March 8, 2013
Elizabethtown, KY – Dan Robbins, a guidance counselor at North Hardin High School, will be the first principal at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center.
A committee comprised of representatives from Hardin County Schools, Western Kentucky University, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the community selected him for the position.
“Dan will do an outstanding job as the leader of this center,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “The selection committee agreed that he brings all the qualities that we envisioned in someone to fill this position.”
The Early College and Career Center is projected to open in August, 2014. Robbins will officially start in his new position on July 1, 2013. In the meantime, he will be instrumental in laying the groundwork for the center’s college and careerpathways. He will also be responsible for:
- Coordinating the district’s college and career readiness efforts;
- Promoting college and career exploration with middle school students;
- Working with principals and counselors to build career pathways that will lead to capstone courses at the high schools and theEarly College and Career Center;
- Nurturing local, state and national relationships that will provide resources and opportunities for students andfor the center;
- Extendingthe partnership between Hardin County Schools, university partners, and the business community;
- Assembling and leadingthe center’s faculty and staff; and,
- Working closely with the center’s architect, Sherman Carter Barnhart PSC, to begin and complete construction.
Robbins will work out of the district’s central office until his building is finished.
“I can’t wait to get started as the first principal of the Early College and Career Center,” Robbins said. “The students that walk in the doors on the first day will be expecting big things and we will deliver. We plan to exceed their expectations.
“Our responsibility is to get students ready for the college, careers or both,” he added. “This center will give Hardin County Schools’ students unprecedented advantages as they go into the workplace and post-secondary institutions across the country.”
“Dan is a visionary and is able to create and foster relations with our students, our schools and our community,” said Johnston. By building positive relationships and making student-centered decisions, Dan will guide students in reaching their goals and achieving success. “
Robbins began his career with Hardin County Schools in 2000 as a business and marketing teacher splitting time between Bluegrass Middle School and Central Hardin High School. In August of 2000, he started an eight-year full-time stint at Central Hardin as a business and marketing and special education teacher. In 2008, he left to become a business and marketing teacher and business department chair at North Hardin High School. He transitioned into his current guidance counselor position in 2010.
He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Marketing Education from Western Kentucky University in 1999. In 2004, he completed requirements for his Master’s of Arts Degree from Spalding University. Robbins earned his Rank I from WKU in 2006.
“This center and the opportunities it will provide are overdue,” Robbins said. “We must be prepared to meet students where they are and help them exceed the normal expectations. Students that enter the center must be ready to work hard and dream big. Our role is to help thesedreams become reality.”