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ARC Grant benefits New Albany School of Career & Technical Education

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant  Construction students J.B. Hill (left) and Kenley Olson (right) stand with one of the band saws that was purchased with the Appalachian Regional Commission grant.

The New Albany School of Career and Technical Education is the recipient of an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant award. The total allocation for the grant award is $110,000. ARC funding totals $78,250 with the Mississippi Department of Education’s match being $21,750 and the local school district match being $10,000.

The grant allowed for the purchasing of equipment in three program areas at the Career and Technical Center. The program areas are Automotive Service, Engineering, and Construction.

The Automotive Service program will receive more than $46,000 in new equipment including an alignment system and wheel balancer.

The Engineering program will receive approximately $35,000 in equipment that includes a laser engraver, an interactive display board, drill press, and drone. “The laser engraver is a great addition to our program,” explained Instructor Latrina Bynum Walker. “Students will get real world work experience and be able to engrave on wood, textiles, acrylic, and some metals.”
The Construction program has received and installed nearly $30,000 in equipment which includes a band saw, shaper, planer, sander, jointer, and drill press.

“We are excited to be able to continue to provide our students with current technology and equipment,” said Lance Evans, Superintendent. “We want to insure that students are equipped for the work force after completing programs at the Career and Technical Center.”

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