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Kentucky colleges and universities along with key leaders in education launched a new public awareness campaign – called FAFSA Fridays – to remind students about the importance of applying for federal assistance this summer.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form, provides high school seniors, parents, college students and adult learners with a vital opportunity to access financial assistance ahead of the 2020 fall semester. However, due to COVID-19, applications from Kentucky are down about 3.7% this year.

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents is delaying the search for a new system president. The work to prepare for the search has been postponed with the goal of posting the job at the end of August and having a new president announced in January 2021.

Additionally, KCTCS President Jay K. Box approached the board chair about staying in his position through the end of September to continue to lead the system through this uncertain time and ease the transition for Interim President Paul Czarapata.

Morehead State University

Students from Morehead State’s Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics and their faculty coaches from the School of Business Administration (SBA) earned four first-place awards at the Entrepreneurial Coal Land Redevelopment Program (ECLRP) Regional Challenge held Thursday, March 12. 


The federal government requires many students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to verify the information included on the FAFSA. The students requiring verification are chosen by the U.S. Department of Education.

Used to apply for most federal and many state student aid programs, the FAFSA asks detailed questions about the income and financial resources of students.

The Edvocate

Kentuckians seeking help to pay for college or technical training can take advantage of student aid programs administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Those programs include the:

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship. KEES lets high school students earn money by getting good grades in school and doing well on the ACT or SAT.

College Access Program Grant. CAP awards help financially needy students pay for classes at Kentucky’s public and private two- and four-year colleges.

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One member of Morehead State’s biology faculty is helping students get hands-on research experience through his work studying the region’s insects. 

Dr. Sean O’Keefe, associate professor of biology, is conducting research on local biodiversity in beetles, ants, moths, spiders and soil mites found in decomposing leaf litter in the region’s forests.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University has been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), to help students who have some college credits complete their degrees.

As one of the colleges and universities from 20 states participating in Degrees When Due, MSU will follow best practices in degree reclamation and provide targeted support while re-engaging students who have paused or "stopped out" their studies.


Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to warn former and current college students about companies offering student loan debt relief for a fee.

Beshear’s office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) say it is illegal for companies to charge upfront fees before providing debt relief services.

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The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced that Morehead State is one of 42 providers from 23 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for educator preparation programs. 

The spring 2019 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 42 newly-accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 238 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. 

U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin joined state and local officials, and leaders of Somerset Community College (SCC) to announce four university partnerships that will allow local students to earn a bachelor’s degree through the new University Center of Southern Kentucky in Somerset.

The university partners include: Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), Western Kentucky University (WKU), Morehead State University (MSU) and the University of Kentucky (UK).

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Morehead State University will hold its 2019 Spring Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 11, at the Academic-Athletic Center (AAC). During the two programs, President Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan will confer degrees on nearly 1,200 graduate and undergraduate students.

The first commencement program will start at 10 a.m. Students in the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology and the College of Science will participate.

Cal Poly College of Engineering

Continuing one of the Commonwealth’s most attractive higher education opportunities, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year for prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees.

Interested students must apply by the Feb. 1, 2019 deadline to be considered for the unique scholarship that offers recipients job placement.

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There is still time to enroll at one of the top public universities in the South and one of the safest college campuses in the nation.

New or returning Morehead State University students can to register for MSU’s 2019 spring academic term.

Classes begin Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at all MSU campuses. Registration for Spring 2019 is available online at http://my.moreheadstate.edu

For those not yet enrolled who are considering attending MSU, there is still time to apply for the spring term.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) opened the doors to its Nursing Program recently to allow prospective students and community members a glimpse inside the program.

The Nursing Program began at the former Prestonsburg Community College (PCC) and graduated their first class in 1974 and has continued to graduate high demand well trained students since.  Several program graduates have made the Nursing program at BSCTC their home as they returned to become instructors.

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Morehead State University will hold its 2018 Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Academic-Athletic Center. The commencement program will start at 10:30 a.m.

Lin-Hsiu Huang of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is this year’s student speaker. She is the daughter of mother Hui-Yen Huang (10) and father Wen-Hung Huang (02) and is a candidate for both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in design, and a minor in mathematics.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) Board of Regents reviewed a two-year action plan, Creating a Better Life, during its quarterly board meeting today. 

The plan lays out the strategies and tactics needed to implement the KCTCS strategic plan and is aligned with other statewide education and workforce plans developed by partners including the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB).

The Creating a Better Life plan’s goals are to:

•Increase educational attainment of working adults,

Morehead State University

Three Morehead State University faculty members and one MSU staff member received various awards of distinction during the University’s Fall Convocation ceremony, which was held the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Button Auditorium.

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If you are a new or returning student, you still have an opportunity to register for Morehead State University’s 2018 fall academic term.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 13, at MSU and its regional campuses.

Anyone considering attending MSU can still submit an application for the fall term. Prospective students can apply online at http://www.moreheadstate.edu/apply or call the Office of Enrollment Services at 606-783-2000 or 800-585-6781 (option #1 for admissions assistance).


Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) and SilverLiner together with Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, and LKLP Community Action Council celebrated SilverLiner’s inaugural class of welders from the Workforce Solutions Welding Training on the Mayo campus.  

These students are well-trained and ready for a career in new and emerging industries in eastern Kentucky.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

One important aim of the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium (EKSC) is to promote STEM in our community, and this was part of the message that Susan Scott, EKSC Staff Instructor, shared when she presented at the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) 11th annual conference at the University of Kentucky on June 21st, 2018.

Representing her role as a mentor in STEM education at the EKSC, Scott spoke on the importance of engaging children in meaningful science programs through fun and enriching experiments. 

Kentucky Today

In a letter sent July 28 to Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King, House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins blasted the performance-based funding formula that awards nothing from a $31 million pool to Morehead State University, Kentucky State University and several coal-county-based KCTCS schools this coming school year.

“This funding approach is fatally flawed, as I argued when it was enacted in last year’s legislative session and again this year when it was included in the upcoming two-year budget,” Leader Adkins said. 

MCTC Rowan Campus

The Construction Technology program at the Rowan Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) along with the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed project house.

The project house is a fully functional 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home located at 90 Grapevine Lane in Morehead. Over the course of two years, nearly 120 students from all walks of life have worked on this house under the knowledgeable instruction of MCTC Construction Technology Program Coordinator, John Earl King.

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Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education voted to amend administrative regulation 13 KAR 2:020, which sets minimum requirements for admission and course placement standards at state-supported colleges and universities.

With the amended policy, traditional high school students would need a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to meet minimum admission requirements to enter a public four-year university.

Morehead State University

MSU’s Saudi Students Club has three primary goals. The first is to serve as a resource for Saudi students studying at MSU. The second is to share their country’s values, culture and traditions with non-Saudis. The third is to give back to the community in which they live and learn.

Applications for three college scholarship programs for the 2018 fall semester are now available from the St. Claire Foundation.

The programs include the St. Claire HealthCare Auxiliary Scholarship, the Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship and Sister Mary Jeannette Wess SND Scholarship.

The St. Claire HealthCare Auxiliary Scholarship assists students with an interest in medicine and a heart for community service, SCH Volunteer Services Director Regina Thompson said.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC) was recently awarded $1,000 through the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) Mini-Grant Program to help bring Racing Robotics Summer Camp to the EKSC.

Latinos Ready To Vote

Some of the region’s best and brightest high school students will participate in the 24th annual Mathematics, Physics and Advanced Technology Exploration (MPATE) Day at Morehead State University on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Juniors and seniors who excel in sciences will gather at MSU for a day of competition and fun with their peers from other schools, while expanding their educational horizons in those academic disciplines.

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AffordableColleges.com, a college rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs, has announced the release of its newest college rankings list, featuring the “Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting.”

Morehead State University ranked 13th.

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INSIGHT, a postsecondary preparation program for high school students who are blind or visually impaired, was held on the Morehead State University campus June 10-17.

In its 11th year, the program is a collaboration between MSU, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind, Kentucky Education Development Corporation (KEDC), and KSB Charitable Foundation.

Shelton Herald

Applications for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship are now available from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

The scholarship helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate’s degree pay for training that leads to a certificate or credential in a high-demand workforce field.

For the 2017-18 academic year, the workforce fields are construction, health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics and business services/information technology.