WKU students honored in 2018 Hearst Journalism Awards multimedia, writing competitions

Four Western Kentucky University students have been honored in writing and multimedia competitions in the 2017-2018 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Nicole Ares, a May graduate from Versailles, finished second in the Enterprise Reporting competition and received a $2,000 award. Michelle Hanks, a senior from Chattanooga, Tennessee, finished sixth. Sawyer Smith, a May graduate from Louisville, finished...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves diversity plan for state’s colleges and universities

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved campus diversity plans for the public four-year universities and the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at its meeting Friday. The five-year plans aim to boost enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students, particularly underrepresented minorities and low-income students. The plans also promote workforce diversity...

Western Kentucky University named Diversity and Inclusion Champion from Diversity Abroad

Western Kentucky University has taken a leap forward in its diversity and inclusion efforts, receiving a prestigious award from Diversity Abroad. WKU has been named the Diversity & Inclusion Champion in the 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Awards. The EDIIE Awards celebrates innovative practices, original research and inclusive excellence with an...

EKU graduate returns to alma Mater to serve as director of government and community relations

Ethan Witt knows firsthand the value of a degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Now, after serving four and a half years in the field offices of Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the 2011 political science graduate is returning to his alma mater to share that story as its director of government and community relations. He will serve under the direction...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College honors 2017 donors, unveils nine new endowments

Nearly 100 donors, WKCTC students, faculty and staff attended a Donor Recognition Reception at WKCTC January 30 (Photo from WKCTC) This will be a tough weekend for Hickman County’s Greg Godby and his family as February 2 marks the one year anniversary of his wife, Kim’s, death. But he is proud of the scholarship established in her honor that will help students at West Kentucky Community...

Report shows urgent need for Southern states to improve K-12 schools for every child

In a new report, seven nonpartisan organizations in the South—including the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence—urge their states to take swifter action to improve K-12 education for every child with an emphasis on support for disadvantaged students. Accelerating the Pace: The Future of Education in the American South calls for states to move faster to raise the overall quality of education....

University of Kentucky’s Schnatter Institute to host special panel discussion on Bitcoin Feb. 7

By Carl Nathe and Ann Mary Quarandillo Special to KyForward As the popularity of Bitcoin continues to rise, it is also raising serious questions about how it will affect the business world and the global economy. The Schnatter Institute at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics will address some of these questions with noted economist and internationally known cryptocurrency...

Kentucky Society of CPAs accepting college scholarship applications; deadline Feb. 19

The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KyCPA) is accepting applications for its Educational Foundation scholarships now through Feb. 19. Students studying accounting at Kentucky-based colleges and universities are eligible to apply for the scholarships, which range between $1,000 and $2,500 each. For more information, criteria or an online application, go to www.kycpa.org or call 502.266.5272...

Survey shows cuts to Ky. schools have meant fewer services, proposed budget risks quality of education

At the same time that new cuts to state funding for education are on the table, a new report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy shows previous budget cuts have already stretched Kentucky school districts and are hurting classrooms and kids. Further cuts could force even more significant reductions in educational programs and services, layoffs or even school closings. Through a survey of...

New middle school in Fayette County moves one step closer as Squires Road land purchase approved

A new middle school in northeast Lexington moved one step closer to reality tonight when the Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of roughly 20 acres of land on Squires Road from the Kentucky American Water Company at a cost of $103,000 per acre. “Land is hard to come by here in Fayette County and we are thankful that the water company had the foresight to...

Kentucky college presidents tell budget committee how Governor’s proposed budget will affect schools

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s public university presidents appeared before a legislative committee on Thursday to describe how Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget will affect them. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education that the cuts in programs contained in the state’s two-year spending plan will impact...

Winburn, Hayes middle schools bring home awards from Future City regional contest

In their first year’s attempt, a team from Winburn Middle School placed fourth overall in the Future City regional contest Jan. 15 in La Grange, where more than 50 schools from across Kentucky unveiled ideas for making the world a better place. Winburn’s Alexander Stumbur (top left), Alexander Johnson, Halie Boyer, Noelani O’Brien (front left), Sophie Hildebrandt, and Agil Maharramov (Photo...

Kentucky American Water now accepting applications for 2018 Ripple Effect Scholarships

Kentucky American Water has announced that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2018 Ripple Effect Scholarship Program. The program, now in its 16th year, offers one-time, $500 scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance, a commitment to environmental stewardship and plan to pursue studies in an environmental-related or engineering field. Three...

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to visit UK College of Law Feb. 6 as part of Ray Lecture Series

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the University of Kentucky College of Law will host Eric H. Holder Jr., 82nd attorney general of the United States and partner at Covington & Burling LLP, as part of the Roy R. and Virginia F. Ray Lecture Series. Eric Holder The event will take place at 5 p.m., at UK’s Memorial Hall. There is no fee to attend the event, but registration is required. Melynda J. Price, William...

SCAPA’s Angela Stark in running for national Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Angela Stark of SCAPA at Bluegrass is one of five finalists for the national Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year award, to be presented by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). After topping the 13-state Southern district in November, Stark will be honored during the national convention and expo March 20-24 in Nashville, where the overall winner will be announced. Angela...

Fayette County reminding families of additional vaccinations required for 2018-19 school year

Students’ families are encouraged to schedule doctor visits as soon as possible because of new immunization requirements in Fayette County Public Schools covering Hepatitis A and MCV4 booster. The first dose of Hepatitis A, which is required for all unvaccinated students regardless of age, should be received before Feb. 14 if possible. That puts the student on schedule to get the second dose...

Department for Environmental Protection extends deadline for EcoArt Contest entries to March 2

The deadline for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s 2017-18 Eco-Art Contest has been extended due to recent adverse weather conditions. Kentucky high school students are encouraged to submit their nominations by midnight on March 2. The contest, which is in its ninth year, provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s...

Dept. of Libraries and Archives announces 10 winners of Library Sciences Tuition Scholarships

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) today recognized 10 recipients of the Library Science Tuition Scholarship for the spring 2018 semester. The public library staff members will use the scholarship from the State Board for the Certification of Librarians to help them meet Kentucky certification requirements by completing college-level library science courses. The scholarship...

KSBA to recognize 400th Energy Star School, state’s top five energy efficient schools at state capitol

The Kentucky School Boards Association will recognize the 400th Energy Star School and the top five energy-efficient school districts in Kentucky during a press conference at 1 p.m. today in the Capitol Rotunda. “It has been remarkable what has been done,” KSBA Executive Director Kerri Schelling said. “School boards have made decisions impacting facility energy consumption and school...

KCTCS reaches milestone with three million students having completed workforce training since 2000

The Workforce Solutions team at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has reached a milestone. They have provided services for more than three million program participants since the program began in 2000. The 16 colleges of KCTCS offer customized training and support services for business and industry statewide. One example is WACKER Chemical Corporation in Calvert City, which...