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NKY high school culinary students earn college credit through Sullivan University

Louisville-based Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies now offers articulation agreements for local students interested in cooking and hospitality careers.
The program is currently being extended to students in Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Grant County and Williamstown schools, but Sullivan has plans to soon forge similar agreements with other NKY schools.
“Our students love taking the culinary arts classes offered at the high school,” said Katelyn Phillips, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Campbell County High school. “They get to learn trendy cooking techniques as well as operating a student-run catering business for our school and community. We do so much hands-on cooking and learning, the students see how this real-world skill is beneficial to them and how they can use these techniques in the future.”
Sullivan University Provost Dr. Kenneth Miller said articulation agreements allow parents and students to save money on tuition costs while providing students with a chance to earn college credits while still in high school.
“At Sullivan University, we know that the cost of college weighs heavily on the minds of students and their parents,” Miller said. “With this in mind, we crafted these agreements with the idea of bringing down the cost of college while letting a student finish a degree program faster.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


NKY Health Department honors Williamstown Mayor with Award of Excellence

Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner will be the 2016 recipient of Northern Kentucky Health Department’s Award of Excellence in Public Health.
Skinner, who chairs the Fitness for Life Around Grant County (FLAG) coalition, is being recognized for milestone c
  • Development of a comprehensive master plan for Williamstown;
  • Improved opportunities for healthy eating with the implementation of a healthy food policy for city meetings and events; and
  • Outdoor opportunities that include revitalized local trails, playgrounds and sidewalks.
 “Mayor Skinner has been a long-time partner on health initiatives,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “He knows firsthand how creating a culture of good health, and creating an environment that makes healthy choices easy can go a long way to improving the health status of a community.”
Grant County’s efforts mirror the goals of a LiveWell NKY health initiative that rolled out in five pilot communities earlier this year.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

NKY smoking rates continue to be concern for health officials

Northern Kentucky streets and sidewalks are consistently littered with discarded cigarette butts. The volume of smokers in Kentucky ranks the state as third in the nation, and Northern Kentucky contributes heavily to that.

Twenty-seven percent of Kenton County residents use cigarettes, including high school and middle school students.

“We have a long rich history of growing tobacco in Kentucky. Even though that's not the number-one crop in Kentucky, the historical knowledge and influence that it has had is still very prevalent for us today,” said Stephanie Vogle, Director of Population Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department. “We hear about people being sent to college from their parents growing tobacco. They may still have plots of tobacco. You have that particular piece that plays quite a bit into why we in this region smoke more.”

Campaigns against smoking, citing the serious health risks associated with cigarettes, are ubiquitous. Here, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has teamed up with other like-minded organizations to form the Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

Read the full River City News story here.

Ark Encounter builder wins legal battle over tax incentives

A religious group building a massive Noah's Ark tourist attraction in Northern Kentucky has won a legal battle over the state's withdrawal of a potential tax incentive worth millions.

A federal judge ruled Jan. 25 that Kentucky officials violated the ark builders' First Amendment protections by blocking it from the sales tax tourism incentive that could have been worth up to $18 million.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Matt Bevin said that the state has no plans to appeal, adding that they were pleased with U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove's ruling.

The Ark Encounter, being built by Christian group Answers in Genesis, is due to open near Williamstown in July.

Read the full Associated Press story via WCPO.com here.

Answers in Genesis president to discuss Ark Encounter at Eggs 'N Issues, Williamstown events

Two Northern Kentucky events will provide community leaders and citizens the opportunity to find out more about the Answers in Genesis theme park, the Ark Encounter, currently under construction in Williamstown.

Answers in Genesis president and co-founder Ken Ham will speak at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues event on Oct. 6.
“I am very much looking forward to sharing the results of our Ark’s feasibility study with our region’s business and civic leaders,” Ham said. “I think they will be surprised to hear about the park’s attendance estimates, and also how the Ark project will be a huge economic driver and job creator for the region.”

Ham will provide an update on the rapid construction of the massive Ark Encounter project ($90 million in phase 1) and share the economic impact the historical theme park should have when it opens in late summer 2016.

The 7:30 a.m. breakfast, which is open to non-Chamber members, takes place at the Receptions Banquet Center in Erlanger. Pre-registration is necessary.

On Sunday, Oct. 18, Ham will speak at Williamstown Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m.

Read the full Northern Kentucky tribune story here.

Readying Kentucky kids for kindergarten

Kathlyn Burkhardt, superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, published a guest opinion column in The Cincinnati Enquirer Aug. 6.

"We are very excited to welcome students back to school next week. However, 90 percent of a child's brain is developed by age 3, and 50 percent of children entering kindergarten in Kentucky last year were not ready to learn.

"That's why community partners have come together in Northern Kentucky to make a difference. Together we are launching an initiative to provide access to high-quality early learning for all 3- and 4-year-olds in our region. This initiative, Pre-K Works, is powered by Skyward, United Way's Success by 6 and Erlanger-Elsmere Schools. It has been a year in the making. We believe it can be a model for Kentucky."

Read Burkhardt's full Cincinnati Enquirer guest column here.

Advanced Manufacturing campaign promotes real careers with fresh faces of millennials

The Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition unveiled its campaign to promote careers in the field of advanced manufacturing on July 28.

Fresh with the faces of millennials who work right now in Northern Kentucky companies, the new campaign resonates with individuals’ pride in their chosen careers. The campaign’s anthem is “I Made It in NKy” and calls on people to learn more at www.IMadeItNKY.com.

The $110,000 campaign includes extensive digital advertising, radio and TV commercials, advertising on TANK buses and Pandora Internet radio as well as T-shirts, posters and other materials. The campaign is launched by the coalition, which is co-chaired by industry leaders and includes many regional entities involved in workforce development. It is supported with $80,000 in funding through a grant obtained by Gateway Community and Technical College.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune article here.
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