Program encourages seniors to pursue higher education
JACKSON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2014) — Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson today joined local officials, educators and the business community to launch a state program challenging Breathitt County High School seniors to pursue additional education after they graduate.
The “Close the Deal” initiative creates a college-going culture in select high schools for students who aren’t yet considering higher education. The statewide program, now in its third year, supports high school counselors, and engages the business and postsecondary communities in helping these students attain further education past high school.
“If Kentucky is to compete for 21st century jobs, we must have a highly trained, skilled, educated workforce, and Close the Deal plays a critical role in achieving this goal,” Abramson said. “Expanding Close the Deal at Breathitt County High School will definitely benefit the senior class, helping them know their options after earning their diplomas.”
Seniors met with college representatives regarding how to apply for admission and financial aid, while local business leaders outlined the skills needed for current and future opportunities.
Officials at Breathitt County High School will continue to work with seniors throughout the school year, further educating them on the need for additional education upon graduation. Through Close the Deal, counselors will encourage students to apply to at least one college or university.
Additional 2014 Close the Deal events include:
- Ohio County, Oct. 15
- Campbellsville Independent, Oct. 24
- Livingston Central, Oct. 29
Programs have already been launched at Gallatin County High School, Covington-Holmes High School, Greenup County High School, Logan County High School, Campbell County High School, Lawrence County High School and Bullitt Central High School