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Kentucky Department of Agriculture internship program application period open for college students

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging Kentucky college students seeking a career in agriculture or government to apply for positions in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) internship program for the 2021 summer. Ryan Quarles “Our KDA interns gain the unique opportunity to work alongside department employees and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Quarles...

New Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship campaign encourages adults to go to college

Never Underestimate You! That’s the mantra behind a new campaign for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost education and employability among adults. The scholarship, which West Kentucky Community and Technical College WKCTC) began offering in 2017, offers up to 60 hours of free tuition for anyone who has not yet earned an associate degree. It covers various technical programs...

Community Trust Bancorp recognized by ‘2020 Women on Boards’ advocacy campaign

Jean R. Hale, Chairman, the president, and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., has announced that Community Trust has been recognized by the organization “2020 Women on Boards” as a Winning “W” company for 2019, for having “at least 20 percent women on your board of directors.” Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. has the following women on its Boards of Directors: • Jean R. Hale – Chairman,...

Donald Saelinger: We are America divided and that cannot stand; we must find common ground

“United we stand, divided we fall” is a phrase that can be traced back to the 6th Century B.C. American extremism has grown to epidemic proportions and divides us into rigid camps: Democrat vs. Republican, pro-choice vs. pro-life, progressive vs. conservative, black vs. white, and even Pro-America vs. Anti-America. What has happened to compromise and respect for each other? Subgroup division...

Transylvania announces Pioneer Plus initiative, giving students options to expand college experience

Transylvania University’s new Pioneer Plus initiative offers students registered for the 2020-21 academic year a number of choices to continue their education, athletics and activities at Transylvania while making the best decisions for themselves right now. New options give students the choice of extending their undergraduate career at Transylvania tuition free. The Healthy at Transy reopening plan...

Billy Reed: Dream worth pursuing is black athletes with good education, fully part of whole society

For as long as I can remember, and that’s longer than most, people in the sports world, including myself, have been proud of our history of integration. We point to the likes of Jesse Owens, the African-American star of the 1936 Olympics, held in Hitler’s Nazi Germany; Joe Louis, the heavyweight boxing champion in the 1930s and ‘40s; and Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in...

Commentary: Improve access, strengthen ties to health care with school-based health centers

By O’dell Moreno Owens, Tony Cox and Sally Jordan Health and education go hand in hand. If children are bothered by tooth decay, poor vision or untreated asthma, they won’t be able to reach their full potential in the classroom. Tony Cox One way to strengthen the ties between education and health is through school-based health centers. As the name implies, school-based health centers are health...

Beshear unveils ‘Education First’ budget ending 14 years of cuts; funds health, pensions, social workers

Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his first budget to lawmakers on Tuesday prioritizing education, health care and protecting our children, underlining his belief that a budget is a statement of values. “It is a budget that not only ends years of painful cuts, it also makes a major investment in public education, fully funds expanded Medicaid, makes a historic investment in protecting our children, directs...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise, education, and training

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for promoting free enterprise because this part of American life has set the stage to educate and train hundreds of millions of Americans. We want a system that unifies educators, business, and the rest of us, by rewarding educational attainment and training with workplace opportunities. That system...

State of Commonwealth: Gov. Beshear says state’s future depends on Kentuckians working together

In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s future depends on leaving divisive politics in the past and focusing on providing opportunity for every Kentucky family.   Gov. Beshear said the transformational and positive change Kentucky families count on occurs when we break the cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction, and obtain a good-paying career,...

State lawmakers convene Tuesday for 60-day session — and two-year budget is at the top of the agenda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers return to Frankfort on Tuesday, January 7, with a two-year budget topping the agenda for the 60-day session. Both the House and Senate have a Republican supermajority, and the relationship with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was still contentious at times. With Democrat Andy Beshear now in the Governor’s office, will the current cordial relationship last? Senate...

KCTCS to invest $2.7 million to close workforce gaps; BCTC hires Gary Robinson as project coordinator

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is investing $2.7 million during the next three years to close workforce gaps by promoting apprenticeship opportunities. Bluegrass Community and Technical College has hired Gary Robinson as a full-time project coordinator to oversee the program in Central Kentucky. Gary Robinson Robinson has been an active leader in industry and education for over...

Task force of educators wraps up 4-days of meetings on developing quality curriculum for schools

A task force of educators convened by Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis and led by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) completed four days of meetings aimed at improving the process of developing quality curriculum for Kentucky’s public schools that are directly aligned to the state’s academic standards. The task force – comprised of superintendents, district curriculum leads, principals,...

Bellarmine appoints new deans for education, business, arts and sciences for 2019-20

Bellarmine University’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, Dr. Paul Gore, has appointed new academic deans to oversee programs in education and the arts and sciences, as well as an interim dean for the business school. The appointments — made in consultation with Dr. Susan Donovan, Bellarmine’s president — are: • Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, dean of the Annsley Frazier Thornton...

Wayne Lewis: As the workplace continues to change, education must evolve to prepare students

One of the best parts of being education commissioner is having the opportunity to travel across Kentucky, talking with and spending time with students, educators, parents and community stakeholders. There are many good things happening in schools and communities across the Commonwealth, and I am privileged to get to see and hear so much of it for myself. One of my most recent trips was to Graves County,...

Governor, legislative leadership say excess revenues of $194m will go to retired teacher health, pensions

Gov. Matt Bevin Thursday joined Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker David Osborne to announce that Kentucky closed Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) on June 30th with record high state revenues, creating a significant budget surplus for the state. According to data released by the Office of the State Budget Director, Kentucky’s FY19 General Fund revenues exceeded estimates by $194.5 million,...

Kentucky to unveil new digital platform to support transition-age youth in foster care

A new digital portal called Kentucky RISE (Resources for Independence, Success and Empowerment) is set to be unveiled Wednesday at the Kentucky Independent Living Youth Empowerment Conference in Lexington. The new website is part of a rebranding project for the state’s independent living program for transition-age youth in the foster care system. The web-based portal, kyrise.ky.gov, will be accessible...

CHI Saint Joseph Health Maternity Education Programs offer classes on childbirth, breastfeeding

Preparing for a new baby is exciting, but parents-to-be may feel overwhelmed with the idea of bringing a new life into the world. Obtaining the best available knowledge and hands-on practice is the most effective way to relieve stress surrounding childbirth and parenting a newborn. CHI Saint Joseph Health wants to make sure that all expecting and new mothers feel empowered and prepared for the exciting...

Responses to UK statewide survey will help protect water resources for Kentuckians

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Two University of Kentucky faculty members are conducting a statewide survey for a research study on Kentuckians’ values, attitudes and knowledge about water resources in the commonwealth. Funded by the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, the end goal of the project is to develop training materials for professionals who work with the public on water...

KentuckyWired reaches 1,000 miles of planned 3,000-mile high-speed fiber optic cable network

KentuckyWired, a broadband project installing high-speed fiber optic cable in every county, has now completed over 1,000 miles of its planned 3,000-mile network, with 1,090 miles of fiber either on aerial poles or in underground conduit, and another 500 miles ready for fiber deployment in the coming weeks. The head of the state agency overseeing the project says it is an important milestone. “Obtaining...