SOMERSET – Floyd County students Cole DeRossett, Taylor Stumbo, and Robert Matthew “Matt” Tackett graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s 2015 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.
The Rogers Explorers program is an educational leadership program that provides hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their math, science, and technology skills. Graduates are encouraged to work toward pursuing careers in these in-demand career fields.
“This year’s class of Rogers Explorers showed that there are many bright, young leaders in our region of Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center. “By participating in this program, Explorers had the opportunity to experience first-hand how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can positively impact our region while also getting a feel for what college life was like.”
The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and the University of Pikeville.
A record 180 middle school students attended this year’s Rogers Explorers program. Participants apply when they are in the eighth grade and attend during the summer before the start of their freshman year. There is no admission charge to attend Rogers Explorers.
DeRossett, the son of Doug and Karen DeRossett of Prestonsburg, represented Allen Central Middle School. Stumbo, the daughter of Anthony and Kathy Stumbo of East Point, represented Paintsville Independent.
Tackett, the son of Chris and Connie Tackett of Stanville, represented Wesley Christian School.
For more information about Rogers Explorers, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email email@example.com. Visit www.centeryouthprograms.com to learn more about youth programs at The Center.