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Block party with fun, food, education

CCTC has event at Farmers Market in downtown Ironton

Collins Career Technical Center hosted its annual block party in Ironton on Monday at the Farmers Market.

Food and inflatables were on hand, while the band Country Drive performed for the crowd.

The event serves as an annual showcase to provide information to the public about the vocational school’s adult programs, Jamie Chafin, director of post-secondary education for CCTC, said.

“People have an opportunity to sign up and apply,” she said. “Classes start on Aug 21.”

Chafin said turnout had been strong for the event, despite the dark clouds overhead.

She said booths were set up for the nursing, welding, cosmetology, HVAC and massage therapy programs.

Dr. Scott Corso, who will serve as head instructor for the massage therapy program was on hand.

The massage program, which is being relaunched, will offer a hands-on learning experience and, after one year of study, students will be prepared for state exams.

Chafin said CCTC’s adult education courses range in length.

“They can go anywhere from one to two years,” she said.

A similar block party took place last month in Proctorville.