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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.


NKY police graduate from executive development program

Four of the 22 law enforcement offers who graduated last week from Kentucky’s Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED) program hail from Northern Kentucky.
The program involves an advanced leadership course designed for supervisors at small- and mid-sized agencies across the state.
CJED is a four-week, 168-hour program that focuses on identifying, analyzing and solving problems as well as leadership, personnel administration, operations, fiscal management, and executive and environmental relationships. The most recent cohort represents the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s 19th CJED class.
Students attend CJED courses for one week each month over the four-month program.
To take part in CJED, candidates must be supervisors who rank sergeant or above. Applications are reviewed by a committee of CJED graduates from departments across Kentucky.
The four graduates from Northern Kentucky included:
  • Sgt. Matthew Kremer, Erlanger Police Department
  • Capt. Todd Massey, Kenton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sgt. Emily Melville, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Police Department
  • Commander Brian Valenti, Covington Police Department 
Keynote speakers at the graduation ceremony included Kenton County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Shawn Butler and Oldham County Police Sgt. James Brown.
Read the full River City News story 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.


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.


Ludlow School District scores second consecutive proficient rating

The Ludlow Board of Education gave a progress report this week, announcing that its elementary and middle schools scored proficient/progressing, while Ludlow High School earned a proficient rating in recent state test results. It was also announced that the district as a whole scored proficient for the second straight year.
The “progressing” portion indicates that a school grew at a greater rate than other schools.
Superintendent Mike Borchers said that the state testing model may change next year to be less comparison-based and focus more on collaborative growth.

At the same meeting, each school's principal gave an assessment of their strengths and areas for additional improvement.
In other actions, board members approved the district’s investment policy and announced it will now bank with BB&T. The board also passed its updated special education procedures.
Read the full River City News story here.


NKY companies to host Manufacturing Preview Days in October

October kicks off a series of events designed to get students interested in lucrative, rewarding manufacturing careers.
According to the regional event’s website, Manufacturing Day is “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”
While Manufacturing Day officially occurs the first Friday in October — with this year’s kickoff events taking place Oct. 7 — companies and community organizations can choose any day of the year to plan events that will help draw attention and interest to this important industry.
This year, three local companies will host events:

October 7; 9 a.m. Skilcraft LLC, 5184 Limaburg Rd. Burlington, KY 41005
Register here to join a tour of Skilcraft’s sheet metal contract manufacturing service. Attendees will enjoy a free lunch, meet the staff and see how the machines work. Bring a resume, safety goggles and wear closed-toed shoes. Friends and family are welcome.
October 7; 8 a.m. Baluff, Inc. 7055 Industrial Rd. Florence, KY 41042
Learn about modern manufacturing and automation and tour Baluff’s Florence plant to experience high-tech manufacturing, take part in interactive automation labs and learn about available careers. Groups larger than 40 should email Chris Duncan for scheduling.
October 26; 1:30 p.m. Mazak Corp. 8025 Production Dr. Florence, KY 41042
Mazak presents Making It Real, a series of summits designed to expose female middle and high school students to modern manufacturing. This program provides students and educators an opportunity to learn direction from female business leaders about today’s manufacturing workplace and discover the skills needed to land a successful career. Attendees will enjoy campus tours, hands-on demonstrations, student workshops and a unique “Women in Manufacturing” panel discussion. This program is sponsored by Dream It Do It OKI, I Made It NKY, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and Talent Pipeline Initiative. For more information, email Stephen Tucker or Debby Combs.
For more information on Manufacturing Day, visit www.mfgday.com.


Local partnership to bring more than 200 student jobs to NKU

Beginning this October, nonprofit group Education at Work (EAW) will open an office at Northern Kentucky University, introducing an initial 70 jobs to NKU students through an agreement with area employer Paycor.
Paycor is a cloud-based human capital management platform headquartered in Cincinnati. As Paycor representatives, NKU students will provide client and technical back-office support, while building professional experience and networking for future career success.
Additionally, NKU students employed by Paycor will be eligible to earn up to $6,000 per year in tuition assistance, thanks to a program created by EAW.
While a second partnership has not yet been named, the center is expected to bring up to 200 part-time jobs to campus in the coming years.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

NKU named among safest American campuses

Highland Heights, home to Northern Kentucky University, has been named among the 30 safest college towns in America by online index SafeWise.com.
According to the article, “there were no incidents of assault, robbery, arson, motor vehicle theft or murder in 2014.”
NKU credits an experienced campus police force and effective communication for its success in keeping more than 15,000 enrolled students safe and informed.
Recent campus safety measures include a free smartphone app that contains emergency contact information, an alert system and general tips that students can use to maintain personal safety.
Additionally, NKU conducts regular fire drills and active-shooter education programs.
Read the full SafeWise.com story here.

Local seniors surprised with early admission to Thomas More College

Ten local high school students got a surprise this week, when Thomas More College President David Armstrong came to deliver their college acceptance in person.
The students, who hailed from Dixie Heights (Edgewood), Boone County (Florence), Ryle (Union), Covington Latin, Newport Central Catholic and Simon Kenton (Independence), are among the first to be accepted for Thomas More’s class of 2021.
Read the full River City News story here.

NKY Community Action Commission launches single-parent scholar program

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) is now accepting applications for enrollment in a new program that will provide education, support and housing assistance for single parents who are pursuing a college degree.
Lincoln Grant Scholar House (LGSH) will open this December at 824 Greenup Street in Covington, a building that formerly served African-American students from 1932 to 1965, when the state desegregated all public schools. The building has been redesigned to house at least 45 parents and 68 children annually through the LGSH program.
LGSH applicants must be Kentucky residents who are enrolled full-time in a college degree program, with priority given to U.S. military veterans and single-parent families at risk due to toxic stress or domestic violence.
Phone and in-person screenings are now being scheduled. Interested applicants should call (859) 581-6607 or (859) 655-2987 and ask to speak to a Lincoln Grant Scholar House staff person.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

UpTech mentor gives NKU student leg up on career success

For more than a decade, Frank Caccamo has been a leading force in shaping Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. Now, as a sponsor and mentor, he will connect promising grads to the valuable resources available through UpTech.
Through Caccamo’s sponsorship, a funded intern will be able to take advantage of UpTech’s six-month accelerator program for startups, learning how to gain traction via marketing, fundraising, engaging in market research and idea pitches.
Caccamo serves on UpTech’s Board of Directors and was a founding chairman of the College of Informatics’ Dean’s Advisory Board.
“Through thick and thin, good and bad, ups and downs, Frank’s commitment to both of these institutions is unwavering and just remarkable,” says UpTech Board Chair Tom Prewitt. “He has given of himself in terms of time and talent, and now he has followed with his treasure.”
Read the full Soapbox Media 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.

KY Board of Education recognizes Covington business leader

The Kentucky Board of Education at its recent meeting recognized Brent Cooper, president of C-Forward Information Technologies in Covington, as one of two area leaders actively engaged in making a difference in local schools.
Cooper received the 16th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award for his service as a liaison between the business community and Northern Kentucky schools.
Cooper was also recognized as a member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board of directors, co-chair for the Greater Cincinnati Read On! Campaign and a math tutor for Fort Thomas Independent Schools.
“Brent believes an education system that prepares the next generation to become its workforce is the single biggest economic development tool a region can have,” said Boone County Superintendent Randy Poe in a letter nominating Cooper for the award.
Read the full story here.

Gateway president eyes stronger relationships in NKY manufacturing

Since accepting the position in May, Gateway Community & Technical College’s newest president Fernando Figueroa has begun to hone in on some of the specific challenges facing the college and its relationships within the region.
An immediate task will be to bridge the current divide between the school and the local manufacturing segment.
Doing so will require Figueroa to forge new relationships with corporations and small businesses that stand to benefit from Gateway’s efforts to produce skilled graduates of its Advance Manufacturing Technician (AMT) certification program and other manufacturing curricula.
Figueroa completed his baccalaureate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans and later earned masters and doctoral degrees from LSU. He is the fourth president in the history of Gateway College, which maintains campuses in Boone County, Edgewood and Covington.
Read the full River City News article here.
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