United Way of the Bluegrass invites businesses to learn about scholars program

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United Way of the Bluegrass and NaviGo College and Career Prep Services are pleased to announce a convening of businesses on Thursday, September 17 at 8:00 am at United Way of the Bluegrass. This convening will allow business leaders to learn first-hand about the NaviGo Scholars Program. This program, presented in partnership between NaviGo College and Career Prep Services and United Way, works to engage businesses, community and family members throughout the Bluegrass in a unique manner.

Unlike any other program available to high school students in central Kentucky, NaviGo Scholars engages businesses in the future of local high school students and responds to the unique workforce needs of individual business demands for a trained and educated workforce to meet the region’s future needs.

NaviGo Scholars is entering its second year in the Northern Kentucky Region. For the 2015-16 school year, eight sponsor companies -- Toyota, Duke Energy, Mazak, Pomeroy, Citi, Heritage Bank, C-Forward and Toyota Boshoku -- combed through applications from students hoping to be part of the NaviGo Scholars program. 150 Scholars were selected for participation.

Sponsors look for students with interests that connect with their local work forces. Identifying those students before they ever graduate from high school allows the company leaders to work with students who could potentially fill their future job needs. In turn, students get training and experience they may not have received without the NaviGo Scholars program. NaviGo will also provide a college and career coach for each of the students.

This approach not only helps serve the region’s workforce needs and assists selected students with preparation of needed skills beyond high school, but also results in a positive impact on workforce development, successful transition to college and/or career an supports United Way’s Big, Bold Goal to help 10,000 more families in Central Kentucky reach self-sufficiency by 2020.

Businesses in Central Kentucky that are interested in attending or learning more, please email liveunited@uwbg.org.

About NaviGo College and Career Prep Services:

NaviGo is a non-profit college and career coaching service dedicated to helping high school students find the path to success based on a customized curriculum.
For more information, please visit www.NaviGoPrep.com or call (859) 816-7635.

About United Way:

United Way of the Bluegrass is a leader and motivator of change for long-terms solutions for Central Kentucky communities. We have a bold goal that together, we will increase the number of self-sufficient families by 10,000 before 2020. United Way has committed to four key drivers of success for community and economic success: basic needs, school readiness, student success and financial stability. Systems have been developed to evaluate the quality and success of programs supported by UWBG, so investors can be assured that dollars will have maximum impact on the community. For more information, visit www.uwbg.org.