Officials announced that a new initiative is being launched to increase college readiness for students in Kentucky following the decline in enrollments in higher education due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Kentucky Department of Education, the program will allow 13 districts of public schools to receive postsecondary coaching in order to ensure equity and equal access to postsecondary education. The announcement was made Tuesday by the agency in collaboration with OneGoal, a postsecondary success organisation, and the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education.
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The first cohort of districts comprises the counties of Allen, Barren and Clark, Clark, Christian, Clarke, Cumberland Lincoln, Monroe, Warren, Washington, and Cumberland. It also includes independent districts such as Danville, Harlan and Jenkins, as well as Ludlow.
OneGoal will partner with each district for two-years and adapt the program to meet their needs in order to improve student outcomes.
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Aaron Thompson, Council President, stated that “access to advice and other support in high school is essential to a student’s success in college.”