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KCTCS colleges extend remote learning, postpone graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19 outbreak

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are committed to maintaining the health and safety of their students, faculty and staff. That’s why all colleges will continue to offer online/remote classes through the last day of instruction, which is May 2, and will use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4–10. Additionally, employees...

WKU’s School of Media wins Hearst photojournalism title for fourth straight year, 26th time in 31 years

Western Kentucky University’s School of Media has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the fourth straight year and 26th time in the past 31 years. With a second-place finisher in the Photojournalism II – Picture Story/Series Competition and sixth-place and seventh-place finishers in the Photojournalism I – News and Features Competition,...

Campbellsville University offering three certificates at no cost during COVID-19 pandemic

Campbellsville University’s Virginia Ponser Flanagan Technology Training Center (CUTTC) is offering three certificates at no cost to anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Roop, director of the CUTTC, said the three certificates are: Certificate in Teams and Organizations, Certificate in Creativity and Innovation and Certificate in Personal Creativity. “The university is doing this to help...

CPE makes Kentucky Virtual Library available to all Kentucky students, educators for at-home learning

Amid the challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) announced today that all K-12 students and teachers in Kentucky now have free access to an online portal of educational resources that can support learning and lessons at home. The materials are available through the Kentucky Virtual Library, a consortium of nearly 300 institutions from across the state. Content...

K-PREP testing has been canceled for the school year; state applied and received a testing waiver

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has notified all Kentucky public school superintendents that K-PREP testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been canceled. U.S. Department of Education (USED) officials announced March 20 that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. KDE applied for a waiver...

North Carolina native part of first graduating class in May at University of Pikeville-KYCO

Since childhood, North Carolina native Sara Hoyek was intrigued by optometry and recognized it as a career she would want to pursue. Now, she will be a part of the first graduating class at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) in May. Hoyek desires to impact lives in a direct and meaningful way, and with optometry, she can do just that. She chose KYCO because she realized...

Georgetown College’s PAEMS gives students unique real-world experience to prepare for careers

Pre-College Academic Experience in Math and Science (PAEMS) is now entering its 30th year at Georgetown College. The program gives high school students unique real-world experience in preparing them for careers in math and the sciences. Participants take part in labs, experiments, and field research while working closely with Georgetown College faculty, as well as their fellow campers. As PAEMS enters...

Lindsey Wilson College students to take all classes online for remainder of spring semester

Lindsey Wilson College students will take all classes online for the remainder of the semester. According to Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr., college officials made the unprecedented decision in response to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control to discourage gatherings of 10 or more people. “While we have been hopeful to finish the semester in a face-to-face delivery...

Thomas Barrow Stephens joins Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors

Thomas Barrow Stephens has been joined the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors. Stephens is an attorney and entrepreneur focused on new business development and government modernization. Stephens held various positions in government, and most recently he was the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary. In addition, he served on numerous boards including the Kentucky Registry of...

KBE selects executive firm to lead search for Kentucky’s education commissioner

At its March 18 meeting – held virtually for the first time to comply with Gov. Andy Beshear’s recommendation to practice social distancing due to COVID-19 – the Kentucky Board of Education selected an executive firm to lead the search for Kentucky’s next education commissioner. Florida-based Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., which headed up the searches for former commissioners Terry...

KCTCS moves to online instruction through March 27; most personnel will work remotely

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is moving to online instruction beginning today through March 27. All lab classes have been postponed until then as well. Labs will resume near the end of the term. The majority of personnel will work remotely during this time. However, all colleges are open with limited staff and limited access to certain areas. Three colleges are on spring...

Waterford UPSTART program offered at no cost to help kids get ready for kindergarten, thanks to KSBA

Just a few hours to our north, families in Indiana are getting their kids ready for kindergarten right in their own home. They’re utilizing Waterford UPSTART, an early education program that’s designed to reach those families who might not otherwise have a PreK option. That’s the case for Greensburg mother-of-two, Barbara Martin. Martin didn’t have access to a traditional PreK program for...

Lexington Paul Dunbar students sweep top honors in 2020 regional science competition

Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School secured top honors in the 2020 Central Kentucky Regional Science & Engineering Fair on March 7. David Vulakh earned first place overall in the high school division, second place went to Saisha Dhar, and third place to Ashley Su. The middle school division’s overall winners included Morton’s Lars Myrup in first place and Gerald Winkler in third...

Statement from CPE President Aaron Thompson on higher education’s response to COVID-19

By Aaron Thompson Council on Postsecondary Education In light of the threat from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), now a national emergency, many of Kentucky’s colleges and universities have temporarily suspended classes, moved instruction online, or have closed or are considering closure for the remainder of the semester. Thompson The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is operating on a regular...

USDA grants waiver to allow schools to serve students off-site meals; will address food insecurity

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) received notification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it has received approval to extend alternate meal service flexibility to students in the case of extended closures due to COVID-19. The waiver allows Kentucky’s schools to continue to serve students’ meals following the guidelines of the Summer Food Service Program and National School...

Voices from Classroom: Love actually is all around and schools were replete with it as crisis struck

Hands down, the movie, Love Actually has the best opening scene of all time. It starts with videos of people embracing loved ones as they’re being reunited at London’s Heathrow Airport while Hugh Grant’s character shares the following sentiment, “General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere....

Nelson County schools closed for two weeks; Imagination Library book event will be rescheduled

The Nelson County community event that was set to be held on Wednesday, March 18, celebrating the completion of a book written by local elementary school students, has been postponed. Nelson County Schools announced on Friday that they will close in an effort to mitigate the potential for spreading the novel coronavirus. The school system will close through Friday, March 27. All school-related activities,...

Better Lives are a reality, not just a slogan for Kentucky Community & Technical College graduates

When she graduated from high school, Jamie Lindsey took a job at Delta Faucet in Morgantown. She liked the company and the job so she decided not to go to college. Several years later, she changed her mind about college. In 2017, Lindsey enrolled in the SKY FAME program and calls the decision life-changing. By her fourth semester in the program, she was promoted to team lead and is now maintenance...

Eastern Kentucky students hold press conference in Capitol Rotunda to promote 2020 U.S. Census

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky student leaders held a press conference in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. on March 10 to discuss efforts they are making to promote the U.S. Census to ensure every person is counted. They called their initiative “Every Community Counts.” The students stated they considered their work vital since the U.S. Census Bureau has designated eastern...

AIKCU launches Workforce Development Advisory Council to address public policy, workforce needs

The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) has announced the creation of a new Workforce Development Advisory Council to advise the organization on public policy and market-based solutions to Kentucky’s education and workforce needs. Initial members of the AIKCU Workforce Development Council include: • Deputy Secretary Josh D. Benton, Kentucky Education and Workforce...