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The federal government has awarded an advanced manufacturing technology grant to three KCTCS institutions, including Big Sandy Community and Technical College. The Economic Development Administration announced the recipients of the grant at the 2018 SOAR Summit. The EDA is the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development. The agency plays a critical role in regional economic development efforts across the United States. The Commerce Department, which houses the EDA, states that the grant will provide additional funds to help communities severely affected by the declining coal industry and create 261 jobs. Dr. Sherry Zylka, BSCTC President and CEO, said with the grant from the EDA, they can continue to provide training for advanced manufacturing. The grant will also provide grant funds to Southeast Community and Technical College and Hazard Community and Technical College.