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Kentucky college campuses pilot employability certification for academic programs

Kentucky is the first state in the nation to pilot a certification process that ensures college graduates are ready for the workforce with essential employability skills, or the so-called “soft skills,” that employers say are often lacking in graduates. Launched just one year ago, three programs are now certified, including two bachelor’s degree programs at Murray State University — construction...

With a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S., KCTCS helps alleviate problem with CDL program

There’s a tremendous shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. – about 300,000, according to Bloomberg. Kentucky is no different, and with more than 13,000 trucking companies in the Commonwealth, that means jobs are plentiful. Best of all, driving a commercial vehicle pays well. The Kentucky Trucking Association reports in 2016, total trucking industry wages paid in Kentucky exceeded $5.0 billion with...

CPE launches employability initiative to prepare graduates for workplace success

The Council on Postsecondary Education, joined by representatives from six Kentucky colleges and universities, has launched an employability initiative that will bring together employers and educators to assess and affirm that higher education programs prepare graduates for the workforce. In partnership with The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education, Kentucky’s Essential...

KCTCS announces finalists for position of Gateway president/CEO; on-campus interviews scheduled

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay Box announced Wednesday the finalists for the position of president/CEO of Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC). Valdez The finalists are: · Dr. Cristobal Valdez, president, Central Wyoming College · Dr. Anthony Cruz, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Sinclair Community College,...

Gateway’s new interim president Vic Adams learned leadership skills early on playing football at UK

By Jamie Vaught KyForward columnist If you hold a leadership position at work, there is a good chance that you also played sports in college. Several academic-oriented studies have concurred that student-athletes in college or high school are given opportunities to develop skills such as team-building, communication, confidence and leadership. Consider former Presidents like Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford...

Ed Hughes: Value engineering one's college education is a smart move in this economy

Value engineering is a big issue in the marketplace today. It generally means that experts find ways to re-engineer processes and products to build something better, faster, cheaper and still with high quality. Value engineering provides alternatives for consumers to meet their needs. Findings from a recent study by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center on the rising cost of not going to college suggests...

Park National Bank funding new scholarship for incoming Gateway freshmen class

Gateway Community and Technical College is introducing a new scholarship aimed at high school students who will graduate in the spring of 2014.   “This is the first time we have offered a scholarship designed specifically for new high school graduates,” said Will Bradley, Gateway coordinator of scholarships and financial aid. “The Park National Bank scholarship will provide recipients with...

N. Ky. business contributions to local schools add up, advance the Ready by 21 initiative

Staff Report   In Northern Kentucky, a new data collection tool developed by the Forum for Youth Investment has provided insight on the total value of business contributions to local schools.   And the Northern Kentucky Education Council (NKEC) is building on that tool to create a system for measuring the impact of those contributions — and filling gaps.   For years, businesses...

Animatronic bears get their groove on again, thrill holiday shoppers in downtown Newport

Life-size animatronic bears that once occupied the old Pogue’s department store in Cincinnati are now on display in Newport. Thanks to students from Gateway Community and Technical College, many of them move again. (Photo by Michael Monks)   By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   The life-size animatronic bears that once thrilled shoppers at the old Pogue’s department store in...

After serious head injury, young woman struggled – until she met Hope, the dolphin

Stacie Mosteller has already completed a week-long dolphin training program at Dolphin Research Center and plans to enroll in the nine-month training in the future. (Photo provided)   By Roger Auge II KyForward correspondent   Stacie Mosteller fell out of an airplane she was cleaning on the tarmac at Greater Cincinnati International Airport the night of Aug. 25, 2003, and landed 17-feet below...

Northern Ky. Chamber plans Girls Day Out with local science, tech, engineering firms

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is currently coordinating STEM Girls Day Out, which will be hosted at various local businesses on June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is designed to promote STEM careers, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers for young female students from the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area.   This event, targeting female students from grades...

The Hotel Covington soon to break ground; Salyers’ Group CEO gives first look at details

Covington City Hall (Photo by Michael Monks)   By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   Covington City Hall is turning into The Hotel Covington and the project “couldn’t be more a part of our DNA at the Salyers Group. Sometimes the scale terrifies us but we couldn’t be more excited,” said Guy van Rooyen, president of the Salyers Group tasked with creating the new hotel.   Van...