Groundbreaking Held For New EKU Extension Campus In Manchester

By Peter O'Connor | 

Some students in Eastern Kentucky will soon have a new educational option after high school.

Governor Fletcher was on hand Wednesday at the groundbreaking for a new extension campus for EKU in Manchester.

The future looks bright for people in the City of Hope thanks to a new Eastern Kentucky university construction project.

"It is imperative that we give our students traditional and non-traditional an opportunity to develop themselves and to keep here," said Senator Robert Stivers.

Eastern Kentucky University broke ground on a nearly forty thousand square foot building, the new home to Eastern's Manchester campus.

EKU officials say the campus will have everything a student would get at a bigger campus, but education is not the only function the building will have.

"We'll be able to host any, any event any program any conference that we want to for this facility," said Director Terry Gray.

University officials say students who are currently at the Manchester Square location will move to the new location spring of 2009.

"I intertwine with a lot of the younger freshman that come in and there excited there going to be able to finish their education here," said EKU Student President James Pennington.

EKU officials say they hope to begin enrolling new students for summer courses once construction is complete.

"My daughter’s future plan is to become a vet, nurse or be a lawyer. One of these days my son, he's wanting to be a cop," said Mona Smith.

There will be plenty of options now thanks to the new campus.

The new facility will be off Highway 421 in Manchester.

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