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Kroger’s Community Rewards program to support USA Cares during coronavirus pandemic

With shoppers rushing to pick up food and household items in response to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, programs like Kroger’s Community Rewards program are ensuring nonprofits like USA Cares can continue providing aid to those who seek their services. “As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increase, so will the requests we receive for assistance from veterans and their families,”...

Sun-powered rickhouses reflect partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark

A new 560-panel solar array is now online in Loretto, marking a milestone in the partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark to produce electricity using the sun. The new array stands just east of the distillery’s rickhouses on its property in Loretto along Highway 52. Without compromising any part of the unique Maker’s Mark production process that makes its bourbon so distinctive,...

Keeneland, UK HealthCare launch Kids Club to provide health education to wider audience

Keeneland and UK HealthCare have kicked off the Kids Club aspect of their new multiyear partnership announced last fall – now formally recognized as the Keeneland Kids Club in Partnership with UK HealthCare Kentucky Children’s Hospital – with the goal of providing health education to a wider audience. Established in 2012, the Keeneland Kids Club is the official Kids Club for Keeneland fans 12...

Murray State, Henderson Community College sign memorandum of agreement to continue partnership

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson and Dr. Jason Warren, president and CEO of Henderson Community College (HCC), met with other representatives from each college last month to sign a new memorandum of agreement to be continued through June 30, 2021. The MOU represents strengthened ties between the two institutions, outlining shared personnel and joint marketing efforts as the Murray...

UK, Kentucky State partner to help at-risk youth with life skills training, workforce preparation

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A partnership between Kentucky’s two land-grant universities will result in life skills training and workforce preparation for some of the state’s most vulnerable young people. Through a project called Uplift: Empowering Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Future, Cooperative Extension specialists at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University will...

Family Scholar House, Passport Health Plan to provide technology for 145 foster care alumni

Dozens of young people who were formerly in foster care will soon have additional tools at their disposal to ensure a successful transition into adulthood, thanks to a new program led by Family Scholar House, a Louisville nonprofit focused on ending the generational cycle of poverty through education. The program, “Passport to Connectivity,” is being launched in partnership with Passport Health...

UK partners with Gen.G to maximize student success, build community through global gaming

As part of strategic efforts to leverage technology to maximize student success and build community, the University of Kentucky has announced a partnership with the global esports company Gen.G to build a first-of-its-kind global gaming and esports program. The collaboration is being jointly led by two UK offices: Student and Academic Life and Information Technology Services. A growing number of universities...

BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus to offer introduction to hemp agribusiness course this fall

Due to interest from the community and hemp industry, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Winchester-Clark County Campus will offer an introduction to hemp agribusiness course this fall. This is the first course of its kind in Central Kentucky. “Hemp is quickly becoming a large part of the Kentucky economy,” said Bruce Manley, campus director at BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus....

WEKU partners with Red Barn Radio, becomes exclusive home of Lexington-based music show

WEKU and Red Barn Radio have announced a broadcast partnership that makes WEKU the exclusive home of the Lexington-based music show in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Beginning July 7, Red Barn Radio will expand to a two-hour program airing on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. The first hour of the program will be from the Red Barn Radio archives, while the second hour will be the latest recorded weekly show from...

KDA, Better Drinking Culture announce partnership to launch responsible retailing program

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Better Drinking Culture have announced their partnership to launch a responsible retailing program that will audit and recognize distilleries’ best practices in operations and marketing. The program is intended to help distillers provide memorable experiences and mitigate alcohol-related harms. Visitor centers that successfully complete an audit of its best...

BCTC, Anderson Community Education Center partner to improve accessibility for adult education

Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the Anderson Community Education Center celebrated their partnership, forged to improve accessibility for Lawrenceburg residents seeking a GED, at a ribbon-cutting event at the ACE Center in Lawrenceburg. “This is a great example of how we work with our community partners, to meet students where they are, and set them on the path to a better life,”...

BCTC, University of Phoenix announce partnership to provide new degree program for nursing students

Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the School of Nursing at University of Phoenix have announced an educational partnership that will establish a specialized Bachelor of Science Nursing program. “We are always looking for partners who offer our students flexibility and options for taking the next step in their education,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, president of Bluegrass Community &...

Burkesville continues to reap benefits of partnership between UK student, Cooperative Extension Service

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The southern Kentucky town of Burkesville continues to reap the benefits of a project that began several years ago through a partnership between University of Kentucky junior Molly Morgan and Elijah Wilson, the county’s 4-H youth development agent with the UK Cooperative Extension Service. At that time, Morgan was a high school junior, 4-H’er and Rogers Scholar...