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Briefs: Boone County principal to attend executive leadership training; CovCath hosts STEM day out

NKyTribune staff

A Boone County principal is set to begin a year-long executive level leadership training course usually reserved for the nation’s top CEOs.


Jennifer Patrick of Goodridge Elementary School was selected in March to participate in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals by an advisory board made up of business leaders and school superintendents.

Patrick, one of 50 selected principals, will begin attending classes this summer at The BB&T Leadership Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina, in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. The BB&T Leadership Institute has customized a program to meet the specific leadership development needs of school administrators. Principals will also attend follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.

“I am blessed to be doing what I love, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to develop my leadership skills,” said Patrick. “I look forward to the journey and am excited about the growth in store.”

 Elementary, middle and high school principals from across Kentucky representing both public and private schools applied for the institute, which is supported by generous donations from businesses across the state. So far, more than $3 million has been spent on over 380 principals from 95 Kentucky counties since the program began in 2011.

“The business community takes great pride in supporting the Leadership Institute for School Principals,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson. “Employers value the importance of effective leadership in the private sector, and the same is true for schools. That’s why we think it is important principals experience executive-level training similar to what is provided for corporate leaders.”

Kentucky Chamber Foundation

Covington Catholic is a host site for NKY Chamber’s 2019 STEM Day Out Program

Covington Catholic High School will serve as a host site for the 2019 STEM Day Out program on June 18.

STEM Day Out is a free experiential learning opportunity for students in grades six through eight from across the region, produced by the Northern Kentucky Chamber (NKY Chamber) in partnership with NKY Education Council and Greater Cincinnati Stem Collaborative.

Students will utilize the new STEM academic wing at CCH for “Designing Our Future,” a day to include three design and engineering experiences: 1) Idea and prototype generation; 2) Robotic Gearing; and 3) Motor Principles and Controls.

The link to register is: www.NKYChamber.com/STEMDayOut.  The deadline for sign ups is June 11th.

Covington Catholic has made significant commitments to STEM over recent years, including the adoption of Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) curriculum program and the construction of a new academic wing with STEM program-specific facilities that was completed January 2019. 

Covington Catholic High School is a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) “Distinguished” School, one of only four in the state of Kentucky among thousands nationwide who utilize PLTW’s STEM curriculum.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization and industry leader that provides STEM curriculum and in-depth professional development (and certification) of teachers for over 10,500 schools nationwide.

CovCath has partnered with PLTW since 2015 and now has four PLTW certified instructors, including PLTW Master Teacher and CCH STEM Director, Mr. Bob Lind. 

Covington Catholic High School

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