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A day before the big University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football game, Shelby County High School got a dose of red.
But U of L President James Ramsey wasn’t at SCHS Friday to push for support of his Cardinals squad. He wasn’t even there to partake in the Rockets’ homecoming fun.
He was there to address the senior students about the importance of continuing their education at the college level.
“Never has education been more important than it is today. We live in a changing world, a changing economy,” he said. “The jobs of today are very different than the jobs of yesterday. And we don’t even know what the jobs of tomorrow will be. And you need an education to be successful in the work world and in our economy today.”
Ramsey linked the loss of thousands of General Electric jobs in Jefferson County since his youth to the recent loss of manufacturing jobs in Shelby County.
“The new jobs of today… more than ever require advanced education,” he said.
Ramsey continued by touching on the diverse programs Louisville offers and the beauty of its campus. He told students of the scholarship and need-based programs that can help them attend U of L and encouraged them to get serious about exploring the college option.
Plenty of SCHS grads have explored the opportunities at U of L, with 1,153 Rockets going on to graduate as Cardinals. The university currently has 200 SCHS alums enrolled, including 28 freshmen. Ramsey mentioned two students who graduated from SCHS who are involved in sports at his university – Candice Wiley is on the golf team and Jarred Clarkson plays baseball.
“Our focus at the University of Louisville is quality. We don’t want to be the biggest. We want to be the best,” Ramsey said.
After Ramsey spoke, SCHS alum and current student at U of L's J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Katy Newlin told the auditorium crowd her experiences at U of L and shared her thoughts on what they should look for in a college.
“Find your own niche and discover what the campus can uniquely give you,” she said.
Following the speeches, students asked questions, such as what test scores would get them into U of L and what programs the university offers.