FRANKFORT — Summer Gortney has been named the advisor to the Kentucky College Coaches Program by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). She will work with the college coach at South Floyd High School.
“The Kentucky College Coaches program has helped thousands of students prepare for and enter college,” Gortney said. “I look forward to working with the college coaches, the Kentucky Campus Compact and other program partners who have made it a highly regarded and credible program across the state.”
College coaches are recent college graduates who work in local high schools to help students prepare for and apply to college. The Kentucky Campus Compact is a group of 18 presidents of Kentucky colleges and universities. Partners for Education at Berea College also works with the program, which is funded by AmeriCorps.
KHEAA sponsors 30 coaches across the state.
Gortney, a native of Frankfort, was most recently KHEAA’s regional outreach counselor in Central Kentucky. She has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College and a master’s degree from Kentucky State University. While an outreach counselor, Gortney twice received the Outreach Excellence Award and worked with the Kentucky Latino Education Alliance (K’LEA).
She and her husband, Gabe, live in Frankfort with their daughter, Maddax, and son, Gannon.
KHEAA administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.