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Kentucky Justice Cabinet receives funding for academy to train groups that assist crime victims

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has been awarded federal funds to host a State Victim Assistance Academy, which trains groups that assist crime victims. The goal of the academy is to provide fundamental, comprehensive, and academically-based education and training for victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, and allied professionals who routinely deal...

NKU Nurse Anesthesia Program gets accreditation, will help fill local and national shortage of CRNAs

Fewer than 120 universities in the nation have a Nurse Anesthesia Program. That number has grown by one with the accreditation of Northern Kentucky University’s new program from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Scalise-Smith NKU has developed a Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) that will help fill the local and national shortage of Certified Registered Nurse...

State Ag’s Mobile Science unit to visit Villa Madonna Academy for ag-related scientific experiments

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s high-tech Mobile Science Activity Center (MSAC) will visit Villa Madonna Academy Feb. 21-23 to teach students about agriculture and its vital role in their everyday lives. Three MSACs travel to schools throughout the Commonwealth to give students the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments related to agriculture using current educational standards and...

Newport Independent Schools to host poverty simulation; 30 percent of residents live in poverty

Newport Independent Schools certified teaching staff will learn the harsh realities of living in poverty – like many of the school district’s families – on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during a day-long Community Action Poverty Simulation. The Simulation – which takes place at Newport High School during an in-service day for teachers and staff – is designed to help participants understand...

Gateway holding free exhibit for Black History Month, event to be held Feb. 22 at Covington campus

Gateway to host exhibit honoring “Black History Month: A Celebration of Justice, Equality & Diversity” at its Covington campus. A gallery event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5-7 p.m., celebrating diverse creativity that speaks to various interpretations and personal expressions of cultural differences while examining justice, equality and diversity. In addition, poetry readings...

Fernando Figueroa: Sharing Gateway’s regional plans, starting with vision and identifying purposes

I’ll be sharing specific actions we are taking in the upcoming months as we work toward our college’s strategic goals. The first of these actions is developing and communicating Gateway’s Northern Kentucky regional plan. Part I of this plan is aligning our campuses with Gateway’s regional vision. I shared this vision at the board meeting and at the Covington Business Council. The...

Study shows Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges contribute $700 million to economy annually

Kentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities add $700 million to the Kentucky economy each year and are responsible for creating nearly 10,600 Kentucky jobs, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). The report underscores the public benefits that a healthy private college sector provides to the commonwealth,...

TMC offers help for prospective students with learning differences through ‘Enrollment Boot Camp’

Thomas More College’s Institute for Learning Differences is offering assistance to prospective students with documented learning differences and their parents. The “Enrollment Boot Camp” is intended to assist prospective students with the enrollment process and offer information about the services available through the Institute for Learning Differences. The camp is February 16 from 6-8 p.m....

Gateway to expand nursing program in fall, adding 24 nursing students; apply online

The Gateway Community & Technical College nursing program will expand in August by adding a fall 2017 cohort of 24 nursing students. “As the economy shifts and healthcare evolves, the need for nursing in the community is at an all-time high. Gateway Community & Technical College recognizes this need and continues its commitment to nursing excellence in Northern Kentucky,” said Melani...

Northerner Editor Sexton reports NKU’s board has sold WNKU to Bible Broadcasting Corp. for $1.9m

Northern Kentucky University’s student newspaper is reporting that the Board of Regents voted to enter into negotiations with Bible Broadcasting Corporation to see WNKU. The vote took place at a special called meeting of the board Tuesday morning. The Northerner’s editor Matt Sexton reported that President Geoffrey Mearns was authorized to execute agreements to sell the state for $1.9 million....

Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy gala celebrates recent accreditation, 50th anniversary

Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy (NKMA) is hosting a gala to commemorate its recent accreditation by the American Montessori Society and its 50th year of providing high-quality Montessori education to the children of Northern Kentucky. The gala is open to alumni and friends and families of the school and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7 p.m to 11 p.m. at The Gardens of Park Hills. “Our...

James Votruba to serve as Duvall Leader in Residence at University of Kentucky Feb. 20-23

James Votruba, Northern Kentucky University’s president emeritus, will visit the University of Kentucky campus Feb. 20-23 as this year’s W. Norris Duvall Leader in Residence. Hosted by the Department of Community and Leadership Development in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and sponsored by the W. Norris Duvall Endowment for Youth Leadership, Ethics and Service, the Leader in...

Foundation for Healthy Kentucky urges public school districts to move ahead on tobacco-free campuses

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky CEO Ben Chandler is urging the 64 percent of Kentucky public school districts that aren’t yet tobacco-free to move forward to protect students, now that a bill is headed to the Kentucky senate. In a letter sent to superintendents statewide, Chandler said Kentucky children deserve to go to school in environments where their learning isn’t impaired from...

Thomas More offering 25th Caden Blencoe Outloud Festival, free and open to pubic, on February 26

The Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program invites people of all ages to the 25th Annual Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival on Sunday, February, 26 in the Science Lecture Hall located on the campus. This event is free and open to the public and features talented regional writers sharing their literature in a festive, interactive setting. Featured regional authors include recent Kentucky Poet...

State Board of Education recognizes ‘Unbridled Learning’ Districts of Distinction, including Beechwood

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) and the Kentucky Department of Education recognized 16 school districts as Districts of Distinction at the board’s Feb. 8 meeting. The districts earned the recognition under the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All accountability system. To qualify, a district must have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher (based...