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Chad Abshire

Staff Writer

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Eighth-grade students in Pike County have until March 4 to apply for The Center for Rural Development’s 2013 Rogers Explorers summer youth leadership program.

The program, held three days and two nights on a college campus, provides hands-on learning experiences in high-demand career fields and builds leadership skills — all while students see what it is like to live and study on a leading Kentucky college or university.

The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications from eighth-grade middle school students in Pike County interested in developing their skills in math, science, and technology this summer at the 2013 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

“Eighth-grade students in southern and eastern Kentucky have an exciting opportunity to participate in a summer camp that motivates students to excel in math, science, and technology,” Delaney Stephens, said youth programs coordinator, said. “By receiving hands-on instruction from college professors, students get to see how fun math and science can be when applied to the real world.”

The 2013 summer sessions of Rogers Explorers will be held June 2-4 at Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia; June 5-7, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg; July 21-23, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond; and July 24-26 at Morehead State University in Morehead.

Thirty students will be selected to attend each of the four 2013 Rogers Explorers summer sessions. All lodging, meals, and program expenses (with the exception of transportation to and from the campus host site) are provided free of charge to participating students.

Since 2006, approximately 450 students have graduated from Rogers Explorers and have been encouraged to work toward building their future careers in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

For more information, call 606-677-6000 or visit http://centertech.com/leadership/rogers-explorers/ to download an application form. All applications must be completed and mailed to The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South U.S. 27, Suite 300, Somerset, KY 42501, by the March 4 deadline.

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