Follow the STEAM at Union College this July

Knox County students are encouraged to go full steam ahead this summer in pursuing their interests in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts.

Union College will host a three-week summer learning program for Knox County children ages 6 through 13. Dr. Marcia Hawkins, Union College president, announced that this program represents Union’s introductory affiliation with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

“Follow the Steam”, the college’s pilot summer learning program, will be occurring through July 28 on the college campus.

“Part of our mission at Union College is dedicated to the health and prosperity of our community,” said Dr. Hawkins. “We serve our mission well at the collegiate level, and we want to serve as a catalyst and resource to achieve this at other educational levels for our children and our community.”

Dr. Hawkins said the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a “great network that impacts thousands of young lives” each day at centers throughout the country. She noted that “this part of Kentucky and greater Appalachia are underserved by these kinds of educational, healthy-lifestyle, character-building programs.” Dr. Hawkins reached out to Ms. Kateena Haynes, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Harlan County and found her an enthusiastic proponent of Union’s intention to affiliate with BGCA.

“Boys and Girls Clubs offer children a variety of programs and educational benefits that will have a positive impact on their rest of their lives,” said Ms. Haynes. “It is a blessing to see the Boys and Girls Clubs of America extend their reach beyond Harlan County and to Union College in order to provide an even greater impact on the future of our region.”

Haynes said the Harlan County Boys and Girls Club began in 2003 as a youth sports organization, but has grown to incorporate a number of athletic, academic and development programs operating throughout the year and serving more than 2,000 youth. The only other Boys and Girls Club in any proximity to Knox County is in Lexington.


For more information: please contact the Union College president’s office at 606-546-1625 or email

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