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Tech center offers opportunities for students

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As students begin to think about scheduling for the next school year, parents and high school students should consider the programs at the Marion County Area Technology Center.  The primary goal of the MCATC is to enhance career exploration options for secondary students and to provide technical skills training that lead to successful post high school transition.  Students are provided the opportunity for transition into advanced programs, development of employability, readiness and leadership skills while incorporating practical application of academic skills.
The technical instructional areas available are automotive technology, carpentry, health sciences, industrial maintenance, information technology, machine tool technology, and welding technology.  These programs are responsive to the employment needs of the community and surrounding areas and strive to enhance the potential for persons gaining employment in their chosen career.
Student organizations include Health Occupation Students of American (HOSA) and Skills USA.
HOSA students are preparing for the Kentucky HOSA Leadership Conference in March. Students will be competing in multiple areas including pharmacology, physical therapy, nursing assisting, job seeking skills, sports medicine, medical reading, medical photography, career display, medical terminology, and clinical specialty.
Skills USA is also preparing for the March regional leadership conference that includes competitions in which all the technical programs of the MCATC can be represented.
Projects already completed by the students in these programs this year include:  
Health Science – HOSA sponsored an American Red Cross a drive in the fall and in the spring.
Carpentry – Built storage buildings for Habitat for Humanity and Woodlawn Baptist Church, a haunted house for TGKY, constructed table tops for MCHS Athletic Department, built closet shelving for MCATC and are preparing to build ramps for Glasscock Elementary, and cabinets for the FMD suite at MCHS.
Welding class just completed construction of a security gate project for the City of Lebanon’s Public Works Department. The finished product consists of two 10-foot sections.
Machine tool, CAD/CAM, welding along with automotive classes are collaborating to design and build a go-cart.
Automotive – students are working on individual service projects.
Information technology  - students configured teacher computer work stations.
For more information about the programs, contact Brandon Bardin, Principal, E-mail: brandon.bardin@marion.kyschools.us or visit the MCATC at 721 East Main Street, Lebanon, KY 40033, Phone: (270) 692-3155, Fax: (270) 692-1357 or visit the website  at www.marion.kyschools.us