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Get a First Look into Fort Thomas Independent Schools “Launch” Space

Fort Thomas Independent Schools is inviting all media to see firsthand the innovative space the district has created to allow students opportunities to explore entrepreneurial career paths


District employees will be on-site to give tours of the two-floor facility and explain some of the key features of the center before their Board of Education meeting held in that space.

Robotics and Odyssey of the Mind students will be in attendance for some eye-catching visuals demonstrating cutting-edge educational opportunities available at the center.

There are two floors with dedicated space at “Launch”.

On the first floor, areas branded as “Convening Center”, “MakerStudio”, and “Student Business Pop-Up Shop” will introduce students to cutting-edge learning methods not found in typical classrooms.

Elementary and MS STEAM experiences held both during and after school, as well as in the summer will take place in the space including FIRST LEGO League robotics, Girls 3-D printer club, STEM Bike Club and Odyssey of the Mind.

On the second floor will be a dedicated High School Professional Studies Center which will have the following Flight Path programs next year: App Development, Entrepreneurship/Business, and Health Innovations with a focus on industry partnerships, authentic projects, and career-focused experiences.

Innovation and entrepreneurial mindset will be emphasized in all Flight Paths. Additional high school programs and courses, such as Cinematography, will use the space on a more flexible schedule.


Media Opportunity: 

- 20 Grand Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075

- Main entrance lobby and second floor

- Monday, January 14, 4:30 p.m. (Media-Only Tours)

- Television, you are welcome to do interviews with staff or grab B-roll at this time

- 6:30 Board of Education meeting begins. B-roll capture available during this time.


1)   Seventy-two percent of high school students would like to be entrepreneurs, but only about two percent get any training in this area.

2)   As the world changes, it is increasingly imperative that school districts provide in-depth career exploration experiences so that students can make informed post-secondary plans based on passions and goals.

“Our goal is to provide a variety of opportunities for our students, both within our schools and beyond, so that they gain in-depth knowledge of careers for their future, both learning what they would like to pursue and what would not be a good fit.”  said Dr. Karen Cheser, Superintendent.  “While developing our district Portrait of a Graduate, industry leaders emphasized the need for an entrepreneurial mindset-a critical attribute for the future.  Launch will be a catalyst for developing this mindset from preschool through 12th grade.”

The space will provide avenues for students to dive deeper into a few key content areas, connect that learning opportunity and give them a more authentic experience as they work with businesses and industry professionals.

"Students will immerse themselves in a process that provides relevance to their learning, builds relationships with others and meets the rigorous expectations cap of Fort Thomas Schools,” said Matthew Bertasso, Highlands High School Principal.

“Teachers will be provided with the space and opportunity to integrate subjects and work more collaboratively with others.”

Support from business leaders throughout the region is growing.

“We’re hoping that once they get involved and they work with our students, they will see how exciting this is for the future of our community and region,” said Dr. Cheser.


Businesses that are interested in getting involved can contact Dr. Cheser at