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Is this shed for you? Made by skilled trades students at BIA’s Enzweiler Institute, it is one of a kind

Staff report It’s the holiday season and time for practical giving. Need to surprise your special someone with a he-shed and she-shed or a playhouse or a storage facility. The junior and senior high school students in the “Introduction to the Skilled Trades” program at the Building Industry Association’s Enzweiler Building Institute finished this lovely, useful 10′ x 16′...

Thomas More University, Square1 team up to provide scholarships for area’s trailblazing young Innovators

Thomas More University’s Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, & Innovation provides an incubator space for students, faculty, and staff to explore and test ideas before advancing them as initiatives. Staff and faculty at the Center assist students as they advance these new business ideas from concept to implementation. Teaming up with local non-profit Square1 for the Center’s first partnership,...

Gateway Community & Technical College ranked top community college in state for associate degrees

Gateway Community & Technical College was recently named the top community college for associate degrees in Kentucky by University HQ. “I’ve always been proud of the work that we do here at Gateway,” said Fernando Figueroa, Gateway president. “Being listed as the top associate degree college in Kentucky confirms that we are on the right track to help Northern Kentuckians achieve a better...

NewCath sophomore Griffin Hatfield has role in Children’s Theater production of Elf, Jr., The Musical

Newport Central Catholic Sophomore Griffin Hatfield will be performing in the Cincinnati Children’s Theater production of Elf, Jr. The Musical. Griffin Hatfield Griffin is playing Charlie, the head elf, and Michael, the younger brother of Buddy, the lead character. This is Griffin’s first major role in a Children’s Theater of Cincinnati Mainstage production. The show starts December 4...

NKU, Gateway experts join educators from across Ky. to bring ’employablity skills’ to college classrooms

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education recently convened experts from colleges and universities across the state who will work to ensure public higher education curricula includes essential skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, collaboration and quantitative reasoning. Nearly three in four employers say they have a hard time finding recent college graduates with the essential...

TMU’s Dr. Raymond Hebert honored by Kenton County Fiscal Court with its 2021 Pioneer Award

At its Fiscal Court meeting recently, Kenton County recognized 2021 Pioneer Award honoree Dr. Raymond Hebert of Thomas More University for his outstanding community service. Since arriving in Northern Kentucky in the 1970s, Raymond Hebert, Ph.D., has been instrumental in the education and civic engagement of thousands of Thomas More University students. In just one example, as Executive Director of...

Secretary of State invites students to enter essay (civic education/literacy)and slogan (voter) contests

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced his Office’s 2021 essay contest for students in grades 9-12, and slogan contest for students in grades 6-8. The winners will receive prizes and be honored in a public ceremony. Michael Adams “As President Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction – the same goes for democracy,” said Secretary Adams. “I hope these...

Holiday Reading Challenge motivates Covington’s young readers to improve their reading skills

If past participation is any indication of the voracious appetite and competitive spirit of Covington’s young readers and pre-readers, then it’s not a stretch to say that there was a robust “game on” declared when the 2021 Mayor’s Holiday Reading Challenge kicked off this past Sunday. And there are big prizes at stake. Last year, by the end of the 2020 Mayor’s Holiday Reading Challenge,...

Gateway’s ‘Food for Thought Pantry’ supported struggling student families this Thanksgiving

Gateway Community & Technical College’s Food for Thought Pantry is supporting nearly 50 struggling student families this Thanksgiving.   “Gateway has been my support system throughout my entire academic career,” said Gateway student Tricia Kendall. “Whether it was help with tutoring, Christmas assistance, housing, or food, like this Thanksgiving meal kit, all of this assistance has helped...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs returns to NKU for 2022 program; applications open through Jan. 24

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, is taking applications for its summer 2022 program at www.KentuckyGSE.com for students currently in grades 9-11. The program will take place at Northern Kentucky University in two separate sessions: June 12-July 2 and July 10-30. Applications are...

Gateway, Thomas More expand dual enrollment partnership, enabling seamless transfer to TMU

Earning a bachelor’s degree from a private four-year university in Northern Kentucky is now easier for many local students thanks to an expansion of a dual enrollment partnership between Gateway Community & Technical College and Thomas More University. This expanded program enables students to seamlessly transition from Gateway to Thomas More. Gateway President Fernando Figueroa, Ph.D., and...

New CPE brief shows Kentucky on track to reach higher education goals, despite COVID-19 pandemic

A new brief by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education shows the number of degrees and credentials awarded in the state remained steady during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The total number of degrees and credentials decreased by just 0.2% in the 2020-21 academic year and have increased by 23.5% since 2015-16. There were many gains in critical workforce areas, such as an increase...

KY Department of Education expands Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library free book program across state

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Office of Special Education and Early Learning (OSEEL) has expanded statewide the Dolly Parton Imagination Library book gifting program. Since launching in 1995, the Imagination Library has become the preeminent, international early childhood book-gifting program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by...

Nominations now being accepted for 2022 NKY Excellence in Education Celebration awards

Nominations are now open for the 2022 NKY Excellence in Education Celebration awards. On April 27, 2022, the Northern Kentucky Education Council and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will co-host the annual celebration to honor our community’s outstanding students, educators, community partners, and business leaders. In addition, for the second year in a row, St. Elizabeth Healthcare will be...

Thomas More University adds to program offerings in response to region’s evolving workforce

In response to the constantly evolving demands of the area’s workforce, Thomas More University’s Digital, Graduate and Professional (DGP) programs have added several new offerings. These offerings are built with the intention of providing adult learners with needed flexibility while preparing them for successful careers with research-backed, in-demand skills. Since its founding as Villa Madonna...