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Forward in the Fifth has announced members of the first-ever Our Voices…Our Vision Student Congress representing 45 counties in the Appalachian region of Kentucky.

This student leadership initiative is designed to introduce, discuss and synthesize ideas from college students in southern and eastern Kentucky about the advancement of educational progress and growth.

Lynn Holland II and Karissa Brock, of Bell County, will be representing Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College along with Anna Creech, of Harlan County.

Members of the student congress will facilitate conversations with peers, faculty and community leaders on relevant educational issues which will impact personal and regional progress.

“Our higher education system must continue providing innovative approaches and support to best meet future demands while minimizing obstacles faced by individuals or collectively as a region,” said Jim Tackett, executive director of Forward in the Fifth. “Our Voices… Our Vision Student Congress presents a means for students to offer valuable input to those who are responsible for ensuring the postsecondary experience is achieving appropriate outcomes.”

“The student congress provides a unique opportunity for students to share successes and challenges at the college level,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “Their insights have the potential to impact future development of local and regional programs and policies. Forward in the Fifth plans to highlight successful practices at our institutions of higher education, while offering innovative ideas for current and future generations.”

Members of the student congress were selected in December, with 20 students from eight colleges and universities represented in the inaugural program. Fifteen different counties will be represented by the Student Congress members who bring a varied background of majors, interests, educational experiences and ages to the leadership opportunity.

Training for Student Congress members will occur this month. Afterwards, members will assist in the selection of a relevant education topic and forum structure to gather feedback about the selected topic on each participating college campus. Following the forums, members will submit a regional report to Forward in the Fifth.

At the conclusion of the 2013-2014 academic year, Forward in the Fifth will provide a presentation and final report to key decision makers on campuses and represented communities.

For more information, contact Forward in the Fifth at 606-677-6000 or fif@centertech.com.

Forward in the Fifth, a non-profit organization and an affiliate of The Center for Rural Development, was formed in 1986 by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, to reverse low educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District. The organization strives to engage community stakeholders to advance the value of education; serves as advocates to advance all education systems to improve educational attainment; and supports schools and stakeholders to secure needed resources to improve the quality of education within their local communities.

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