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The MCTC Rowan campus is expected to open next month. A second facility will be constructed beginning next year, and will house programs such as welding, diesel mechanics, auto mechanics and woodworking. (Photo by Megan Smedley)

A second building for the Maysville Community and Technical College-Rowan Campus will soon be under construction.

According to Bob Helton, Morehead-Rowan County economic development executive director, groundbreaking for a second facility will happen this spring.

The second building will be located near the newly constructed MCTC building at the John Will Stacy MMRC Regional Business Park on KY 801.

Construction began on the first building last year and is expected to be complete next month.

The second building will house high bay programs, which include welding, diesel mechanics, auto mechanics, woodworking, and others.

Helton says these programs were not designed in the first building, which will accommodate 1,200 students.

The project will be put up for bid next month.

Construction for the first project was made possible through a grant. The building is owned by MCTC.

To be eligible for state assistance, the college had to raise $7 million independently.

Russ Ward, director of the MCTC Rowan campus, says the college obtained some of that money because the Rowan County Board of Education purchased the current building, which will house the school board office, preschool center, and Bluegrass Discovery Academy.

The second building will be owned by the MMRC board and will be leased by the technical college.

MMRC officials secured a USDA rural development loan for the project.

Helton says his motivation for spearheading the project is because of the economic impact it will have on the area.

“Our motivation was that having the facility in the park is a great selling tool for economic development,” said Helton. “If I have a prospect looking at the park, I can quickly say, 'And there is where we will do your customized training for your new employees and future employees.'”

He added, “It’s a huge benefit to the park to have all college functions here.”

The cost of the project is an estimated $5 million.

Megan Smedley can be reached at msmedley@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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