Logan County High School held its third annual Close the Deal program for its senior class on Wednesday and it was another successful venture.
The program began in 2008 in Louisville under then mayor Jerry Abramson before eventually spreading out to several high schools around Kentucky. Logan County was one of the first to get on board with the program in 2013.
Logan County seniors were given a chance to listen to guest speakers as well as meet in small group settings with business and educational leaders to get answers to any questions they have before heading out into the world.
Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub said in his opening remarks that there were four main goals for this year’s event.
• To create a college-going culture to ensure success in life after high school
• To inspire students to explore opportunities to further their education and/or training
• To help students get better advising from their guidance counselors
• To involve business, education and community partners
“Close the Deal began because we realized that many talented students would earn a high school diploma and have no idea what to do next,” Hub said. “Seniors had the opportunity to meet with college representatives regarding how to apply for admission and financial aid, while local business/community leaders outlined the skills needed for current and future job opportunities. Close the Deal provides seniors with the information and tools they need to explore college and career options, helping to raise their comfort level and knowledge, as they prepare for life after high school.”
In addition to Dr. Hub, LCHS seniors also got to hear from new principal Caycee Spears on one of his first days on the job as well as keynote speaker Eric Jenkins, the head track and field coach at Western Kentucky University.
Jenkins encouraged his audience to take advantage of available opportunities. He told students that the university experience is not for everybody but there is something for everyone. And, anything you are going to do will require you to have higher learning.
In the small group discussions, business leaders addressed employability skills, the job market, interviewing tips, and communication skills. College representatives discussed choosing the right college, the importance of college visits, the application process, and scholarships. LCHS alumni shared with seniors things they wish they’d known before entering college – including academic expectations, social opportunities, using good judgment, and time management.
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