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Middle school students Alex Vermillion and Katie Braswell have been selected by The Center for Rural Development to build their math, science, and technology skills this summer at the 2014 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

One hundred and fifty middle school graduates from Southern and Eastern Kentucky will converge on the campuses of five Kentucky colleges and universities for this year’s Rogers Explorers program. It is the largest class ever in the history of the eight-year-old program.

“Rogers Explorers gives students a one-of-a-kind learning experience to explore different career opportunities and possible career paths in the fields of math, science, and technology,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center. “The program also encourages creative thinking and teamwork and builds leadership skills as the region’s next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Alex, a student at Hazard Middle School, is the son of Kevin and Melissa Vermillion of Hazard. Katie, a student at Letcher Middle School, is the daughter of Bill and Lisa Braswell of Hazard.

Rogers Explorers is presented by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and the newest host site, Asbury University.

Students spend three days and two nights on the campuses of one of these Kentucky colleges or universities. The program is open to eighth-grade students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area who have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.

For more information about Rogers Explorers, call The Center at 606-677-6000, email youth@centertech.com, or visit www.centeryouthprogams.com.

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