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WAVE 3 News Editorial - March 4, 2014: Ford Next Generation Learning

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By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The next generation of learning in Jefferson County Public Schools will focus on making learning relevant for students, and closing the skills gap between what students are learning and what employers need them to learn.

The master plan to do that just got a boost when Ford selected Louisville as the 18th city in the country to be a Ford Next Generation Learning community, lending their expertise and funding to the effort, and further solidifying Ford's ties to this community.

Success overall for the effort will be increased learning by all students. The goal over the next three years is to have three of every four high school students be college or career ready, as opposed to one of every two right now, and for the graduation rate to approach 85 percent.

The master plan is for the school district to expand the partnership with local and regional businesses beyond the 5-Star Schools, to 16 high schools, enhancing career tracks for students.

Teachers will get more professional development and connect more closely to industry advancements to bring real-world projects to the classrooms. Students will get more hands on learning. The business community will engage more closely with mentoring and job shadowing, and get better graduates.

We should all be engaged in the effort, from parental support with their children and the schools, to community encouragement for teachers and students. Students should appreciate and take full advantage of the tremendous opportunities being afforded them.   

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