Volunteers Build Big Sandy Area Training Center

     HUNTINGTON, W.Va…   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Dewey Lake in Van Lear, Ky., is benefiting from volunteer efforts by representatives of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). The college has been making improvements to the Big Sandy Area Training Center at the lake.

            The center is used for meetings and trainings for the Big Sandy Area. It is also used for interpretive programs such as water safety trainings and Environmental Stewardship programs conducted by Dewey Lake, Floyd County Rescue Squad, and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Work on the center began in October 2010 and is nearing completion.

     Eric Campbell, an Air Conditioning Technology instructor, and Mike Froman, a Construction Technology instructor, provided the leadership and the manpower to rehabilitate many areas of the facility, including the installation of a new heating and air system, and interior and exterior restorations.

      Manpower provided students from BSCTC. This project gave students the opportunity to take part in “hands on” field work dealing within their program of study.

     Campbell and Froman’s students contributed more than 2,250 hours of volunteer service to the Corps of Engineers valued at over $40,000

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