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WKU Learn and Earn teams with Caverna for academy program

WKU Learn and Earn is pleased to announce that it is working with Caverna Independent Schools to provide more WKU scholarship opportunities for Caverna High School seniors and community members while also meeting the growing workforce needs within the region.

The WKU Learn and Earn program partners with area companies and businesses to employ both traditional and non-traditional college students, thus helping meet their company production goals.  In return, those students work part-time for wages and receive college scholarships from their employers as well, some of them up to 50 percent of tuition.

WKU Learn and Earn will be providing informational sessions at Caverna High School for both seniors and community members on March 27. Beginning April 14, Learn and Earn representatives will lead weekly “Learn and Earn Academy” classes at the high school for those who have applied for and been admitted to WKU. These sessions will be free and will focus on building participants’ soft-skills.

The sessions will culminate on May 12 when students who have successfully completed the program are recognized during Awards Day. Subsequently, those participants will then be interviewed with WKU Learn and Earn Business Partners for summer employment.

In addition to receiving hourly wages, for those who are hired and remain employed all summer, they will also receive a scholarship from their employer to WKU for the Fall 2017 semester. Scholarships range from $1,250-$2,500 per semester.

“We are leading similar programs this spring with other area high schools; however, Caverna is the first school where we are exploring the Academy format,” WKU Learn and Earn Project Manager Leslie Witty said. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity and excited about how positive a reception we have received from Caverna staff, faculty and students. They have welcomed us in with open arms.”

Caverna High School Principal Chase Goff said: “Caverna is always looking for opportunities for our students and community. We want them to know that college is possible and this program makes this a reality. We are excited about this partnership and very excited about the potential moving forward.”

In Learn and Earn, WKU students benefit through scholarship, wages and work experience. Businesses benefit by gaining access to a quality workforce pool, cutting down on turnover and training costs, and helping to boost the region’s education and economy.

To learn more about WKU Learn and Earn, visit www.wku.edu/learnandearn

Contact: Leslie Witty, (270) 659-6900 or leslie.witty@wku.edu

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