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Ten journalists named to KY Journalism Hall of Fame, three have local connections: Collins, Dias, Lansing

Ten journalists with careers that covered some of the biggest stories of the late 20th and early 21st centuries make up the 41st class of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. They include two journalists with ties to The Kentucky Post, Monica Dias and Michael Collins, and one with ties to the E.W. Scripps Company, John Lansing, who worked with Scripps Networks and was based in Cincinnati. This year’s...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs doubles NKU program participation with second session for 2021

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a highly competitive summer program where Kentucky high school students focus on product innovation and business model design, has announced the addition of a second summer session for 2021 to accommodate the ever-increasing demand for the GSE experience. The first session will run June 6-26 and the second session July 5-24. The selection of approximately...

NKU STEM summer camps registration now open for June and July — hands-on learning

Northern Kentucky University is ready to empower STEM education for students with its summer camps and academies in June and July. NKU’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) summer programs offer a blend of virtual and on campus offerings this year, so that any student can learn about STEM in the format they are most comfortable. CINSAM’s summer programs are split into...

Gateway lauching new Apprenticeship Academy, a 2-year program providing work and learn opportunity

Gateway Community & Technical College is launching a new Apprenticeship Academy for the fall 2021 semester and is now accepting applications. Gateway’s Apprenticeship Academy is a two-year program that provides a unique work and learn opportunity for students interested in exploring a registered apprenticeship program in a technical field. The program allows students to figure out what they...

NKU officials pledge full investigation of white nationalist graffiti spray-painted on ‘Housing Rock’

Northern Kentucky University has once again experienced vandalism in the form of racist graffiti spray painted on the large ‘Housing Rock” that contained a mural celebrating students of color at NKU. The rock is in a public space on campus used for promoting school spirit and painting positive images. The graffiti included the words “Patriot Front,” a white nationalist hate...

Brian Robinson, once Highlands principal, returns to Fort Thomas Independent Schools as superintendent

Brian Robinson, 45, who once served as principal of Highlands High School, is returning t the Fort Thomas Independent School System as superintendent, effective July 1. He takes the reins from Dr. Karen Cheser who has resigned and will become superintendent of schools is Durango, Colorado. Brian Robinson Robinson lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife, Julie, and two sons, Nick and Jake, both of...

NKU launches DX21, a digital transformation series; three-week workshop series starts April 9

Northern Kentucky University’s Informatics+ Center launches the DX21 Symposium, a virtual three-week workshop series focused on the topics that drive digital transformation across all businesses. The symposium will be held Fridays beginning on April 9. The symposium explores six cutting-edge topics that are both daunting challenges and transformative opportunities for businesses, such as cloud computing,...

Fort Thomas Education Foundation’s Grant Patrol distributed $25k in grants to teachers

The Fort Thomas Education Foundation conducted its annual Grant Patrol recently, a fun tradition that gives the FTEF the opportunity to surprise FTIS teachers who have submitted a FTEF Grant Request with the news that their request has been funded. This year the FTEF is celebrating 20 years and over the course of those 20 years, the FTEF has funded nearly $900,000 in teacher grants. This year, thanks...

Fort Thomas Education Foundation names Outstanding Teachers of the Year

The FTEF (Fort Thomas Education Foundation) has named its 2020-2021 Outstanding Teachers of the Year. Each year the FTEF and Highlands High School (HHS) Alumni Association honor the teachers at the Teacher of Year Dinner. Due to COVID restrictions, the FTEF surprised teachers in their classrooms and honored them with gifts including a superhero cape to honor their superhero efforts this past year. Emily...

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases unemployment rates for February

Unemployment rates rose in 69 Kentucky counties between February 2020 and February 2021, fell in 43, and stayed the same in eight counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham and Todd counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.5%. It was followed by Logan County, 3.6%; Green,...

Gateway student Savannah Buck is using her experience to help others in social work field

Part of a continuing series on the lives of NKY’s college students By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Gateway Community & Technical College human services student Savannah Buck is using her experience with addiction to, hopefully, help others in the field. Buck said she lost her mother to addiction, so she thinks that will help her understand where people are coming from and not have...

Be a Hero — Read Together Daily; check out Read Ready Covington’s activities coming up

By Mary Kay Connolly Read Ready Covington Dad taught me to value reading and learning. He left Holmes High School at 16 when his dad died, going to work to support his mom and two sisters. Much later, after his service in WWII, he earned his GED diploma. Dad’s quiet persistence set a strong example for his nine children. Many family dinners included pulling out the encyclopedia to look up information,...

NKU cuts ribbon on ‘The Sandbox’ an innovation lab and home to its Esports and ready for competitions

Northern Kentucky University celebrated the opening of The Sandbox — an innovation lab and home to NKU Esports — with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. NKU Esports is a new varsity sports program for students to compete in live video game events like Madden NFL or Rocket League, an arcade-style game blending soccer and vehicular mayhem. The Sandbox serves as the official arena of NKU Esports...

NKU to move May graduation exercises indoors to BB&T Arena; limited tickets to five in-person events

NKU President Ashish Vaidya has announced that graduation exercises in May will move indoors to BB&T Arena and will be open to limited in-person attendance. This comes after extensive review of facilities and state guidelines. Ashish Vaidya “With this larger venue, we will now be able to accommodate limited guest tickets for all ceremonies,” Ashish said. “NKU is committed to...

KCTCS regents report three finalists for president: Paul Czarapata, Anton Reese, and Casey Sacks

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents on announced the three finalists to become the next KCTCS president. They are: Paul Czarapata • Paul Czarapata, currently the KCTCS interim president. • Anton Reece, president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. • Casey Sacks, vice chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical...