A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Casey County native achieves success through perseverance in the face of life’s many obstacles

Casey County native April Polston could never have imagined the year she turned 30 would also be the year she would become a widow and find herself the sole provider for her two boys. Polston, now 31, said although last year was difficult, giving up never crossed her mind. Instead, she pushed ahead in her college coursework and became more determined than ever to succeed. Polston married her high school...

Life Experience: At 60, new teacher at Tates Creek looking toward new challenge, not retirement

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a 60th birthday coming up in October, some people would be eagerly looking toward retirement. But Lowell Outland is simply turning a page to the next chapter – this time, as a teacher at Tates Creek High School. “It’s overnight success that took 40 years. It’s amazing how life will change on you,” he said good-naturedly as he prepared for the start...

Five KCTCS colleges to participate in this week’s SOAR Innovation Summit in Pikeville

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) five colleges from the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) will take part in the SOAR 2016 Innovation Summit, which will showcase solutions for issues facing the region. The five colleges are Ashland Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College, Southeast Kentucky...

With their hands and hearts, Somerset Community College students are building a stronger community

Students in the Construction Technology program at Somerset Community College not only are learning the ins-and-outs of the construction trades; they’re also learning to use their sills to build a stronger community. Those students are working this semester to build a house for a local nonprofit group called the Home of Opportunities and Dreams, or HOOD. Students have worked under the supervision...

Mountain Laurel ‘queen’ fell in love with Pineville, excited to return for next coronation

  Hannah Isaacs said she fell in love with the people of Pineville and looks forward to returning to the 2015 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival for the crowning of a new queen. (Photos by Jamie Vaught)   Every year since 1931, the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville has celebrated the state’s mountain heritage with arts, crafts, music and more. One of the most highly anticipated...

‘Art is everything’ to young man with autism; his work will be exhibited to raise awareness

  Not long before age 3, Cory Bond was diagnosed with autism. A short time later, he began expressing himself through art.   “Cory began drawing with sidewalk chalk at the age of three. Art is everything to him,” said his mother Lisa. “It is as important to him as breathing.”   ‘The process of him drawing is just as pleasing as the final product since he possesses...

SCC and Kentucky Chautauqua presents Mary Todd Lincoln: A House Divided

The Somerset Community College Student Government Association, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Mary Todd Lincoln: A House Divided February 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. The performance will take place on the SCC Somerset Campus, in the Citizens National Bank Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons, and is free and open to the public. Trish Clark portrays Mary Todd Lincoln. (Photo...

Futuristic technology showcased in Disney’s Big Hero 6 nothing new to Somerset students

Somerset Community College has five 3D printers. Disney’s latest movie, ‘Big Hero 6’ has introduced 3D printing technology to a mass audience. (Photo provided)   When Disney’s latest movie, Big Hero 6, hit theaters, viewers were exposed to a relatively new but growing, technology – 3D printing.   For students at Somerset Community College, technology is nothing new. While...

Student’s first book – A Fluttering of Wings – takes flight, now being turned into screenplay

Somerset Community College student Destinee Hardwick published her first book, “A Fluttering of Wings,” book one of “The Mayhem Fairy Chronicles.” The book is being turned into a screenplay. (Photo provided)   Destinee Hardwick has been writing as long as she can remember. At the age of 18, this Somerset Community College student saw her dream realized when her first book was published,...

$10M grant to six KCTCS colleges will be used to train students for high-demand tech jobs

Training for a new career in a high-demand information technology field like mobile app development or medical billing may now get faster and easier for Kentuckians.   The U.S. Department of Labor awarded six Kentucky community colleges $10 million to support job-driven training programs. Hazard Community and Technical College received $5.5 million to lead a consortium of six community and technical...

Medical mission trip was ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ for Somerset surgical tech student

SCC Surgical Technology student Hayley Sanders assists Dr. David Jones with cataract surgery during a mission trip to Guatemala in April. Both Sanders and Jones are from Owensboro. (Photo provided)   Hayley Sanders of Owensboro was finishing course work in the Surgical Technology program at Somerset Community College earlier this year when what she considered an opportunity of a lifetime presented...

Medical mission trip was 'opportunity of a lifetime' for Somerset surgical tech student

SCC Surgical Technology student Hayley Sanders assists Dr. David Jones with cataract surgery during a mission trip to Guatemala in April. Both Sanders and Jones are from Owensboro. (Photo provided)   Hayley Sanders of Owensboro was finishing course work in the Surgical Technology program at Somerset Community College earlier this year when what she considered an opportunity of a lifetime presented...