Program challenges students to pursue higher education
HARTFORD, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson today joined local officials, educators and the business community to launch a state program challenging Ohio 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.
At today’s launch, 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.
“We believe this program is important for our students since it will open multiple doors at the postsecondary level and will help them to see that education does not end with a high school diploma,” said Ohio County High School Principal Greg Decker said,
Officials at Ohio 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.
Abramson kicked-off this year’s Close the Deal at Breathitt County High School on Oct. 7 and additional events are planned on Oct. 24 at Campbellsville Independent and Oct. 29 at Livingston Central.
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 have also participated in the program.