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BCTC awarded $20,000 grant to develop Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician program in Kentucky

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has been selected by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program to be part of the 2019-2021 cohort. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the MentorLinks program helps colleges to develop or strengthen technician training in STEM fields. BCTC has been approved for $20,000 to develop...

WRSI grant of $3 million allotted to expand healthcare education, training at BCTC Leestown Campus

To meet the rapidly increasing healthcare needs in Fayette and surrounding counties, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Leestown Campus leaders in Lexington had to dream big, expand partnerships and find funding. Through a $3,040,000 Work Ready Skills Initiative (WRSI) grant from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and funds from community partners, that dream is...

UK gets $11 million grant to decrease cervical cancer in Eastern Ky; focus on smoking, HPV, screenings

The University of Kentucky has been awarded a five-year, $11 million grant to work toward reducing the rates of cervical cancer in Eastern Kentucky, a region that has some of the highest rates of incidence and deaths from it in the nation. The research will address three of the risk factors that contribute to these high rates — smoking, the human papillomavirus (HPV) and low rates of cervical-cancer...

PSC grants rate increase to Ky. American Water, approves surcharge for water main improvements

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted a rate adjustment to Kentucky American Water Co. (KAWC) that is about one-third less than the amount requested by the utility. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC authorized a $13.40 million, or about 15.23 percent, increase in Kentucky American’s annual revenue. The utility had requested an increase of $19.86 million, or 22.6 percent. The...

Kentucky Bar Foundation awards $7,500 grant to Chrysalis House for enhancing women’s opportunties

Chrysalis House has been awarded a Kentucky Bar Foundation 2019 grant in the amount of $7,500 for Accessing the Court System and Resolving Legal Issues for Chrysalis House Women. Chrysalis House aids clients in addressing un­met legal needs to enhance their employment potential. Clients also have opportunities to participate in mock interviews and work with employers who have agreed to hire people...

Improved health is community undertaking, according to six-year FHK initiative

If more Kentucky communities tackled their health issues as communities, the overall health of the state could be improved. That’s one lesson of a six-year program that the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky recently completed in seven counties. The “Investing in Kentucky’s Future” initiative focused on children. It “improved student eating habits, increased youth physical...

Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange awarded Art Works grant of $45,000, announces 2019 Learning Cohort

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $45,000 by the National Endowment of the Arts for Art of the Rural. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 95 grants in the Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works category of Art Works, which is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. “These awards, reaching...

PNC Foundation awards two-year grants to Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Public Library

The PNC Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to Fayette County Public Schools and a $50,000 grant to the Lexington Public Library as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great, the bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The two-year grants are designed to support the specific needs of preschool...

UK horticulture researcher receives $500,000 grant to study epigenetic memory in grapevines

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Plants use memory at the molecular level to respond to stress in their environment. A University of Kentucky researcher, Carlos Rodríguez López, has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to explore epigenetic memory, continuing research he began while living in Australia. To survive...

State Farm awards $10,000 grant to Prichard Committee to support parent leadership institute

State Farm is providing continuing support for the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with its recent $10,000 grant to the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. The grant, reflecting State Farm’s longstanding commitment to the work, will assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents to become vocal advocates...

EPA awards $1.1 million to Kentucky to help address leaking underground storage tanks throughout state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,170,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. States...

Gov. Bevin requests presidential disaster declaration for 35 Kentucky counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes. Photo courtesy of Chuck...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Ten recently published books to curl up with as the frigid temperatures grip the state

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist First of two parts   As the frigid temperatures continue their hold on the state, here’s a list of recently-published nonfiction books that offer some good winter reading. • “James Still: A Life” by Carol Boggess (University Press of Kentucky, $40) is a new lengthy biography about one of Kentucky’s most famous writers. Still first achieved...

Hospice of the Bluegrass receives $6,000 grant to serve patients in Eastern Kentucky

  Hospice of the Bluegrass has been awarded a $6,000 grant by the Berea College Appalachian Fund. The money will be used to provide care to patients in 16 Southeast Kentucky counties who are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.   “We are so pleased that the Berea College Appalachian Fund recognizes the important care we provide to seriously ill people,” says Hospice...