Monday, December 17, 2018
Arushi Gupta, left, and Sanjana Kothari hand out yarn as STEM You Can! goers make a food web in a game where they decide whether a certain organism is either a producer or consumer. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 13, 2018

STEM camp for girls

For Arushi Gupta, there's a specific goal in mind when it comes to her summer STEM camps for girls. 
Teachers tour the Digital Experience Center at Humana in Louisville. As part of the visit, computer science teachers also got to speak to Humana employees and interns about careers available at the company, such as cybersecurity, end user computing and working in the data center. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 7, 2018

Teachers see information technology in action

Computer science teachers from across the state recently visited Humana to learn what one of Kentucky’s largest employers looks for when hiring information technology graduates.
Carter Fretters, a 2nd-grader at Campbell Ridge Elementary School, left, spends "money" that he earned for good behavior. The rewards are part of a small-group focusing on behavior as part of Campbell County Schools' comprehensive counseling program. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 23, 2018

Campbell County does ‘whatever it takes’ to counsel students

A comprehensive school counseling program has increased student achievement and attendance and decreased behavioral referrals.
Garrett Duncan, right, a student at Calloway County High School, interviews with Allyson Foster, an executive adviser in the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services. The interview is part of a program in which high school students interested in a career in social work can obtain apprenticeships in local DCBS offices. Duncan was the first student enrolled in the pilot program, which fills a need in a field in which it can be difficult to recruit and retain workers. Photo submitted

Home-grown help in social services staffing

A new apprenticeship program allows high schools students to work in local offices of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services.
Abbi Jones and her teammates fall off of a suspended log during a team building exercise. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018

Building leadership at FFA summer camp

Now that school is out, there are countless different camps to help kids make productive time of their summer vacations. One such camp is the FFA Camp, held at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg over a period of several weeks. 
Alexis Stone, an 8th-grade student at Mason County Middle School, uses a cutting torch as welding instructor Adam Wallingford looks on. Stone was among 18 students attending a camp designed to expose students to nontraditional career fields. Twelve camps were held at area technology centers across the state in May and June. Photo by Mike Marsee, May 30, 2018

Thinking outside the stereotype

In its second year, nontraditional camps at several of the state’s area technology centers are giving students a look at careers they might not have considered.
Jaclyn Fischesser, center, tosses her hat along with her classmates after graduation from Campbell County High School. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018

Graduation season

All across the state, graduates have been saying goodbye to the halls they wandered for four years as high school students. Photographer Bobby Ellis took a look recently at Campbell County High School's graduation ceremony.
Alex Stine, left, a junior at Kentucky School for the Blind, and Dan Sharrard, the school's career and technical education teacher, man the controls at KSB's internet radio station, which began broadcasting earlier this spring. The station is an extension of the school's CTE program that allows students to develop skills they can use after they leave high school. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 21, 2018

Finding their niche on the air

An internet radio station at Kentucky School for the Blind is the latest component in the school’s career and technical education program.
Frieda Gebert, the drama teacher at Boyle County High School, has the cast of "Sister Act" come together before the final performance at the Ragged Edge Theater in Harrodsburg. The school has to rent the theater because it does not have a performance space. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 12, 2018

Making room for drama

Boyle County’s drama program makes do with no performing space, but will soon have a new home.
Christopher Furhman sits in the driver's seat of a machine used to blacktop roads at the Big Dig event at the Boone County Fair Grounds. The event, which was open to the public, allowed children a chance to sit on and operate different machines as a way to introduce them to the construction and building industry. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 21, 2018

Kids discover the construction industry at the Big Dig

KDE photographer Bobby Ellis got the chance to visit with a lot of young children discovering the world of big machines and construction at the Big Dig, an event open to the public at the Boone County Fairgrounds.