South Central Kentucky Launch introduces opportunity to youth

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- With the South Central Kentucky Launch partnering up with local businesses and nearby school systems, the local leaders involved are more than ready to prepare high school grads to succeed in the workforce.

Jennifer Rogers with Stewart Richey Construction says this program will hopefully fill thousands of south central Kentucky job placements for students who don't necessarily want to take the traditional college route.

"We currently have a shortage right now of five thousand positions to this date, that are needed to be filled. There are so many opportunities out there that can provide a great career and livelihood."

Brad Howard with Independence Bank says the program will provide hands-on opportunities for grads who are looking for a career pathway.

"It's one thing to talk about it in a classroom and read a book, it's another to go out and experience what it truly is. We would be a mentor to where the teachers in the summertime or if the children want to come by and spend a day at businesses throughout the community."

And principal Mike Stevenson hopes that SCK Launch will launch his and nearby students to do what they love.

I think that we've gotten out of balance from the standpoint of 'If you don't go to college, you might not be as good' and, nothing can be further from the truth. Whatever their aspirations are, that's where they should be encouraged to put their effort and energy. This allows them to do that."

A local launch impacting our future leaders.

Stewart Richey Construction, Independence Bank, Med Center Health, and Henkel are the first four businesses to partner with the SCK Launch.

If you're interested in getting your company involved, contact the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

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