John Wright- HCS Public Relations gave great insight into the upcoming plans HCS has. He spoke on the three part remodel of Central Hardin. As well as additional upgraded to other schools. He spoke of the importance of ECTC and how it is positively affecting both students in regards to associate degrees as well as advanced workforce training ad development. HCS offers 37 different career pathways and the staff there are dedicated to the betterment of their students.
Carla Kuhn- Panther Academy Principal, explained how her days are never dull. She spoke on the importance of early education and how it was the beginnings to a successful education and life. She spoke on the troubles Covid and how it set back the younger generation, in regards to social and speech behaviors. She spoke on the steady increase of students and how she expects that only to rise with Blue Oval SK. Pre K and Kindergarten teachers are by far some of the hardest working people in our community.
Family Scholar House, Lynette not only introduced us to what Family Scholar House is but what is in store for Hardin County and ECTC. A Home for Hope a fantastic project that will house 48 homeless single parents that enroll in college, a step in the direction of helping the homeless community. They still have $1 million in funds to raise with a deadline of 2025 for the units to be built but are nothing but positive and confident they will secure the funds. Helping students with their food pantry, assistance with car repairs or clothes needed for a job interview. This truly is an amazing foundation, and I am so grateful we were able to learn more about how we can help the community through the Family Scholar House.
They Finished the day by visiting the Elizabethtown Early College & Career Center (EC3). Principal Dan Robbins took us on a tour of the facility, which gave us an opportunity to learn about the different industry Pathways available to these students. We were able to see the Health Sciences center where students are able to get hands-on experience with medical simulators and the Computer Science center where students learn everything from coding to website design. What was especially wonderful to hear about is all of the local businesses that partner with EC3 to provide students with even more opportunities for learning, and potentially even job placement. This program is so unique to be able to provide guidance for any career path they may be interested in exploring and better prepare them for that next stage of life after graduation.