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CPE new data-driven assessment of academic programs to emphasize jobs, market demand

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has launched a new data-driven assessment of academic programs to help ensure they align with the state’s strategic goals and prepare students for career success in the evolving marketplace. CPE is partnering with Gray Associates, a nationally recognized consulting and analytics firm, to conduct the review. Gray’s program evaluation system provides...

Endowed faculty fellowship established at Murray State’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

For the first time, donors have established a faculty fellowship to support the nonprofit leadership studies program, now housed in the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership within the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State University. The Patricia and Robert Long Endowed Faculty Fellowship will be endowed with a $105,000 donation from the Longs to recognize and...

Gatton Academy wins innovation award for partnership with Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has received a major national award for its 10-year partnership with Cloudbridge Nature Reserve in Costa Rica. The Innovative Partnership award was announced at the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS)Professional Conference on Nov. 6. The NCSSS includes member high schools, many ranked as the best in the...

A reunion 40 years in the making: How a Louisville teacher helped shape the life of a D.C. attorney

Ana Reyes, left, hugs her 1st-grade teacher Pat Harkleroad. After testing negative on a COVID-19 test, Reyes, now an award-winning attorney reunited with Harkleroad, now retired and taking care of her husband and son. The two flipped through old photos and reminisced on moments from their lives during a reunion on Nov. 13. Reyes reunited with Harkleroad, after testing negative on a COVID-19 test. (Photo...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications for summer program accepted until Jan. 25


The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, has opened applications for its summer 2021 program. The 2021 GSE session will take place June 6 through June 26, 2021, at Northern Kentucky University. Students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grade can apply at www.KentuckyGSE.com. Applications...

CPE report shows Kentucky colleges and universities make substantial progress toward education goals

Kentucky colleges and universities continued to make substantial progress toward the state’s educational attainment goals in 2019-20, exceeding targets for both STEM+H degrees and degrees among underrepresented minority students. According to the latest figures from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, production of undergraduate credentials rose 3.3 percent compared to the prior year....

Bullitt East student Tyler Wheatley wins Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority essay contest

Tyler Wheatley, a junior at Bullitt East High School in Mount Washington, has won the 2020 essay contest sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Tyler’s powerful essay reminds us that when we invest in a student’s education, the impact is felt throughout their whole community,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “This has never been more important than now, as we strive...

Harrison and Barren County teachers to represent Kentucky for 2020 national RISE Awards

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Robert Walker, a school safety and wellness coordinator in Harrison County, and Shelly Thomas, a family resource center coordinator in Barren County, have been selected to represent Kentucky for the national 2020 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman made the announcement during Gov. Andy Beshear’s media briefing...

Kentucky students encouraged to apply for 2021 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year recognition

Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2021 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year. The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). “Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. They both teach the value of effort, discipline,...

WKCTC marks fourth year recognizing regional educators; nominations accepted online until Nov. 30

Being an educator was already a challenging career before COVID-19 was added to the mix. Recognizing pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators and staff members who have gone beyond their daily responsibilities is even more important as school employees continue to face challenges due to the pandemic. For the fourth year, West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host...

Prichard Committee study highlights challenges of remote teaching, learning during pandemic

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has released the Coping with COVID-19 Teacher and Family Study. The study, conducted in August through October, found that while some Kentuckians are finding benefits to remote K-12 instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and teachers face significant challenges in teaching and learning from home. The results of the study came from a survey...

UK audit reveals misuse of more than $250,000 by two former employees in College of Education

A University of Kentucky internal audit has uncovered more than $250,000 in misappropriated funds by two former employees in the College of Education, UK officials announced Friday. The two employees are no longer at UK, the internal audit has been referred to law enforcement officials for their review and the college’s financial operations will be directly overseen by the Office of the Provost. Those...

UofL receives funding to support innovative health programs for Kentucky high school students

By Julie Heflin University of Louisville High school students across Kentucky will benefit from new funding for the Kentucky Wellbeing Challenge (KWC), operated by the University of Louisville’s Center for Creative Placehealing. The Bezos Family Foundation has given $30,000, and the C.E. and S. Foundation has provided $15,000 to support the KWC’s health and wellbeing innovation programming for...

UK responds to critical needs with fully-online undergraduate social work degree program

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Helping people in need is more than a career — it’s a calling. Now you can answer that calling by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) from the University of Kentucky completely online. Times are tumultuous, and 2020 has brought challenges like never before. From a public health crisis to movements against social injustice, communities are in...

Jason Glass: November a time to bring attention to prevalence of homeless youth in Kentucky

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, a time for us to bring attention to the prevalence of homeless youth within Kentucky and create an awareness of the challenges faced by students and families experiencing homelessness. Each year, more than 24,000 of students across our Commonwealth experience some form of homelessness or housing instability. These students can be living in motels,...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture internship program application period open for college students

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging Kentucky college students seeking a career in agriculture or government to apply for positions in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) internship program for the 2021 summer. Ryan Quarles “Our KDA interns gain the unique opportunity to work alongside department employees and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Quarles...

Greenup County High School student buzzing after receiving national beekeeping award

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Emma Stevens has been beekeeping for a little over a year and a half, yet she already has brought pride not only to Greenup County, but the whole Appalachian region. The 16-year-old junior at Greenup County High School recently was named one of the nation’s top youth beekeepers by the North American Bayer Bee Care Program. “Getting recognized for my work reassures...

New Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship campaign encourages adults to go to college

Never Underestimate You! That’s the mantra behind a new campaign for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost education and employability among adults. The scholarship, which West Kentucky Community and Technical College WKCTC) began offering in 2017, offers up to 60 hours of free tuition for anyone who has not yet earned an associate degree. It covers various technical programs...

Georgetown professor completes prestigious English Language Specialist project for the Philippines

Dr. Christel Broady, Professor of Education at Georgetown College, recently completed an English Language Specialist project focusing on preparing educators and administrators in the Philippines for non-traditional instruction in the wake of COVID-19. Broady is part of a select group, as her project is one of 130 that the English Language Specialist Program supports each year. Dr. Christel Broady Working...

Kentucky FFA members excelled during 93rd annual National FFA Conference held virtually in October

Kentucky FFA was well represented at the 93rd Annual National FFA Convention, held virtually Oct. 27-29. More than 100,000 FFA members, advisers and supporters registered for the event, which also was broadcast live on RFD TV. Mallory White of Union County was named the national winner in the Forage Production Proficiency contest. White’s work was based on her work on her family’s farm, where she...