Ten middle school students from Knox County have been named 2015 Rogers Explorers

image007Ten Knox County middle school students have been selected to attend The Center for Rural Development’s 2015 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

Knox Middle School students Corey Bright, Hannah Daniels, Grace Evans, Dane Imel, Toni McCombs, and Leanna Osborne and Barbourville Independent students Braxton Chafin, Whitney Messer, Ethan Phipps, and Lydia Smith will join middle school students from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their math, science, and technology skills.

One hundred and eighty students—the largest class ever—will converge on the campuses of six Kentucky colleges and universities this summer for the Rogers Explorers 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.”

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, Asbury University, and the University of Pikeville.

The program is open to eighth-grade middle school students within The Center’s 45-country primary service area who have a strong interest in developing their skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.

For more information about Rogers Explorers, call The Center at 606-677-6000, email  HYPERLINK “mailto:youth@centertech.com” youth@centertech.com, or visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.centeryouthprogams.com” www.centeryouthprogams.com.

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.