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A little over 25 years ago, Susan Wiley was taking classes at the Shelby County Area Technology Center in order to prepare for her future career in business. Wiley credits her education there for putting her on a successful career path and for helping her to land her new job as the school's new principal.
Wiley, who will take her position as head of the technical school in two weeks, said she is excited about her new position and the possibility it affords in influencing students' education.
She said she will work to continue to provide the quality of educational excellence that students and teachers have come to expect from the school's former principal, Debbie Anderson. Anderson left her post to take a job in Frankfort overseeing technical education across the state.
For Wiley, teaching has been a life-long passion.
After graduating from Shelby County High School, Wiley went on to get her bachelor's degree in Business Education from Eastern Kentucky University.
During her college days, she knew that she wanted to return to the community after graduation.
"I knew when I got out that I wanted to teach," she said. "And there was only place that I wanted to teach - and that was Shelby County."
Although she worked in Frankfort for 10 years, Wiley later fulfilled her dream and got a job teaching at the technical school.
For the last five years, Wiley has taught business classes at SCHS and has been the career and technical education department chair.
Mary Stratton, an area technical school supervisor, hired Wiley 14 years ago when she first started teaching at the technical school. Stratton, who now oversees 11 technical schools in the region, said Wiley will benefit the school.
"She will do an excellent job and we are just tickled to death that she's coming," she said.
Wiley said the technical school helps equip students for many different career paths.
"When they come out of the program there they are ready to go out in to the workforce - and if they are going on to college they are better prepared than many of their classmates because they've had hands-on experience," she said.