School leader proposes upgrades, more technology-based classes

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KY – Most jobs in our area don’t require a four-year degree. That’s why we see a growing push for career and technical education in public schools.

It’s also why Livingston County Superintendent Victor Zimmerman hopes to expend the push to his district. Tuesday night, he urged the school board to think outside the box in terms of a four-year facilities plan. He wants to remodel their diesel mechanic shop as a place for various learning centers.

It’s called project based learning. Essentially, students learn, research, and then create a product based on what they’ve learned. He says the model is based on models from Marshall County, Paducah Independent, and Trigg County Schools.

The plans aren’t set in stone, but Zimmerman thinks it will help prepare students for jobs once they graduate. He also hopes the initiative will help retain graduates in Livingston County. “As we look at our facilities, we need to determine what can we do, not only with welding and things we have resources for already, but how do we move into the 21st century by incorporating technology as well,” he says.

Right now, a handful of students from Livingston County travel to Paducah Area Technology Center for trade classes. Zimmerman thinks having the program at home will keep students in those programs.

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