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Wayne Lewis: Preparing students for the current and future workforce is the key for education

In the nearly two years that I have had the honor of serving as Kentucky’s commissioner of education, I have made students’ preparation for success in the workforce a top priority. So much so that if there were any one area that I have given disproportionate attention, it has been workforce preparation. For anyone who has known me for longer than four years, that is probably a surprise. As an educator,...

Russell Cave students ‘Touch a Vehicle’ for an interactive Career Day with community professionals

By Tammy Lane Fayette County Schools The fire truck, ambulance, police car, and news crew created quite a stir outside Russell Cave Elementary, but the excitement was all in fun as students and staff welcomed more than a dozen community professionals for the school’s “Touch a Vehicle” Career Day. “They’re still trying to figure out what ‘career’ means. It’s hard for them to understand...

Western Kentucky University graduate student helps build College and Career Readiness program

When Rachel Bauer was in high school, she imagined herself on a very different career path. However, there was one persistent passion that continued to drive her forward: her love for people. “Ever since high school, I knew I wanted to go into a helping profession. I was working in a hospital after I got my undergrad degree, and I realized that was not what I wanted to do. The field didn’t feel...

Forward in the Fifth to host College and Career Readiness Summit on Sept. 11

Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, is hosting a College and Career Readiness Summit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.   School administrators, guidance counselors, career service staff from colleges and universities, workforce development, career and technical...

Kentucky's college and career readiness efforts recognized for variety of successes

Gov. Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday teamed up with ACT, Inc. to celebrate Kentucky’s progress toward the goal of college- and career-readiness for all students and recognize those who embody or advance the state’s commitment to preparing students for success.   The event was part of the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign that celebrates achievement and creates...