While other students were taking a summer break from classes, Magoffin County student Quinton Hensley was putting his math, science, and technology skills to work at The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program.
Hensley, who attended Hearld Whitaker Middle School, participated in and graduated from the final summer session of the 2011 Rogers Explorers program held July 20-22 on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
The rising ninth-grade student developed critical leadership skills and completed hands-on activities in math, science, and technology led by college professors helping to further his career interests.
“It is simply amazing to watch our youth develop their talents in these high-demand careers and grow their business and leadership skills,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “The Rogers Explorers program gives aspiring, career-minded students a jumpstart on planning their future careers.”
Rogers Explorers are encouraged to be critical thinkers and work as a team to build their skills all while getting their first taste of life on a college campus. Participants stay in college residence halls and attended classes taught by college professors.
“It was great to see these students bond and grow as they learned about math, science and technology,” Lauren Hayes, The Center’s youth programs coordinator, said. “They truly learned leadership skills that will help them succeed throughout life.”
Other sessions of the Rogers Explorers program were held this summer on the campuses of Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia and the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.
Hensley is the son of Loren and Anna Hensley of Salyersville.