has lived the past century as a child of the Industrial Revolution, an economy
driven by basic manufacturing where an individual could drop out of school,
develop a skill in manufacturing, and provide for themselves and their family.
Education for most was neither a priority nor a necessity.
But times have changed and those days are no more as our world has
evolved into a global, knowledge based economy.
Fourteen years of school, two years of post secondary education, have
become a necessity in this modern economy. For
where thousands of residents have less than a high school education, this is
more than a paradigm shift…this is a change of culture.
K-14 is a countywide initiative sponsored and
coordinated by the Business/Education Partnership of Davidson County and
Davidson Vision. The initiative is a
coalition of the following organizations:
Area Chamber of Commerce
Davidson County Schools
Area Chamber of Commerce
Lexington City Schools
Northern Davidson Chamber of
Thomasville City Schools
Area Chamber of Commerce
Workforce Development Board
Communities in Schools-Lexington/Davidson Co
College Foundation of NC
The specific goals of the K-14 initiative are to (1)
reduce the dropout rate and (2) increase the college-attending rate of public
school students throughout
. From a more global perspective,
our objective is to improve the quality of life for the people of our county by
positioning them to be more productive, higher paid citizens of this county, a
county that will become a target for new business and industry, attracted by an
educated, capable workforce and an exceptional quality of life.
Working to compliment the efforts of our three school systems, the
purpose of K-14 is to empower every parent and student in
with the knowledge, belief, tools, resources and support to achieve college
program is driven by four primary focuses:
Career/College Counseling, College Financing, Mentoring
For too many generations, education has not been a priority
for families throughout Davidson county. The
purpose of this focus is first to educate people on necessity of two years of
post high school education, and then to instill the belief that college can be a
reality for every child and that there is a community and a system of support to
help them achieve this goal. Through
a public relations campaign utilizing multiple channels and media, the message
of K-14 will reach out to every
resident of our county. The message is one of hope and one of challenge.
The message simply states that every child can achieve and succeed
with the K-14 plan and that there is a community of support in place to
help make this dream a reality.
Obtaining information on how to apply for college and how
to find funding can be a daunting task. The
K-14 program will provide career/college counseling resources for all
. Equipped with scholarship search software, college application information,
and education funding assistance, the center will offer a program designed to
compliment the efforts of the school counselors.
The other primary target for the program is the parent.
Too many parents cannot perceive the possibility of their child attending
college. The program will work with
churches, employers, county agencies and other entities to provide the knowledge
and the skills necessary for parents and students to choose and enter.
Two years of education beyond high school presents the
perception of a major financial challenge. It
often appears far beyond the comprehension of many families.
In reality, college can be much more affordable than many may imagine and
there are numerous sources and opportunities for funding.
The goal of the K-14 program is to provide every eligible young
with the financial assistance to attend those essential two years of college
level study. Working with college
financial offices, the College Foundation of North Carolina, and locally based
scholarships including the Project Potential program, the K-14 program
encourages the leveraging of resources to maximize the capabilities of our
community. The program is also
working to develop an employer-based program for funding scholarships targeting
the children of employees.
One of the major predictors of educational success for any
child is the presence of a caring adult in that child’s life.
Too often, the children of our community do not have that positive adult
role model to guide and inspire them during these key years of development.
Working with the outstanding Communities in Schools programs in
, the K-14 program seeks to encourage mentoring and recruit mentors
through the businesses, civic clubs, and faith community to support this
outstanding program. By volunteering
just one hour a week to mentor a young person, a volunteer can make a real and
positive difference in the life of a child.
For that volunteer, mentoring can be one of the most personally rewarding
community service projects to be experienced.