Madisonville Community College received a $1.2 million donation from the Badgett family to improve the Brown Badgett, Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center.
The money will be used to upgrade facilities and equipment for applied technology programs offered at the centre.
MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley said conserving and maintaining the technology, tools and equipment needed to ensure students have the most up-to-date training is essential for these university programs. .
“This donation is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that the college remains at the cutting edge of technology and that our students receive the best education possible,” she said. “We are very grateful to the Badgett family for their continued support of workforce development.”
The center opened in 2009 and provided a new location for the college’s many technical programs. Since that opening, the college has served thousands of students and provided countless hours of industrial training to currently employed professionals in technical fields through the Workforce Solutions department.
Each academic program offered at the Badgett Center will receive upgrades in laboratory facilities, equipment, or instructional supplies. Academic programs currently available to students include Advanced Integrated Technology, Agriculture, Air Conditioning and Heating Technology, Biomedical Technology Systems, Digital Printing Technology, Electrical Technology, Fermentation Science, unmanned systems technology and welding.
In addition to specific equipment upgrades for these programs, renovations are planned for training rooms, labs and other areas of the building. Professors will also have access to a new green room to develop and record presentations and classroom lessons to improve the delivery of online course materials to students.
The college advancement office plans to create a future endowment fund to ensure the availability of the latest technology and equipment to provide innovative educational opportunities for students, partner industries, and the community.