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KCTCS preparing students for the high-tech world of manufacturing (not your grandfather’s factory work)

In today’s world of work, manufacturing requires workers to be tech-savvy. This is no longer your grandfather’s dirty, dark and dangerous factory work. Today’s manufacturing facilities are bright, clean and high tech. You’re more likely to see employees using consoles to direct the work of robots, instead of doing back-breaking manual labor. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and...

Frankfort Independent uses mentors, including former UK basketball player, to help close gaps

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Every student needs someone who leaves a lasting impression in their life. They need someone to talk to them about school, extracurricular actives and, more importantly, life. Unfortunately, not every student has someone they can go to and have those discussions. Frankfort Independent is working to provide that someone. Frankfort Independent Schools (FIS) has enlisted...

KHEAA money tip for students: Grow your resources by knowing difference between needs and wants

A big step to financial security is learning the difference between a need and a want, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Students who learn that difference will find that their bank accounts grow more quickly. Needs include clothes, food and, for many students, transportation. With clothes, a want may mean wearing only designer items that cost more than clothes...

Governor Beshear supports teachers’ rights, rescinds former Labor Cabinet stance on ‘sickouts’  

Gov. Beshear Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced he reversed the prior administration’s decision that teachers violated state law when participating in “sickouts” protesting anti-public education policies. Gov. Beshear said, following an investigation last year by the former Labor Cabinet, nearly 1,000 teachers were wrongly accused of violating state labor laws and threatened with civil penalties...

Free book from KHEAA provides information for adults who are thinking about returning to school

The 2020 edition of “Adults Returning to School” is now available from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The 162-page book can guide adults who want to pursue higher education through the admissions and financial aid processes. It is divided into three parts. Part I deals with the decision to return to school. It provides information about adult education programs, admissions...

Jacqueline Coleman has multiple exciting roles: mom, adoptive mom, educator, lieutenant governor

By Bailey Vandiver Frankfort State-Journal Jacqueline Coleman never saw herself in the role of lieutenant governor. Nor did she expect to become a biological mother. 
But on Dec. 10, she was sworn in as Kentucky’s lieutenant governor — and became Kentucky’s first statewide officeholder to be sworn into office while visibly pregnant.  
“It’s just been very surreal,” Coleman said in...

Newport School Board denies application for River Cities Academy charter school; ‘lacked specificity’

Following the recommendation of a panel of 32 Kentucky public school educators, administrators and experts, the Newport Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to deny the application for a charter school proposed for the district. The vote to deny the 1,062-page charter school application by the River Cities Academy followed a rigorous vetting by a review committee that included representatives...

Souper Supper: FUEL NKU family-style dinner on Dec. 30 for students staying over the break

Northern Kentucky University’s FUEL NKU hosts its inaugural Souper Supper on Dec. 30. Building on the success of its Thanksgiving dinner, the campus community center is serving a family-style dinner for students who are staying at NKU while the university is on break.   Since 2013, FUEL NKU has provided food and essentials to NKU students, and this remains true even when the university is closed...

Kentucky Business-Education Roundtable sets 2020 priorities; includes four central goals

The Kentucky Business-Education Roundtable will push for key initiatives to support education and workforce development during the 2020 General Assembly, according to Kentucky Chamber of Commerce CEO Ashli Watts. The Roundtable, convened by the Chamber, is a group of public- and private-sector leaders working collaboratively on a long-term plan to fuel improvements in the state’s education attainment...

Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching accepting applications until Jan. 20 for spring semester

The Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching (KAET) is accepting applications for the spring 2020 semester. KAET is a renewable service award program to provide financial support and mentoring to preservice teachers who are enrolled in an Education Professional Standards Board-approved educator preparation program.  KAET is designed to identify and prepare a pool of highly effective, experienced...

Early Childhood teacher Jessalin Carpenter is Children Inc.’s Teacher of the Year

In order to be a successful Early Childhood Teacher, you must have a lot of great attributes like compassion, responsiveness, love of learning, and patience. A perfect example of these strengths is Jessalin Carpenter, Children, Inc.’s Teacher of the Year. Jesse Carpenter and her class. (Photo provided)Carpenter’s coworker commented, “All the children know Jessie and seek her out in times...

Thomas More gets $100,000 grants from Knowlton Foundation for STEM student scholarships

Thomas More University President Joseph Chillo announced this week that the University received a $100,000 grant from The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, Inc. to support an Austin E. Knowlton Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will provide financial assistance for students in STEM disciplines.   “Every student that wants to gain a high-quality higher education deserves the assistance...

Prichard Committee: Presenting a Big, Bold ask for additional funding for critical needs in education

During the upcoming legislative session, the Prichard Committee has a Big, Bold Ask: $1 billion in additional funding by 2026 to address critical needs in education – from early childhood to postsecondary. The Prichard Committee, a statewide citizens’ education advocacy organization, is calling on state leaders to move forward with key investments across education, including: Early childhood –...

Children Inc. names Matt Behrensmeyer of Beechwood as ‘Service Teacher of the Year’

A Beechwood teacher known for his innovative and hands-on approach to service projects has been named ‘Service Teacher of the Year’ by Children, Inc.’s NKYAB (Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Board).Matt Behrensmeyer delivers hats, socks and backpacks to the Life Learning Center.Since Matt Behrensmeyer started teaching at Beechwood in 2011, he has mentored students on more than 30 major service...

Gateway ‘pins’ 35 Associate of Applied Science degree graduates; new nurses move into profession

The Health Professions division of Gateway Community & Technical College presented nursing pins to 35 graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in a special pinning ceremony last week at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger. The pinning ceremony is a meaningful tradition among programs of nursing. The nursing pin, which is unique to each individual school of...