BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announces a $15,000 Aspire grant from AT&T.
It's for the SCK Launch to continue teaching leadership skills to middle school students in Bowling Green and Warren County, while focusing more directly on career interests.
Its intent is to help reduce the $83 billion-a-year it costs the united States because of 16-to-24 year-old students who either don't go to school or get a job.
Bowling Green Mayor Pro Tem Melinda Hill says, "This program is going to help the citizens of our community be career or college-ready and help reduce that burden."
On November 9 and 10 Bowling Green and Warren County 8th and 9th grade students will participate in the SCK Launch, a hands-on career expo centered on six key regional business sectors that will have the highest demand for talent over the next ten years.
Below is the news release from the chamber:
Monday the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced a $15,000 Aspire grant from AT&T to support the expansion of career immersion through a marriage of leadership and career academy principles throughout the high school years for each of our area high schools in the Bowling Green Independent and Warren County school districts, as well as the Warren County Area Technology Center.
Creating a robust pipeline of well-trained talent to support our businesses and grow our economy is top priority at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. In that pursuit, the Chamber has been the driving force in convening partners to offer educational programs and services in Warren County that directly benefit our businesses and job seekers alike.
Building on the momentum achieved through implementation of the principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in elementary and middle schools, the AT&T Aspire grant will allow the Chamber to begin to map out a path toward continuing that leadership training through the lens of career immersion in all area high schools. The Chamber will collaborate with schools as they work to integrate a career academy model with Covey leadership principles to create a curriculum that prepares students for both career and college. The final goal is for every high school graduate to have learned and applied leadership skills such as being proactive, accountable, resourceful, and professional to the hard skills associated with earning a nationally portable industry certification.
According to Chamber CEO Ron Bunch, "Talent is the Chamber's top priority. We work every day to ensure that our companies have the highly skilled talent pipeline they need to succeed. I would like to thank AT&T for their commitment to this community. The Aspire grant will allow us to create a national model of leadership infused career training that will produce highly skilled, well-trained talent that is career and college ready on the day they graduate. This is a monumental day for South Central Kentucky."
The Chamber has been a leader in developing talent initiatives that extend from the earliest opportunity in elementary school to postsecondary education to initiatives for incumbent workers. In 2011, the Chamber organized a group of private investors to implement Franklin Covey's The Leader In Me (TLIM) leadership training in all schools, K-12 in Warren County - the first initiative of its kind in the nation. In middle school, students continue with leadership training and begin exploring their future interests. On November 9 and 10, Bowling Green and Warren County 8th and 9th grade students will participate in SCK LAUNCH Experience, a hands on career expo centered on six key regional business sectors that will have the highest demand for talent over the next decade. Once to the high school level, thanks in large part to AT&T, students will continue learning leadership skills while they focus more directly on career interests. With these initiatives, Bowling Green and Warren County students will graduate with a strong career focus and the leadership skills to support a long and successful career.
"AT&T is committed to Kentucky and we are honored to support the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and their mission to grow the local economy by creating a career ready workforce," said Hood Harris, president, AT&T Kentucky. "Our company's future, as well as the country's, is dependent on today's young people. Through Aspire, we support programs that invest in students, especially those who need it the most, so they can walk across the graduation stage ready for their future."
"Talent to support our growing economy is vital to this community. I would like to thank AT&T for their vision and generosity. This grant will allow Warren County to once again create a national model for education," said Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon.
"I am delighted to see AT&T make such an important commitment to the education and training of our students here in Warren County. We truly appreciate their shared vision and support of our community," said Bruce Wilkerson, Mayor of the City of Bowling Green.
For more information on the AT&T Aspire Grant Program, click the link posted next to this story.