NOTE: This program will not be accepting new students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The Historic Preservation program will focus on the study of preservation theory coupled with hands-on skill training to meet the needs of entry level individuals and prospective employers involved in the historic preservation field. Researching the background of structures designated as historic properties will enhance the learning experience while applying the Secretary of the Interior's standards for the rehabilitation of historic structures.
Paducah, Kentucky has been identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the top 10 Distinctive Destinations. Rich in its history, the down town riverfront area provides an assortment of architectural styles in the historic buildings. The LowerTown Arts District, Fountain Avenue Rehabilitation, and the establishment of the Paducah School of Art and Design has increased the opportunities for laborers and craftsmen with specific skill sets to work on historic structures. The Historic Preservation Technology curriculum is designed to provide that type of “hands-on” learning, teaching students the basic carpentry skills that are used to preserve and restore historic structures. Additional classroom education provides a foundation in preservation theory and history.
The Historic Preservation Technology certificate provides specialized training in the areas of masonry, window, roof restoration and traditional woodworking techniques. Students are taken into the field where they practice the techniques learned in the workshops on real-world preservation projects. This includes working on the department’s own historic field lab house and completing community based projects, like restoring windows in a LowerTown warehouse, or repairing stained glass windows from a local church. This 22 credit hour certificate provides the basic components required to understand Architecture and Historic Preservation as well as provide hands-on instruction for preservation.
There are no special admission requirements for this program. Please consult WKCTC’s general admission requirements.
National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE)
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Kentucky Heritage Council
John C. Moore, Program Coordinator