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SKYCTC eyes 'the next level' with project

By AARON MUDD amudd@bgdailynews.comArtist rendering of front of proposed building

On-campus dining, a new library and an entire wing devoted to health care are a few of the features included in a building project planned on Southcentral Kentucky and Community College s Bowling Green campus.

Heather Rogers, associate vice president of institutional advancement at SKYCTC, said the project would take the college to the next level.

We have several campuses, but this will make our main campus really the showcase of our colleges and the community, she said.

The $22 million project is a 75,000-square-foot building that, if fully funded, will be parallel to Warren Central High School s football field.

Rogers said officials hope to break ground this summer and complete the project by 2017.

As much as $16.5 million of the total cost has already been secured through bonds from the state legislature, Rogers said, noting the bonds must be repaid.

Our students voted to initiate an $8 per credit hour fee that over 20 years will pay back those bonds, she said. So really our students are funding the majority of the building.

That leaves $5.5 million, which will be raised in the community through corporate donations and private donors, Rogers said. Committed partners include The Medical Center, Franklin Bank and Trust and Farmer s National Bank, among others.

artist rendering of back of proposed bulidingRogers said the building has many purposes.

One, it will provide sort of a one-stop shop for students when they come in to register, pay their bill, she said, adding that the school s admissions office, financial aid and student services will be centralized and more convenient for students.

The building also promises to offer students more space to meet, including a suite for student organizations and a new library and learning commons.

We have a library, but it s very small, she said. So this will allow us to expand our library, expand the computer lab space.

However, what might be most appealing to students is the addition of an on-campus dining hall.

Right now we do not have any food service on campus besides vending machines, Rogers said, adding it will give the students a place for breakfast and lunch along with an outdoor courtyard area.

A wing devoted to health care professions on the second floor will feature rooms that will look just like an operating room or just like an emergency room, she said.

The opposite wing devoted to science and technology, Rogers said, will allow SKYCTC to develop an engineering pipeline to Western Kentucky University.

Lowell Guthrie, who chairs the campaign, said the building will help accommodate future growth and offer people the chance to improve their level of education.

Doris Thomas, spokeswoman for The Medical Center, said the health care industry is constantly changing and SKYCTC helps provide workers to fill many health care positions needed to operate our hospitals.