Perry County students Noah Canady and Madison Eddington graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.
The Rogers Explorers program is an educational leadership program that provides hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their math, science, and technology skills. Graduates are encouraged to work toward pursuing careers in these in-demand career fields.
“Rogers Explorers opened my eyes to so many careers that I did not know existed,” Eddington said.
Nearly 180 middle school students attended this year’s Rogers Explorers program. Participants apply when they are in the eighth grade and attend during the summer before the start of their freshman year.
“This year’s class of Rogers Explorers showed that there are many bright, young leaders in our region of Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center. “By participating in this program, Explorers had the opportunity to experience first-hand how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can positively impact our region while also getting a feel for what college life was like.”
The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and the University of Pikeville.
Canady is the son of Brandy and Ovie Canady of Hazard. Eddington is the daughter of Fred and Mamie Eddington of Hazard.
For more information about Rogers Explorers, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email [email protected] Visit www.centeryouthprograms.com to learn more about youth programs at The Center.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.