Rio Grande to break ground in Pike County


PIKETON– Rio Grande Community College continues on a track of growth and access to

affordable higher education with the announcement of the Pike County Center. A groundbreaking

ceremony will take place on June 15th, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the former Piketon High School location on

West Street; marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Pike County community.

Rio Grande is committed to empowering individuals, strengthening the workforce, and providing

accessible, high-quality education to all residents of Pike County. President Ryan Smith expressed

enthusiasm for the upcoming project, stating, “This is another step in our commitment to unlocking

opportunities and Changing Tomorrows in our region. We are excited to be part of this community and

are committed to supporting the educational and economic needs of Pike County”

Chief Operating Officer, Rebecca Long also highlighted the campus’s potential to support the region’s

growth and development. “Rio has long been a staple in supporting the local workforce. We make every

effort to empower individuals and be a robust resource for the communities we serve. This is not only an

investment in the future of Pike County but in its people.”

Rio Grande Pike County will have five traditional classrooms and a fully functioning science lab, as

well as space for administrative offices and a conference room. Rio will offer a variety of courses,

including classes to support CCP students, traditional general education courses, and workforce

development training opportunities.

The venture is a public/private partnership with WAI Construction Group. The Center will be located in

Piketon at the site of the former high school. Steve Moore, CEO/President of WAI said, “We couldn’t be

more excited about bringing higher education to Pike County. Rio Grande is a great institution and

clearly understands the challenges most rural communities in Appalachia face with access to continuing

education and skill training.”

Moore continued, “WAI Properties is proud to have been a catalyst in bringing the RedStorm to Pike

County. We know this investment will be felt in the community and the region for years to come. We’re

honored to be part of it. “

Members of the public, local officials, community leaders, and media representatives are invited to join

in the groundbreaking ceremony. The event will feature remarks from President Smith, COO Rebecca

Long, and other guests.

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