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Kentucky by Heart: Many Kentuckians have made their mark in fields of science and technology

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Science and technology. . .in the Bluegrass State?? Over the years, Kentucky hasn’t always been given credit for its part in the furtherance of science and technology in the U.S., but after I did a little research this week, I discovered that the state has some real credibility in the area. There are a goodly number of people born in Kentucky who have been, or...

KCTCS sets records for total number of credentials awarded, most graduates for one year

Despite the significant disruption to the spring semester, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) awarded a record number of credentials to a record number of graduates. Additionally, the record number of credentials awarded pushes the total number of credentials awarded to half a million since KCTCS was created. For the 2019-20 academic year the 16 KCTCS colleges awarded 39,291...

Opinion: Kentucky’s research universities — UK and UofL — answering the call now and for the future

By Neeli Bendapudi and Eli Capilouto When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Commonwealth this spring, Kentucky’s research universities – the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville — answered the call. Local and state leaders turned to us to lead the way in identifying and treating patients, addressing shortages in testing and protective equipment and conducting research close...

Two years early, Kentucky’s public universities hit key targets on STEM+H bachelor’s degrees

Kentucky’s public universities chalked up another win for workforce readiness in 2018-19, surpassing a major milestone for bachelor’s degrees in high-demand STEM+H fields – science, technology, engineering, math and health care. The state’s strategic plan, “Stronger by Degrees,” called on universities to produce at least 6,620 STEM+H degrees annually by the 2020-21 academic year. However,...

North Carolina native part of first graduating class in May at University of Pikeville-KYCO

Since childhood, North Carolina native Sara Hoyek was intrigued by optometry and recognized it as a career she would want to pursue. Now, she will be a part of the first graduating class at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) in May. Hoyek desires to impact lives in a direct and meaningful way, and with optometry, she can do just that. She chose KYCO because she realized...

New study shows BCTC’s significant impact on region’s economy, earning potential of graduates

A new study by Emsi, a national provider of research to educational institutions, shows investments in Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) during FY 2018-19 have had a significant effect on Central Kentucky’s economy. In addition, the average associate degree graduate from BCTC will earn an additional $9,900 each year, compared to someone with only a high school diploma. Furthermore,...

New AARP survey shows technology causing more people to be susceptible to holiday scams

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Holiday scams aren’t what they used be. Technology is making fraud harder to spot, and according to a new survey by AARP, nearly 20% of participants failed a simple quiz designed to test their ability to recognize the red flags of holiday scams. Nearly 70% of U.S. adults plan to buy gift cards this holiday season. But according to a new study by AARP, scammers...

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...

Rubicon Global founder, CEO Nate Morris to be inducted into Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced that Rubicon Global founder and CEO Nate Morris will be inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame this November. Morris is the youngest person to ever receive the honor. The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame shares and celebrates the stories of Kentucky’s most successful entrepreneurs. Founded in 2010 and now run by the Kentucky Chamber of...

Anixter to centralize East Coast sales team, add over 100 jobs with $4.2 million investment in Lexington

Anixter Inc., a global distributor of technology, electronic, network and security products, announeed Thursday plans to invest $4.23 million and grow by 103 full-time jobs as it relocates within Lexington. “Anixter is excited to have Lexington as the home of our new East Coast sales hub for our Network & Security Solutions segment. As a company that is constantly adapting to meet the changing...

Council on Postsecondary Education report shows degrees, credentials up 11.4 percent over five years

A new degree and credential production report issued by the Council on Postsecondary Education shows Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities awarded a record 72,936 degrees and credentials in the 2017-18 academic year, representing a 4% annual gain and an 11.4% increase over five years. (Click for full report) The five-year report describes the state of postsecondary education...

Kentucky launches K-TECH initiative for Hazard Independent, Perry County students

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH), the state’s first college-high apprenticeship program, in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools. Science, technology,...

Nearly 12,000 students headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship on Thursday

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members, and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on Thursday. P-12 students from across the state will show what they know and can do with technology in arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and demonstrate many career-ready...

Registration now open for UK’s Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls April 20

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is hosting the third annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls and their parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 20. This day of hands-on workshops will inform young Kentucky girls and their parents about exciting career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Women...

WEKU launches app to make radio accessible anywhere, broaden listening base

Imagine your own home for a moment. Do an electronics inventory in your head. Do you have a radio in your house, apartment or residence hall? If you’re under 30, you may not. Technology has drastically changed the way we consume radio over the last 10 years, and it continues to evolve. Now there’s a WEKU app for that. “This is a strategic investment in new ways of listening and fitting into our...

Woodland Stewards free webinar series a ‘primer for beginners’ on Thursday evenings in February, March

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of free webinars, Getting to Know Your Woodlands: A Primer for Beginners, on five successive Thursday evenings in February and March. The goal of the web-based series is to empower woodland owners to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience and access...

Norton Heart and Vascular Institute purchases lifesaving equipment for patients with heart failure

Norton Healthcare is the first hospital system in the region to invest in the Remote Dielectric Sensing system. This equipment will add to the care available for patients in the community with heart failure — a common heart condition that can be deadly. The device uses medical radar technology in a wearable vest system, allowing direct and actionable lung fluid measurement. Care providers can immediately...

McDonald’s, franchisees to invest $124m in KY to modernize local restaurants, offer technology

McDonald’s had announced that the company and its franchisees are investing approximately $124 million in the state of Kentucky throughout 2018 and 2019 on the construction and modernization of approximately 200 McDonald’s restaurants, transforming the customer experience inside and outside the restaurant. In total, McDonald’s and franchisees are investing $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants...

Kentucky middle school girls invited to Expanding Your Horizons STEM conference April 21 at UK

Kentucky’s middle school girls and their parents or guardians are invited to register for the second annual Expanding Your Horizons conference at the University of Kentucky Saturday, April 21. This day of hands-on workshops will give middle school girls the chance to meet role models and get exposure to opportunities in the STEM disciplines. This is the second iteration of the conference, which...

Randy Steele: Legislation permits use of eye care technology and protects Kentucky consumers

Vision is critical. From safety to education to employment to daily needs, we depend on our eyes to function.    Doctors of optometry are the primary eye care providers in Kentucky, and we take that responsibility seriously. We support House Bill 191, because it permits the use of new eye care technology by Kentucky consumers, but protects them as well. Currently, Kentucky has no standards that address...