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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...

Wade Mountz, Ky. Board of Education member and founding member of Prichard Committee, dies at 95

Wade Mountz, a leading citizen advocate in the effort to improve education in Kentucky over the past four decades, died at age 95 on Thursday in Louisville. Well known as a prominent health care executive, Mountz was an active member and leader of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. He also served on the Kentucky Board of Education from 1991 to 1996. His tireless advocacy for a greater...

Murray State unveils new ‘We are Racers.’ marketing, brand identity with celebration in Curris Center

Murray State University recently launched its new marketing and brand identity, “We are Racers.” The university celebrated the official unveiling with a brand celebration event in the Curris Center on Feb. 26. Students, faculty, staff and the greater community enjoyed free food, “We are Racers.” giveaway items and prizes, a photo/video booth, interactive displays and much more. Led by Murray...

Campbellsville University political science students learn about politics during trip to Iowa State Caucus

By Matthew Taylor Campbellsville University Campbellsville University political science students learned about politics as they attended the Iowa State Caucus Jan. 29-Feb. 3. Dr. Shawn Williams, associate professor of political science and one of the leaders of the trip, said, “The trip gave the students a chance to see how politics work and how the Democratic Party process works.” He was accompanied...

Cardinal Valley Elementary after-school art club inspired by trading cards of influential women

The after-school art club at Cardinal Valley Elementary has been inspired by trading cards of influential women. During Women’s History Month, moviegoers and others can stop by the small gallery at the Kentucky Theatre to see an exhibit of oversized trading cards designed by a Transylvania University student paired with corresponding artwork by an after-school club at Cardinal Valley Elementary. “We...

Kentucky’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year leads turnaround in Fleming County Schools

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Sitting on Fleming County Superintendent Brian Creasman’s desk alongside family photos and Georgia Bulldog memorabilia sits a trophy with a yellow note placed upon it that reads, “Kentucky School District of the Year.” Lift this note and you will find that it is the trophy he received for being named Kentucky’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky...

CPE wins $200,000 Lumina Foundation grant to advance employability outcomes of graduates

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has been awarded a $200,000 Lumina Foundation grant to help prepare graduates with essential employability skills that enhance employment, earnings and equity outcomes, and to develop a data system to track the progress. Kentucky is one of nine states chosen from a pool of 23 states to participate in Lumina’s new national grant program to help develop...

WKU’s Ogden College Hall first educational lab in nation to achieve WELL v2 Gold Certification

Western Kentucky University’s Ogden College Hall is the first educational laboratory in the United States to achieve WELL v2 Gold Certification by the International WELL Building Institute, maximizing the safety, health and overall wellness of the building’s occupants. That certification ranks it as the healthiest university lab building in the world. “We wanted this multi-departmental science...

EKU earns prestigious Gold distinction for helping veterans, dependents achieve educational dreams

Eastern Kentucky University’s long-standing national reputation for helping veterans and their dependents achieve their educational dreams just got another boost. EKU is the only university in Kentucky and one of only 72 nationwide to earn Gold distinction in the 2020-21 rankings released recently by Military Friendly (militaryfriendly.com). Of nearly 1,700 institutions that completed the annual...

Scott High School’s Laura Cole, a math teacher, receives prestigious Milken Educator Award

Laura Cole, a mathematics teacher at Scott High School, has received a prestigious Milken Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. Cole was presented with the award, which includes a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize, in a surprise ceremony at her school that included students, faculty and district and community leaders. The award was presented by Kentucky Interim Education Commissioner Kevin...

UK’s Capilouto, NKU’s Vaidya to discuss attracting international talent at NKy Chamber event March 5

University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto will join Northern Kentucky University President Dr. Ashish Vaidya for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce series Pints and Perspectives series Thursday, March 5, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. During the event, entitled “Attracting International Talent,” Capilouto and Vaidya will discuss how local universities are attracting international talent to...

SisterKeeper mentoring program changing the conversation among girls at Bryan Station HS

“We’re trying to really empower them to be strong young women,” said Whitney Young, the Youth Services Center coordinator at BSHS. (Photo from FCPS) When several dozen Bryan Station students spent an hour dissecting the phrase “like a girl,” the mood shifted noticeably as the conversation turned from hurtful stereotypes toward life-giving affirmations. The reclaim-the-language exercise...

Get set for spring at the track in Handicapping 101 with ‘Ubercapper’ Ellis Star at BCTC April 24

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is helping Central Kentucky prepare for the spring horse racing season by bringing handicapping expert Ellis Starr to the Bluegrass. Starr will conduct Handicapping 101, the basics of picking the winners, at the Keeneland Race Course on April 24. Starr, racing analyst, handicapper, fan educator, and known as the “Ubercapper,”...

KCTCS selects Gold Hill Associates to lead search for replacement for retiring President Jay K. Box

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents Chair Gail Henson has announced the selection of Gold Hill Associates to lead the search for a new KCTCS president. Current KCTCS President Jay K. Box will retire June 30. Gold Hill Associates is dedicated solely to community college executive searches. The company has assisted more than 100 community colleges in searches for...

Vaping and mental health are key concerns for Kentucky students in latest risk behavior survey

From Kentucky Teacher Based on the 2019 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results, middle and high school students in the state are using electronic vaping products much more than they were in 2017. The percentage of middle school students who ever used an electronic vapor product increased from 15.1% in 2017 to 31.4% in 2019. A significant increase also occurred among high school students...

University of Kentucky alum Bing Zhang makes $6.35 million pledge to Department of Statistics

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky University of Kentucky faculty member Connie Wood accepted a collect call in 1989 from a student a world away who was in need of a connection and a path forward. For Bing Zhang, the willingness of a director of Graduate Studies to accept that phone call and offer help in a time of need has made all the difference in a life’s work and, now, what has been a lifetime...

Adm. William H. McRaven reflects on family ties to Murray State, decades of military service at lecture

Murray State University welcomed Adm. William H. McRaven as the featured speaker for the 2020 Presidential Lecture last week at historic Lovett Auditorium. McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and the former chancellor of the University of Texas system. During his time in the military, he commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations...

2020 Ky. Teacher of the Year Erin Ball to spend semester promoting minority teacher recruitment

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Life has been different for Erin Ball since being named the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in May of 2019. But probably not how you may expect. “In August, my husband and I began fostering two young siblings – a toddler and a baby,” said Ball. “Going from zero kids to two kids has been an incredible whirlwind and learning how to balance being a mother...

National Board recognizes 219 Kentucky educators for achieving highest possible teacher certification

A total of 219 Kentucky educators were recognized last week for recently obtaining the highest possible certification in the teaching profession, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Kentucky had the fifth-largest class of newly certified National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) nationally in 2019 and ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are...

WKU Distinguished Educator Awards to recognize exemplary teachers within service region

Nominations are open for the Western Kentucky University College of Education and Behavioral Sciences’ inaugural Distinguished Educator Awards. The awards will celebrate the individual and significant contributions educators make to the teaching profession. From literacy to innovation, WKU will recognize 10 P-12 educators within the university’s service region based on their inspiring solutions...