Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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Sixteen new high schools get funding to start new KYTSA chapters

The Kentucky Technology Student Association (KYTSA) will start 16 new high school chapters this fall thanks to a generous donation from Stan and Karen Pigman. All 16 schools are in the southeast region of Kentucky and will receive funding to start and maintain an active KYTSA chapter.

Kentucky Department of Education announces Grow-Your-Own teacher program grant recipients

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced 10 Grow-Your-Own (GYO) program grant recipients at an Aug. 16 press conference. These districts will receive a one-time, $50,000 grant to further boost the Commonwealth’s teacher talent pipeline, with the goal of providing all students with a high-quality education.

Kentucky FFA members, chapters selected as national finalists

Kentucky FFA students were selected as finalists for the National FFA convention & Expo in areas of proficiency and the agriscience fair, and chapters across the commonwealth were chosen as finalists for national recognition. Students and chapters will participate in online interviews this fall. Winners will be announced at the 94th National FFA Convention from Oct. 27- 30 in Indianapolis.
Recognitions

Students shine in STEM events during first virtual national TSA conference

More than 80 middle and high school students from 12 schools represented Kentucky during the 2021 Technology Student Association (TSA) National Conference, with several bringing home awards. More than 5,000 students from across the country participated in the first National TSA Conference to be held virtually.
Resources

KDE offering new elementary school career exploration resources

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has created the Elementary School Career Resources  webpage to assist schools in implementation of the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Career Studies and Financial Literacy.
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Estill County holds grand opening for new area technology center

Estill County held the grand opening of its new $14.7 million area technology center (ATC) on July 23.
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Kentucky students thrive at national Educators Rising conference

High school and college students from across Kentucky who are looking to pursue careers in education participated in the 2021 Educators Rising National Conference, which was held virtually June 24-27.
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Kentucky DECA student leaders participate in Summer Leadership Camp activities

Kentucky DECA state and regional officers participated in activities designed to enhance their leadership, communication, project management and teamwork abilities during the 2021 Kentucky DECA Summer Leadership Camp.
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Dental assisting apprenticeship gives students a reason to smile

While the need for dental assistants is increasing, there aren’t enough graduates to fill all of the open spots, said Sherri Toohey-Taylor, director of human resources for Mortenson Dental Partners, the largest group of privately owned, doctor-run dental practices in the United States.
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Rockcastle County teacher’s CTE work wins national recognition

Growing up in Rockcastle County, teaching was never something Tammy Camel thought she would want to do. Now, she’s the winner of the 2021 National ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award for her work as a family and consumer sciences teacher at her alma mater, Rockcastle County High School.