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Kentucky colleges and universities confer a record number of degrees despite enrollment challegens

Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 76,380 degrees and credentials during the 2018-19 year, up nearly 5% from the previous year and 39% from 10 years ago. The number of students earning undergraduate degrees and certificates increased more than 3% over the prior year, keeping Kentucky on track to meet its attainment goal of 60% of the working-age population...

KentuckyWired data flowing in Ring 1A, Louisville-to-Lexington-to-Cincinnati segment of network

Data traffic began flowing through a major segment of KentuckyWired, the Commonwealth’s fiber optic cable network, on Oct. 23. Although cable construction of Ring 1A was complete in June, the flow of data could not begin until work was complete inside the main data base centers in Frankfort and Florence. Data traffic is now flowing between those data base centers in a two-week testing stage. Ring...

KentuckyWired finalizes $100 million bond sale to fund settlement, project costs for fiber optic network

The Kentucky Communication Network Authority (KCNA), the agency responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s KentuckyWired fiber optic cable network project, finalized a bond sale of $102,090,000 last week. The City of Williamsburg issued the bonds for the KentuckyWired Infrastructure Company. The Series 2019 municipal bonds were purchased by Morgan Stanley. The majority of the proceeds — $93...

KentuckyWired achieves another milestone with installation of final local telecommunications hut

The state’s KentuckyWired project reached another milestone, placing the last of 20 local telecommunications huts across the state. The final hut was installed in Henderson, near U.S. Highway 41 and the Henderson bypass on June 27. The huts, housing communications equipment vital to the KentuckyWired fiber optic network, are located primarily at state police posts and Kentucky Community and Technical...

KentuckyWired reaches 1,000 miles of planned 3,000-mile high-speed fiber optic cable network

KentuckyWired, a broadband project installing high-speed fiber optic cable in every county, has now completed over 1,000 miles of its planned 3,000-mile network, with 1,090 miles of fiber either on aerial poles or in underground conduit, and another 500 miles ready for fiber deployment in the coming weeks. The head of the state agency overseeing the project says it is an important milestone. “Obtaining...

Statewide KentuckyWired broadband project will be ‘tremendous benefit’ for Kentucky’s military veterans

The Commonwealth’s broadband project, KentuckyWired, is currently installing high-speed fiber optic cable in all 120 counties, connecting state government offices, universities, community colleges, state police posts, and many other community facilities. Among these are two of the state’s veterans centers — Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard and Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson. The...

Kentucky college and university presidents come together to promote higher standards

Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King and 14 of Kentucky’s campus presidents today joined more than 200 leaders from 30 states in a new coalition, Higher Ed for Higher Standards, to mobilize in support of the Common Core State Standards.   (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Postsecondary leaders view the Common Core standards, with their focus on career and college readiness, as...