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BSCTC interim president attends Chamber Legislative Meet and Greet

Dr. Alan Scheibmeir, left, interim president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, converses with Danny Tonkin, center, director of business and industry at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, and Senator Johnny Ray Turner during a Legislative Meet and Greet held on Thursday, January 12 at the Mountain Arts Center. Dr. Alan Scheibmeir, interim president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, attended a Legislative Meet and Greet sponsored by the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Hazard/Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Letcher County Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 12 at the Mountain Arts Center. 

“I want to commend our chambers of commerce for hosting such an outstanding event,” said Dr. Scheibmeir. “This presented the opportunity for citizens to meet and interact with the people they have elected to represent them in Frankfort.” 

Dr. Scheibmeir met with local legislators and dignitaries.  They discussed the college’s involvement in community, workforce and economic development efforts.  

Last year, the college, through a partnership with Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc., Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and Interapt, launched the Interapt TechHire Eastern Kentucky program.  The program has brought national attention in part due to the collaboration of partners and the work to diversify the economy of eastern Kentucky.  In addition to the Interapt TechHire Eastern Kentucky program, American Metal Works, LLC has agreed to incubate in a 4,350-square-foot area of the Mayo campus. The company will use state-of-the-art CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining to provide services to industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical device and general manufacturing.   Later this year, the college will break ground on a $4.5 million Advanced Technology Center on its Pikeville campus.  The facility will be the first of its kind in the state and the first to have fiber-to-the-desk connectivity. 

“After listening to our legislators, I feel a sense of purpose and place within the region,” said Dr. Scheibmeir. “I see the same attitude of collaboration and innovation in our legislators as I see in the many groups and organizations that are working to strengthen eastern Kentucky.”