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College Access Network

Colleg Access Network image 2 The College Access Network is a group of student, school and community leaders whose focus is to assist young people in furthering their education. The outcome is to strengthen the local economy through a more qualified workforce.

Forward in the Fifth, local high school students and community groups provide a variety of opportunities through the College Access Network.

College Access Network 1In 2011, 200 freshman and sophomore students explored a variety of careers by visiting professionals at work in their home community.

Over a course of several weeks, students met with business leaders, medical professionals, and potential employers in Pulaski County. They learned what it takes to step into today’s top in-demand careers.

The student career visits were an extension of a regional dropout prevention summit hosted in 2010 by Forward in the Fifth and The Center for Rural Development. Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear’s “Graduate Kentucky” statewide dropout-reduction initiative was integral in the planning.

College Access Network iamge 3 In the spring of 2012, the College Access Network launches an ambitious project to pair every eighth and tenth grade student with a volunteer “advisor”. The advisor will assist the student in reviewing their academic records. Together they will set goals and choose appropriate courses. Business and community leaders will be encouraged to volunteer. The statewide event, named “Operation Preparation,” gives schools, students, parents and communities a chance to work together to prepare students for college or a career.

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