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Lincoln Grant Scholar House among 2017 Impact 100 award recipients

The nonprofit Impact 100 donates time, effort and resources to help the community. On Sept. 12, the organization gave $101,000 to four local groups focusing on impact areas that include: culture; education; environment, preservation and recreation; family and health and wellness.

One of those groups, the NKY Community Action Commission, will use its award to help fund the Lincoln Grant Scholar House, a home located in Covington for single parents pursing college education. The Scholar House provides an affordable living option as well as childcare and free workshops designed to help single-parent families escape generational poverty.

Impact 100 was started in Cincinnati in 2001 by Wendy Steele, with the goal of promoting philanthropy among women. The thinking was, if 100 women each donated $1,000, a grant of $100,000 could be awarded to a nonprofit community organization.

The nonprofit has since gone global, now with more than 30 chapters in the U.S. and two in Australia. Locally, Impact 100 has raised more than $400,000 annually, enough to give $100,000 grants to four recipients every year.

This year's recipients were selected from a pool of more than 100 nonprofit candidate groups.

Read the full story at SoapboxMedia.com.

Work Ready Initiative identifies two NKY projects for potential funding

Two Northern Kentucky organizations were identified for potential first-round funding by the Work Ready Skills Initiative.
The first is Boone County Schools and the second is Brighton Center, Inc. in Newport. They were among 22 other education-based finalists from around the state who applied and were selected to advance from a pool of more than 40 applicants from Kentucky’s 10 workforce areas.
The initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. A 10-member committee met last week in Frankfort to conduct interviews with applicants and review site-visit reports.
The committee will reconvene in January to examine budget specifics in an effort to maximize the funding impact across Kentucky. They will reserve at least $35 million for a second round of funding in 2017.
“We were overwhelmed by the quality of proposals and the strong public-private collaborations we witnessed this week,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner, who chairs the committee. “It is apparent that the Work Ready Skills Initiative is being embraced statewide, as communities seek to transform their workforce.”
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.


Daymar College to refund $1.2 million to former students

Attorney General Andy Beshear recently announced that Daymar College, which has campuses throughout Kentucky, must issue refunds to nearly 3,500 former students as part of a consumer protection lawsuit filed against the school in 2011.
The lawsuit alleged that Daymar violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act by denying students access to financial aid to buy their textbooks from vendors other than Daymar’s bookstore, which allegedly charged significantly higher prices than other vendors; misrepresenting students’ ability to transfer credits earned at Daymar to other institutions; admitting students who failed Daymar’s admissions assessment in violation of the school’s own admissions policy and hiring unqualified faculty who lacked the required credentials.
The college continues to “emphatically deny” these allegations.
As part of the case settlement, Daymar has already forgiven $11 million in student debt to nearly 6,500 qualifying students.
“College has never been more unaffordable, and students are being crushed with debt,” Beshear said. “The Attorney General’s office is focused on ensuring Kentucky’s students are treated fairly. Every week it seems our office receives a call by a former Daymar student who is wanting finality in this case. I’m pleased that our office could announce that these students will be receiving restitution.”
Read the full River City News story here.


Construction to begin soon on KY 536 in Boone County

A segment of KY state route 536 will soon undergo expansion that will see the addition of widened roadways, roundabouts and multi-use paths.
WL Harper Company and Bluegrass Paving, Inc. of Hebron were contracted to complete the project along a three-mile stretch of Mt. Zion Road, which is expected to increase safety and improve traffic flow in the surrounding Union area.
“This project has been designed to accommodate the Union Town Center development,” said Bob Yeager, acting chief district engineer for Department of Highways District 6 in Covington. “There will be raised medians on the new Kentucky 536 and U.S. 42 to further enhance pedestrian friendliness.”
The Mt. Zion roadway will be widened from two to five lanes starting at the I-71/75 southbound entrance and exit ramps, westward to U.S. 42. The five lanes will revert back to two at Old Union Road.
Yeager also said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue advancing design for improvements to additional KY 536 segments in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
Read the full River City News story here.


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.


Covington works quickly to rectify flooding threat to neighborhoods and green space

At one critical point last year, a levee at Covington’s 21st Street was sliding, prompting an “unacceptable” inspection rating from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last October.
The sliding posed a serious flooding threat for the Wallace Woods and Austinburg neighborhoods along the Licking River.
City Officials worked quickly on repairs that were estimated to cost between $1-2 million. The Licking River Greenway & Trails were closed while Great Lake Construction Company conducted repairs to the levee and finished portions of the greenway/trails.
As the city now works to secure funds for additional necessary repairs to a paved section of the greenway connecting to 8th Street, officials announced that the paved portion that runs along the top of the levee has been reopened.
Currently, the Licking River Greenway & Trails consists of a mile of paved trail. Organizers hope to ultimately extend the trails project through Covington, Latonia and Taylor Mill in Kenton County, and Wilder and Newport in Campbell County, where it will connect with neighboring trail systems like Riverfront Commons, which will run east to west along the Ohio River.
Read the full River City News story here.


Local organization dissolves, signaling windfall for other NKY nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky (CFNK) recently announced it will close its doors and divide $8.3 million in accumulated funds and assets across 16 local organizations.
In additional to administrative and operational oversight for the NKY region, the CFNK provides social, educational and health services to Northern Kentucky residents. The reasons for the organization’s dissolution have not been made public.
Representatives will present a check for the donation in a ceremony planned for this Thursday morning at the Metropolitan Club in Covington.
Organizations that will received the disbursed funds include Brighton Center, Covington Ladies Home, NKU Nursing program, St. Elizabeth Foundation and others.
Individual donation amounts have not been disclosed.
Read the full River City News story here.


NKY home builders among finalists for state workforce initiative funding

Out of 114 pre-applicants, 91 finalists were chosen to advance to the first-round funding phase of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative program.
Among those finalists is the Northern Kentucky Home Builders’ Enzweiler Institute.
The initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of KY employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians.
Applicants submitted nearly $540 million in funding requests, with individual requests ranging from $40,000 to $28 million. Proposals came from all 10 state workforce areas and represented industry sectors that include manufacturing, healthcare, technology, transportation and construction/trades.
NKY Home Builders Executive Vice President Brian Miller echoed a key goal of the initiative in citing public-private partnerships his organization has forged with Boone County Schools, NKY Cooperative Education Services, Ludlow High School and Gateway Community & Technical College.
“We had created a plan to expand and renovate our facility,” Miller said. “And we are seen as the priority place for construction trades workforce development in Northern Kentucky.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Teens gain positive experiences through Outdoor Adventure Clubs

A group of 44 local high school students from across the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region recently got the chance to join a kayaking expedition, thanks to the Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (OACAGC).
The nonprofit OACAGC was founded in 2011 by retired Cincinnati Public Schools teacher and outdoor enthusiast Dennis “Denny” McFadden. It started in three CPS schools with the simple goal of offering students a chance at outdoor fun for free.
“There are so many benefits in getting these students outdoors,” explains McFadden. “The adventurers not only learn how to kayak or hike or bike; they learn conservation and our experience, as well as research, shows that it stimulates creativity, reduces stress, improves academic performance and so much more.”
The OACAGC now has active clubs in 19 area schools — four in Northern Kentucky — and will receive support from Interact for Health, United Way, Seligman Family Foundation and the PNC Charitable Trust for upcoming events that include an October bike ride, a hike in November and ice skating in December, as well as planned outings for spring and summer of 2017.
Visit www.outdooradventureclubs.org for more info.

Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Historic drop in youth smoking attributed to KY smoke-free policies

Kentucky saw a significant decrease in the number of high school students currently smoking, according to a 2015 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Officials think the drop may be due to Kentucky’s efforts in recent years to enforce strict tobacco-free policies in campus environments across the state. Thirty-five percent of Kentucky’s school districts are now tobacco-free, with many more districts expected to adopt policies in the coming year.  
“School districts want to hear from their peers and hear from colleagues who have gone through the process already,” said Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland, youth policy analyst with the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program in DPH. “By demonstrating that others have successfully adopted the policy and experienced positive results, we are able to encourage more school administrators to consider going tobacco free.”
Read the full River City News story here.

NKU partners with St. Elizabeth and others to serve athletes

"The health of our student-athletes is a top priority. St. Elizabeth and Commonwealth Orthopaedics join us in our commitment to enhancing the experience of our student-athletes through world-class care," said NKU Director of Athletics Ken Bothof, in a recent announcement regarding the school’s plan to extend medical services to its more than 250 student-athletes.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers will bring their collective sports medicine and athletic training expertise to NKU’s Division I teams. The partnership will add two additional full-time athletic trainers to the staff covering the Norse, while also providing a physical therapist who will be on campus three times per week.
Meanwhile, a registered dietician will be on hand to help education NKU’s student-athletes in maintaining balanced nutrition while juggling study and sports.
St. Elizabeth has engaged the university in partnership extensively in recent years; just this past year, the organization contributed $8 million to support the design and construction of simulation facilities in NKU’s new Health Innovation Center, which is set to open in 2018.
Read the fully NKY Tribune article here.

Community to "roast" local favorite Helen Carroll August 11

In her 27 years with Toyota, Northern Kentucky native Helen Carroll amassed an impressive list of achievements – including authoring a public- and community-relations program that the company still relies on today.
But Carroll’s professional achievements pale in comparison to her work in the community, efforts that include establishing a Women’s Executive Peer Exchange Network and earning the A.D. Albright Award for Outstanding Community Service to Education.
On August 11, the community will recognize Carroll as one of its most beloved citizens with a friendly roast organized by the Northern Kentucky Tribune in partnership with NaviGo Scholars.
The event will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thomas More Convocation Center at Thomas More College. Individual tickets are $85.
Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.

Bad Girl Ventures now accepting fall applications

The region’s foremost supporter of female-led startups has announced it will begin accepting applications from fledgling businesses in the “explore” and “launch” phases.
Participants can apply for classes in either of the need-based subcategories, which BGV defines as:
  • Explore: Designed for beginners, participants in this phase will analyze the feasibility of their ideas and create a strategic business plan with the help of BGV alumni, coaches, facilitators and other contacts.
  • Launch: The second phase of BGV’s education program, this is for startups that have been deemed viable and well vetted. This phase consists of a “mini MBA” course and competition for up to $25,000 in startup loans.
 To learn which BGV fall course is right for your business, visit badgirlventures.com.
Read the full River City News story here.

Paddlefest returns to region August 6

On Saturday, August 6, a projected 2,000 people from more than 20 states will convene at Schmidt Recreation Complex to canoe and kayak nine miles down the Ohio.
The annual Paddlefest is a unique and fun way to celebrate the river’s beauty and recreational benefits, while raising funds to encourage outdoor activity among youth and adolescents.
Paddlefest weekend officially kicks off Thursday, August 4 at the Covington shoreline with a sunrise paddle, upstream races and other family-friendly activities.
For details, visit OhioRiverPaddlefest.org.

Study shows KY grad rates among highest in nation

Earlier this year, Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center issued a report showing increased high school graduation rates nationwide – but the report shows particularly good news for Kentucky.
Kentucky is now reportedly among the nation’s leaders in closing the high school graduation gap for low-income students, despite a statewide poverty rate that remains above average.
With a graduation rate of 87.5 reported for the 2015-16 academic year, Kentucky is one of only six states in the union showing graduation rates for low-income students above the national average of 82.3 percent.
“Over the last 25 years, citizens of all political stripes have built and sustained a culture and climate that are truly committed to achieving educational opportunity and advancement for all of Kentucky’s children, of all income levels,” said Joanna Hornig Fox, author of For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students.
“The next challenge for Kentucky is to build on the same civic will to do the same for postsecondary education, building the state’s economy and the quality of individuals’ lives,” the author said.
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.
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