The Paducah Innovation Hub is being built by Paducah Public Schools to serve the region by growing innovative talent in emerging industries. A groundbreaking for this new $24.3 million project was held October 15, 2018.
The vision for the Paducah Innovation Hub started when leaders from Paducah Public Schools began aligning their curriculum and programs to meet the workforce needs identified in Paducah Economic Development’s strategic plan. That has enabled Paducah Public Schools to directly customize its curriculum to meet the specific workforce needs of employers in this region.
The Paducah Innovation Hub will not only serve students from Paducah Tilghman and McCracken County High Schools but students from St. Mary, Community Christian Academy, Graves County, and Livingston County as well.
The Paducah Innovation Hub will work closely with post-secondary partners as well as business and industry partners to create a pipeline of talent for our community, aiding in economic growth in the Paducah micropolitan area.
Student goals were outlined by the Paducah Independent School Systems’ strategic plan. Those goals include that students will graduate high school college or career ready and they will have the skills they need to apply what they’ve learned in real-world situations allowing them to build a vision for their lives. The ultimate goal: to build a better Paducah for all of its residents.
The Paducah Innovation Hub expects to serve its first class of students beginning August 2020. The completed facility will also provide programming for children in grades Kindergarten through 8th and will include a makerspace.