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"Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions."

How LIFT Benefits Our Classrooms

Our students can only dream as big as they can see. As an educator, you are uniquely positioned to engage students in conversations about their future careers. LIFT provides educators with externship experiences where they are able to see first-hand, the technical and social skills their students may need for their desired workplace.

Program Goals:

  1. Bridge the gap between education and workforce through experiential learning.
  2. Expose educators to the true needs of our community’s industry and business partners in relation to career pathways.
  3. Establish relationships with fellow educators and industry leaders – creating a resource base for educators to implement innovating teaching strategies into their classrooms.
Tuition & Cost

If accepted into LIFT, the program fee is $850. We are asking local businesses to sponsor so the program will be at no cost to participants. The number of sponsorships received will determine how many applicants will be selected to participate in the program.

Program Days & Attendance

2023 Program Dates:

  • Day 1 - July 7
  • Day 2 - August 22
  • Day 3 - September 14
  • Day 4 - October 12
  • Graduation - November 14

Attendance on all program dates is mandatory to be considered for the LIFT program. Program days will typically be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you know that you cannot attend the externship session on any of these dates, please consider holding your application for a future LIFT class when you can be fully committed.

Learn More

To learn more about LIFT, please contact Hailey Anderson at or call the Chamber office at (270) 753-5171.

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Program Schedule

Each program day will begin with participants attending the Chamber's "Business @ Breakfast" to network with fellow community professionals. Participants will then spend the day exploring different industry sectors and community resources including:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts & Tourism
  • Business & Professional Services
  • Community Organizations & Resources
  • Education
  • Engineering, Manufacturing & Trades
  • Health & Human Services
  • Law, Justice & Local Government
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