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Generosity paved the way for new Magoffin County Career and Technical Center

June 28, 2024Community Funds

“YOUR CAREER STARTS HERE.”

Step through the doors of the brand-new Magoffin County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC), and you’re greeted by these inspirational words. All thanks to the vision of a generous Magoffin Countian who laid the foundation for this transformative center, where futures are built and dreams come to life.

For years, Magoffin County High School (MCHS) career and technical students were bused off campus to the district’s career and technical center. School leadership, including then-Principal, now-Superintendent Chris Meadows, wished the students could stay at the high school for these classes, but it seemed unachievable.

What Chris would soon learn is that nearly anything is achievable when BGCF fundholder Scotty B. Patrick is in your corner. Scotty, a lifelong benefactor of Magoffin County, wanted to do something big that would have a lasting impact for his community. After conversations with school board members, it became clear to Scotty that the high school desperately needed a new facility where students could learn valuable, hands-on career and technical skills.

Scotty pledged a charitable donation of $5 million to help build a new, state-of-the-art career and technical center on the MCHS campus. This pledge from Scotty served as a catalyst, allowing the district to apply for a grant from Kentucky’s School Facilities Construction Commission.

“In October of 2021, Gov. Andy Beshear shows up at the old building with one of those humongous cardboard checks to fill in the gap, and now here we are, owing no debt on this project,” said Chris.

“No financial debt, that is. We do owe a huge debt of gratitude to people willing to dream and contribute.” Since retiring from Ashland, Inc. over two decades ago, Scotty has been intimately involved with community projects in his home county. Seeing that needs were great, but funds were lacking, Scotty took advantage of the opportunity to repay his hometown. Through his friendship with former BGCF board chair John Hall, Scotty connected with BGCF to create a community fund that would benefit Magoffin County. The Magoffin County Community Fund’s impact has been extraordinary: scholarships for 200 MCHS seniors, $1.4 million raised for local nonprofits through the annual Community Day, and numerous grants to support community projects and organizations. His most ambitious effort to date, the MCCTC, is no longer just a dream.

Scotty B. Patrick at the MCCTC ribbon-cutting

The community celebrated the completion of the MCCTC with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a full tour of the facility. Gov. Beshear addressed the crowd saying, “Congratulations to the Magoffin County Career and Technical Center, and a huge thank-you to Scotty Patrick, not only for stepping up and making this happen, but for making the application to the state to meet the unmet need that much more attractive.” Scotty’s early years in Magoffin County were formative and critical to his professional and personal success, making him uniquely positioned to give back and help Magoffin County students today, and for many generations to come. When asked what’s next, Scotty is always dreaming about the future. “We’re not done, yet!” says Scotty. “Stay tuned.”

Whether you can give $5, $500 or $5 million, BGCF is here to help make your dreams for your hometown community come true! Visit bgcf.org/community-funds to learn more.