By Amy Wallot
Every time I attend a Close the Deal event, no matter where in the state, I hear the same thing from the adults there.
“I wish they had something like this when I was in school.”
It is a day set aside for seniors to go beyond the theoretical idea of attending college, to learning the steps on how to actually make it happen.
The entire senior class meets in the school gymnasium, where students are separated into small groups. Each group is then spoken to by a representative of college admissions, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and a local business person. They discuss how to pay for college, what college life is like and what qualifications and skills hiring managers look for. After lunch, the students attend a college fair where they can visit booths of public and private schools and military recruiters.
This year I attended the event, an initiative created by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, at Breathitt County High School. Other schools participating in Close the Deal this year are Ohio County High School, Campbellsville High School (Campbellsville Independent) and Livingston Central High School (Livingston County).