CTE students and sponsors (three women, one male in front, five males in back) in front of Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Sign - white letters on dark blue background. American and KY flags to left and white and navy flag (unidentified) to right

Lead with CTE students got a first-hand look at manufacturing careers as they attended the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon and Manufacturing Expo (October is Manufacturing Month). While there they heard from Frank Jemley, III, President and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers.

Lead with CTE is an opportunity for Career & Technical Students to gain leadership experience through a partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce.  Grayson County Transition Coordinator Brandi Lee and Grayson County Chamber Director April Spalding began the program in 2021 to expose talented high school students to business leaders in the community and various Chamber-supported events.

"We believe that a crucial factor in creating a strong future workforce lies in creating strong relationships with students and industry at an early age,” said Lee and Spalding in a joint statement.  “We also recognize that there are many great opportunities locally for students to begin their careers that they are often unaware of, and that's where the collaboration is most valuable. Connecting students with potential employers and giving them a preview of opportunities to come is the intention behind LEAD with CTE. "