PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s (EKSC) East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC) was awarded the Partner in Education award from the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet on Tuesday, May 24 at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.
Operated by the college, the EKSC is located on the Prestonsburg campus and attracts more than 10,000 visitors annually and hosts more than 60 schools in the tri-state area.
“We take great pride in being an educational partner with our communities and the schools throughout our service area,” said Steve Russo, director of the EKSC. “This center is here to inspire and engage our visitors to be the next innovators, the next inventors or the next person that will change the world.”
The EKSC, comprised of Russo and staff members Pauletta Blair, Heather Wheeler and Susan Scott, perform more than 100 outreach programs a year.
As eastern Kentucky’s premier STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) facility, the EKSC boasts world-class equipment, including a Spitz Sci-Dome projector, one of only two dozen in the world, a 40-foot dome and the state’s only GOTO Star Projector.
“I appreciate the chamber recognizing our work in the community,” added Russo. “It’s an honor to be a part of such a great community.”
The late Dr. Bill Loftus was also honored at the ceremony with a special tribute.
Michelle Meek, chief business officer, serves on the board of directors for the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce.