Locally, the program will be held March 11-14.
Operation Preparation calls for trained volunteers to meet individually with every 8th- and 10th-grade student. The mentors will use the student’s Individual Learning Plan to discuss the student’s career goals, required education/training, and workforce skills. The discussion will cover whether the student is on target to meet goals and whether they have taken the recommended courses.
Each session is expected to take about 20 minutes.
Operation Preparation is a joint effort of the Kentucky Department of Education and the Department of Workforce Development. Hopkins County Schools’ coordinators started planning for the event in Octo-ber.
"We took the exit surveys from last year, and worked to streamline the process," said coordinator Pam Todd, principal of Hopkins County Schools Academy.
"The schools are working now to get their volunteers and see what their career is," she said. The schools try to match students’ career interests with that of the volunteers.
Before volunteering, individuals must take an online training. At the end of the training, they should print a certificate that will be presented at the school when they go to volunteer. Volunteers must com-plete a volunteer form, background check form, nondisclosure form, and acceptable use policy for the computer system.
"We had about 250 volunteers last year," Todd said, "but we need that many or more this year."
Community members are asked to contact the school where they would like to volunteer or Todd, who can be reached at 825-6122 or