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Ky. Lt. Gov. encourages students to pursue education after graduation

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Jerry Abramson (Source: Governor's Office) Jerry Abramson (Source: Governor's Office)
ALEXANDRIA, KY (FOX19) -

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson joined local officials, educators and the business community to launch a state pilot program challenging Campbell County High School seniors to pursue additional education after they graduate.  

The Close the Deal initiative creates a college-going culture in high schools for students who aren't yet considering higher education. The program supports high school counselors, and engages the business and postsecondary communities in helping these students attain further education past high school.   

At Wednesday's Close the Deal launch, seniors met with college representatives regarding how to apply for admission and financial aid, while local business leaders outlined the skills needed for current and future opportunities.

"We started Close the Deal when I was mayor of Louisville because we realized that many talented students who would earn a high school diploma had no idea what to do next. Since then, more than 5,400 students have learned how to continue their education thanks to the program, and it's still going strong in Louisville," Lt. Gov. Abramson said. "Now we are partnering with Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and launching the initiative in Campbell County to engage even more high school seniors." 

Lt. Gov. Abramson said like him, many of these students will be first generation college-goers.

The successful launch of Close the Deal at Campbell County High School is due to the partnership between state and local officials, educators and business leaders who want seniors to pursue higher education.

"I am honored that Campbell County Schools is one of three school districts in Kentucky chosen to pilot Lt. Gov. Abramson's initiative," said Campbell County Superintendent Glen Miller. "The Close the Deal event will give our seniors the chance to engage in crucial conversations with college admissions, financial aid and business experts as they carefully plan their next steps. 

Officials at Campbell County High School will continue to work with seniors throughout the school year, further educating them on the need for additional education upon graduation. Through Close the Deal, counselors will encourage students to apply to at least one college or university.

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