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800 Volunteers Encouraged to Help JCPS Seventh Graders Explore Careers

jcpsJefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) is calling on local businesses and organizations to recruit volunteers for Make the Connection, a JCPS initiative providing seventh-grade students across the district the opportunity to speak with caring community adults about the importance of planning for college and a career.

Each October, the Make the Connection program connects JCPS seventh graders with professionals who volunteer an hour of time speaking with the students at school about their career and the path that got them there. Volunteers from a range of occupations visit schools and conduct two 30-minute sessions with the students.

“Our valued community partners are a critical asset to the district and our students as we prepare them for college and for their future careers,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens. “That’s why we’re asking 800 volunteers to give one hour of their time between Oct. 5 and Oct. 31 to share with our students about the importance of planning for their future. With these students at a transitional point in their lives, the Make the Connection program provides citizens a meaningful opportunity to help guide them as they look ahead to high school, explore careers and learn what it takes to work in an industry that interests them.”

To get involved, businesses and organizations can click here to find a date, time and location. Those interested in volunteering may also call the JCPS Office of Business Partnerships at 502-485-3995 for additional information.

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