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, as Lt. Governor, I expanded the program statewide.”

—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;
  • Encourages students to explore opportunities to further their education and training, whether it’s a one-year certificate, a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year college degree;
  • 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 2014-2015 year, the following high schools have been selected to participate in the Close the Deal initiative and will hold their kick-off events on:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Breathitt County High School photos
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Ohio County High School photos
Friday, October 24, 2014 Campbellsville Independent High School
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Livingston Central High School


You can view photos from previous Close the Deal events on the Lt. Governor's flickr site.
2013-2014: Covington Holmes High School, Gallatin Central High School, Greenup County High School, and Logan County High School.
2012-2013: Campbell County High School, Bullitt Central High School, and Lawrence County High School.