Plans to expand the Carrollton campus of the Jefferson Community & Technical College is good news for the Courierarea.

Details have been unveiled for the first phase of an expansion project that would put a 50,000-square foot building in Carrollton on Ky. 227, across from Gen. Butler State Park. It would replace an outdated college building on Main Street in Carrollton.

The plan to expand is not new, but in the past funding has not been appropriated by the Kentucky legislature. What's different this year is that Gov. Steve Beshear has put money for several school expansion projects in his proposed budget. The building is expected to cost about $16 million.

A new facility would provide expanded learning space and bring educational training opportunities rarely found in the state of Kentucky, school officials say.

The new building would have two wings - one dedicated to industry and technology and the other designed for classroom and office space.

The technology wing would feature labs for hydraulics, pneumatics, electricity, electronics, welding, applied process technologies and registered nursing.

A classroom wing includes space for a library, adult education services, GED services, a testing center, two computer labs, a science lab and nine classrooms.

Expanded programs will attract new students. School officials believe there is great potential for growth based on local business feedback on the types of educational and training needs they envision for future workers.

JCTC has identified the Carrollton campus project as its priority for years. That and Beshear's funding plan should give the project a good chance to move forward.

It's time for this project to proceed. The need has been proven.