PRESS RELEASE 10/30/2014
The Vision of Simpson County Schools is to empower our students to graduate life-ready! We define life-ready as academically and socially prepared for college and careers. Simpson County Schools is delivering on this vision as evidenced by the fact the 2014 FSHS graduates achieved a college/career readiness (CCR) rate of 97.5 percent, which is the highest in the state of Kentucky and well above the state average of 62 percent!
The interest and involvement of our community has been an important part of this success! To continue the college/career readiness success of our students, we need your help in our Operation Preparation initiative. Operation Preparation was started three years ago to bring community volunteers into our schools to encourage and advise 8th and 10th grade students on college and careers.
According to the Center for Education and the Workforce, in the next 7-10 years, more than half the jobs in Kentucky and more than 60 percent of jobs nationwide will require postsecondary education (either a two-year or four-year degree). Most of the remaining jobs will require at least some training after high school. With a statewide student-to-counselor ratio of about 450:1, many school counselors are overloaded with the number of students to whom they must provide services.
This year, we will hold our Operation Preparation for 10th grade students December 2-4, 2014. We are planning to conduct the FSMS Operation Preparation in March 2014. Operation Preparation is a joint initiative of Simpson County Schools, the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Department of Education and the Department of Workforce Development. It provides a powerful opportunity for schools, students, parents and communities to collaborate in the college- and career-planning and advising process. Using a student’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP), including a career interest inventory and EXPLORE/PLAN results, trained volunteers will meet one-on-one with every 10th grade student in a public setting at school to talk about the student’s career aspirations and required education/training; whether the student is on track to meet their goals; and whether the student is taking the courses recommended to prepare for a successful future.
Volunteer advisors are encouraged to complete a 30 minute onsite training, sign a nondisclosure form and follow all school district policies and procedures. Each advising session will take approximately 20 minutes. The session is designed to provide both information and inspiration for the student to achieve college/career-readiness. An hour of your time can make a difference for a Simpson County student! REGISTER TODAY BY VISITING OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.SIMPSON.KYSCHOOLS.US AND CLICKING ON THE OPERATION PREPARATION LOGO UNDER QUICK LINKS! For additional information please contact Robin Hollingsworth at 270-586-3809 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.