Thousands of JCPS students prepare for life after high school

Zach Hester
Zach Hester

LOUSIVLLE, KY (WAVE) - Thousands of Jefferson County Public School students are now high school graduates. They walked down the aisle Thursday night with family and friends cheering them on. More than half of them will ahead off to college with a whole new set of challenges.

There's a whole new world of college just down the road. From finances and new friends to homework and a new home, it can be a shock to the system. During Ballard High School's graduation celebration, students took their first steps towards success after high school.

Numbers from JCPS show 70% of Ballard graduates will go to college, but other numbers from the College Board show 30% of them will drop out during their first year, and 50% never graduate. That's where the College Plan Jam can help.

"If you don't plan from the start, you're not going to have the momentum to get through an entire college degree," Zach Hester with College Mine said.

Hester says fewer students now graduate in four years. That's another reason why it's important to have a plan.

"Try to take a lot of gen eds (general education requirements) before you get locked into a major," Hester said.

College is expensive enough without adding on another year or two he reminded students and parents. In fact, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville both approved a 6% tuition increase.

College Mine is planning two more free informational sessions for students and their parents later this month. They will be on Thursday, June 16 and Saturday, June 25 at Frazier center on the Bellarmine University campus. The crash courses also cover time and money management and how to juggle a job and school.

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