Learning center halfway to goal

February 25th, 2014

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Published: February 25, 2014 3:00 a.m.

Learning center halfway to goal

Huntington fundraising continues

Journal Gazette

Organizers of a proposed Huntington County Community Learning Center are nearing the midpoint in raising money for the $1.3 million project, according to a news release issued Monday.

The public-private sector project would be in an existing Huntington County Community School Corp. building at 2201 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington. That building would be expanded from 18,000 to 24,000 square feet.

The center would be self-sustaining for high school students and adults, providing training and education for several in-demand occupations, including precision machining, certified welding, certified nursing assistants, EMTs and information technology. Some college-level coursework would also be provided.

The project would address a number of regional goals outlined in Vision 2020 and the Big Goal Collaborative. The goal of the latter is to increase from roughly 35 percent to 60 percent the number of northeast Indiana adults with high-quality degrees and credentials by 2025.

Tracy Shafer, superintendent of the school corporation and a member of the project planning team, said organizers hope to raise the full $1.3 million by spring and begin expanded programming in the fall.