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SCC will celebrate Constitution Day at Somerset and Laurel Campuses

Somerset Campus

Les Fugate, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, will be the guest speaker at the Somerset Community College Constitution Day Celebration on Friday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held in the Citizens National Bank Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the SCC Somerset Campus North.

The public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission. This is the seventh year that SCC has celebrated Constitution Day by offering a program for faculty, staff, students and community members.

What is Constitution Day? In 2004, Congress passed a law establishing September 17 as Constitution or Citizenship Day. The signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, by our Founding Fathers, is one of the most important and influential events in American history, establishing the many rights and freedoms We the People enjoy today.

Fugate, before coming to The Center, spent seven years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the office of former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

In his current position as Executive Vice President of The Center for Rural Development, Les oversees The Centers business services staff, finance and accounting departments, and The Centers information technology efforts, including its state of the art data center. Fugate is also working with community partners to help develop community foundations throughout The Centers 42 -county primary service area.

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Fugate oversaw all aspects of the Office of the Secretary of State's communications efforts including serving as the office spokesperson and webmaster for the internationally acclaimed website. He worked extensively on the office's legislative initiatives where he successfully passed and implemented Secretary Graysons expansive legislative agenda.

Fugate is a graduate of Centre College where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and of Vanderbilt University where he received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. He is a former member of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) and Kentucky Association of Government Communicators (KAGC) with which he served two terms as treasurer, and a former member of the Public Relations Society of America , as well as its Bluegrass Chapter and Public Affairs and Government Section .

Fugate is a native of Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

Laurel Campus

Somerset Community College Laurel Campus will be celebrating Constitution Day on Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. A video titled Key Constitutional Concepts will be played.

Have you ever wondered about the men who wrote our Constitution? What motivated them to take on such a monumental task? Did you know that many people feared the Constitution? Have you ever wondered how political parties developed?

To find the answers to these and many other questions about our nations government, come watch the video at SCC Laurel Campus and then join in on a discussion led by history instructors for the SCC Laurel Campus, Melinda Allen and Jeffrey McFadden.

The public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission. The celebration will be held on the Laurel Campus North, Health Sciences Building, Room 113, on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m.

This is the seventh year that SCC has celebrated Constitution Day. The signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, by our Founding Fathers is one of the most important and influential events in American history, establishing the many rights and freedoms We the People enjoy today.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission or program information call toll free (877) 629-9722 or visit the website at somerset.kctcs.edu.