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State awarded $19.3 million in federal funds for educational support services due to COVID

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that $19.3 million in federal funds has been awarded to Kentucky from the second round of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund 2 (GEER II) for educational support services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will provide student mental health services; family support; college, career and transition services for students; and assistance for college-bound...

WKU now accepting nominations for 2021 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame; nomination deadline May 31

Nominations are now open for the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame 2021 class. Established in 2000, the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame recognizes educators across the Commonwealth who positively impact the teaching profession and the students they serve. As a national leader in educator preparation and administrator training, WKU works closely with district partners to fulfill regional needs while ensuring...

TMU President Joe Chillo says he expects university to return to full operations for students in the fall

Thomas More University President Joseph Chillo said he expects the university to “return to full operations and a complete residential and athletic experience” in the fall. President Joseph Chillo “In less than two months, we will celebrate the Class of 2021 with a personalized commencement on campus,” he said, lamenting the year of uncertainty due to the pandemic. “We...

Council on Postsecondary Education gets $2.1m Brown Foundation grant to close outcome gaps

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announced Tuesday it has received a $2.1 million grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to create a new statewide initiative to improve equity and close outcome gaps on college campuses. 
The effort, called the Kentucky Student Success Collaborative, will serve as the first statewide center in the country that works...

Karen Cheser, retiring from Fort Thomas schools, named superintendent of schools in Durango, Colo.

The Durango (Colo.) Herald has reported that Karen Cheser, who has announced her resignation as Fort Thomas Independent Schools effective at the end of the school year, will become superintendent of its school system effective July 1. Karen Cheser The board vote was unanimous to name her superintendent. The Herald reported that Cheser told a community group that she had visited Durange twice before,...

KDE reaches $350,000 settlement with ACT after students’ personal information was shared

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Department of Education has reached a $350,000 settlement with ACT after it was found personal information about students who took the test was shared with postsecondary institutions, a violation of their contract with the KDE. When students take the ACT, they have the option of sharing their information with postsecondary institutions through ACT’s Educational...

NKY Forum to present ZOOM cafe discussing Covington and the Brent Spence Bridge, with Mayor Meyer

The Northern Kentucky Forum will present a ZOOM cafe and a discussion with Covington Mayor Joe Meyer on the Brent Spence Bridge. It will be held on March 31, 8:45-9:45 a.m. Register here. Recently, the Covington Commission issued a detailed statement critiquing the current bridge replacement plan which would have a dramatic impact on the city. See the NKyTribune’s story here. Mayor Meyer will...

Thomas More University’s Institute for Religious Liberty to feature Paul Gaston April 15

On Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m., the Thomas More University Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III ’67 Institute for Religious Liberty (IRL) will host guest speaker Paul L. Gaston, Ph.D., to discuss America’s higher education legacy. “Reclaiming the ‘Publick Happiness,’ America’s Higher Education Legacy,” the 11th event held by the IRL since its founding in 2015, will take place virtually on...

Gateway offering first paramedic-to-registered nurse program in region, application opens April 1

Gateway Community & Technical College created the first paramedic-to-registered nurse (RN) program in the region. The new program creates a direct path for paramedics who want to transition into a nursing career. Paramedics often decide to continue their education to become registered nurses because there are more jobs and growth opportunities in the field. Completion of the program at Gateway...

Money tip for high school students: Save money by earning college credit in high school

One way to save money on higher education is to earn college credits while in high school, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Continuing your education after you graduate can lead to a better life not just for you and your family but also for all Kentuckians,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “I urge all Kentucky high school students to take advantage of programs...

NKU raises over $300k though Founder’s Day celebration — most collective support in a single day

Northern Kentucky University celebrated its Founders’ Day and 53rd birthday with a day of philanthropy, drawing the most collective support for the university in a single day. Over 600 alumni, faculty, staff and parents gifted $316,296 to their favorite departments, scholarship funds, Norse teams and student support initiatives. NKU held the celebration on March 10 to recognize its culture of giving...

Beechwood’s Brandon Forshey selected for National History Day professional development program

Brandon Forshey, a teacher at Beechwood High School in Ft. Mitchell is one of only 120 teachers selected for a National History Day® (NHD) spring professional development program. This course focuses on using online Library of Congress resources to develop and support historical arguments and is a feature of NHD’s membership in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium. Thus...

NKU’s Six@Six virtual lecture series on March 16 is discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird

NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement will present a virtual Six@Six lecture in its series on March 16 at 6 p.m. ‘Mockingbird Grows Up’ is a discussion of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and features Jonathan S. Cullick, professor of English at NKU. and Cheli Reutter, associate professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. They will discuss the value of...

NKU student Emma Webster started YouTube channel to help her mental health — thousands tune in

By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Part of an occasional series about the area’s college students. Emma Webster created a YouTube channel in 2015 to help her cope with depression and anxiety. Therapy wasn’t helpful for her, so she decided to talk to a camera and make videos. Six years later, the Northern Kentucky University senior electronic media and broadcasting major’s channel has over...

Research shows women in KY face major earnings gap, exceeding national average at every level

(Click for larger image) New research from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that, even with advanced college degrees, women in Kentucky continue to earn significantly less than men over a lifetime. CPE released the findings Thursday as part of an ongoing series of research briefs on education and earnings in Kentucky. The analysis shows that women with an associate or bachelor’s...