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Press Release for KnowHow2Pay Campaign Kick Off

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Date: May 24, 2016
CPE contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1652, ext. 308
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov

KDE/STLP Contact: Nancy Rodriguez
Phone: 502-564-2000, ext. 4610
Email: nancy.rodriguez@education.ky.gov

Student Voice Team Contact: Rachel Belin
Phone: 859-396-6362
Email: rbelin@prichardcommittee.org

Note to editors: Public service announcements can be accessed at http://www.knowhow2goky.org/psas.

Paying for college is focus of student-created public service announcements

(Frankfort, KY) –Five public service announcements written and produced by Kentucky high school students will begin airing on TV and radio stations statewide this summer. The 30-second announcements were the winning entries in the KnowHow2Pay PSA Challenge that features Kentucky students explaining different ways to pay for education after high school.

The contest was open to students in the Student Technology Leadership Program sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education.

The first place winner was “Capable,” created by Rest Aliu, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington. Other winners include:

“Our overall winning PSA depicts the central message of this campaign—that every student, through hard work and determination, is capable of making college a reality for themselves,” said Dr. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president, Council on Postsecondary Education. “Students are one of the most powerful messengers we can engage to ensure more students and families understand there’s more than one way to pay for college.”

“The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) provides a project-based learning experience that empowers Kentucky’s K-12 students to share what they know by creating and using technology to develop skills that will put them on the path to college- and career-readiness. These winning public service announcements are a wonderful way to highlight these students’ achievements and also allow them to assist their peers in their postsecondary planning,” said Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt.

The KnowHow2Pay campaign is a partnership between the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team and the Kentucky College and Career Connection Coalition (Ky3C), among other partnering organizations. The Student Voice team works with teens and college students across the commonwealth to elevate the voices of Kentucky youth on education issues and to support students as policy partners in improving Kentucky schools.

“This campaign is the result of a unique youth-adult partnership that had a number of high-level institutions creating space for students to drive the design and messaging process,” said Rachel Belin, senior director, Student Voice Team.  “It represents a commitment to supporting student voice in education outreach from its inception and at every level.”

The new KnowHow2Pay ads are the latest phase of the long-running KnowHow2GOKy campaign sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and the GEAR UP Kentucky program, a statewide grant that helps students prepare for college success.  All ads are available online and all media materials point viewers to KnowHow2GOKy.org, a college and career preparation website for youth and adults.

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About the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team: Founded in 2012, the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team is a self-selected group of more than 100 middle school, high school, and college students across Kentucky that advocate for including student voices into education policy and outreach initiatives to improve educational opportunities for all students.

About the Kentucky College & Career Connection Coalition: Ky3C coalition is a statewide network of more than 30 Kentucky programs and organizations and was launched in February as a joint initiative by the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and Kentucky Adult Education. The mission of the coalition is to align, enhance and expand college and career outreach efforts statewide. For more information, visit ky3ccoalition.com.

Kentucky Adult Education, KHEAA launch partnership to help college-going adults

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1652, ext. 308
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov

Kentucky Adult Education, KHEAA launch partnership to help college-going adults

(FRANKFORT, Ky.)— Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority will launch a partnership on April 1 aimed at helping qualified adults transition or return to college or technical school.
As part of the outreach, Governor Matt Bevin recently proclaimed April as Kentucky Adult College Readiness Month.
The partnership will provide college-going adults with training and resources, ranging from free academic instruction for those who want to brush up on college-prep skills to webinars geared toward navigating the college environment and paying for college, including filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
“We are very grateful to have Kentucky Adult College Readiness month recognized by Governor Bevin to help build awareness of the importance of adults transitioning or returning to postsecondary education,” said Reecie Stagnolia, vice president for adult education, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

By 2020, 63 percent of all jobs in Kentucky will require some level of postsecondary education, ranging from certifications, to associate or bachelor’s degrees. Higher levels of education lead to increased employment and improved earning opportunities, said Stagnolia.

KHEAA Executive Director Carl Rollins added, “KHEAA looks forward to working with KYAE to help the state’s adults realize not only that they may need more education to reach their career goals but also that Kentucky has the resources to help them obtain that education. A more highly trained workforce will help the Commonwealth attract new business and industries that will make life better for Kentuckians.”

Kentucky Adult Education programs offer free classes in all 120 counties to help qualified individuals earn a GED diploma, Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate or National Career Readiness Certificate and/or prepare for postsecondary training, college and career. KHEAA’s mission is to expand educational opportunities by providing financial and informational resources that enable Kentuckians to attain their higher educational goals.
For more information about Kentucky Adult Education, or to find a local center, go to http://kyae.ky.gov. For more information about KHEAA, visit http://www.kheaa.com.
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January 2016 newsletter

Ky3C Monthly Newsletter: Click Here to view full newsletter.

This Months Highlights

  • Local/ National college and career headlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Help wanted: Volunteer Judges for KnowHow2Pay Student PSA Contest
  • Meet Kentucky’s new Secretary of Education Hal Heiner.
  • Ky3C gets first peek at proposed student competencies for college & career success
  • KET’s “College Financial Aid Call-In 2016” provides advice, information from higher education experts
  • Ky3C Strategic Planning Moves Forward

Help wanted: Now recruiting volunteer judges for STLP contest

The KnowHow2Pay PSA competition is now open and we need your help! We are recruiting high school student and adult volunteers (including Ky3C members and stakeholders!) to serve as online judges. Panels of volunteer judges from all over the state, including many students, will select the winning entry in each of the five categories. Judging occurs completely online during the month of February. It’s simple – volunteer judges will:

  • Receive an email with links to the entries to be evaluated, scoring sheets and instructions
  • Review and score each entry based on the established criteria
  • Submit your completed judging sheets online by the established deadline

Please consider reaching out to the students, parents, and professionals that you serve to make them aware of this opportunity – we want to be sure to include diverse perspectives in this evaluation process! To get involved, contact Liz Neill, who is coordinating the judging process, by phone at 502.573.4327. ext. 111 or by email and provide the name(s) and email address(es) of each volunteer judge.

Ky3C-sponsored KnowHow2Pay challenge makes the news!!!

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The KnowHow2Pay Challenge is growing in awareness across the state of Kentucky. The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) was excited to host the PSA competition and is looking forward to seeing the winners at the state championship in Lexington at Rupp Arena in April. The competition gained News coverage thanks to various papers picking up the story. Our Coalition members who serve with students have promoted the competition in their schools. The Student Voice team has also been very eager to help spread the word about the competition through social media. The competition was also featured in the January 2016 issue of the GEAR UP Gazette run in the Hearld Leader on January 18, 2016.  Links to the stories below!

 

Coalition launches student competition, targets paying for college

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 4, 2016
CPE contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1652, ext. 308
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov

KDE Contact: Nancy Rodriguez
Phone: 502-564-2000, ext. 4610
Email:  nancy.rodriguez@education.ky.gov

Coalition launches student competition, targets paying for college

(FRANKFORT, Ky.)–The Kentucky College & Career Connection (Ky3C) coalition invites middle and high
school students to create 30-second Public Service Announcements promoting the idea that there’s
more than one way to pay for college.

Challenge winners will have their work produced and broadcast on television and radio stations
statewide. Entries must be received by Feb. 1, 2016.

The competition is part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership
(STLP) Program and its Digital Products Online Judging competition. STLP is a statewide program
that helps students use technology for their school and community.

“Having a college degree or credential has never been more important, yet the cost can be a concern
for Kentucky families,” said Aaron Thompson, executive vice president, Council on Postsecondary
Education. “The challenge is designed to engage students in sharing the message that postsecondary
education is affordable because there are multiple ways to lower the out-of-pocket costs.”

For their projects, students will choose one of five strategies that lower the cost of college:
find your career path; fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA); get good grades                                                                                                          to earn scholarships; get a head start on college classes;and start saving now. There will be winners in                                                                                                           each category.

“With our focus on preparing all graduates for college and careers, an opportunity is lost when
students with an aptitude and desire to attend college cannot,” Education Commissioner Stephen
Pruitt said. “If our young people and our state are to prosper, we need to work to close that
opportunity gap in whatever ways possible.”

“Paying for college is a significant concern for many of the students and families we serve,” said
Morehead State University’s Dan Connell, who serves as Ky3C chair. “Our goal through this
collaborative initiative is to give students the opportunity to shape and share the positive
message that college can be affordable if you plan early and work hard.”

“This student-driven approach is designed to generate more authentic and relevant messages for the
targeted student audience,” said Rachel Belin, senior director of the Prichard Committee for
Academic Excellence’s Student Voice Team. “The strategy is a natural outgrowth of our work to
integrate Kentucky’s young people as full partners in education policy and advocacy work.”

Submissions will be evaluated by judges from across the state, many of whom will be students.
Finalists will be announced in February and offered the opportunity
to work with media professionals to further develop and finalize their product for broadcast.
Winners in each category will be recognized in April at the statewide STLP awards ceremony at Rupp
Arena in Lexington.

Any Kentucky school can participate in the STLP program and all students in a participating school
are eligible to compete. Coordinators at participating schools are available to support and advise
students as they create and submit their projects.

Ky3C coalition is a statewide network of more than 30 Kentucky programs and organizations and was
launched last February as a joint initiative by the Council on Postsecondary Education, the
Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and Kentucky Adult
Education. The mission of the coalition is to align, enhance and expand college and career outreach
efforts statewide.

More information, including the challenge rules and requirements, is available at
stlp.education.ky.gov, and then click on DOPJ. Entries must be uploaded by the deadline to be
eligible.

For more information about the Ky3C Coalition, visit
http://ky3Ccoalition.blogspot.com.
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