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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...

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials to host Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on April 11

The Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) will be hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on April 11 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Kentucky State University, in Bradford Auditorium located at 400 East Main Street in Frankfort. A reception will be held prior to the Forum at 5 p.m. All Democratic and Republican candidates for the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky...

Boyd County Extension Homemakers give homeless in Northeast Kentucky a warm, dry place to lay

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Numerous homeless in Northeast Kentucky have a warm, dry place to rest, thanks to the efforts of Boyd County Extension Homemakers. For the past six years, the Extension Homemakers have crocheted sleeping mats for homeless individuals out of plastic grocery bags. The mats warm with body heat, are waterproof and, when woven tight enough, keep mud and ground-dwelling...

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...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service to host indoor shrimp farming workshop Sept. 14-15 at KSU

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop about indoor shrimp farming for those interested in learning more about the relatively new industry to the United States. The workshop is Sept. 14-15 at the Kentucky State University Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm in Frankfort. “In the last five years or so, indoor shrimp farming...

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offers short woodland management course

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property can benefit from attending one of three University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service short courses tailored to their region. A forest in Eastern Kentucky (photo by Matt Barton). “Folks aren’t always aware of all the resources that are available to help them achieve their objectives,”...

IdeaFestival Student Day for middle, high school students coming to Norton Center on March 29

IdeaFestival Student Day is returning to the Bluegrass Region March 29, highlighted by the unique Career Maker Faire which focuses on helping students with their college and career awareness. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, an initiative of Bluegrass Tomorrow.  IF Bluegrass, a one-day festival, is free to middle...

Registration open for March 17 Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop in Loveland, OH

Registration for The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop is now open. This year’s workshop, an annual tri-state event that rotates between Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, Loveland, Ohio March 17. Forestry and wildlife experts will provide an array of educational sessions designed to help woodland owners get the most out of their...

Longtime Kentucky legislators honored during Black History Month celebration at state capitol

Three longtime members of the Kentucky General Assembly were honored for their years of service and dedication to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its citizens at the 15th annual Black History Month Celebration in the Capitol Rotunda. Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, president of Kentucky State University, was the keynote speaker. Senator Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, presented the 2018 Legacy Achievement...

Small Ruminant Grazing Conference set for Feb. 10 at Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville

Kentucky’s quality forage base provides ample opportunities for goat and sheep producers when it comes to grazing pastures. New and established producers can benefit from educational opportunities at the upcoming annual Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is teaming up with Kentucky State University, the Kentucky Sheep...

Judge backs attorney general, orders Kentucky State to provide documents on alleged sexual misconduct

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A judge has ordered Kentucky State University to allow the attorney general to examine some documents about alleged sexual misconduct of some of the school’s employees. The University of Kentucky’s student newspaper asked to see the records last October for information surrounding Title IX investigations into student allegations of sexual misconduct by employees...

Veterans Day Parade highlights Lexington’s Week of Valor honoring Central Kentucky veterans Nov. 4-11

Returning this year to downtown Lexington, the 2017 Lexington Veterans Day Parade is the culmination of a series of events highlighting the contributions of Central Kentucky’s veterans. During the 2017 Week of Valor, local organizations and community partners are hosting multiple events celebrating veterans. The Week of Valor kicks off Saturday, Nov. 4 with the Salute to Veterans at the University...

Council on Postsecondary Education welcomes new member Halbauer, approves KSU tuition increase

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) welcomed new member Kimberly Halbauer of Fort Thomas at its meeting Monday in Louisville. Halbauer is a senior vice president and investment advisors executive at Fifth Third Bank. Appointed to the Council by Gov. Matt Bevin in July, Halbauer was administered the oath of office by Jefferson District Court Judge Eric Haner. Kimberly Halbauer In action items,...

Kids Can Cook: UK extension serves up successful cooking program featuring fresh ingredients

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Nikita Hampton, 11, thinks she might want to be a chef when she grows up. It’s a big reason why she attended Kids Can Cook twice this summer. Kids Can Cook is a weeklong day camp cooking program offered by the Boyd County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. The program was the idea of Eugenia Wilson, the county’s family and consumer...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosting second event on indoor aquaculture program

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Due to the popularity of its spring indoor aquaculture program, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a second event for individuals interested in learning more about the production of indoor marine shrimp, tilapia and aquaponics. The program is Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Indoor aquaculture...

State brewers, KSU collaborate on unique craft beers to be released during Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Kentucky brewers, Kentucky Proud producers, and Kentucky State University (KSU) will produce craft beers infused with locally grown ingredients that will be released this fall. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined representatives of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, and KSU to announce the project. The craft beers will be released Oct. 12-14 during Kentucky Proud...

Former KSU standout Smith, Wesleyan’s Tinsley added to Small College Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Kentucky State University men’s basketball standout Elmore Smith was officially announced as a part of the second annual Small College Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Smith joins fellow teammate Travis Grant in the SCB Hall of Fame as Grant was a part of the inaugural class from a year ago. Joining Smith in the 2017 class are as follows: Zelmo Beaty, Player, Prairie View A&M Walt...

Attorney General files motion to intervene in KSU’s records’ lawsuit against Kentucky Kernel

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to intervene in Kentucky State University’s lawsuit against a student newspaper. At issue is KSU’s denial of requested documents by the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, and of a request by Beshear’s office to legally review the withheld documents. Beshear said the power of the...

Kentucky State names Brown new president; Banks appointed to Board of Regents

Dr. M. Christopher Brown has been elected to serve as Kentucky State University’s 15th President, announced Dr. Karen Bearden, Chair of the University’s Board of Regents. Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University. Dr. Brown is currently...