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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...

Kentucky Virtual Library honors JCTC librarian with inaugural service award that shares her name

The Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) has launched an award for outstanding service and has named it for its first recipient. Sheree Williams Sheree Williams, director of the Learning Commons and professor at Jefferson Community and Technical College, received the inaugural Sheree Award at a recent KYVL meeting in Frankfort. The award honors Williams’ continued dedication to the KYVL through her contributions...

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...

Partnership between Mercedes-Benz, JCTC will address growing demand for automotive technicians

A new apprenticeship effort between Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) in Louisville will address the national demand for automotive technicians through the innovative Mercedes-Benz Accelerate training program. The JCTC program will prepare students to become a level one Mercedes-Benz Certified Systems Technician in just three semesters. Students will train...

Young daughters make long commute worth the sacrifice for Eastern Kentucky University senior

By Madison Harris Special to KyForward When senior aviation major Kristena Cook reflects on her daily life, a 100-mile commute each way from her Louisville home to class at Eastern Kentucky University while juggling her children, education and career amid constant exhaustion, she can only be grateful. “Statistically speaking, this should not be my life,” she said. “I should be locked up, committed...

KCTCS celebrates trade worker apprecticeships during Career and Technical Education Month

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is the largest provider of workforce education in the Commonwealth preparing 82 percent of the state’s skilled trades workers. February is Career and Technical Education Month and KCTCS is highlighting its role in providing important programs that align with business needs across the state. For example, LG&E offers an apprenticeship...

Jefferson Community and Technical College scores first national academic team championship

Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Academic Team champs headed to Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Academic Team recently returned from Atlanta with its first national championship. Jefferson outlasted defending champion State College Manatee (Florida) in the final round 225-185 to win the 2016 Community College Championship Tournament,...

From moonshine to mosquitos, budding entrepreneurs win big at Idea State U

Idea State U winners from the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky gather for a congratulatory photo with UK President Emeritus and Von Allmen Center Advisory Board member Lee Todd, center right. (Photo from VACE)   FutureFry to the rescue!   A restaurant deep fryer, FutureFry is designed by a University of Louisville...

Kentucky cooking teacher wins Food Network Star ninth season, chance to host own show

Food Network Star Season Nine winner Damaris Phillips cooks to impress the network and fans. (Photo from FN)   Staff report   Louisvillian Damaris Phillips cooked her way to the top of Food Network Star‘s Season Nine to be crowned “star” over 11 other contestants.   The Jefferson Community and Technical College culinary arts graduate and teacher said she was “beyond...