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Greenup High School chosen to ‘Close the Deal’

By Portia Williams

October 30, 2013

Portia Williams


PDT Staff Writer


GREENUP, Ky. — Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson Kentucky wants to prepare students to be competitive in the workforce and is utilizing the ‘Close The Deal’ initiative to make it possible.


“If Kentucky is to compete for 21 century jobs, we must have a highly trained, skilled, educated workforce, and Close the Deal plays a critical role in achieving this goal,” Lt. Gov. Abramson said. “Expanding Close the Deal at Greenup County High School will definitely benefit the senior class, helping them know their options after earning their diplomas.”


Principal of Greenup High School, Jason Smith, said Greenup High School is one of eight schools chosen to be a part of Close the Deal initiative created by Abramson.


“The Lieutenant Governor started this program when he was the Mayor of Louisville. He created this program to get three groups of people together with high school seniors. The groups include business leaders, industry leaders, and university admissions folks,” Smith said.


Smith said the groups met with the students to have tabletop discussions about what it is like in the workforce, and the importance of education.


Greenup High School seniors also met with college representatives regarding how to apply for admission and financial aid, while local business leaders outlined the skills needed for current and future opportunities. Smith said Greenup High School is honored to be a part of the Close the Deal program.


“Greenup County High School is both honored and thrilled to be a part of the Lt. Governor’s Close the Deal Program. This unique opportunity gives our seniors a tremendous advantage in achieving college and/or career readiness and brings awareness to the vast resources available to them in reaching this goal,” Smith said.


Smith said Greenup High School is excited about the partnerships formed as a result of the Close the Deal initiative.


“We are thrilled to have partnered with the Ashland Area Alliance, the many colleges, technical schools and universities, along with KHEAA, in giving our students a tremendous advantage in pursuing and achieving their post secondary goals and having the opportunity to be successful in not just a job but a career,” Smith said.


Greenup High School seniors met with college representatives regarding how to apply for admission and financial aid, while local business leaders outlined the skills needed for current and future opportunities.


The Superintendent of Greenup County Schools, Steve A. Hall, said Close the Deal will benefit each senior at the high school.


“Greenup County High School is so proud to be a part of Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson’s Close the Deal Program. Every Musketeer senior will benefit from participating in this unique opportunity,” Hall said.


Officials at Greenup County High School will continue to work with seniors throughout the school year, further educating them on the need for additional education upon graduation. Through Close the Deal, counselors will encourage students to apply to at least one college or university.


In taking Close the Deal statewide, Abramson formed a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education to add the program to the department’s “Operation Preparation” initiative. Abramson launched the program at Covington-Holmes Oct. 4 and Gallatin County High School Oct. 16. The last event will be at Logan County High School Friday, Nov. 1.


Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.