Open House tonight for the new Launching Center at Teen Center

BEDFORD – The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County will host an open house of the Launching Center tonight.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Kids, teens and parents are invited to attend.

Pizza will be available thanks to a generous donation of Domino’s.

Demonstrations will take place and door prizes will be awarded.

The Launching center will introduce students to regionally relevant in-demand skills and jobs through project-based learning, soft-skills training, career awareness, and pathway activities. It is expected to directly serve up to 775 students through a variety of programs.

The Launching Center will also help develop a pipeline to the NLCS Career Center.

Workforce Attraction Plan, the Launching Center hopes to achieve:

  1. Attract and train the region’s future workforce
  2. Expand technical trade programs and apprenticeships for youth
  3. Strengthen early soft skills development for K-12 students
  4. Develop youth-friendly recreational opportunities and amenities
  5. Expand broadband and WIFI access.

Youth will partner with area industry employers who will provide expertise and input regarding in-demand jobs, training needed to fill positions, guide development of curriculum and pathways, and serve as mentors teaching students applicable work skills.

A multi-use STEM space will feature robotics, a makerspace, enhanced WIFI access, and a tech shop for elementary school children and teens in after-school programming.