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University of Kentucky students take to the sky to learn from a birds eye view in drone journalism class

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky University of Kentucky journalism students are taking to the sky to learn from a bird’s eye view. In David Stephenson’s drone journalism class, in the School of Journalism and Media within the College of Communication and Information, students are learning to use new technology for newsgathering purposes. As a photographer and filmmaker himself, Stephenson...

CPE President Aaron Thompson to launch state listening tour in hometown of Manchester on Feb. 1

Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson begins the first phase of a statewide listening tour next week in his hometown of Manchester in Clay County. Thompson will engage students, community and business representatives and educators in conversations about issues impacting college access, student success, workforce quality and transitions to career. Aaron ThompsonThe public is...

Dunbar High School MSTC student one of 40 finalists for nation’s oldest science and math competition

Rachel Seevers of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is among 40 finalists in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. She was selected based on the originality and creativity of her scientific research, as well as her achievement and leadership inside and outside the classroom. “I created a new airplane...

Kentucky Farm Bureau announces scholarship opportunities for 95 high school seniors this spring

While Kentucky high school seniors are preparing for graduation, their thoughts are turning to the future. For many students, this means college – and finding a way to pay for tuition. Later this spring, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation will award college scholarships ranging from $400 to $4,000 to 95 high school seniors pursuing a four-year degree. To be considered, students must complete...

Kentucky Department of Education launches fourth component of School Report Card Suite

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in partnership with BrightBytes, launched the Kentucky School Report Card on Jan. 18, the fourth component in its School Report Card Suite. The online tool includes data metrics and visualizations to highlight key information about schools and districts. This includes school demographics, test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, parental...

Campbellsville to host national manager of Conservatives Concerned about Death Penalty

Hannah Cox, national manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, will be speaking at Campbellsville University on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center, 110 University Drive. The public is invited to the event that is part of Campbellsville’s Quality Enhancement Plan pertaining to the university’s accreditation by the Southern Association...

Department of Education seeking nominations for 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards; deadline Feb. 15

Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened nominations for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards. Jessica Dueñas, formerly of Oldham County Middle School and now with W.E.B. DuBois Academy (Jefferson County), was named as the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Frankfort May 15. Tiffany Marsh, left, of Paul...

Transylvania University names Lexington Catholic President Angelucci as VP for campaign initiatives

Transylvania University has named Lexington Catholic High School President Steve Angelucci as the institution’s vice president for campaign initiatives, beginning later this summer. In this new role, Angelucci will work closely with President Seamus Carey and the university’s advancement office to coordinate major fundraising efforts. Under his 10-year leadership at Lexington Catholic, the school...

Rural Blog: Rural colleges make big changes to stay afloat; ‘What’s a university without a history major?’

Many public universities in smaller towns are in crisis mode as enrollment and state funding continue to drop, and it doesn’t look like those trends will improve any time soon. Administrators at such colleges are making drastic changes to combat the downturn, including slashing staff, changing up majors, appealing more to adults looking to switch careers, and merging satellite programs and even...

U.S. News & World Report ranks EKU online degree programs among best for eighth consecutive year

For the eighth consecutive year, EKU Online degree programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Eastern Kentucky University ranked in the top 30 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The university also ranked in the top 100 for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Programs. “It’s incredibly rewarding to have...

28 new school resource centers granted additional funding, including several in Fayette County schools

More than 33,000 Kentucky students now have access to supplemental services at school thanks to the recent opening of 28 new Family Resource Youth Services Centers (FRYSC), or “friskies” centers as they are commonly called. Kentucky now has 854 FRYSCs across the Commonwealth. The primary goal of the centers is to remove non-academic barriers to learning in order to enhance student academic success. FRYSCs...

It’s time for 2019-20 kindergarten registration for Fayette schools; Step 1 is available online now

To enroll a child in kindergarten for 2019-20 in Fayette County Public Schools, families may begin online starting Jan. 15. The child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 to start kindergarten this fall. After submitting the online form, families must then go to their neighborhood’s assigned school with their form number and two proofs of residence (e.g. deed or lease and a utility bill) to complete...

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood receives $10.6 million federal Preschool Development Grant

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) has been awarded a $10,620,000 federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Preschool Development Grant – Birth through Five (PDG B-5). Kentucky was one of six states to receive the highest funding amount. This one-year grant focuses on planning, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding in 2019. The purpose of Kentucky’s PDG B-5 is...

Kentucky Mesonet at WKU completes installation of weather station in Webster County

The Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University has completed installation of a station in Webster County. The site at Baker Park in Dixon is the 70th operational station in 69 counties following the installation of a station in Pulaski County last fall. The statewide network is the Commonwealth’s official source for weather and climate data. “The Webster County site highlights the importance...

Eastern Kentucky University board bids farewell to Chair Craig Turner, elects Regent Lewis Turner

Eastern Kentucky University’s January 9 Board of Regents meeting was uncharacteristically emotional as the Colonel Community bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chair Craig Turner. The board unanimously elected Regent Lewis Diaz as Turner’s successor. A Cuban native, Diaz is EKU’s first minority Board of Regents Chair. He graduated from EKU with an undergraduate degree in 2000 and a master’s degree...

For-profit college settlement with CEC to eliminate $2.3 Million in debt for more than 1,300 Kentuckians

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that for-profit education company Career Education Corp. or CEC has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices. It also agreed to forgo collecting more than $2.3 million in debts owed by more than 1,300 Kentucky students. The announcement is part of a $498 million national settlement with the Illinois-based CEC and state attorneys general...

Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery ‘Data, Mine’ exhibition to feature work of renowned data visualization artists

The upcoming “Data, Mine” exhibition at Transylvania University’s Morlan Gallery will offer artistic takes on an issue seemingly ripped from today’s headlines: What’s to do with all that information computers dig up on us? Running Jan. 16 to Feb. 19, the show will feature the works of nationally renowned data visualization artists Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick. Elahi, who is a University of...

Locust trace agriculture teacher Daniel Bustle among 21 educators nationwide selected for XLR8 Institute

Daniel Bustle, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, is among 21 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 XLR8 Institute – a professional learning program that began at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. Daniel Bustle (Photo from FCPS) The XLR8 program helps those in their seventh to 15th years of...

KHEAA Money Tip for Students: It’s income tax season so here is some advice to make it easier

Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly. Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, discuss the situation with your parents. They may be able to...

KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and KWIB establishes KentuckyWorks Collaborative

Gov. Matt Bevin, in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB), signed an executive order establishing the KentuckyWorks Collaborative to guide the Commonwealth’s workforce efforts through statewide implementation of KWIB’s strategic plan, Kentucky Work Ready: An Urgent Call to Action. “The creation of the...