Frankfort, Ky, April 19, 2018 – Franklin County Schools Supt. Mark Kopp today announced that John Sanders will be the new principal of the Franklin County Career & Technical Center (CTC). Sanders will replace James Hardin, who is retiring on June 30 after four years as principal of the CTC.
“John comes to us with a great deal of experience as well as the interpersonal and leadership skills that will help take the CTC – which is already one of the top schools of its kind in the state – to the next level,” said Kopp. “The selection committee and I are certain he will do a fantastic job and build on the great progress made by Mr. Hardin and his team. I am especially excited about John’s commitment to partner with local businesses to meet their workforce training needs.”
Sanders has been an educator for 17 years, the last 7 as Associate Principal & Director of Career and Technical Education of Grant County High School.
“I am thrilled to be joining the team at Franklin County,” said Sanders. “The CTC is already known statewide for its great programs for high school students, but also for pioneering innovative arrangements that allow the building to be used at night and on weekends to train adults already in the workforce. That kind of innovation and flexibility serves the community very well by building a stronger, more varied and more attractive workforce for local businesses.”
James Hardin, the outgoing principal, joined the CTC in 2014. He is retiring after 27 years in education, for many years in the Fayette County Schools and most recently in Franklin County. He has led the CTC, which was established in 1969 and renovated with modern amenities in 2013. The CTC expanded the number of career pathways it offers and began bringing in business partners that offer training to adults during non-school hours, when the facility is typically unused. These include an HVAC technician program that currently has 4 adult students, and a plumbing program that includes 6 adult students.
Hardin said of Sander’s appointment, “I am tickled with this selection. John is a great fit for our school and he will take the center to the next level.”
The Franklin County Career & Technical Center offers training in eight “career pathways” that in some cases do not require a college degree, which makes them attractive for students who do not plan to attend college. Current program areas include: Allied Health, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Information Technology, Pre-engineering, Pre-nursing, and Welding.