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CONTACT: Sandra Wilson (270) 443-1746 Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Announces
Drop-Out Prevention Program

PADUCAH, KY – The Business Education Partnership, Inc. (BEP) a separate 501 C3 organization through the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has recently received a grant of $25, 000 from ATT to offer a drop-out prevention career development program that will be established through a collaborative effort with Reidland Middle School and the Greyhound Center (Family Resource and Youth Services Center). A check presentation by ATT officials was made on November 9 at Reidland Middle School; all public was invited to attend.

The program is designed specifically for 6th grade “at-risk” students and will include the “Buckle Up For Career Choices” Kentucky career development curriculum program. The curriculum is based on content material identified in the Career and Technical Educational Program of Studies Implementation Manual. The components of the program will encompass the goals for Kentucky Schools, academic expectations and introduces the students to a broad range of career opportunities available in today’s society.

Students will be selected to be apart of the program by Reidland Middle School guidance counselors and teachers. The program will offer ten-months of classes over a school-year period. Once a month, a business representative from the Business Education Partnership, Inc. will visit a class to offer advice and hands-on application for career development.

The role of this drop-out prevention program is to provide students who live in low-to-moderate income homes the career development skills and hands-on application needed that should help to encourage them to graduate from high school and go on to a post-secondary educational institution. For more information about this program, you may Sandra Wilson at 270.443.1746 or

 2010-11 Bellsouth Foundation Grant

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