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BCTC celebrates opening of renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on Leestown Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on the Leestown Campus. This project was funded by a Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative investment of $3,040,000 and the support of community partners. “We’re so pleased to welcome everyone to our new facility today,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president. “We want...

UK Equine Research HOF inductees announced, ceremony October 31 at Hilary J. Boone Center

By Jenny Evans University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame on Oct. 31 at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the UK campus. Thomas Divers, Steeve Giguère, a posthumous inductee, and Dickson Varner were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues,...

Campbellsville University adjunct instructor Judith Chen Davis named ‘2018 Teacher of the Year’

Judith Chen Davis, an adjunct instructor in piano and class piano at Campbellsville University, was chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year at the 67th annual Kentucky Music Teachers Association at the Galt House in Louisville Sept. 14-16. “It is an honor well desired and another star not only for her but also in the Campbellsville University crown of accomplishments,” said Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor...

EKU expanding Merit Scholarship Program next fall in effort to offset rising student debt

With a new school year underway, many high school seniors are already looking ahead to what comes next – college and career choices. “From August to November is what we call application season,” said Dr. Brett Morris, executive director for enrollment management at Eastern Kentucky University. “It’s almost like the Derby, as students have been anxiously researching colleges and begin applying...

UK provost reports accelerated retention and graduation rates, meeting student financial needs

The University of Kentucky has dramatically accelerated retention and graduation rates to record levels in the last four years, UK officials have reported. Moreover, fueled by the nationally heralded UK Leveraging Economic Affordability for Developing Success (UK LEADS) program, unmet financial need is declining for university students as the institution launched a capital campaign with a chief goal...

EKU receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for third consecutive year

Eastern Kentucky University has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for the third consecutive year. The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. EKU will be featured along with 95 other recipients in the November 2018 issue of Insight into Diversity Magazine,...

Walton-Verona Elementary 4th grader interviews school board candidates, posts videos on her blog

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Dacy Fallyn Freeman is a 4th-grade student at Walton-Verona Elementary School. She is also a successful child actress and the daughter of a TV news mother. Nine-year-old Dacy recently took on another project that even high-school students, and most adults, would consider a daunting task Dacy is an out-of-district tuition student at WVES. The Freeman family does...

EKU College of Science honors graduates Horseman, Bohannon for impactful contributions

Eastern Kentucky University graduates Dr. Nelson D. Horseman and Dr. Julia K. Bohannon were each presented the EKU College of Science Award during ceremonies this week. The college’s highest honor is presented to individuals who have made impactful contributions to the college. Horseman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from EKU in 1973 and 1975, respectively, before earning a...

EKU’s online enrollment jumps 13 percent; growth partially attributed to new program offerings

Eastern Kentucky University has 13 percent more students enrolled in EKU Online programs compared to a year ago. The growth, from 3,002 to 3,399, is attributed to new program offerings, increased interest in degree completion and sustained enrollment in foundational programs. “Students should be and are researching schools that offer exceptional value for the tuition they are paying,” said Dr....

Assistant U.S. secretary visits BCTC campus as part of ‘Rethink’ tour to learn about workforce programs

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) welcomed Scott Stump, U.S. assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education, to its campus as part of Department of Education’s Back to School Tour themed, “Rethink.” He and the other assistant secretaries are traveling the United States looking at institutions that are innovatively approaching workforce education,...

Gatton’s Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise to host occupational licensing program Sept. 20

The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise (IFSE) at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics is hosting a presentation about occupational licensing on Thursday, Sept. 20. The program, featuring a pair of key leaders from the Institute for Justice, begins 6 p.m., in Gatton’s Kincaid Auditorium (Room 111 in the Gatton College Building). The event is free and open to...

CPE’s Dr. Aaron Thompson selected for Lumina Foundation Quality Credentials Task Force

Dr. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president for the Council on Postsecondary Education, is among 20 education, policy and workforce experts named to Lumina Foundation’s Quality Credentials Task Force. Dr. Aaron Thompson The task force will explore new ways to assure the quality of a college education and other forms of learning beyond high school. “I’m looking forward to the work of this task...

EKU earns national recognition for water management practices, ranking fourth in 2018 report

Eastern Kentucky University ranks fourth among colleges and universities nationally in the water category of the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Eastern finished in a tie with nine other institutions, trailing only Princeton University, Colorado College and the University of Connecticut in its record of water...

Fayette schools Superintendent Caulk says its school safety plan, now moving ahead, is model for nation

Speaking publicly for the first time since an effort to recall a tax to support his Comprehensive 10-Point Safety Investment Plan failed, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk recognized individuals who supported the initiative and pledged to move forward with deliberate action and public accountability. “Two months ago, I asked our community to make a significant and permanent...

Prichard Committee: Monitoring school performance needed across groups; communities must mobilize

The Prichard Committee supports meaningful standards, high expectations and robust accountability that helps ensure quality learning for all students in Kentucky schools. The new cut scores set by the Kentucky Board of Education mean that schools will be identified for support and improvement if they fall below the established thresholds in three categories of student learning – not just for...

UK opens first Center for Student Philanthropy, to serve as basis for teaching the value of giving

A new center on the University of Kentucky campus aims to spread the joy of philanthropy throughout campus and the Lexington community through its innovative programming and events. The Center for Student Philanthropy is among the first of its kind in the United States and will serve as the basis for teaching students the value of philanthropy — whether it is giving charitably, volunteering or helping...

Georgetown College’s President M. Dwaine Greene to retire at the end of the academic year in 2019

Dr. Michael Dwaine Greene, president of Georgetown College, announced Thursday that he will be stepping away from his presidency at the close of the 2018-19 academic year. Greene declined the wish of the College’s Board of Trustees to extend his contract, citing a desire to relocate closer to his family. Greene wrote in his letter to the College’s staff: “With every good wish for Georgetown...

Madisonville Community College celebrates graduation of school’s first class of linemen

A new program at Madisonville Community College (MCC) is putting people to work in good jobs after only eight weeks of class. The first lineman class graduated with more than half already employed and the others expected to be employed within three months. The best part is the potential salary of $75,000 within three years and as much as six figures if they are willing to travel and work overtime....

Three-term U.S. Senator, Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley to Deliver Wendell Ford Lecture at UK Oct. 16

By Carl Nathe and Mike Ruehling From University of Kentucky Former Rhodes Scholar, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley is coming to the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, Oct.16, as the featured speaker for the Fall 2018 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture. The event, named for the late former Kentucky governor and four-term U.S. senator, will take place at 3:30 p.m....

BCTC partners with UK Advanced Eye Care, Kentucky Career Centers to provide internships

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions, UK Advanced Eye Care and Kentucky Career Centers are teaming up to provide a free nine-week training and 160-hour-paid clinical experience for prospective ophthalmic assistants. This fall, students are invited to participate in a business-sponsored work-based learning project that entails 36 hours in the classroom/lab and 160 hours of paid...