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Holmes student, teacher honored during GEAR UP Kentucky Institute for a College-Going Culture

GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK) recognized its students and outstanding educators of the year during the GEAR UP Kentucky Institute for a College-Going Culture hosted at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center in Lexington on April 15. The following local students have been named as 2023-24 GEAR UP Kentucky Students of the Year for their schools: Pictured are the 2023-24 GEAR UP Kentucky Students of the Year. Front...

Northern Kentucky University partnering on $8.25 million grant to address research funding inequities

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $8.25M to Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV), an initiative of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), for a program that addresses inequities in academic research funding by supporting underrepresented higher education institutions with research infrastructure. The project, Granting Emerging and Developing Institutions...

Diocese of Covington to celebrate first baccalaureate Mass for public, homeschool high school seniors

For the first time the Diocese of Covington will be celebrating a baccalaureate Mass for public and homeschool high school seniors. “It is a way to celebrate them and their achievements,” said Angie Poat, diocesan youth minister. (Photo provided) As the graduation season draws nearer with each passing day, Poat said she realized, “Public and homeschool seniors don’t have the opportunity to...

Florence Rotary to recognize 2024 Teacher of the Year Award winners during regular meeting Monday

The Rotary Club of Florence has announced its 2024 Teacher of the Year Award winners. The Boone County teachers received their recognition based on the nominations of colleagues, students and parents and according to a set of standards determined by Florence Rotary. “The Rotary Club of Florence is privileged to honor four outstanding teachers as our Teacher of the Year,” said Barb Keeling,...

Thomas More University honors three during annual Bishop William A. Hughes Award Dinner

At a celebration hosted by Thomas More University, three individuals who have made a significant impact on the Northern Kentucky region and demonstrated a commitment to advancing Catholic education, were honored for their achievements. The 26th Annual Bishop William A. Hughes Award Dinner, sponsored by DBL Law, was held at Drees Pavilion in Devou Park. Honorees at this year’s event included Robert...

KCTCS celebrates ‘dual credits’ earned by students, real plus for families; NKY among leaders overall

Staff report The Kentucky Community and Technical College System continues to celebrate Community College Month by recognizing the 27,454 dual credit students from 354 high schools who enrolled in KCTCS last fall. Representing 35% of total fall enrollments, these students earned a combined 142,624 credit hours and saved an estimated $13 million in tuition costs. Looking to the future, KCTCS reminds...

Enzweiler Building Institute celebrates graduation of 37 tradespeople from Class of 2024

The Enzweiler Building Institute celebrated the graduation of 37 skilled tradespeople from its Class of 2024 on Tuesday. Enzweiler Building Institute offers comprehensive programs and industry-focused curriculum aimed at developing the future of construction trades. The graduating class of 2024 has undergone training in various trades, including Carpentry, Electric, Facilities Maintenance, HVAC, Plumbing,...

Kentucky Republicans and Democrats prepare to face off on ‘school choice’ constitutional amendment

By McKenna Horsley Kentucky Lantern As the dust settled on the General Assembly’s 2024 session, Republican and Democratic lawmakers began gearing up for a fierce fight on a constitutional amendment to allow public dollars to go to private schools. The amendment will be on the ballot this November. Putting the question to voters had been a GOP priority heading into the session. Democrats consistently opposed...

Dr. Robbie Fletcher approved by Senate as Kentucky’s next commissioner of education

The Kentucky Senate approved Robbie Fletcher, Ed.D., to be the Commonwealth’s next commissioner of education. Following a meeting with the Senate Education Committee on April 12, the Kentucky Senate approved Fletcher’s nomination on April 15. “I am honored and humbled to serve as Kentucky’s new education commissioner on July 1,” said Fletcher. “I am grateful for the Senate’s faith in...

KY Council on Postsecondary Education receives awards for innovation and transfer outcomes

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) received the National Association of Higher Education Systems (NASH) Scaling for Change Award for its work developing the nation’s first statewide scholarship for displaced individuals. Dr. Jason E. Lane, left, president and chief systemness officer of the National Association of Higher Education Systems (NASH), presented the Scaling for Change...

KHEAA reminds borrowers of April 30 deadline to apply for maximum student loan forgiveness

Borrowers who attended school before 2010 may be eligible for federal student loan relief programs, but the deadline is looming to qualify for public service loan forgiveness (PSLF), according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Borrowers who received Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans and qualify to receive PSLF should consider consolidating into a Direct...

NKY Education Council to honor Jon Draud for ‘lifetime achievement’ at its celebration April 23

Kenton County Commissioner Dr. Jon Draud is set to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Northern Kentucky Education Council at its 2024 Excellence in Education Celebration set for Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. Jon Draud (Photo provided) The award recognizes Draud’s more than 50 years working in public education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. That career includes time spent as a teacher...

Covington Catholic to kick off 100th-anniversary celebration during Park Hills Memorial Day Parade

Covington Catholic High School has announced plans for the commencement of its 100th-anniversary celebration. The milestone event kicks off with Principal Bob Rowe representing CCH as the grand marshal of the Park Hills Memorial Day parade. CCH has stood as a beacon of academics, spiritual growth, and community service in Northern Kentucky since 1925. The school is inviting current Colonels, alumni,...

Covington Catholic High School names Dr. Jack Brueggemann 2024 Northern Kentuckian of the Year

Covington Catholic has announced Dr. Jack “Doc” Brueggemann as the recipient of its 2024 Northern Kentuckian of the Year. For nearly 75 years, Doc Brueggemann has been part of the mission at Covington Catholic, serving as a parent volunteer on the School Board and Development Committee, as the team doctor for over four decades, and many contributions including a named scholarship to support Covington...

Carlisle 5th graders better understand finances through Fidelity Investments’ Adopt a Class program

Staff report A fifth-grade class from John G. Carlisle Elementary School visited Fidelity Investments’ regional site in Covington last week as part of Fidelity’s national financial education program. Carlisle students played the stock game with a Fidelity volunteer. (Photo provided/Fidelity) Fidelity mentors students in three classrooms at the John G. Carlisle Elementary School and the...