MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s Paducah Regional Campus will host a celebratory reception Sept. 17 to recognize the community partnerships and academic successes that helped expand the University’s presence in the Paducah region.

The current regional campus in Paducah opened in January 2014 in an effort to increase higher education opportunities for the greater community. Since its opening four years ago, the campus has already surpassed initial enrollment goals and experienced recent growth from new program additions, including an undergraduate program in organizational communication and a graduate program in occupational therapy.

“Countless students, faculty, staff, supporters and community leaders have made our Paducah regional campus, a beautiful facility, what it truly is — a resource for knowledge and discovery, particularly for non-traditional students who return to the classroom to complete their degree as well as an important contributor to economic growth in the west Kentucky region and beyond,” said Murray State University Interim President Bob Jackson. “The event on Sept. 17 will truly be a celebration and appreciation of many who have been responsible for this success.”

The establishment of a Murray State presence in Paducah at the Crisp Center was the result of an agreement with the city of Paducah, McCracken County Fiscal Court and the Greater Paducah Economic Development Council. The regional campus, which was initially located at a repurposed warehouse on Irvin Cobb Drive, relocated to its current 43,000-square-foot facility on Sunset Avenue after Paducah and McCracken County bonded the cost of the new building’s construction.

The new campus and expansion of academic offerings have allowed the growth of undergraduate and graduate programs needed to continue developing the Paducah workforce.

“The Paducah community has made a great investment in higher education and lifelong learning,” said Dan Lavit, executive director of the Center for Adult and Regional Education at Murray State. “The University is committed to honoring that investment by working with WKCTC and other community partners to raise the level of education attainment here.”

The celebration reception is open to the public and will take place Monday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. at the Paducah Regional Campus located at 4430 Sunset Avenue in Paducah. Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper will join Murray State Interim President Bob Jackson in a presentation beginning at 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the Paducah Regional Campus or the Center for Adult and Regional Education, visit murraystate.edu/care. Contact Natalie Thurmond, assistant director of the center, at 270-809-4229 or nthurmond@murraystate.edu for additional information about the Sept. 17 celebratory event.

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