The Letcher County Area Technology Center has received a $75,000 grant from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation.
Letcher County Public Schools Supt. Anna Craft said the money will be used to upgrade equipment for the electricity program.
“I am very honored that they chose our technical center to invest money in our students and programs,” said Craft.
Ron Robinson, Kentucky Power communications manager, said grants awarded through the AEP Foundation come from shareholder funds to communities in AEP’s 11-state service area.
Kentucky Power President and Chief Operating Office Greg Pauley said the electricity program fits what AEP believes to be important in communities.
“It’s very important for these students who want to pursue a career in electricity that they have in front of them current materials,” said Pauley. “It’s about giving the students the opportunity to help themselves and take that step forward in their career and in life. It’s worth every penny.”
Pauley said he appreciates the opportunity to work in communities.
“We want to be a part of it,” said Pauley.
John Slone, electricity teacher at the Letcher County Area Technology Center, would like to purchase motor control equipment, movable boards, an electric motor and other equipment to provide student with current materials. Slone said some of the equipment is out of date and he wants to purchase new and high quality materials.
Slone said he is trying to prepare students to obtain jobs working with residential and commercial wiring, hospital equipment and electricity.
“I’m going to get their foot in the door,” said Slone.