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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet sets Feb. 1 deadline to apply for $51,000 engineering scholarships

High school and college students interested in becoming a civil engineer should apply now for one of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s $51,000 scholarships. Since 1948, the Kentucky Transportation Civil Engineering Scholarship Program has provided about 80 scholarship openings each year that are filled with new and returning students to improve the overall engineering expertise within the Transportation...

KCTCS sets records for total number of credentials awarded, most graduates for one year

Despite the significant disruption to the spring semester, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) awarded a record number of credentials to a record number of graduates. Additionally, the record number of credentials awarded pushes the total number of credentials awarded to half a million since KCTCS was created. For the 2019-20 academic year the 16 KCTCS colleges awarded 39,291...

Campbellsville University named enhanced affiliate of Kentucky Academy of Science

Campbellsville University has been named an enhanced affiliate of the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS). The new designation allows for all Campbellsville students, staff and faculty to become members of KAS free of charge. “Campbellsville University pays dues each year so that any faculty staff or student can become a member of the KAS at no cost to them,” said Amanda Fuller, executive director...

Two years early, Kentucky’s public universities hit key targets on STEM+H bachelor’s degrees

Kentucky’s public universities chalked up another win for workforce readiness in 2018-19, surpassing a major milestone for bachelor’s degrees in high-demand STEM+H fields – science, technology, engineering, math and health care. The state’s strategic plan, “Stronger by Degrees,” called on universities to produce at least 6,620 STEM+H degrees annually by the 2020-21 academic year. However,...

Mayor Linda Gorton announces restrictions on walk-in visitors to City buildings, other COVID changes

Mayor Linda Gorton said government buildings will restrict access to walk-in visitors, effective Monday, March 23. Government services, including police, fire, garbage pick-up and recycling, will continue. The restriction will continue until further notice. Mayor Linda Gorton The City has made a number of changes related to the fall-out from COVID-19; * Police Headquarters will not be open for public...

New study shows BCTC’s significant impact on region’s economy, earning potential of graduates

A new study by Emsi, a national provider of research to educational institutions, shows investments in Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) during FY 2018-19 have had a significant effect on Central Kentucky’s economy. In addition, the average associate degree graduate from BCTC will earn an additional $9,900 each year, compared to someone with only a high school diploma. Furthermore,...

Kentucky launches K-TECH initiative for Hazard Independent, Perry County students

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH), the state’s first college-high apprenticeship program, in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools. Science, technology,...

Registration now open for UK’s Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls April 20

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is hosting the third annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls and their parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 20. This day of hands-on workshops will inform young Kentucky girls and their parents about exciting career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Women...

Keven Moore: It’s neither a bird nor a plane — OSHA is now using drones to improve inspections

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No…it’s an Occupational Safety and Health Administration drone? What? That’s right, folks, OSHA is in the midst of a technological revolution and has moved into the 21st century and is now using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections. Whether these drones are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Flying Mini...

Lexington Division of Central Purchasing to host Construction Business Connection Feb. 21

The Lexington Division of Central Purchasing is hosting a Construction Business Connection Event on Wednesday, Feb. 21 as an opportunity for construction companies to get a sneak peek of upcoming LFUCG projects. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by visiting kysbdc.ecenterdirect.com. This event, for construction trades only, will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. in the third-floor conference...

‘Four C’s’ could result in science, technology students earning free Legends tickets

The Lexington Legends are stepping into the fields of science and technology through a new educational program. The Legends are working with the Instructional Technology Department of Fayette County Public Schools to provide an incentive for students in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Science and Technology Leadership Program (STLP) to participate in academic activities related to those studies....

Commentary: Bevin right about the need for engineers, but liberal arts degrees important, too

Let’s just say Gov. Matt Bevin got it half right. The first-term Republican governor maintains that colleges and universities in his state need to produce more students with high-demand degrees, such as electrical engineering, and he proposes incentives to students who pursue those careers. Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio all face a shortage of workers trained in many technical areas, and it...

Lexmark hosted students and professionals for a day of learning, teaching and inspiration

Students and professionals worked together in a day of technology, science, math and engineering. (Photo provided)   More than 100 students and 135 science, technology, engineering, and math professionals, volunteers, speakers and committee members attended the Youth Science Summit at Lexmark’s headquarters in Lexington.   Created by the Science Center’s Youth Infusion Board, the Youth...