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Hand Up program to continue

The Harrison County Community Foundation, with the support of the board of commissioners, will continue the Hand Up scholarship program for the continuing education for adults.
Hand Up is a joint venture with WorkOne, with the funding coming from the Harrison County Community Fund at the HCCF, with $24,000 originally designated by the county to be used for the program.
That money has now nearly dried up, Steve Gilliland, HCCF president and CEO, told the commissioners Monday morning during their regular meeting.
A request for another $24,000 will be made Monday night to the Harrison County Council.
The program has helped 28 Harrison Countians with anything from tuition, books, uniforms and travel expenses to complete post-secondary education in all kinds of fields. (Twenty-five of those are now employed or are in training.)
‘Many come in without a job at all,’ Gilliland said.
Commissioner Jim Klinstiver was a proponent of the program to help interested people earn commercial drivers licenses.
Seven of the 28 participants have done so, receiving $1,000 in tuition costs. Five of the seven now have jobs, making anywhere from $11.50 per hour to $21.50, and another is in training.
‘I’ve always said, if you don’t have a job, look into trucking,’ Klinstiver said.
Others have used the program to further their education or training in nursing, mechanical engineering, business administration, dental assistant, medical assisting, computer operator and security guard.
‘The wage looks pretty good on some of these,’ Commissioner George Ethridge said.
Gilliland said other foundations in the region have taken notice of the program and have started similar ones in their communities.
For more information about the HCCF policies and programs, visit online at hccfindiana.org or call 812-738-6668.
In other business, Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel said his department is in the process of rating county roads to get a head start on what needs to be paved and crack or fog sealed next year.
‘I’m excited the direction we’re headed with pavement preservation,’ he said.
Russel called the fog and crack seal an ‘important piece of what we want to do.’
Upcoming and continuing projects for the next year include the highway garage facility, Corydon-Ramsey Road, Corydon-New Middletown Road and the Lanesville connector road, among others.
Glenn Bube, the county highway superintendent, said the department has enough salt for one good snowstorm but then will need more.
The commissioners’ last regular meeting of the year will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.

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