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Education Committee Receives Craft Academy Update

Jun 11, 2015

Credit Morehead State University

The director of Morehead State University’s new Craft Academy for Academic Excellence in Math and Science told the Kentucky legislature on Monday (June 8) that the school is ready to begin its inaugural class August 9th.

Dr. Carol Christian testified in Frankfort before House and Senate members of the Education Committee.

Dr. Christian says MSU recruited students from all over Kentucky and 60 were selected for the first class to begin this fall.

“We officially had 114 students from across the Commonwealth. In our first year, we had a real strategic recruitment plan to hit our six congressional districts in seeking applicants.” –Dr. Carol Christian

Figures provided to the committee showed that 43 percent of the applicants to the Craft Academy were from eastern Kentucky counties.  The program for gifted high school juniors and seniors enables them to earn dual credits for both high school and college.

The chairman of the House Education Committee thinks that more eastern Kentucky students should be involved in Morehead State University’s Craft Academy for Academic Excellence in Math and Science.

Democrat Derrick Graham says MSU simply didn’t get much a response from many counties within the region.

“I look at the map that is here of the applicants and I see a lot of eastern Kentucky counties that are not represented. Some of those counties that are of the low social and economic background of Magoffin, Wolfe, Lee and Owsley County, Clay County…you have no applicants from there.” –Derrick Graham

Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne Andrews says the school will re-double its efforts to encourage more high school students in the MSU service region to apply to the Craft Academy.

Dr. Andrews says he wants more applications from eastern Kentucky but since the academy is funded by the General Assembly it has to accept students from all over the Commonwealth.