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Berea College ranked No. 1 by Nursing Explorer as best-value RN program in Kentucky

Berea College has been ranked by Nursing Explorer as the best-value RN program in Kentucky, taking the No. 1 spot out of 39 programs ranked in the state. The annual ranking is made after reviewing data from more than 3,000 U.S. nursing schools. The ranking is based on information from governmental organizations, institutional information from the Department of Education and accreditation information...

KCTCS offers Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program this fall for top five in-demand career fields

Kentuckians who are interested in earning a certificate or an associate degree in one of the top five in-demand fields in the Commonwealth could go to college tuition free at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Thanks to the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program, students who choose programs in advanced manufacturing, health care, transportation/logistics, business and IT...

Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, JAG Kentucky to launch ‘Bus2Business Day’ Oct. 2

The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and JAG Kentucky (Jobs for America’s Graduates) are launching “Bus2Business Day” on Oct. 2. The statewide initiative will focus on connecting Kentucky high school students and employers. To date, more than 100 communities have already signed up. Bus2Business Day will bring school buses full of students to local businesses to increase career awareness and...

University of Kentucky addresses record enrollment, along with increased desire for campus housing

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky Expected record enrollment this fall and an increasing number of students choosing to live on campus have resulted in a temporary capacity issue in University of Kentucky residence halls. But over the last few days, UK officials — working closely with student resident advisors — have developed a plan that will enable all students, who want to live on campus,...

Presidential search committee formed at Centre College to find successor for retiring John Roush

A 17-member committee composed of faculty, staff and trustees has been formed by the Centre College Board of Trustees to conduct a national search for a successor for President John Roush, who recently announced he will retire on June 30, 2020. In selecting members, the Board sought a group “that was diverse and representative of the breadth of viewpoints that are an inherent part of a place like...

CPE President Thompson appointed to steering committee of Education Commission of the States

The Council on Postsecondary Education is pleased to announce that President Aaron Thompson has been appointed to the steering committee for the Education Commission of the States, a non-partisan policy group for all 50 states. Aaron Thompson In this role, Thompson will provide policy leadership to the commission and serve as the leader of Kentucky’s delegation. “I am looking forward to working...

With 2019-2020 school year set to begin, teacher shortages will affect students across Kentucky

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Teacher shortages are taking a toll on students throughout Kentucky, as critical shortage areas have been identified in a number of subjects and disciplines in all areas of the state. Thousands of teaching positions in Kentucky schools remain unfilled as the start of a new school year approaches, and Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said that denies many students...

University of Ky. to host to host 2020 Appalachian Studies Association annual conference

Students and faculty affiliated with the University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Center, College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) are partnering with the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) to host its 43rd annual conference March 12-15, 2020, on the UK campus. The conference, titled “Appalachian Understories: Growing Hope and Resilience from Commonwealth to...

Recent Knox Central High School graduate making a career out of Youtube, surpasses 153 million views

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Kendall Gray is your typical eastern Kentucky teenager. He likes to fish, hunt and do practically anything outdoors. There is one difference, however. He broadcasts his outdoor adventures to more than 1 million YouTube subscribers and his videos have been viewed more than 153 million times. Kendall Gray, a 2019 graduate of Knox Central High School (Knox County), has...

WKU Alumni Association announces 2019-20 board, welcomes seven members of Executive Committee

The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association welcomed seven members of the Executive Committee at a summer WKU Alumni Association Board meeting on July 19. According to Dr. Anthony McAdoo, Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association, R. Barkley Payne (’86) of Chicago, Ill., will serve as President of the National Board of Directors during the 2019-20 year. In addition, Joe Morel (’02)...

Applewhite, Gray and Snider to join WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni during Homecoming 2019

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, a nationally recognized public health official and an award-winning professor and mathematician will join Western Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. J. Scott Applewhite, Dr. Shirley B. Gray and Dr. Dixie E. Snider Jr. will be inducted during WKU’s 2019 Homecoming Celebration. The 28th class of noted alumni will be recognized during...

Western Kentucky University recognizes top volunteers at annual alumni celebration dinner

The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association recognized its top volunteers at an Alumni Volunteer Celebration dinner last week. According to Dr. Anthony McAdoo, Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association, the event honored retiring members of the WKU Alumni Association National Board of Directors, as well as paid tribute to individual volunteers and alumni chapters that have had a tremendous...

LaGrange resident William ‘B.J.’ Senior elected as president of Campbellsville Board of Alumni

William “B.J.” Senior, a resident of LaGrange, has been elected as the 2019 president of the Campbellsville University Board of Alumni. The Board of Alumni is a group of Campbellsville graduates appointed to create an environment that keeps alumni connected with Campbellsville and to raise money for student scholarships. As president of the Board of Alumni, Senior will preside over the...

Child care grants awarded to EKU will help low-income student parents in pursuit of degrees

Earning a degree while raising children can be challenging, but it could become a little easier at Eastern Kentucky University. A grant awarded to the Applied Human Sciences department will help low-income student parents gain access to affordable childcare. The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant, which EKU received in late 2018, will fund the Student Child Care Assistance Program...

WKU’s ‘First Year Village’ project moving forward, expected to open for students in fall 2021

Construction fences are up as Western Kentucky University prepares for the next step in the creation of the “First Year Village.” Demolition of the exterior of Bemis Lawrence Hall will begin the first week of August to make room for the $48 million living learning complex. The cost of the project will be funded by the WKU Student Life Foundation, which gave its final approval in June. The project...

Rowan County high school teacher Bradley McKinney named Kentucky Agriculture Teacher of the Year

Bradley McKinney, agriculture teacher at Rowan County Senior High School, was recently named the Kentucky Agriculture Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at the 90th annual State FFA Convention in Lexington. The award is a joint project of the Kentucky FFA Foundation and the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators. It is sponsored by Ken and Brenda Reed. Bradley McKinney, left,...

EKU online graduate course for teaching program wins 2019 Catalyst Award from Blackboard

An Eastern Kentucky University online course created for the master of arts in teaching program has won a 2019 Catalyst Award from Blackboard, Inc. Esther Tattershall, an instructional designer with the Office of eCampus Learning, and Dr. April Blakely, director of online programs for the College of Education, received the honor in the category of Teaching and Learning for their work on EGC 820 –...

Campbellsville University’s new Heilman Student Wellness Center set to open for fall semester

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Campbellsville University’s Betty Dobbins Heilman Student Wellness Center is set to open following the start of the fall semester, according to Otto Tennant, senior vice president for operations and administration (COO). The multi-level facility is over 20,000 square feet and will feature a variety of additions for students, faculty, staff and coaches...

EKU graduate nursing program earns international award for exemplary online design, performance

A team of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University has earned a 2019 Blackboard Catalyst Award in Teaching and Learning for the exemplary design, quality and performance of the EKU Online Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner Program. The award-winning team includes Dr. Margaret Zoellers, Dr. Alison Connell, Dr. Angela Wood, Dr. Brenda Caudill, and Chris Daniel, an instructional designer with...

BCTC first Kentucky community college to earn prestigious CAE-CDE designation from NSA, DHS

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the first community college in Kentucky to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This designation is granted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through academic year 2024. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor...