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First-generation students can find support to overcome obstacles during college journey

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky For students returning to school or just starting their college careers, the fall semester may look different than they were expecting. Yet, for many of those students, the first in their families to enroll in college, the opportunities for success are still out there, and professors, administrators, staff and even nonprofits are available to help them succeed. Though...

SisterKeeper mentoring program changing the conversation among girls at Bryan Station HS

“We’re trying to really empower them to be strong young women,” said Whitney Young, the Youth Services Center coordinator at BSHS. (Photo from FCPS) When several dozen Bryan Station students spent an hour dissecting the phrase “like a girl,” the mood shifted noticeably as the conversation turned from hurtful stereotypes toward life-giving affirmations. The reclaim-the-language exercise...

Council on Postsecondary Education amends minimum college admission guidelines

The Council on Postsecondary Education voted to amend administrative regulation 13 KAR 2:020, which sets minimum requirements for admission and course placement standards at state-supported colleges and universities. With the amended policy, traditional high school students would need a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to meet minimum admission requirements to enter a public four-year university. Students...

Legends’ Andy Shea a ‘Bigger Brother’
and mentor to wide-ranging ‘family’ of kids

Andy Shea and his extended family, Christian, Byron, Curtis and Daron. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Andy Shea’s adult life has been consumed by baseball. That was until he met a kid named Christian. From there the world for Shea, a single, footloose sports-focused young professional, expanded dramatically.   Shea, general manager, president and CEO of...