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CFI Goes Pink to Increase Awareness of Breast Cancer Screenings and Wellness 4 photos of students participating in hands-on learning activities 4 photos of the food CFI students collected Members of the Kentucky Board of Education, Rep. Robert Goforth, and Wayne Lewis, KY Commissioner of Education recently toured the CFI Dr. Davis recently provided a tour to Commissioner Lewis and Chairman Heiner during a recent visit to the CFI Large group of CFI students in maroon and white EKU shirts Students learning real life work skills Welcome back staff and students! Thank you to KY Innovation Network of London for sponsoring our Coffee Cafe Students Mallory Singleton and Conner Burns were recognized for their outstanding attendance this fall.  Each received a gift card to Starbucks. Students Darrell Williams and Kaitlyn Day utilize the Anatomage table to study the human nervous system Allied Health Science student Kennedy Stone poses with Dr. Oakley of Oakley Chiropractic Center of London Students in the Biomedical Science program recently toured the campus of Lincoln Memorial University Students learn through hands on experience about the ways to move patients safely and comfortably Callie Cornett and Tessa Manning display a sheep kidney they recently dissected

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Welcome to the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI). Our team of faculty and staff are prepared to deliver a rigorous and challenging learning environment for students. We have developed a school culture that embraces the concept of student engagement, inclusion, and collaboration. Our highly qualified faculty members with content specializations in English, math, or technical education are able to deliver their instructional content while also integrating components connected ...
James Davis
Dr. James Davis, Principal at CFI
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Smith Enjoying Career Success in Advanced Manufacturing CFI student Hunter Smith

Former Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) student Hunter Smith is enjoying career success working in the Maintenance Department at Flower’s Bakery of London, Kentucky.  Hunter completed the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) accredited Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) program at the CFI, where he earned certification as an Electrical Technician.  He completed courses in principles of electrical technology, electrical motor controls, programmable logic controls, blueprint reading, welding technology, and a cooperative placement with a local employer while at the CFI. Additionally, Hunter received a significant head start on earning his Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree by completing 25 credits through the CFI’s partnership with Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. Hunter indicated the training received at CFI prepared him for his current professional career in advanced manufacturing and is in the beginning stages of purchasing a new home and property.

Gary Karr, CFI IMT instructor, expressed his tremendous pride in the work ethic and skill development that Hunter demonstrated as a student at the CFI and his confidence in a prosperous and successful career path for Hunter.  “We are so excited and pleased for Hunter to be enjoying career success at such a young age (Class of 2019).  I am so proud of the education and training that he received at our school,” remarked Dr. James M. Davis, CFI Principal.

Communication Skills Practice at CFI CFI student Isaiah Baker presenting

Students in Mrs. Kate Rays’ Honors English 2 class at the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) are developing communication skills through class presentations. Mrs. Ray's explained, “We are enhancing student public speaking and verbal communication skills in a unit of study entitled How to Read Literature.” The activity requires students to read, synthesize information, and develop technology-enabled presentations for their peers. Students are evaluated on the use of literary techniques, contextualization of information, and presentation acumen.

“Our English faculty at the CFI provides countless opportunities for students to develop effective communication skills both in verbal and written formats," remarked Dr. James M. Davis, CFI Principal. Students gain experience through written assignments and APA research reports, presentations, poster demonstrations, mock interviews, resume writing, and various other activities that are facilitated in small groups," added Davis.

Industrial Technology Student Participates in Work-Based Learning CFI Student Jayden Jackson

Jayden Jackson, Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) student at the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI), is currently employed by Tree Doctors as a component of the Cooperative Placement course.  Jayden is earning high school credit while developing workforce-ready skills.  “I am proud of Jayden and his demonstration of skills development and work ethic,” remarked Mr. Gary Karr, IMT Program Coordinator.  

Jayden discussed, “co-op means that I get the opportunity to work and receive additional training while being compensated and will be better prepared for the workforce after high school.”  He has completed coursework in principles of electrical technology and is currently taking electrical motor controls and cooperative placement for credit in the IMT electrical technician pathway.  “Jayden is pursuing national certification for Electrical Technician in our National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) accredited program at the CFI and is completing those assessment requirements throughout his senior year,” added Karr. 

Senior ranked students that meet program qualifications and employer requirements may be eligible to participate in work-based learning programs.  “The CFI has established a network of partnerships with area employers that allows our students to utilize classroom learning in real-world employment settings,” said Ms. Vickie Hobbs, Cooperative Placement Program Coordinator.  “We are very proud of our IMT and Cooperative Placement programs, and the exceptional opportunities that it provides our students for career development,” stated Dr. James M. Davis, CFI Principal.

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