A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

KCTCS announces $50,000 scholarship endowment from The King’s Daughters and Sons Foundation

The King’s Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky, Inc., has donated $50,000 to endow a scholarship program for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Scholarships will be awarded to full-time, second-year students enrolled in a program that results in a credential that contributes to workforce development in high-demand fields and/or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in...

Kate Fryar: Helping students learn to be part of team, learning and working together to make progress

By Kate Fryar Boyle County Schools Earlier this year, a student in one of my 9th-grade English classes was passing back graded work. Halfway through the stack, she flipped her ponytail, held a paper up to my face and asked, “WHO IS THIS?” in a voice louder than I would have liked her to use. I tried to discreetly point across the room to a quiet boy in the corner, but it was too late – he had...

CPE urges college freshmen to take 15 credits a semester, 30 per year for on-time graduation

The Council on Postsecondary Education has a message for freshmen heading to college this fall: Take 15 credit hours your first semester and be nearly twice as likely to graduate on time. That’s one of the key findings of a new CPE policy brief, “Momentum and Student Success in Kentucky: The Power of 15 Credits.” The report examines the impact of first-semester and first-year enrollment intensity...

Bellarmine University approved to host local TEDx event in 2019; community invited to join event team

The organizers of the popular TED Talks series have approved a TEDx event at Bellarmine University next year. TEDx events are locally-organized programs modeled after the TED format, where speakers deliver concise presentations on topics around a common theme. TEDx events are produced under license from TED. TEDxBellarmineU, on March 1, 2019, will be focused on the topic “Who are we? Past, present,...

Henderson Community College President Kristen Williams named new chancellor of KCTCS

Dr. Kristin Williams has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System effective August 16. Dr. Kristin Williams She is no stranger to the system. Williams currently is president of Henderson Community College, has served as interim president of Hazard Community and Technical College and was chief academic officer at Hopkinsville Community College. Prior to joining KCTCS,...

Frontier Nursing University receives $1.3 million HRSA grant, including $600,000 in scholarships

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has been awarded the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant totals $1,376,800 in funding from 2018-2020, including $600,000 in student scholarships. The goal of the ANEW program is to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered...

Campbellsville online RN, BSN programs ranked among top 50 in Best College Reviews survey

By Josh Christian Special to KyForward Campbellsville University’s online RN and BSN programs have been ranked in the top 50 among national institutions by Best College Reviews in a recent survey. Campbellsville University was recognized for its tuition value, U.S. News and World Report Recognition as a Top School for Online Bachelor’s Programs, customization options and its “wow”...

Two WKU faculty among inaugural recipients of $5,000 ACLS Project Development Grants

Western Kentucky University faculty members Audra Jennings and Alexander Olson are among the inaugural recipients of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Project Development Grants. Audra Jennings Dr. Jennings, an associate professor of History and director of WKU’s Office of Scholar Development, received a grant for her project, Insecurity: Disability, the Great Depression, and the New...

Beaumont Middle School club illustrates STAR power on FCCLA national stage in Atlanta

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club from Beaumont Middle School in Lexington earned the following standings in the STAR contests (Students Taking Action with Recognition) in Atlanta this summer: Gold • Chapter Service Project: Allison Clabes and Caroline Devine; • Illustrated Talk: Kate Hazelwood and Sydney Montgomery. Silver • Chapter in Review Display: Logan Justice and...

‘Dreams and goals come true’ — KEYS Academy celebrates 15 years on EKU campus

The KEYS Academy recently celebrated its 15th year on Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus. The Knowledge – Education – ‘Yes You Can’ Attitude – Scholarship Academy is a week-long, residential camp experience established as a transitional program to provide resources and guidance to middle and high school students enrolled in the regional Southern Kentucky Migrant Education Program. “This...

Awesome Inc. launching fifth season of Web Developer Bootcamp to help beginners get job-ready

Awesome Inc, the hi-tech incubator and computer coding school that provides programming courses for kids and adults in Kentucky is launching its fifth session of their Web Developer Bootcamp in order to move people into careers they love. The goal of the competitive program is to take Bootcamp enrollees from beginner to job-ready, junior-level developers in 12-weeks. There are hundreds of open jobs...

Learning is free: UK Horticulture Research Farm Twilight Tour set for July 26

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Significant, applied research is ongoing at the University of Kentucky’s Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington. With projects and trials covering traditional and organic vegetable production, high tunnel production, fruit production, variety trials for disease and pest resistance, cover crops and hops, Central Kentucky producers can learn a lot by attending...

EKU budget for 2018-19 strives to maintain academic quality, affordability, student success

A steadfast commitment to academic quality and student success amid declining state appropriations, political uncertainties, rising fixed costs, maintenance needs on some older facilities, and a slight decline in expected enrollment (tuition revenue) factored in the development of Eastern Kentucky University’s 2018-19 budget. In its regular meeting on June 25, EKU’s Board of Regents approved a...

UK student Rachel Immerman chosen as new chair of Aspiring Educators, will lead 60,000 NEA members

The Aspiring Educators of the National Education Association last week elected a new chair, Rachel Immerman, a student at the University of Kentucky, at their annual Student Leadership Conference, which takes place just prior to the NEA’s yearly Representative Assembly. During her two-year term as chair, Immerman will work with members of the NEA-Aspiring Educator Program to provide visibility on...

Kentucky Teacher: Interim commissioner cites need for more school resource officers at roundtable

The Federal Commission on School Safety visited Lexington last week as part of a national listening tour on safety issues. Kentucky Department of Education Interim Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis and Kentucky Board of Education Chairman Milton Seymore participated in roundtable discussions led by U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mick Zais. The January school shooting at Marshall County High...

Campbellsville University online associates in business administration ranked best in nation

Campbellsville University’s online associate’s in business administration ranked in the top 10 in the nation by 2 YR Online Associate’s Degree. In addition to accreditation, factors taken into consideration to determine Campbellsville University’s rank included program affordability and recognition from at least one major news publication. “Campbellsville University’s...

Kentucky Teacher: Grant, Pulaski County teachers win Presidential Awards for math/science

Two Kentucky elementary school educators have won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Shannon Brickler, who works at Sherman Elementary School (Grant County), and Natasha Craft, a teacher at Pulaski Elementary School (Pulaski County), are among 104 educators nationwide to be recognized. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics...

Campbellsville University president among Louisville Business First’s ’20 People to Know in Education’

Campbellsville University’s president, Dr. Michael V. Carter, has been featured in Louisville Business First special edition of ’20 People To Know in Education.’ “Louisville Business First’s ‘People to Know’ puts a spotlight each month on 20 area business professionals in a given industry,” Louisville Business First, said. Dr. Michael Carter The May edition...

Community leaders, advocates to gather for Ky. Bike-Walk Summit Aug. 16-17 at Transylvania University

More than 300 community leaders and advocates from across the state will gather at Transylvania University on Aug. 16-17 for the Kentucky Bike-Walk Summit. The conference will explore how to improve cycling and walking options and safety in Kentucky through a variety of focuses—from government funding to education to design to economic development. “We are thrilled to be hosting the KY Bike-Walk...