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      A new location for JWCC in Mt. Sterling

      John Wood Community College is celebrating the grand opening of its new education center in Mt. Sterling and the school hopes it will better meet the community's needs.

      The college has offered classes to traditional and non traditional students in Brown County since 1996. But after several years of seeing classroom space slowly dwindle, John Wood moved into a new facility.

      "And it's been in the planning stages from our standpoint for a long time. Because we really wanted to expand our presence in Brown County," JWCC Associate Dean Kent Hawley said.

      The new facility is located at 108 North Capitol Street, right in the heart of the downtown area. The new learning center has more to offer when it comes to technology and targeting the community's needs.

      "And they told us they said we want more community education programs. We want more college courses for our high school students. We want to do some dual credit and we want some leadership training and other kinds of training for employees. And we listened and so when we put all this together, that's what we put together," Hawley said.

      The remodel project started back around the first of the year. The 4,000 square foot facility will provide two classrooms, a computer lab and multi purpose room and office space.

      "It's been a great success for the community and for John Wood. Totally mutually beneficial. We've got a strong presence that can utilize the facility both in our younger students but in our adult learners," community advocate Philip Krupps said.

      The new learning center will officially open on May 22nd.

      Classes will begin on June 10th.