Bowling Green, Ky. (November 30, 2017) – Today, the Leadership Bowling Green (LBG) class of 2017 presented $11,500 to SKYCTC to support dual credit scholarships and career exploration for Warren Central High School students. The project is intended to complement and support the Chamber’s SCK LAUNCH talent development initiative. Previous LBG classes have supported various phases of this initiative as well, such as its foundational component The Leader in Me ®, assisting elementary schools with elements helping progress them to self-sustaining TLIM Lighthouse Status.
The Leadership Bowling Green Class of 2017 is donating 100% of the funds raised, which will directly support dual credit scholarships for students in the sophomore class at Warren Central High School. Scholarships will cover expenses such as tuition and books for students participating in dual credit courses.
The Leadership Bowling Green class project is required to have the following components: fundraising, physical activity and full-class participation, and must be completed prior to their November graduation. On October 27, the LBG class facilitated the inaugural Career Exploration Day, hosted by Southcentral Kentucky and Community Technical College (SKYCTC) in Bowling Green. Prior to the event, students completed a career exploration survey designed by members of the LBG class. a survey was completed to help students determine which career pathway was most exciting to them. Based on their career selection, 260 students were divided into groups by sector for the event. Students had the opportunity to explore their chosen career field and gain hands on experience at the career fair during Career Exploration Day.
Today’s announcement is part of more than $1.8 million invested by the business community in recent years to grow talent in the region. Monetary investments include $1.4 million for The Leader In Me in all schools in Bowling Green and Warren County, $400,000 for the Machine Tool and Robotics Programs at the Warren County Area Technology Center, and $5,000 for the Warren Central High School Hospitality Courtyard. In addition to monetary donations, MedCenter Health and Tri-Star Greenview Regional Hospital donated equipment and supplies to the BGHS Medical Arts Academy.
SCK LAUNCH is a collective effort of the community intended to inspire the powerful education and business partnerships necessary to create the talent pipeline for high-demand sectors to grow the South Central Kentucky economy. The initiative builds on and enhances work already in progress in Bowling Green and Warren County high schools to offer career focused experiential models, career shadowing, educator externships, career academies, student-led leadership and employability skills training as a way to inspire students and provide valuable learning opportunities that engage their personal interest and career aspirations. SCK LAUNCH is a national model for best practices in comprehensive career immersion at all levels of education.
To learn more about the initiative and available volunteer opportunities, please contact Meredith Rozanski or Sandra Baker at the Chamber or visit the initiative website at SCKLAUNCH.com.
To learn more about Leadership Bowling Green visit bgchamber.com. Applications are on line and currently being accepted.
To learn more about the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, visit www.bgchamber.com.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.