Back in September 2021, Ford announced that it would be erecting two massive facilities focused on building EVs and EV batteries – Ford BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky, and Ford BlueOval City in Tennessee. The latter site is part of The Blue Oval’s joint venture with South Korean battery market SK On, and the companies broke ground there this past December with an eye toward building batteries for electric vehicles starting in 2025. Now, the automaker has announced that ground has been broken at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) BlueOval SK Training Center, too.
This new facility, also located at Ford BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, Kentucky, will serve as the training site for the 5,000 workers set to be employed there when the facility officially opens in a couple of years. The training facility itself is rather expansive, coming in at 42,000 square feet. For this special groundbreaking event, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and officials from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) were on hand to mark the historic occasion.
“World-class companies are betting their futures on Kentucky because of our world-class workforce. This training center will help make sure BlueOval SK has the skilled employees it needs to begin production on day one,” Beshear said. “The cutting-edge facility will provide incredible opportunities for our people as Kentucky establishes itself as the electric vehicle battery capital of the United States.”
The ECTC BlueOval SK Training Center will be the only co-branded learning facility within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and will train workers in a variety of fields including proprietary technical, quality, and manufacturing processes through virtual reality labs, industrial maintenance lab, work simulation lab, and ergonomics techniques classrooms.
“Today is an important day in the history of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and our community, of which BlueOval SK is now a part,” said Dr. Juston Pate, president and CEO of ECTC. “The official groundbreaking of the ECTC BlueOval SK Training Center is a testament to the incredible dedication of leaders – in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, and across our commonwealth – when it comes to partnering and working hand-in-hand to create new opportunities for individuals.”
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