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The Center partners with EKU to expand youth program

In summer 2010, more students than ever in Southern and Eastern Kentucky will be able to develop critical leadership skills, receive hands-on training in math and science, and prepare to become the region’s next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Thanks to a newly formed partnership with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), The Center for Rural Development will expand its Rogers Explorers summer youth program and add a third host site for the program next July on EKU’s Richmond campus.

“We are excited to be able to offer additional opportunities to the youth of Southern and Eastern Kentucky by partnering with Eastern Kentucky University and expanding our Rogers Explorers program,” according to Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center. “We will now be able to give more students than ever a chance to receive hands-on demonstrations in math and science skills on the campuses of three outstanding colleges.”

The EKU expansion will allow The Center to place 90 Rogers Explorers—all rising ninth-grade students—on three of Kentucky’s leading college campuses next summer.

The program began in 2006 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. The program expanded in summer 2009 to include a second host site on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.

“I am pleased that Rogers Explorers are visiting Eastern Kentucky University,” EKU President Dr. Doug Whitlock said. “We believe in regional stewardship and this program is certainly a great example of that concept.”

Rogers Explorers is open to current eighth-grade students with an interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, entrepreneurship, and community service. Explorers spend three-days and two nights on a college campus participating in hands-on activities and working with professional college instructors.

The 2010 summer dates for Rogers Explorers program are: June 6-8, Lindsey Wilson College; June 9-11, University of the Cumberlands; and July 21-23, Eastern Kentucky University.

Applicants may specify their preference of campus location on the application form, but The Center cannot guarantee placement based on that first choice.

The application deadline for the 2010 Rogers Explorers sessions is March 5. Applications are available online at The Center’s Web site at www.centertech.com. The application must be printed and necessary attachments mailed to: The Rogers Explorers Program, The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South U.S. 27, Suite 300, Somerset, KY 42501.

All lodging, meals, and program expenses (with the exception of transportation to and from the host site) are provided free of charge to participants.

For more information, contact Jessica Melton, associate director of education and training, at The Center for Rural Development at 606-677-6000 or by e-mail at jmelton@centertech.com.

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