Our Mission

Our Mission

The Center believes the region’s youth are the future. And in the words of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.” Through Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) youth programs, The Center helps middle school students through rising high school seniors develop the skills they need to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.

Message from Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center for Rural Development.

“The Center’s youth programs are near and dear to my heart. This was not an easy decision to make and we did not make it lightly. Due to the State of Emergency restrictions and the severe nature of this crisis, we feel it is in the best interest of all of our staff, the students, and their families, that we do not take any risks. The health and wellbeing of our students has always been a top priority when we conduct our summer programs. We had optimistically hoped that we could find a way to proceed normally, but we do not feel that is possible. We recognize all of the hard work and dedication you put into your applications for this program and we hope you continue working towards your goals for a successful future.”

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we truly appreciate your cooperation during this time. Any future communication to selected students will come via email and will be sent to both parents and students. For questions or concerns, contact Allison Cross at across@centertech.com or call 606-677-6000.

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