FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks will be the beneficiary of grants awarded to two eastern Kentucky  career and technical education centers by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.


Kentucky Tech-Floyd County Area Technology Center received a $25,000 grant, and the Kentucky Tech-Millard Area Technology Center received $17,310. The “SkillsUSA Schools in Need” grants will be used for tools and supplies that students will use to make benches and tables for state parks in the region.


The focus for SkillsUSA Lowe’s grants is to provide schools assistance for a variety of needs, such as the necessary equipment to assist in specific educational endeavors including community service projects.


“We appreciate the support from Lowe’s, the SkillsUSA program, these schools and most importantly, the students who are doing the work,” said Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker. “This is a great example of young people providing a community service that will serve local residents as well as our guests.”


Walker, school district officials and Lowe’s representatives made the announcement today at Lowe’s stores in Pikeville and Paintsville.


“We’re very proud of these two successful grant recipients and the students they serve,” said Dale Winkler, associate commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education. “Our partnership with Lowe’s, through SkillsUSA and the Kentucky State Parks, will serve the future of these young people and sets an example of the many good things that can happen through collaborative efforts.”


Winkler also noted the work of the schools’ principals, Lenville Martin at Floyd County ATC and Jim Bob Hamilton at Millard ATC, along with Floyd County ATC’s SkillsUSA advisor and SkillsUSA Beginning Advisor of the Year, Justin Trout.


 These people are the ones on the front lines who are responsible for making sure these projects get done,” he said. “We just couldn’t do these types of ventures if not for them.” 

 The benches will be placed along the Dawkins Line Rail Trail, which covers 18 miles in Johnson and Magoffin counties, but will eventually cover 36 miles when completed. The trail opened in 2013 and serves hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. Tables and benches will also be placed at Kentucky State Parks in this region.


For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov




SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education student organization annually serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students – and their instructors – in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, go to http://www.skillsusa.org.



Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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