A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

State agencies partner to offer free job skills prep, certifications to help Kentucky adults

Two state agencies have teamed up to offer free access to high-quality courseware and certifications to help Kentucky adults build and demonstrate work-readiness skills. Through local Kentucky Career Centers and Kentucky Skills U programs, formerly Kentucky Adult Education, adults can prepare for the Kentucky Career Readiness Certificate and the Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate using World Interactive...

University of Kentucky Wildcat Pulling Team places third at international competition

By: Katie Pratt Special to KyForward A tractor built by University of Kentucky students recently placed third at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. 2018 UK Pulling Team members from left to right Mike Sama (advisor), Courtney Travis, Robert Marker, Shawn O’Neal, Tim Smith (advisor), Pradeep, John Mann,...

KY universities partner with State Treasurer to support empowerment for teachers, students

Economic educators across the state  have joined with State Treasurer Allison Ball to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). Ball Partners include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. The CFLC was formed to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship...

Public invited to bid on KY Valley Educational Cooperative ‘Building it Forward’ tiny houses

The public is invited to bid on the quality Tiny Houses innovatively designed and constructed by students in eastern Kentucky school districts. The Leslie County Area Technology Center tiny house The “Building it Forward” project, sponsored by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), is an investment in creating a ‘future story’ for students interested in learning skills for a real-world...

Campbellsville University honors 169 teachers from 60 districts in Excellence in Teaching Ceremony

By Kasey Ricketts Special to KyForward At the annual 32nd Excellence in Teaching Ceremony, Campbellsville University recognized 169 teachers from 60 school districts. A total of 3,749 teachers have been recognized for their teaching excellence throughout the years. Kentucky Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsiville, shared his appreciation for the teachers across the commonwealth during the program at Campbellsville...

Kentucky’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Jessica Dueñas is a force for Oldham County’s struggling students

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Jessica Dueñas is sure her father would have been proud. Dueñas’ father, Arcadio, died on April 27, less than three weeks before she was named the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. “In a joking manner, he always thought his kids were the best,” Dueñas said. “He would say something like, ‘Of course my daughter would have gotten this.’” Dueñas, a...

“Appalachian Mining Town” video game designed by EKU students a finalist in national competition

“Appalachian Mining Town” might center around an abandoned mining town in eastern Kentucky, but the video game recently developed by a team of Eastern Kentucky University students wasn’t forgotten by the E3 College Competition, which selected the product as one of five finalists for the national event. “This is an amazing honor,” said Dr. George Landon, EKU Gaming Institute director. Landon...

Louisville middle school teacher among eight chosen for National Stem Scholar program at WKU

Ten middle school science teachers from eight states have been selected to participate in the prestigious National STEM Scholar Program, a unique professional development program that provides advanced training for the middle school teachers of aspiring scientists nationwide. Created in partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western...

Kentucky Teacher: Big Dig gives kids a firsthand look at the construction industry’s machinery, equipment

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward At the Big Dig, there was the sound of running engines, large machines digging up dirt and horns. A lot of horns. The Big Dig, an event open to the public at the Boone County Fairgrounds, gives children and adults the opportunity to sit on and operate different machines from across the construction and building industries. Children were allowed to drive excavators,...

UK’s LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis to host 11th annual workshop June 4-8

The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics’ LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis will host its 11th annual workshop on the campus in Lexington from June 4-8. The weeklong event regularly draws more than 150 participants representing more than 100 academic institutions, private organizations and governmental agencies. A dozen countries spanning five continents are...

Fayette County Public Schools announces broadcast schedule for six graduation ceremonies

FCPS-TV, the educational television station in Fayette County Public Schools, will air the 2018 high school graduation ceremonies several times apiece through mid-June. These May 31 and June 1 events are not broadcast live from Rupp Arena. The commencements will also be archived and available through the district’s Video on Demand service, where people may watch anytime or download free copies. For...

Two alumni make gifts to support Western Kentucky University’s Ogden Innovation Endowment Fund

Two WKU alumni who graduated from programs within the Ogden College of Science and Engineering have made gifts to support the Ogden Innovation Endowment Fund. In recognition of these gifts, spaces within the new Ogden College Hall were named in their honor. Dr. Talia McKinney Collins (’93) and her husband, Patrick, recently made a gift to support the Ogden Innovation Endowment Fund, an endowment...

Hart County fifth-grader Emma Sanders named state winner of Missing Children’s Day poster contest

The Kentucky State Police have announced the winning student artist for the National 2018 ‘Missing Children’s Day’ poster contest, co-sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. The contest is an annual event that encourages fifth-grade students from across the country to design posters depicting the importance of bringing missing children home. Emma Sanders (Photo from...

WKU SkyTeach master teacher Rico Tyler named Outstanding Master Teacher at UTeach Conference

Rico Tyler, master teacher with WKU’s SKyTeach program, received the Outstanding Master Teacher Award this week at the 2018 UTeach Conference in Austin, Texas. “SKyTeach has a long association with the national UTeach effort and the UTeach STEM Educators Association,” Tyler said. “Being part of this national effort to improve mathematics and science education is exciting work.” Dr. Max Dass...

KET announces winners of 2018 Young Writers Contest; more than 1200 entries received

KET has announced the winners of its 2018 Young Writers Contest. The annual contest encourages creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry. This year, the contest received more than 1,200 submissions, representing more than 280 schools from 17 states. This year’s contest...

Ron Daley: KCEV hosts educators from across country at K-12 Micro-Credentials Summit

Over 120 K-12 educators from Maine to California attended the National Summit on Micro-Credentials in Hazard May 23. The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) hosted the summit with national speakers on the emerging field of micro-credentials for personalized professional learning for teachers and educational leaders. Crowd of educators at National Summit on Micro-credentials in Hazard (Photo...

Jerry E. Baker Foundation commits $10 million endowment for student scholarships at WKU

The Jerry E. Baker Foundation, established through the estate of Jerry E. Baker, a generous longtime supporter of Western Kentucky University, has pledged a $10 million endowment for student scholarships. Annual investment earnings from the endowment will be gifted to WKU to enhance the Jerry E. Baker Student Scholarship Fund, which was initially created through a direct bequest by Baker. The scholarship...

Paul Laurence Dunbar media program wins national recognition for excellence in scholastic journalism

PLD Lamplighter, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s media program, has won numerous awards and achieved national recognition for excellence in scholastic journalism in 2017-18. Highlights include Best High School News Website in the 2018 Mark of Excellence competition, Distinguished Site status from School Newspapers Online (the only Kentucky school to receive this honor), a gold medal from the...

Eastern Kentucky University earns bronze STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability efforts

One of Patrick McKee’s goals, when he became sustainability manager at Eastern Kentucky University in 2015, was to help the institution receive a STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Mission accomplished. In recognition of its sustainability achievements, EKU recently received a Bronze rating from AASHE and is one of only 299 schools worldwide...

Tates Creek teacher proves value of ‘smarts’ with runner-up finish in ‘Jeopardy!’ Teachers Tournament

Latin teacher Claire Bishop knew the check was in the mail long before fans knew the outcome of the 2018 “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament, and her prize arrived via FedEx the same day that everyone learned she finished as runner-up with a guaranteed $50,000. While she was thrilled with the game-show experience, Bishop brought home much more to share.  “‘Jeopardy!’ rewards people for being...