The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Warren County Public Schools to introduce the SCK LAUNCH talent initiative that will be piloted this summer. SCK LAUNCH stands for Learning About Unique and New Careers Here and is an overarching talent development strategy aimed at helping raise student career awareness, develop employability skills and empower students to leverage their options upon graduation.
SCK LAUNCH is a collective effort of the community intended to inspire the powerful education and business partnerships necessary to create the talent pipeline for high-demand sectors to grow the South Central Kentucky economy. The initiative will build on and enhance work already going on in Warren County high schools to offer career shadowing, educator externships, career academies, and employability skills training as a way to inspire students and provide valuable learning opportunities that engage their personal interest and career aspirations. SCK LAUNCH Experience, a hands-on career expo and curriculum held annually for area 8th graders is also a part of the newly launched initiative. This year’s expo will take place on November 16th at the Bowling Green High School Arena.
“Two of our top priorities in Warren County Public Schools are Ensuring Student Learning and Ensuring Student Opportunities, “ stated Superintendent Rob Clayton. “The SCK LAUNCH partnership with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce allows us to take those commitments to the next level through a unique ‘hands-ons’ experience designed to provide our students with skills and experiences that will lay the foundation for a successful future as they leave WCPS. I am grateful for the Chamber’s commitment to excellence and for its partnership as it supports educators in giving every student strong opportunities."
Over the past several months, a Steering Committee of business and education partners and four tactic teams met regularly to design specific components of the plan including career shadowing, teacher externships, student led leadership, and communications and marketing. The group collectively wrote a Community Plan and designed toolkits which will serve as the roadmap for schools and businesses who are implementing the initiative. Henkel, Med Center Health, Independence Bank, and Stewart-Richey will be the first companies to offer teacher externship and career shadowing opportunities.
To develop this unique, first of its kind educational model the Chamber partnered with several entities: Ford NGL and Alignment USA helped the team envision pathway and academy models, Covey principles led the teams’ work on employability skills, and Gallup work experience indicators helped inform the career shadowing modules.