Close the Deal


“The Close the Deal initiative creates a college-going culture in high schools for students who aren’t yet considering higher education. If we truly want to prepare Kentucky’s next generation of leaders for the demands of the 21st century workforce, we must continue to find ways to encourage and assist our high school students to seek additional education. We created Close the Deal when I was mayor of Louisville because we realized that many talented students who would earn a high school diploma had no idea what to do next, which is one reason I expanded the program statewide last year. I’m thrilled to be partnering with our four new high schools.”

—Jerry Abramson


Across the Commonwealth, schools are working to create a culture that values college and career advising for all students. In support of this effort, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor has teamed up with the Kentucky Department of Education’s Operation Preparation program to work with school administrators, community businesses, and local elected officials through the Close the Deal initiative.

This initiative was designed to provide schools and their surrounding communities the opportunity to work with their students in planning for college and/or their future careers. The goal of the Close the Deal program as a complementary link to Operation Preparation is to:

  • Create a strong college-going culture in schools with low college-going rates;
  • Support high school counselors to more effectively assist students in college application and enrollment; and
  • Engage the business and postsecondary communities by providing guidance and resources to assist students in establishing and meeting postsecondary goals.

For the 2013-2014 year, the following high schools have been selected to participate in the Close the Deal initiative and will hold their kick-off events on:

Friday, October 4, 2013 Covington Holmes High School view photos
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Gallatin Central High School view photos
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Greenup County High School view photos
Friday, November 1, 2013 Logan County High School view photos


You can view photos from the 2012-2013 events on the Lt. Governor's flickr site: Campbell County High School, Bullitt Central High School, and Lawrence County High School.