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Kentucky Area Technology Centers Provide Opportunities for Students

Written by Keith Smith, Falmouth Outlook
Kentucky Area Technology Centers Provide Opportunities for Students Falmouth Outlook


Whether it is talking with a Pendleton County, KY, High School student enrolled in a program at Campbell County’s Area Technology Center or Dan Franzen, principal or Julie Wood, guidance counselor at PCHS, one common thread is sewn throughout the conversation.

It’s that the programs offered provide opportunities for students that have them prepared and ready for real life after graduating high school.

“It is the number one value opportunity for kids both college and non-college bound,” said Franzen who is in charge of making sure his students in the eight programs have the best opportunity they can.

That point is echoed by Pendleton County student, Courtney Vater, who is enrolled in the health services program and has already earned her certified nurse aide certificate and works evenings and weekends earning $16-18 per hour.


“I like helping people and making their day better. I have opportunities through this program,” said Vater who plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.


“There is a mass exodus that is coming in these industries from workers that will soon be retiring,” said Wood before asking, “Who’s going to fill them?”


The students at Campbell County ATC earn professional industry certifications that give them an advantage in the competitive job market while learning and mastering the basic skills of the eight programs listed in the accompanying article.

The small student-to-teacher ratio, 12.5 to 1, allows individual teaching from a staff of experts in their fields according to Franzen. He is also working on more coop opportunities that allow students to take those skills out onto job sites gaining practical experience to enhance their learning.

It benefits the students as they continue to master the skills in their chosen field while padding their resume with actual job experience.


Eight Programs at Campbell County ATC Provide Opportunities for Pendleton Students


Students considering programs at Campbell County Area Technology Center have varied two-year program choices, from health services to information technology to working on automobiles.


The health sciences program provides instruction by a registered nurse for students interested in the allied health fields.

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