Louisville Metro, JCPS pledge to expand educated workforce - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Louisville Metro, JCPS pledge to expand educated workforce

Posted: Updated:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the latest attempt to make sure Louisville has an educated workforce.  The city is partnering with Jefferson County Public Schools on what they're calling a Joint Commitment to Improve Education Outcomes for Louisville.

Mayor Greg Fischer and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens made that agreement Thursday morning, saying it reinforces the 55,000 Degree goal signed in 2010.  That goal is to increase the number of college degrees earned by Louisville residents by 55,000 before 2020.

Mayor Fischer said Thursday, "It is easy to run your mouth off about how bad things are working. It takes a lot more courage to get off the couch and say, I am going to come in and help a kid, that's really the message we want to send to everybody, is we need everybody to support JCPS and the kids in our community."

Hargens said, "So what we want to make sure, I've said it all along, is that we're rowing in the same direction, toward making sure that every student graduates prepared."

The agreement calls for the city and JCPS to collaborate on grant development opportunities, improving and expanding Learning Places which give students more time for study, and looking into more joint use of facilities, among other things.

The goal is to make sure students enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school ready for college and/or careers.

The commitment also calls for increased family involvement in education and working with businesses to anticipate their workforce needs.  

Copyright 2013 WDRB News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.