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“BUILDING REGIONAL SUCCESS: JCTC Carrollton Campus” will kick off its fund-raising efforts to secure $4 million dollars locally to match the $12 million allocated by the Kentucky General Assembly for a new Carrollton Campus for the Jefferson Community & Technical College with a reception and dinner on Thursday, June 26th, 2014, at the General Butler State Park Conference Center.  Guests have been invited to hear first hand plans to build a state-of-the art 50,000 square foot dedicated college campus that will serve a six county region consisting of Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Oldham, Owen and Trimble counties, on thirty (30) acres of land  previously purchased for this facility on Highway 227 in Carroll County across from the entrance of the General Butler State Park.

“The project is a long time in coming,” explained Carroll County Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson. “ We established the Carrollton campus in 1990 and have outgrown the 12,500 square foot building that it rents from our local Carrollton College Education Foundation.   We need to provide the education and training required for the jobs available from local businesses and industry and this new building will get that done.”

Funding for the regional facility is a result of an innovative proposal from the Kentucky Community & Technical College  system (KCTCS) to the Governor and the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly which will allow KCTCS to issue agency bonds to construct a capital project for each of its sixteen (16) colleges.  Termed “BuildSmart”, the terms of the legislation require 25% of the total scope of the approved project be raised by the local colleges before the agency bonds are issued for the remaining 75% of the project.  Since the Carrollton campus project costs $16 million, $4 million must be raised locally.  The bonds for the construction will be repaid through student fees of $4-$8.0 per credit hour beginning this fall.

Judge Tomlinson and local attorney Ruth H. Baxter are co-chairing the Campaign Steering Committee which also includes Dennis Goff, President of the Education Foundation and member and past chair of the JCTC Board of Directors; Mary Jean Riley, Vice President, North American Stainless; Larry Tarvestad, Dow Corning Carrollton Plant Manager; Vickie Edwards;  Dennis Raisor, CPA; Bill Osborne, President of the Carroll County Community Development Corporation; Frank Downing, Retired CEO, Owen Electric Cooperative; and Marty Clark, 2014 JCTC Carrollton Campus graduate.  Ex-Officio members of the committee include Representative Rick rand; Senator Paul Hornback; Dr. Tony Newberry, President/CEO, JCTCS; Lisa Brosky, JCTC Vice President and Susan Carlisle, Director, JCTC Carrollton campus.

“We have an ambitious fund-raising schedule,” stated Ruth Baxter. “Our building design plans are ready to go,  and we want to dig dirt by the fall of 2015.  To make this happen, we need our $4 million in hand by June 30, 2015.  Our goal is to have students attending classes at the new campus for the fall 2016 term.”

Donors for the project have named giving opportunities for their donations for this new project.  Gifts over $10,000.00 will result in naming rights for various components of the new facility.   All donations are tax deductible.

“Depending upon the size of the donation,” Baxter explained, “the donor can name a classroom, testing center, laboratory, or even  a wing of the facility. Pledges are being requested for the donations, with payment in full by June 30, 2015.  This enables a giver to divide the gift over two tax years.”

For further information about the gift-giving opportunities, contact: Carroll County Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson (502) 732-7000 OR Ruth H. Baxter (502) 732-6688


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Starting a Small Business Class to Start in January in Carrollton

The Carroll County Community Development Corporation is offering Starting and Growing Your Small Business classes for those considering opening their own business or current business owners that want to grow their current business.

The weekly two-hour classes will be held on Wednesday evenings for six weeks, starting at 6 PM on Wednesday, January 22 at the Carroll County Library, 136 Court Street Carrollton, KY.

The classes will cover the topics such as: writing a business plan, obtaining financing, marketing, accounting and tax issues, and business licensing.

Cost: $25.00 for the workbook and materials

To register for the class, please Contact Robert Yoder, Executive Director, Carroll County Community Development Corporation at 502-732-7035 or bob.yoder@carrollcountyky.com.

Training Course Outline

January 22, 2014

Are you ready to be an Entrepreneur?

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 1: The World of Business

Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 2: Defining Your Dream

Preparing your Finances for opening a Business

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 3: Financing Your Dream


January 29, 2014

Setting Goals for Business Success

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 4: Setting Goals So You Take Action

Pricing Your Product/Service

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 5: Pricing Your Products and Services


February 5, 2014

Evaluating your Market

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 6: Reaching Your Customers


February 12, 2014

Managing Your Cash Flow

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 7: Managing Your Cash Flow

Understanding Financial Statements

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 10: Understanding Financial Statements


February 19, 2014

Business of Business

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 8: The Business of Business

Managing Your Records

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Chapter 9: Managing Your Records


February 26, 2014

All Businesses are e-businesses

Reading: Self-Employment From Dream to Reality Bonus Chapter: Is an E-business right for you?