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Tomorrow’s Talent summit to focus on the future of LouisvilleKY youth

Mayor Fischer to join local and national experts at Ali Center on Dec. 8 LouisvilleKY., – Registration is now open for Tomorrow’s Talent, a workforce and education summit that brings together national and local experts to focus on ways for young people to realize their full potential in education and the workforce — creating the maximum impact to the regional economy. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Muhammad Ali Center. Registration is free at www. kentuckianaworks.org/summit. Tomorrow’s Talent is presented by KentuckianaWorks, 55,000 Degrees and Greater Louisville Inc., with funding from the JPMorgan Chase…


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Mayor launches startup to help LouisvilleKY companies train and retain talent

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer today launched Degrees Work, a city-sponsored startup that works directly with companies and organizations to encourage their employees to return to college and complete a degree. “With today’s low unemployment rates, companies are in a fierce battle to attract and retain talented employees,” the Mayor said.  “Degrees Work offers those companies an affordable way to help more of their employees go back to college to earn 2-year and 4-year degrees – increasing retention and employee engagement while adding skills to their teams.” For the past seven years, Louisville has been working to improve college…


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LouisvilleKY summit to focus on stronger connection between education and careers

Mayor joins national experts, universities, employers at Ali Center on Dec. 9 Louisville, KY., – Registration is now open for Power Forward, a workforce and education summit that brings together national and local experts, schools, universities and employers to collaborate on a more productive transition between education and career – helping create a stronger pipeline of  talent for Louisville-area employers. The event is Friday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center. Registration is free at kentuckianaworks.org. Power Forward is presented by KentuckianaWorks, 55,000 Degrees and Greater Louisville Inc. and funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation….


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LouisvilleKY students can apply for financial aid early

Applications Being Accepted 3 Months Early; Kentucky funds still awarded on first-come, first-serve basis (Oct. 3, 2016) – Applying for student Federal Financial Aid just got a lot easier – and a lot earlier. People intending to begin college courses in fall of 2017 can start applying NOW for federal financial aid, three months earlier than in years past. That means high school seniors and current college students – as well as adults wanting to return to college – should complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid,” also known as “FAFSA” as soon as possible. In addition to the…


Thousands of Louisville High School Seniors Sign on to College

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Nearly 1,500 college-bound seniors in Louisville have been recognized for their commitment to go to college and earn a degree. The students were honored at a celebration Monday at the KFC Yum! Center. Jefferson County Public Schools, the KFC Yum! Center and 55,000 Degrees – Louisville’s education movement – joined forces to host College Signing Day. “It’s always exciting when you see people gather around when a high school athlete signs on for college,” said Mayor Greg Fischer, chairman of 55,000 Degrees. “But this event recognizes that every college decision is exciting! These students are not only…


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The Heat is On

Mayor Greg Fischer and officials from the Community Foundation of Louisville and Metro United Way today announced 27 grants totaling $250,000 to area nonprofit organizations that help create a college-going culture in the Louisville community. This funding is in response to the vision created by 55,000 Degrees, a public-private partnership that is working to increase the number of people in our community with college degrees by 55,000 by the year 2020.  Over 140 requests for funding were received. Grants were awarded for programs that address five key “tipping points” that are predictors of students’ future success in their educational journey:…