Family road trip – Destination: EKU

Ten Knox Central High School families recently hit the road with the destination being higher education.

On Tuesday, December 1, the Berea College i3 and Full Service Community Schools Family Engagement programs, traveled with students, parents, and grandparents to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to tour the campus and discover the academic and extracurricular offerings by the institution.

“Despite a rainy cold day, our group had a grand day touring campus, visiting with Knox Central alumni who currently attend EKU, and learning more about financial aid specific to the college,” said Andrea McKeehan, family engagement specialist for the district through Berea College.

“The most memorable part of the day for many of us was learning more about EKU Agriculture Department by visiting EKU’s Meadowbrook farm,” recalled McKeehan.  “The farm tour gave us a unique opportunity for a hands-on learning experience as well as practical applications of agricultural procedures.”

McKeehan jokingly shared those on the trip won’t soon forget sounds and smells of the farm as well as the dairy cows and lovable calves.

The trip to Eastern Kentucky University is one of several trips the Berea College programs have provided in the past year.   The goal is to increase college access and awareness for students while providing accelerated learning opportunities, such as Advanced Placement courses, while they are still in high school.