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Kentucky Community and Technical College board of regents report three finalists for president

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents on announced the three finalists to become the next KCTCS president. They are: • Paul Czarapata, currently the KCTCS interim president. • Anton Reece, president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. • Casey Sacks, vice chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System...

State awarded $19.3 million in federal funds for educational support services related to COVID

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that $19.3 million in federal funds has been awarded to Kentucky from the second round of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund 2 (GEER II) for educational support services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will provide student mental health services; family support; college, career and transition services for students; and assistance for college-bound...

WKU now accepting nominations for 2021 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame; nomination deadline May 31

Nominations are now open for the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame 2021 class. Established in 2000, the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame recognizes educators across the Commonwealth who positively impact the teaching profession and the students they serve. As a national leader in educator preparation and administrator training, WKU works closely with district partners to fulfill regional needs while ensuring...

UK Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition gets creative to keep students engaged during pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky With many in-person classes and activities going online, college students have struggled to feel connected to and engaged with their teachers and their peers during the pandemic. The University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition introduced many new initiatives this semester to help their students feel more connected to their professors and...

Kentucky Board of Education seeking applicants for KHSAA Board of Control; application deadline April 5

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), through the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), is seeking an individual to serve on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Board of Control to fill a position that will become vacant on June 30. The KHSAA is the Kentucky Board of Education’s designee to manage statewide interscholastic athletic programs. The Board of Control supervises KHSAA,...

Campbellsville University to open fully to students in fall after increased vaccinations, drop in virus cases

The administration at Campbellsville University has announced the university will be fully open for students during the fall 2021 semester due to vaccination increases and the drop in overall COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and at the university. The fall semester is set to begin Monday, Aug. 23, and Dr. H. Keith Spears, interim president, has deemed the university will be “open...

KDE reaches $350,000 settlement with ACT after students’ personal information was shared

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has reached a settlement with ACT for a $350,000 statement credit after it was discovered that information about Kentucky students who took the ACT was shared with postsecondary institutions, a violation of the contract between the two entities. When students take the ACT, they are presented with the option of sharing their...

University of Louisville, Muhammed Ali International Airport partner for first-of-it’s-kind ‘innovation lab’

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville The University of Louisville and Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) will collaborate on research that will enhance travelers’ experience and airport operations through innovation. This is the first agreement of its kind for SDF, which will allow the airport campus – including all facilities, terminal and airfield – to serve as an innovation...

Money tip for high school students: Save money by earning college credit in high school

One way to save money on higher education is to earn college credits while in high school, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Continuing your education after you graduate can lead to a better life not just for you and your family but also for all Kentuckians,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “I urge all Kentucky high school students to take advantage of programs...

Western Kentucky University names Robert Fischer as provost and vice president of academic affairs

Western Kentucky University has named Dr. Robert “Bud” U. Fischer Jr. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs beginning July 1. Dr. Fischer is the dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. “Dr. Fischer has a record of success in elevating the universities where he has held leadership positions,” WKU President Timothy C....

Public registration now available for Kentucky Education Commissioner’s 2021 Listening Tour

The Kentucky Department of Education opened its registration website Tuesday for Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass’ virtual listening tour to gather input on long-term aspirations for the Commonwealth’s education system. Nine sessions will be held across the state April 6-May 6, one in coordination with each cooperative region and one in Louisville. The sessions will be in the evening and...

WKCTC recognizes elementary, secondary educators and staff at virtual Regional Educators Awards

A worldwide pandemic and the restrictions that followed made having an in-person Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College out of the question this year. The college was still able to celebrate this area’s elementary and secondary educators, administrators and staff with a virtual program that premiered on WKCTC’s Facebook page and...

UK’s J. David Rosenberg College of Law names Kelly Daniel first black editor of Kentucky Law Journal

By Shawntaye Hopkins University of Kentucky University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law second-year law student Kelly Daniel will serve as the first black editor-in-chief of the college’s Kentucky Law Journal (KLJ) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Daniel, a native of Boston, recalls one of her most memorable experiences in law school when, during her first year, she and other members...

Governor appoints Mike Bowling’s widow, Jamie, to fill his vacant seat on the state Board of Education

Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed Jamie Bowling to the Kentucky Board of Education. Bowling, of Middlesboro, is the widow of former board member Mike Bowling and will fill the District 3 spot that was left vacant after he resigned on Feb. 19. “It is a great honor to be asked to serve out the remainder of Mike’s term on the state board of education and to continue his legacy,” Bowling said. “I...

Ag Commissioner Quarles announces winners of the Kentucky Pollinator Stakeholders art contest

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced the winners of the Kentucky Pollinator Stakeholders art contest.   The student art contest, with the theme “Pollinators and Their Floral Hosts in Kentucky,” was designed to educate the public on the benefits of pollinators and encourage behaviors that promote pollinator habitats across Kentucky.   “This contest allowed children...

Research shows women in Ky. face major earnings gap, exceeding national average at every level

(Click for larger image) New research from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that, even with advanced college degrees, women in Kentucky continue to earn significantly less than men over a lifetime. CPE released the findings Thursday as part of an ongoing series of research briefs on education and earnings in Kentucky. The analysis shows that women with an associate or bachelor’s...

Lafayette SCAPA students win 10-minute play competition during online regional theatre festival

SCAPA theatre students from Lafayette High School did not miss a beat even though the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s 2021 convention went virtual amid COVID-19 restrictions. Their recorded entry, an excerpt of “Cardboard Stories: Thinking outside the Box,” earned top honors in the Secondary School Theatre Festival, which offered the 10-Minute Play Competition in early March. “We were the...

Report shows growing demand for college graduates in education jobs; more teacher diversity needed

Kentucky’s education workforce is expected to grow 3% over the next decade. However, colleges and universities need to train thousands of more teachers to address shortfalls in schools and help increase diversity among educators. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education unveiled those findings today as part of an in-depth look at the state’s public and private education sector. The report...

Site work for new University of Somerset campus begins at nine-acre former Cundiff Square property

The Board of Directors for the new University of Somerset on Monday announced the commencement of site preparation work in downtown Somerset to make way for the expected location of the main campus of Kentucky’s first private research university. Crews with local contractor Weddle Enterprises have begun demolition of the structures on the property located off South Vine Street, between West Market...

Campbellsville University Harrodsburg instructor Rodney James grooming more than just barbers

Rodney James, barbering instructor at Campbellsville University Harrodsburg, does more than teach students about hair and skincare. He’s grooming the next generation of barbers to engage in conversations about race, politics and other potentially divisive topics people increasingly encounter in the workplace and in life. “One of the most important skills of any barber is to understand different...