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Deadline to apply for summer youth leadership program is March 4

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The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications through March 4 from eighth-grade middle school students in Taylor County interested in developing their skills in math, science and technology this summer at the 2013 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

The program, which is three days and two nights on a college campus, provides hands-on learning experiences in these in-demand career fields and builds leadership skills, all while students get to see what it is like to live and study at a leading Kentucky college or university.

"Eighth-grade students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky have an exciting opportunity to participate in a summer camp that motivates students to excel in math, science and technology," said Youth Programs Coordinator Delaney Stephens.

"By receiving hands-on instruction from college professors, students get to see how fun math and science can be when applied to the real world."

The 2013 summer sessions of Rogers Explorers will be June 2-4 at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, June 5-7 at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, July 21-23 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and July 24-26 at Morehead State University in Morehead.

For more information, call (606) 677-6000 or visit centertech.com/leadership/rogers-explorers to download an application form.

All applications must be completed and mailed to The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South U.S. 27, Suite 300, Somerset, KY 42501.

Thirty students will be selected to attend each of the four 2013 Rogers Explorers summer sessions. All lodging, meals, and program expenses, with the exception of transportation to and from the campus host site, are provided free of charge to participating students.