The $26.4 million, two-story Paducah Innovation Hub opened its doors to students in late August 2020.
It’s more than just a trade school or technical school, but rather several things at once, considering the roughly 100,000 square-foot building’s versatile classrooms and programs. It also houses the Paducah school board office along with the STEAM coffee bar, NROTC class with shooting range, and other spaces, such as an abilities classroom.
Paducah Area Technology Center classes serve students from Paducah, McCracken County, Livingston County, Graves County, St. Mary, Community Christian Academy and those homeschooled. Classes include auto body, auto tech, welding, carpentry and health science, while students can get Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in auto tech, collision repair and auto painting. Students can also leave the Innovation Hub with different certifications, such as for welding, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) carpentry, Medicaid Nurse Aide, phlebotomy or EKG. These certifications could make students “very employable” out of high school.
After-school programs, summer programs, community collaborations and eventually adult programs are part of the vision for the Makerspace, featuring hands-on project based learning. There are classes specific to just Paducah Tilghman High School students such as: Navy ROTC, IT, engineering, physics, robotics, (computer-aided design), art, virtual reality, and a drone pilot class.
Giving Opportunities at the Hub
Join us in the Journey to Raise Up Our Future Workforce!
3 ways to give towards programs at the Innovation Hub:
- Become an Industry Sponsor for Welding, Health Science, Carpentry, Auto Technology or Auto Body.
- Name a space in honor of a loved one.
- Add your name to our Donor Wall
Your donations help us make afterschool activities available to all children with scholarship opportunities.
Contact Steve Ybarzabal at 270-443-6592.