Knox County Schools and Berea College Launch AmeriCorps ‘PartnerCorps’ Program


Barbourville, KY – Sophomores and juniors at Knox Central High convened on Union College’s campus to launch Berea College’s PartnerCorps Program. PartnerCorps is a new program administered by Partners for Education at Berea College and funded through AmeriCorps. Twenty-four PartnerCorps members will serve Knox Central High School by providing intensive mentoring to the entire high school population.


Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs, Union College President Marcia Hawkins, Union College Vice President of Academic Affairs David Johns, Knox Central High School Principal Tim Melton, Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service Program Officer Andrea Sieloff, and Partners For Education Executive Director Dreama Gentry were all in attendance for the event. Lt. Gov. Abramson explained to the students that, “each of you will benefit from the PartnerCorps program we are kicking off today, a program aimed at putting mentors in your school who will help you with college guidance.”


Special guests Nashville recording artists Chad Warrix and Keith Anderson shared their own stories with the students and treated them to an acoustic performance. Both Warrix and Anderson shared that they earned their college degrees before pursuing careers in music.

Knox County PartnerCorps Kickoff

For more information about Berea College’s PartnerCorps program, visit the program page at