It was a landmark year for the College for Technical Education and many of its graduates -- from expanding programs and facilities to graduates who have launched successful new programs to NAACP honors.
CTE’s Building Trades Technician program and the Food and Hospitality program have grown to become one of the largest, module based post-secondary educational programs in Lexington.
In addition, the Business Office Administration program became one of a few testing centers in Central Kentucky certified to administer Microsoft Office Suite certifications to students.
CTE was also honored this year by the NAACP of Lexington at its annual awards dinner for success in promoting business entrepreneurship to its students, who have landed a contract on one of the most visible construction projects in Lexington and leveraged their trade skills to start their own businesses.
Two graduates of the Building Trades Technician program started their own company and landed a contract to work on the University of Kentucky dormitory project, where they will be installing 8,000 doors.
Two others used their skills to renovate an old house that they now operate as a convenience store, while a graduate of the Food and Hospitality program took part in launching a food truck.
Another milestone was the completion of a new building in Winchester to house the cosmetology program. Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner and other local dignitaries attended the new facility ribbon cutting in October. This state-of-the-art facility, which has a sleek and contemporary interior, utilizes the most up-to-date cosmetology equipment and learning tools.