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Educational Summit Keynote

Education is changing rapidly across Kentucky and our country. Recently Forward in the Fifth hosted an Educational Summit highlighting these transformations for educators, community leaders and parents


Forward in the Fifth Marketing Video

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, Forward in the Fifth has spent more than two decades improving the educational outcomes in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.


Seeking nominees for new regional ‘AppLE Awards’

AppLE Awards

Throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky, educators, parents, students, and community leaders work tirelessly to advance education in their schools, home communities, and the region. Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization created to help raise the educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District, is seeking to recognize leaders in education, including local parent and Read more…


Educators attend training session for ‘Stay in School Toolkit’

Educators from Wayne County attend training session for Forward in the Fifth’s ‘Stay in School Toolkit’ at The Center for Rural Development


Top education supporters recognized at 25th anniversary and Educational Summit

Three of Kentucky’s top education supporters were recognized for their work in helping advance education in Southern and Eastern Kentucky


Kentucky college students discuss how to retain the region’s youth, combat “brain drain” at ARC Collegiate Summit

Collegiate Summit group photo

To get a deeper understanding of issues in Southern and Eastern Kentucky that often lead young people to leave the largely rural region, The Center for Rural Development’s Higher Education Consortium went to the source—today’s college students who may still be undecided on their post-graduation plans. A total of 35 students from 10 Kentucky colleges Read more…


Six Southern and Eastern KY counties receive education grants

LEAP Recipients Monticello and Wayne County

Schools in Wayne, Letcher, Breathitt, Bath, Floyd, and Johnson counties are taking a “LEAP” forward to advance education in the region and change the lives of students in their local communities. Forward in the Fifth, in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, has awarded $9,000 in funding support to five groups in these six Read more…


Project CARE financial literacy program presented to more than 700 high school seniors

CARE 2011

Fueled by advertising specifically targeted to the spending habits of young consumers, many American teens seem to be on a non-stop buying spree. And it doesn’t take long for young people to get over their head in financial trouble after ringing up hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in credit card debt. Forward in the Read more…


Area Students Explore Career and Workforce Opportunities

College Access

Whitley County Middle School student Zach Newman is discovering what he wants to do with his life after he graduates high school. Newman and 19 other Whitley County middle and high school students—all student mentees in the University of the Cumberlands mentoring program—visited The Center for Rural Development in Somerset on May 26 to learn Read more…


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