plastics careers

    The local community college and a local business partnered this week to show area students what future career options await them.

    Students toured the Flex Films facility and met Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson on Monday, the first day of the local Career Craze camp at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The camp introduces local youth to jobs in fields such as manufacturing, that can be had through programs at ECTC.

    The camp at the Elizabethtown campus will focus on plastics technology. A camp at the Springfield campus focused on advanced manufacturing.

  • LEGO learning is for teachers, too

    LEGO robots have long been a fixture during the summer at the local community college, but now it’s not just children who learn how to build and operate them.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College hosted a two-day training session for leaders of FIRST LEGO League clubs in the area this past week, following a camp for students interested in LEGO robotics. The training provided information to educators on how to build and program the robots, as well as how to compete in annual competitions.

  • New Highland principal office filled

    New Highland Elementary School has a new leader to take it into the next school year.

    Daniel Mullins, a teacher at Brooks Elementary School in Bullitt County Schools, has been hired as principal at New Highland. Mullins begins today in his new role.

    Mullins was attracted to the job by the small community feeling at New Highland, he said.

    After a detour studying pediatric nursing in college, Mullins decided to pursue education. His mother was a teacher and he grew up around educators.

  • Peppers celebrate 51 years with sash, runway walk

    As David and Alice Pepper prepared to walk the stage Tuesday night as the Hardin County Fair’s Cutest Couple, Alice was asked if she could recall all 51 years of her marriage.

    “I remember them well,” she said.

     The fair award is the newest in a long line of memories.

  • ECTC Leitchfield campus to be dedicated Tuesday

    A dedication ceremony for Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Leitchfield campus is Tuesday.

    ECTC President/CEO Dr. Thelma J. White and Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Michael B. McCall will lead a delegation of state, local and college officials in an 11:30 a.m. CDT ceremony at the new facility at 101 E. Carroll Gibson Blvd. in Leitchfield.

    The facility is open to the public from 2 to 6 p.m.

  • CHHS students place in national robotics competition

    When the Central Hardin High School Technology Student Association club decided to participate in the state robotic competition, its initial goal was to have a robot at the tournament.

    “We were just kind of going to state this year to see what it was all about and hoping we didn’t finish last,” said Jason Neagle, a pre-engineering teacher with Central Hardin’s Project Lead the Way.

    The Bruins ultimately finished third and fifth in the state TSA VEX Robotics competition and qualified for the national TSA competition.

  • HCS to benefit from two grants

    Hardin County Schools students will benefit from two large grants from WHAS Crusade for Children and Dollar General Corp.

    WHAS Crusade for Children informed the district’s special education department it is sharing $45,000 with HCS. The money will be used to purchase equipment and programs that will help special needs students with technology, occupational therapy, low incidence physical therapy, college and career readiness transition, school-based classroom technology and preschool.