Brady Caudill, a student at Jenkins Independent School, has been invited to build his math, science, and technology skills this summer as a participant in The Center for Rural Development’s 2012 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program. He is the son of Lynn and Chris Gilliam of Jenkins.
He was selected from 187 applicants from across southern and eastern Kentucky to strengthen his academic skills and begin working toward a career in some of the country’s most demanding fields.
“Rogers Explorers was formed in 2006 as a means to reach more young people within The Center’s 42-county primary service area, and to focus on leading students into in-demand careers in our region,” said Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center. “The Center has partnered with four Kentucky colleges and universities to host our Explorer camps on their campuses to give these students hands-on experience in a college environment. By doing so, we help them see the value of higher education and prepare them for success.”
This year’s sessions of Rogers Explorers will be held on the campuses of Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, June 3-5; University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, June 6-8; Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, July 18-20; and the newest host site at Morehead State University in Morehead, July 22-24.
As Rogers Explorers, participants spend three days and two nights on a college campus, where they are guided through hands-on assignments, which encourage creative thinking and teamwork and build leadership skills.
The program is presented tuition- free to participants and hosted in partnership with the University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University.