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SHEPHERDSVILLE - After having just seven high school seniors in the partnership college credit program with Jefferson Community and Technical College, the participation could only grow.
This fall, 30 students, with representation from all three high schools, are earning up to 12 college credit hours while they are still attending their regular school.
But, in addition, the Pioneers of the Next Generation are making sure the program grows and the number of Bullitt Countians attending college increase.
Donna Miller, who is in charge of the Bullitt County JCTC campus on Buffalo Run Road, told school board members that getting the word out to students is a key to continued success.
Of the 30 participants, 10 have been selected for a leadership team.
Miller said the group has decided that it would undertake the task of education.
During November, assemblies were held at each middle school for the eighth graders to talk about the need to attend college.
On this particular Friday, the Pioneers of the Next Generation (PONG) visited Bullitt Lick with a skit and a lot of T-shirts to distribute.
The skit dealt talked to middle school students about what could happen without going to college.
Eric Kuchenbrod will have 12 college hours when he graduates this spring.
Brittini Wise told students that the low cost of the credit hours were attractive, as well as being close to home.
The group would also meet with every ninth grader individually to talk about he importance of a college education.
To make sure finances are not a hurdle for achieving a college education, Miller said the students have undertaken the challenge of setting up an endowment fund to give some assistance.
The college has committed the personnel to be at each high school at least once a month. A college admissions person is at each school on a rotating basis from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to talk with students.
Finally, superintendent Keith Davis is chairing the Bullitt County Education Council, which is taking a 10-year visionary look at the field of education.
Miller said the interest in the local classes at JCTC continues to grow.
If any high school juniors are interested in becoming part of the 12 x 12 program next year, a meeting will be held at Bullitt East High School on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Miller will make a presentation of the program.