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Operation Preparation

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Statewide initiative emphasizes college/career readiness

By Shannon Brock

Sophomores at Spencer County High School spent part of Friday getting better prepared for life after high school.

The school participated in Operation Preparation, a community-based, one-on-one, college/career readiness advising week targeting eighth- and 10th-graders.
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday dubbed March 12-16 as College/Career Readiness Advising Week, and activities at the high school culminated on Friday with a guest speaker from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.
Gene Weis spoke to sophomores about the importance of planning for their future, whether that future includes college or a career path after high school.
High school counselor Darylyn Gray said one goal was to help students answer the question, “How do I get prepared, whether I take the college route or the career route?”
Based on students’ interests, individual learning plans and PLAN scores, sophomores got assistance planning their next few years, gray said.
“We can help them pick electives along their career path,” she said.
Operation Preparation also included community involvement. Students were able to connect with community members in their career paths.
The program helped students get focused and acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses, she said.
Spencer County Middle School’s eighth-graders also participated in the event.