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Fall 2022 WKY Launch Experience presented by U.S. Bank

Wednesday, October 26 in the Expo Center


Planning is underway for the Fall 2022 WKY Launch Experience presented by U.S. Bank. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 26 at the Expo Center and make plans to participate!  We need your support to build our community’s future workforce. 

WKY Launch Experience is a career exploration expo for eighth grade students in all schools in Paducah/McCracken County school systems including Paducah Middle, Lone Oak, Heath, Reidland, St. Mary and Community Christian Academy. More than 800 students will participate in this one-day event. Our goal is to expose students to local career options they may not be aware of in an effort to strengthen the local workforce of the future.  

Our last event in the Spring of 2022 had incredible displays and wonderful feedback from the students, educators and parents. This year we want to expand the event to include even more hands-on activities. Your participation can help make this event a huge success! 

Sponsorship opportunities are now available along with participant registration. There are several sponsorship levels to choose from as well as multiple participation levels. Please take a moment to review the available options and select your level of involvement. We are excited to partner with you and offer workforce development options to our students.

WKY Launch FAQ

WKY Launch Registration/Sponsorship Form

  The mission of the Business Education Partnership (BEP) is to develop collaborative partnerships between business and education and become a pro-active voice for educational issues at the local, regional, and state level. BEP is a separate 501(C)3 organization that was started in 1996.  It is a community network that forms working relationships between our regional businesses, post-secondary education, and the McCracken County Public Schools, Paducah Public Schools, Community Christian Academy and St. Mary School systems.

 Partnership Goals
Enhance learning experiences for students and educators
Promote life long learning
Partnership Benefits
Workforce development
Provide business input and application in education
Enrich the quality of life in our region through skill and assessment training 
Business Partnership Programs
BEP Web site Partners
Leadership Paducah
Educational Community Partnerships
4-H Youth Development
Prichard Committee
4-H American Private Enterprise
P-16 Council 
West Kentucky Educational Co-op (Gear-up)
Paducah City & McCracken County School Systems
Girl Scouts 
Educational Community 
Enhance the learning process and enlarge the resource pool for educators
Address issues and concerns from a business perspective
Create stronger community relationships

For more information, contact Sandra Wilson at


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