Sherman Cook, PrincipalDSC02120

1555 Lake Cumberland Rd.
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

Phone: (606) 256-4346
Fax: (606) 256-4337

Rockcastle County Area Technology Center. It is one of 53 area technology centers in the state. The building is owned and maintained by Rockcastle County Board of Education. Rockcastle County High School is the only feeder school served at RATC. RATC is state funded and governed by the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education. Most staff members are state employees. Teachers have KTRS retirement and are credentialed like other teachers (KY EPSB, Rank I, II and III). They are required 25 hours of professional development per year to renew their certificates. All our programs have nationally recognized certifications such as: ASE, AWS, NCCER, MOUS, and KY Board of Nursing. We offer three student organizations (FBLA, HOSA, and Skills USA) which are integrated into the curriculum and mandated by program assessment. Each program must complete a program assessment yearly which is reviewed and scored by an outside committee. Each semester students receive articulated or an average of 150 students receive Dual Credit with Somerset Community College. Each program area teacher at RATC is an adjunct faculty member of SCC. The school is accredited nationally by Advanced Ed SACS-CASI. Students can receive dual credit with KCTCS, participate in Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessments, receive Career Major Certificates, National Career Readiness Certificates and state recognized O*Net Certificates. The new RATC is a 51,000 square foot facility opened to students on August 7, 2008.

Sherman Cook, Principal
Diane Smith, Administrative Secretary
Dean McClure, Maintenance
Rhonda Childress, Health Science Instructor
Curtis Burton, Welding Instructor
Lance Baldwin, Automotive Technology Instructor
Andrew Hayes, Electricity Instructor
Vicky Castle, Office Technology Instructor
Ashley Mullins, Office Technology Instructor
Jennifer Abney, Instructional Assistant


RATC averages 575 students daily. Rockcastle County High School is the only feeder school with 100-140 students at any given time during the six periods at RATC from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

RATC averages 20-25 students yearly who work in business and industry through the co-op program.

Upon graduation successful students gain state certificates in specific program areas. RATC has been at or near the top of students receiving Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessment Certificates and National Career Readiness Certificates in each of the last three years.

Students who become active in the student organizations have the opportunity to attend local, regional, state and even national leadership conferences and skill competitions.  RATC students win many contests, gain many awards and valuable travel experiences each year.