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Jackson City School District may be small, but students have big plans for community’s future

Main Street in Jackson, in Breathitt County. (Photo provided) By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Jackson Independent School District students in Breathitt County are excited about their community’s future and expressed their desire to create their own jobs. And, while the J.D. Vance book “Hillbilly Elegy” has not been a positive portrayal of Breathitt, they believe the upcoming movie publicity...

UK distilling, wine and brewing students learn about art and career potential of blending in spirits industry

Don McGrew, Americas Blending Technical Manager for the James B. Beam Distilling Company, talks to UK students about the art of getting the right barrels in the right bottles. (Photo by Matt Barton) By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Don McGrew knows bourbon, from seed to sip, barrel to bottle. He’s been in the spirits industry for more than a quarter of a century and is currently the Americas...

KDE seeking input on proposed waiver allowing carryover funds to be used for school improvments

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver (called a Tydings waiver) to use carryover federal funds rather than returning them to the federal government. According to 34. C.F.R. 76.709, KDE must return to the federal government any federal grant monies not obligated by the end of the grant carryover period. KDE has approximately $13,894,259 carried...

UK celebrates 28 years of partnership with Lloyd’s of London in support of horse industry

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have celebrated a 28-year partnership in support of the horse industry. Representatives of Lloyd’s recently presented a $50,000 check to UK for continued funding of the international publication, the Equine Disease Quarterly. “Lloyd’s is very pleased to have...

Hebron’s Ben Brandstetter named chair of Council on Postsecondary Education; Kim Halbauer vice chair

Ben Brandstetter, of Hebron, is the new chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education, and Kimberley Halbauer, of Fort Thomas, is vice-chair. The Council elected its leadership at its meeting earlier today at the University of Kentucky. Ben Brandstetter “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead the Council on Postsecondary Education,” said Brandstetter. “Outgoing Chair Zimmerman did an excellent...

Kentucky Board of Education seeks community feedback in search for next commissioner

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is inviting residents and stakeholders to take a community survey on the qualities they would like to see in the state’s next education commissioner. The survey, available online, opened Jan. 21 and will close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 6. It takes about five minutes to complete. The board directed the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to create and administer the...

EKU aviation program awarded Appalachian Regional Commission grant to purchase flight simulators

A nearly half-million-dollar investment in Eastern Kentucky will bring hands-on experience with Eastern Kentucky University’s highly touted aviation program directly to students in the service region. The purchase of two dozen virtual reality flight simulators, to be placed throughout the Appalachian region, is being made possible with a nearly $360,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission....

KY Pitch, Kentucky’s largest intercollegiate pitch competition, announces 2020 schedule

KY Pitch, Kentucky’s largest collegiate business pitch competition, is back for 2020 with initial applications due by January 24. The Final Competition will be held on March 28, at the Gatton College for Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. New this year, teams will participate in two tracks: the Exploratory Track for new concepts and the Developed Track for teams that are developed...

University of Kentucky to host 2020 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit March 19-20

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky will host the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit March 19-20 in the UK Student Center. The event brings together college students, faculty, administrators and hunger activists from around the world to discuss ways they can collectively reduce worldwide hunger. The event includes networking opportunities, breakout sessions and several...

Corporation for Public Broadcasting awards WKU Public Broadcasting $246,863 grant

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded a $246,863 grant to Western Kentucky University Public Broadcasting to develop and expand its workforce development training program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The grant, “Embracing Differences, Finding Strengths: A Public Broadcasting Model for Autism Inclusion,” is led by project directors Molly Swietek and...

EKU aviation alumnus Matthew Singer named 2019 Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year

Many professionals strive for years in the workplace before their efforts are fully recognized. That’s why Eastern Kentucky University aviation alumnus Matthew Singer was surprised to learn that after just two years managing the London-Corbin Airport, the Kentucky Aviation Association named him Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year for 2019. “I wasn’t expecting it,” said Singer. “Getting...

Council on Postsecondary Education report: College still pays in Kentucky, for individuals and state

A new report issued by the Council on Postsecondary Education shows that college still pays for those who earn postsecondary credentials and state allocations for public higher education more than pay for themselves. Higher Education’s Return on Investment report examines the return on investment for both the individual student and the state as a whole. Using the Kentucky high school Class of 2010...

WKU awarded $1.1 million federal grant for special education to address shortage of certified personnel

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has awarded Western Kentucky University a $1.1 million grant to address the ongoing national, state and regional shortage of personnel certified to serve K-12 students with high-intensity needs. Project “Preparing Rural Educators and Professionals for Students with High-Intensity Needs” (PREP) is an interdisciplinary initiative led...

Transylvania receives federal funds to help bolster Kentucky research and manufacturing technology

Transylvania University will receive part of a $24 million National Science Foundation grant to help boost Kentucky’s research and manufacturing capabilities. Over five years, the university is expected receive a total of around $200,000 for faculty and student physics research and cutting-edge chemistry lab equipment. The research at Transylvania made possible through these funds will complement...

Western Kentucky educators nominated for Regional Educator Awards and Sponsorship Program

More than 80 area educators, administrators and staff members were nominated in West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s 3rd Annual Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program. Students, parents, fellow faculty and staff sent in 97 nominations, with some individuals being nominated more than once. The nominations came from nine counties in western Kentucky and southern Illinois....

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment inducts latest class of distinguished alumni

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has inducted four new members into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This year’s recipients include a leader in the field of antibody engineering for cancer therapies, an agricultural educator and advocate, college administrator and home economics leader, and devoted educator and advocate...

Six Kentucky educators honored at Association for Career and Technical Education conference

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Six career and technical education (CTE) professionals from Kentucky public schools were among those honored in the national awards program at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) Career Tech Vision professional development conference in December in Anaheim, Calif. They were among seven individual honorees from Kentucky recognized through the...

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to deliver Transylvania’s 2020 William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture on ‘Resilience’

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will give Transylvania University’s 2020 William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture on “Resilience,” the theme of this academic year. The first Native American U.S. poet laureate, Harjo is an internationally known, award-winning poet, writer and performer of the Mvskoke Nation. The public is invited to attend her lecture on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. While...

Kentucky Department of Education opens nominations for 2021 Teacher of the Year awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher Awards. Nominations may be submitted electronically by visiting the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year website at kentuckytoy.com. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of...

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students; program includes tuition assistance, summer work

For more than 70 years, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has paved the way for Kentucky’s youth to pursue a rewarding engineering career by offering two scholarship programs to help pay for tuition while providing employment. KYTC will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-21 school year to prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology...