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Longtime sports columnist Jamie Vaught set to release book spotlighting UK basketball Feb. 22

A college professor, who also moonlights as a longtime credentialed sports columnist in Kentucky, has written another book about University of Kentucky basketball. The new 256-page paperback by Jamie H. Vaught, a professor at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Middlesboro, is titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey.” After writing four books about UK hoops during...

New high-tech workforce training center in Barbourville receives $6 million in grant funding

Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers joined Senate President Robert Stivers on Saturday to announce grant funding for a new high-tech workforce training center in Barbourville. The project received combined state and federal funding for the KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Inc. to construct and develop the facility. “I am excited today to join Congressman Rogers and President Stivers in...

Four KCTCS colleges receive grants of more than $7.75 million from U.S. Department of Education

Four colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently received grants totaling more than $7.75 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grants are a result of the department’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program competition. Colleges will receive the funds over a five-year period. Big Sandy Community and Technical College was awarded $2.25 million...

SKCTC professor, KyForward columnist Jamie Vaught recognized by Ky. Section of PGA of America

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College professor and KyForward columnist Jamie H. Vaught has been named 2018 Kentucky PGA Media Representative of the Year by the Kentucky Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA). Jamie Vaught (left) was presented the 2018 Kentucky PGA Media Representative of the Year March 12 at Griffin Gate Marriott (Photo from SKCTC) Vaught,...

Making a Difference: With assist from Displaced Coal Miner Program, Harlan County miner gets degree

Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, coal mining was a way of life for Brandon Pierson’s family. Pierson, whose father worked in the coal mines for 30 years, was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps as a second-generation coal miner. Shortly after graduating Harlan County High School in 2010, Brandon went to work at Clover Lick No. 3 mine in Harlan County. He worked in the coal mines for five...

Five KCTCS colleges to participate in this week’s SOAR Innovation Summit in Pikeville

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) five colleges from the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) will take part in the SOAR 2016 Innovation Summit, which will showcase solutions for issues facing the region. The five colleges are Ashland Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College, Southeast Kentucky...

Kentucky Coal Academy showcasing new mine training facility during upcoming open house

The Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) will host an open house 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at its Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) Harlan Campus at 164 Ball Park Road, to mark the opening of its new Mine Training Facility. “The Kentucky Coal Academy is proud to have a home in Harlan, and is excited to continue providing innovative trainings to new and active miners in Kentucky...

Ron Daley: Retiring Ayers has been tireless and effective mountain educational leader

One of state’s most respected, revered and effective mountain educational leaders is retiring this month after association with his college for 47 years. This individual inspired me to leave my profession as a weekly newspaper journalist to make a difference in people lives by returning to higher education.   Dr. Bruce Ayers, the president/CEO of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College,...