Hardin County Schools
Each of the three high schools in the Hardin County Schools district has an award winning JROTC program. These students can soon earn more than awards, trophies and scholarships.
Hardin County Schools recently received word from the Kentucky Department of Education that students that successfully complete the sequence of courses within an approved JROTC program will receive a Certificate of Training and are recommended for promotion within a branch of the military. KDE’s Office of Career and Technical Education recognizes the military as a viable career pathway. The military career pathway is recognized within the Government and Public Safety Career Cluster. Thus, JROTC will be included in the college and career readiness accountability model.
To achieve career ready status, a student must be “a senior preparatory student enrolled in one of the three JROTC career pathways. The student must pass the ASVAB (50th percentile or higher) or WorkKeys (Silver Certificate: 4 or above on the Applied Math, Locating Information, and Reading for Information) assessments in addition to achieving the Certificate of Training.”
“We are ecstatic that our hard-working JROTC students can earn this special recognition and status,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “I’ve always been very impressed with the life skills that come from our JROTC programs. These students are natural leaders and become plugged into their schools and communities with ease.
“The confidence, courage and determination these students display is second-to-none. I have heard countless success stories about our former JROTC cadets. With this certification, they will have a leg-up when they enter a post-secondary education institution, the military field, technical school or other career.”
The lead HCS JROTC instructors are as follows: Central Hardin – Roland Haun, John Hardin – Spence Baldwin, North Hardin – Stephen Fisher.