Gov. Beshear Announces $860,000 for New Olive Hill Community Educational Arts Center

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Governor Steve Beshear announced Tuesday $860,000 in funding to rehabilitate the former Olive Hill High School into a community educational arts center.

The facility will serve as both a public library for the city and a satellite campus for the Ashland Community & Technical College.

The city of Olive Hill currently has no public library or public technology center for residents to access computers or the internet. The closest public library is in Grayson

According to a news release, only 14.5 percent of Olive Hill’s population has earned any type of college degree.

Beshear says the educational and technological resources provided by the new center will help enhance literacy throughout the community and provide increased learning opportunities for residents.

Ashland Community & Technical College will utilize the new center as a satellite campus to offer both credit and non-credit courses. Courses will include remedial math and English, classes, employment and skills training, lifelong learning classes and other courses deemed necessary based on a community needs assessment for college-level credit courses.

The old high school was built in 1929. Renovation to the three-story building will include the refurbishing of walls, ceilings and floors, the installation of electrical wiring and duct work for zone HVAC, the installation of handicapped-accessible restrooms and the addition of an elevator.

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