Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Harold Hal Rogers named Dr. George D. Edwards,
president and CEO of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, to a planning committee
for a regional summit set for December 9 at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center
SOAR, Shaping Our Appalachian Region, was unveiled on October 28 at a joint news conference
by Beshear and Rogers at the First Federal Center on the Hazard Community and Technical
Dr. Edwards will join a committee of more than 40 people mostly from the private
and education sector to create the framework of topics for the December 9 summit
Im honored to be asked to participate in such an important conversation across our
region, said Dr. Edwards. We stand at a critical crossroads, and Big Sandy Community
and Technical College stands ready to meet the workforce needs of today as well as
developing the programs and curriculum to train the workforce of tomorrow.
Big Sandy Community and Technical College has a storied history of leading workforce
development across eastern Kentucky. Its Mayo campus, which opened in 1938, was the
first technical school of its kind in the nation. The school trained workers specializing
in war communications for World War II. This year, the colleges nursing program at
the college celebrated 40 years of existence and has played a critical role in the
expansion of quality healthcare across the region. The college offers more than 25
programs on its campuses in Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Paintsville and Hager Hill.
Im very appreciative to Governor Beshear and Congressman Rogers for bringing us together
to have this important conversation, said Dr. Edwards. Our region has the intellectual
capital to meet the needs of an ever-changing global economy, and we look forward
to what comes of this summit.
For more information on SOAR, visit https://kydlgweb.ky.gov/