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Schools, community-based nonprofits have until Jan. 11 to apply for free AT&T mobile broadband service

The deadline for nonprofits and schools to apply for the AT&T K-12 homework gap program is Jan. 11. K-12 school districts, charter schools, and community-based nonprofits that serve at-risk K-12 students are invited to apply online to be considered for an award. Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to expand access, adoption, and use of high-speed internet and its related technologies,...

University of Pikeville introduces new global health minor with mixed-method approach in 2021

The University of Pikeville is introducing a new global health minor beginning in January 2021. Using a mixed-method approach, the global health minor is designed to leverage campus expertise alongside the work of UPIKE’s community partners to provide students with a distinctive, skills-based credential that is transferable across communities and health sectors. As the world is still coping with...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College students get suited up for upcoming internships

Five students from Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) spent an afternoon getting fitted for brand new suits at Men’s Warehouse in preparation for upcoming internships. Abraham Hamilton, Abraham Collum, Jordan Duncan, Brian Lewis and Allen Crow are outstanding members of the BCTC program A Few Good Men (FGM). This program is designed to empower men of color academically, personally...

Caboni highlights WKU’s progress toward strategic plan goals, calls campus work ‘extraordinary’

Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni has praised the work of the campus community in pursuit of its strategic plan goals. Addressing the school’s Board of Regents, Caboni called the work extraordinary. “Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends pressed forward toward the goals carefully-crafted goals detailed in our 10-year strategic plan, Climbing to Greater Heights.” Timothy...

Commonwealth Education Continuum to assist students transition through public education system

Gov. Andy Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, President for the Council on Postsecondary Education Aaron Thompson and Education Commissioner Jason Glass have announced the creation of the Commonwealth Education Continuum to assist students as they transition through the state’s public education system. “This is an education-first administration, and building a better Kentucky starts with our...

Jason Glass: Amid disruptions to our lives, wishing you a merry little Christmas in a year unlike any other

I’ve always been a fan of the holiday season, much like all of you I’m sure. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the things I like the most about the holidays are the traditions – decorating, spending time with neighbors and special dinners with friends and family. I look forward to those holiday events all year long, especially now that I have two young children of my own. But I must...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications for summer program accepted until Jan. 25


The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, has opened applications for its summer 2021 program. The 2021 GSE session will take place June 6 through June 26, 2021, at Northern Kentucky University. Students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grade can apply at www.KentuckyGSE.com. Applications...

UofL President Neeli Bendapudi named a ‘Most Admired CEO’ in Louisville by local publication

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi is among the 25 local leaders named to Louisville Business First’s annual list of “Most Admired CEOs.” The publication recognized the particular magnitude of their leadership in a year filled with unprecedented challenges – from the COVID-19 global pandemic to widespread protests against racial injustices. As...

Commentary: Citizen voices are key to COVID-19 response in education and beyond

By Natalie McCutchen, Annette Hines, and Spandana Pavuluri Prichard Committee volunteers Add to Kentucky’s groundswell of education influencers some innovative, if earnest, laypeople. We are part of a citizen research team of school stakeholders. We call ourselves the “Intergen 9”, and we comprise three parents, three teachers, and three students representing eight districts across the Commonwealth,...

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority offers financial aid tips to students in high school

As high school seniors and their parents begin the college financial aid process, they may find themselves faced with unfamiliar terms. This short glossary from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help. “Understanding the language of student aid helps ensure that students and parents can take advantage of all the funding opportunities that are available for technical and...

University of Louisville students have hand in designing new on-campus residence halls

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville The heart of the University of Louisville will look significantly different by the end of the 2022 school year as two new, yet-to-be-named dorms open their doors to on-campus students. The updated residence halls will replace Threlkeld and Miller halls, both built in the 1960s. UofL expects to spend around $71 million on the project using tax-exempt bonds. The...

Commentary: Kentucky Baptist regional campus ministers demonstrate commitment, creative spirit

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky Baptist regional campus ministers must be part MacGyver. They clearly know their mission and nothing, including the coronavirus, will keep them from doing it. They have adjusted and rolled with the punches, all while being a welcoming force on campuses. COVID-19 has stopped a lot of things but spreading the gospel isn’t one of them. Unlike MacGyver, they don’t...

Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 18-24; healthy habits, involvement by all encouraged

Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 18–24. This year’s theme is “HEALTHY HABITS, Shield Our Schools!” (name of district) and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week. During this...

What UK is doing to support students in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 this fall

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Health Corps team is leading the charge to support a safe, reinvented normal on campus. Included in their work is supporting students who have tested positive for COVID-19. “No one wants their student to test positive, but if they do, UK is doing the best they can to wrap their students with resources, make them comfortable and keep the...

Nourish Lexington sets fundraising drive for Hunger Awareness Month; filling gaps for students, seniors

Nourish Lexington, powered by FoodChain, has announced a fundraising drive starting this month, which is Hunger Awareness Month. It urges the community to provide financial support for this continuing need, which will focus mainly on filling gaps for students and seniors. The goal is to raise $450,000, which should provide approximately 65,000 meals through the remainder of 2020. “This communitywide...

Schools, parents and students across Kentucky asked to help celebrate National GEAR UP Week

GEAR UP Kentucky is asking students, parents and educators across the state to help celebrate National GEAR UP Week on social media, highlighting the importance of college preparation and success along with the financial and social benefits of higher education. The national celebration began Monday and runs through Friday. “GEAR UP Kentucky is delivering services in new and innovative ways this year,”...

Freshman enrollment at Kentucky universities remains steady; students want campus experience

Preliminary estimates from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education show that freshman enrollment at public universities has remained largely steady this semester despite COVID-19 and the struggling economy. The initial estimates, released on Tuesday, indicate that 18,373 freshmen enrolled at public, four-year institutions in fall 2020, down only 44 students – or 0.2 percent – from the previous...

Fayette County Public Schools encourages teachers, families to monitor students’ state of mind

Given the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, Fayette County Public Schools encourages staff and families to be especially aware of their students’ state of mind. “There’s an added concern. One, the stress of having to manage school in a different way,” said Shericka Smith, district coordinator of Extended School Services, Social Work, and Mental Health Services. “But...

UK to host virtual Equine Career and Opportunity Fair; event is open, free to all college students

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host a virtual Equine Career and Opportunity Fair Oct. 1 from 4-7 p.m. on Handshake. The annual event is open and free to all college students. Registration is available to organizations wishing to match job, internship or volunteer opportunities with interested equine students. UK student Nick D’Amore makes the...

Aaron Thompson: As fall semester begins statewide, student responsibility crucial to campus health

As the fall semester kicks off at colleges and universities across Kentucky, there is still much uncertainty. The spread of the virus is accelerating at exactly the wrong moment, threatening to undo months of planning. The decision to resume in-person operations is truly a Sophie’s choice. There is no perfect solution, and for every person happy with the decision, someone else is not. As president...