The Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) was recently recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as one of four recipients of the 2019 Innovation and Excellence in Educational Leadership Award! The CFI was recognized by former Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis, during his State of Education Address on Tuesday, December 3.
The Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation opened in the fall of 2015. However, the idea and vision for a school of innovation began three years earlier in 2012. Members of the Laurel County Board of Education, Superintendent Bennett, and District Administration recognized the need to provide students additional opportunities to develop specialized career and technical skills to prepare them for the 21st Century workforce. North and South Laurel High School students who are in grades 10-12 attending the CFI can earn certifications and career pathways in Health Science, Engineering Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Media Arts Technology, and Computer Science.
Dr. James Davis, CFI Principal, remarked, “I am both humbled and honored for the recognition bestowed upon the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) as a recipient of the 2019 Innovation and Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. Our collective efforts have made this recognition possible, and it further helps to promote the importance of integrating academic and technical education with fidelity, passion, and excellence in the classroom. This recognition is earned by being a part of a collaborative team that has as its mission to serve and support students. It is our mission at the CFI to pursue excellence with vigor and determination, to serve and support students every day, and to persist to achieve our goals of becoming a premier institution.”
The Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation hosted former Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis and members of the Kentucky Board of Education for a tour and information session on the exciting happenings at the Center for Innovation earlier this fall.
Dr. Bennett notes, “This award reflects the tremendous work that transpired from the initial vision of the Laurel County Board of Education to the completion and operation of the CFI. The designs were completed in-house and unique to Laurel County School District and development of the instructional model inspired the design of the facility were specifically focused on what is best for Laurel County students rather than adhering to a state or federal model. Ongoing efforts are producing outstanding student opportunities, learning, and promote a highly skilled workforce and economic development in Laurel County. Each of the program areas are designed to include an English, math, and technical classroom/lab. The classrooms in each area can accommodate virtually any type of instructional/content program. An intentional benefit of this design allows for a variety of academic/technical training programs to be interchangeable. This flexible design allows program offerings to be revised and adapted to meet the needs of Laurel County students. In addition to the outstanding English and math teachers at the CFI, we are fortunate to have top performers from private sector industry and business to teach their respective technical content and skills. The CFI as well as teachers, staff, and administrators throughout the Laurel County School District exemplify our commitment to excellence and the highest standards of performance.”
The Center for Innovation is now in its fourth year of operation.