The Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center, which serves as the vocational education provider for the county, has a new certification to crow about.
Principal Jeff Adams said the recognition was something the school had been working towards and was an important step forward for the programs.
Nelson Henderson, director of education for the Kentucky chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, praised the efforts of the school and the educators there in achieving the certification.
"This certification allows students to receive the credentials necessary to secure a job in the building trades," Henderson said.
Bill Parson, president and CEO of that trade organization, said the building trades lost 900,000 jobs nationwide over the last year and the kind of education students receive at the county's vocational school generates the skilled trades-people that are still have openings in the tight job market.
Parson, who said he worked for 17 years with Branscum Construction, told those gathered he couldn't pass up the chance to come back to Russell County to present this certification.