Lauderdale School System Receives $5 Million Grant

LAUDERDALE CO., Ala. – The Lauderdale County School System has been working on a new career technical center for half a decade. Thanks to a new $5 million grant from the Lauderdale County Commission, that plan is about to become a reality.

The 120,000 square foot institute has been in development since 2017.

“We wanted them [the Commission] to be a stakeholder in this area, so they have graciously agreed to provide us with a total of $5 million, spread over 20 years,” said Ronnie Owens, Lauderdale County School Board Chairman.

The institute will allow students to learn different trades, earn certifications, and even dual enroll with the University of North Alabama and Northwest-Shoals Community College. Owens told News 19 they plan to use this building for decades.

“We tried to have the vision to look 10, 15, maybe even 30 to 40 years to see what we’re going to need in this county,” Owens said.

The center will allow students to learn many skilled trades, including plumbing, electrician work, carpentry, culinary arts and robotics. It is not known how long it will take to build the institute.

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