Henry Clay, Dunbar seniors named National Youth Leaders of the Year as part of Youth Salute Program

For the first time in the 37-year history of the local Youth Salute program, two Lexington students have received the top two national awards. Henry Clay High School’s Anne Boggess was selected as the 2017 National Female Youth Leader of the Year and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Zsombor Gal as the National Male Youth Leader of the Year. They accepted congratulations and $1,000 scholarships during an...

CPE’s budget seeks funding increases to accelerate degree production, provide for pension costs

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved its 2018-20 biennial budget recommendation for the state’s colleges and universities. The request includes increases in performance funding and for special initiatives, and a fifth round of Bucks for Brains funding. For institutional operating funds, key priorities are to jump-start the new performance funding system to accelerate degree production,...

WKCTC invites girls fifth through high school to 2017 Kentucky Girls STEM Conference

Girls in fifth grade through high school are invited to the 2017 Kentucky Girls STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Conference at West Kentucky Community and Technical College November 18. The fun learning experience, which is free and open to the public, will focus on inspiring the students to pursue STEM careers. The event will be held in WKCTC’s Emerging Technology Center...

Family and consumer sciences a perfect fit for Washington County teacher Sarah Raikes

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Sarah Raikes found her niche long ago, and it’s just as comfortable today as it ever was. Raikes is in her fourth decade as a family and consumer sciences teacher, a career she chose because of her involvement in a student organization that she says brought out the best in her. Sarah Raikes, the family and consumer science teacher at Washington County High School,...

Good Shepherd, Rotary Club are faithful backers at FCPS Booker T. Washington Elementary

Dozens of community members volunteer countless hours to give extra attention to the children and support to the staff at Booker T. Washington Elementary. Monica Hall, the school’s Family Resource Center coordinator, certainly appreciates all their efforts. “The relationships are huge,” she said. Two of those groups – the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and the Rotary Club of Lexington...

Learning House, Campbellsville University announce new commitment to online learning, innovation

Louisville-based The Learning House Inc. and Campbellsville University announced this week an eight-year commitment to providing innovative online degree programs to students from Kentucky and across the country. Using data-driven research, this non-traditional partnership aims to connect job-seekers with new online education opportunities, particularly in fields where online programs are rare. Learning...

UK, Toyota partner to offer unique engineering program to address automotive industry needs

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward Two of Kentucky’s economic engines are collaborating to graduate more engineers with automotive production training already under their belt, addressing a significant industry need in the nation’s third-largest auto-producing state. Toyota Motor Engineering North America announced today at its Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center grand opening...

Frontier Nursing University awards more than 600 degrees during 2017 commencement ceremony

Frontier Nursing University (FNU), a graduate school educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners, hosted its 2017 commencement ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 21, in Hyden. Over the past year, more than 600 nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners from almost every state across the nation have completed an FNU distance-education program. The commencement ceremony was attended by more than 160 graduates...

League of Women Voters of Lexington seeking student entries for annual essay contest

The League of Women Voters of Lexington is sponsoring an essay contest for Fayette County high school students asking them to write an op-ed on the following: Given that the first amendment of our Constitution protects “the freedom of speech and of the press,” is there any way to avoid the influence of distorted or false reports? In these contentious political times, how do you evaluate the information...

UPike dedicates new Health Professions Building, home of Kentucky’s only college of optometry

The University of Pikeville’s Health Professions Building is home to the Kentucky College of Optometry, the only college of optometry in the Commonwealth and the 22nd in the nation (Photo from UPike) More than 650 people gathered on the University of Pikeville campus last week for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the institution’s newest facility, the Health Professions Education Building...

WKU Herald, Talisman pick up three Pacemakers, other awards at national college media convention

WKU’s student publications received top national awards during the National College Media Convention Oct. 26-29 in Dallas. The College Heights Herald and the Talisman both received Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards, the country’s most prestigious recognition for college publications, during a ceremony on Saturday. Six students and two alumni were also recognized with individual awards. The...

Committee names three to 2018 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame; induction ceremony planned for Feb. 6

Members of the 10th class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected. The three chosen by the statewide selection committee are Gloria K. Compton, Ronald Montgomery and Mattie Jo Smith. Members of the 2018 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony on Feb. 6 in Frankfort. The induction ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. EST in the Capitol Rotunda. The...

Three Kentucky law students among recipients of 2017 Frost Brown Todd Diversity Scholarships

Frost Brown Todd (FBT) has announced the recipients of the firm’s 2017 Diversity Scholarship. Launched in 2010, the scholarship fund annually awards financial assistance aimed to support diverse students in their education and exploration of law. “Diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a law firm,” says Kim Amrine, FBT Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “The FBT Diversity...

Ky’s four-year universities reaching out to former students to finish degrees through Project Graduate

Kentucky’s public four-year universities are reaching out this fall to recruit former students with a high number of credit hours back to college to finish their bachelor’s degrees. Through Project Graduate, campuses are offering a concierge approach to help busy, working adults get on the fast-track to graduation. Near-completers with 80 or more credit hours are eligible. “I can’t...

Sullivan University offering grants to prospective students in Northern Kentucky region

The Sullivan University Center for Learning-Northern Kentucky is offering grants to Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati residents to further their college education and career goals. To qualify for the grants – $300 for undergraduate students and $500 for graduate students on the first classes taken during the 2017-2018 school year – students must register through the Sullivan University...

Four Western Kentucky University Gatton Academy students named semifinalists in Siemens Competition

Four Western Kentucky University Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science students have been recognized as national semifinalists in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students. The Siemens Competition received over 1,860 student submissions this year. The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s...

Ben Beam — yes, one of those Beams — completing UK certification program in distillation, wine, brewing

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Ben Beam is a busy guy. Between shifts as a distillery operator at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville, he puts in a lot of what he calls “windshield hours” traveling back and forth to Lexington, where he is completing the University of Kentucky’s Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies certificate program. Yes, he’s one of...

Garrett Morgan Elementary School students turn ‘art into action’ with charity Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival

By Tammy L. Lane Special To KyForward Veteran art teacher Virginia Miller has long advocated “art in action,” so this fall’s charity Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival fell neatly into place at Garrett Morgan Elementary. “Our students are amazing activists, promoting how to use artwork to help others in positive ways,” she said. “We want to show our community how fun and easy it is to use ‘art...

EKU business professor’s triumphant journey leads her from rural Malaysia to top of her academic field

She came from a poor family in rural Malaysia that often struggled to put food on the table. Her parents divorced when she was 2, and she was raised by a grandmother who had no formal education. When she did persevere to pursue a college education more than 9,000 miles from home at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, an economic recession in her homeland in 1998 resulted in the suspension of her...

All Fayette County preschool programs receive five-star rating after Ky. Department of Education review

All elementary schools that house a Fayette County Preschool Program classroom received a 5-STAR rating – the highest mark achievable – after a review by the Kentucky Department of Education during the 2016-17 school year. The findings, which are good for three years, came through STARS for KIDS NOW, which is Kentucky’s quality rating system. KDE officials visited late last spring and gauged...