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Huntington schools seek funds for workforce-education center

Huntington County Community Schools and United Way of Huntington County are seeking $935,000 in funding for a community center to improve the area’s workforce through education.

The plan is to establish the Community Learning Center, which would help adults earn certifications and college credits. Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer said the plan calls for renovations to an existing school building currently being used for vocational training.

“This directly supports what the region is doing in terms of workforce readiness,” he said in a written statement.

He said the plan has been in the works for about a year. The center would target high school graduates without plans to enroll in a four-year university and unemployed adults seeking training in industries such as health care, precision machine training and industrial maintenance.

United Way of Huntington County has pledged $65,000 of the total cost of $1 million for the project. The city of Huntington has also expressed support for the project. The goal is to secure funding to begin renovations in the spring of next year, with the center opening in the summer of 2014.