Wendell Ford Statesmanhsip Academy named Education and Workforce Development Program of the Year 

OWENSBORO, KY– (January 29, 2018) – On behalf of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center was awarded the 2018 Education and Workforce Development Program of the Year Award at the Chamber’s Business of the Year Awards this past weekend.  The Ford Center was recognized for their work with the youth of Owensboro through their educational program the Statesmanship Academy.

“We are so honored by this award and the validation it gives to our work as an organization,” said Elizabeth Griffith, Executive Director, “We want to thank all of our community partners, our students, and the Chamber of Commerce for recognizing us with this honor. We are looking forward too many more years of educating our youth on the importance of cooperation, civility, and compromise and to continuing Senator Ford’s legacy.”

The Wendell H. Ford Statesmanship Academy is a non-partisan program for local area high school students who have an interest in public service and developing their leadership skills. The Academy strives to teach students about the issues facing their community, state and nation as well as the three principles by which Senator Wendell Ford conducted his work: civil discourse, cooperation and the willingness to compromise.

The Ford Center strives to teach students to examine both sides of every issue, to learn how to respect another person’s opinion even when it may differ from their own, and that working together should not be seen as a sign of weakness, but as a sign of strength. These ideals are important for our next generation of leaders to understand.

For more information about the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center, please visit our website at fordgovcenter.com.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Griffith