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February 25, 2018

Forward in the Fifth

Forward in the FifthForward in the Fifth is a grassroots organization created in 1986 by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), business and community leaders, and educators to reverse low educational attainment rates in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

An affiliate of The Center for Rural Development, Forward in the Fifth serves as a catalyst to help unite individuals and communities to form a structure in which positive change can occur.

To make that happen, Forward in the Fifth mission centers concentrate on three key actions—engage, advocate, and support—as the nonprofit organization moves forward to motivate community stakeholders to achieve higher levels of educational attainment for all citizens in Southern and Eastern Kentucky and beyond.

Contact Forward in the Fifth at 606-677-6000 or visit to find out how you and your community can join the effort to move education forward in Kentucky.

Forward in the Fifth speaking to students

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