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Ky3C to meet October 19

Please join us on October 19 from 10:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. for the fall Ky3C Coalition member meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Leestown Campus in Building C (Room C136).

Meeting participants will hear news and highlights from Ky3C and from the following member organizations: Kentucky Adult Education, Kentucky College and Career Readiness Coaches Association, Kentucky Department for Education, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Kentucky Educational Television, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, and the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team.  We will also discuss ideas for a spring professional development conference.

Click here for a full agenda and meeting materials.

Ky3C hires full time coordinator

The Council on Postsecondary Education is pleased to announce that the Kentucky College and Career Connection Coalition (KY3C) has selected Melissa Bondurant as Coordinator to continue the work started under the leadership of Kim Drummond with GEAR UP.  Melissa has 16 years’ experience in program and event management in nonprofit organizations and state government. Her most recent positions were with the Department for Public Health, Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the YMCA in Frankfort. The cross-agency interview committee resoundingly felt that she possesses the expertise to lead the Ky3C Coalition and align, enhance, and expand statewide college and career outreach efforts for both secondary and adult students.

Melissa and her husband Jim live in Frankfort with their 3 children: Drew (12), Noah (6), and Ella (4) all of whom keep them busy with out of school activities. The family enjoys travel, especially backpacking West in the backcountry.  They also enjoy camping, hiking,  running, mountain biking, kayaking, and doing anything outdoors. Melissa also enjoys making handmade crafts.

Melissa can be reached directly by email or at 502-892-3509


You’re Invited: 2017 Institute for a College-Going Culture

All Ky3C members are invited to attend the 2017 Institute for a College-Going Commonwealth on June 7 – 8, 2017 FREE OF CHARGE.

The 2017 Institute for a College-Going Commonwealth will bring together the diverse voices and perspectives of GEAR UP students and their key influencers to explore what it truly takes to ensure students are prepared for success in postsecondary education and/or the workforce – academically, financially, culturally, socially and emotionally.  National and state experts and facilitators will lead interactive sessions to explore student success through three themes over this two-day event:

  • READINESS: Students are academically and financially prepared for postsecondary education
  • RESILIENCE: Students are socially and emotionally capable of succeeding in postsecondary education
  • RELEVANCE: Students find the value of education and understand its relationship to their goals

The first day is designed for audience-specific tracks focused on academic and financial readiness, with specific, separate sessions for parents, counselors/advisors, and education professionals and all audiences will come together for a kickoff luncheon, GEAR UP Student Ambassador poster session reception, and a special awards dinner.

The next Ky3C meeting will be held during this two-day conference on Friday, June 9, 10:45 am – 12 noon (CT). This meeting will provide the opportunity for Ky3C members to meet our new Ky3C Coordinator ando reconnect and kick-start our newly focused agenda together.

Join us and bring your colleagues and staff. Hope to see you in June!

An Update from the Ky3C Chair

The Ky3C Coordinating Board meet in December to review the current goals and strategies of Ky3C, as well as the governance, management and financing structure of the organization.  The review of the progress toward the accomplishment of the current strategic plan showed that progress has been made with several goals.  Several milestones had been achieved and there was momentum to continue the work of the organization.

With the goal of continuing and sustaining the work of Ky3C for the long-term, the Coordinating Board is proposing several initiatives to move Ky3C forward.  These proposed actions will move Ky3C toward long-term financial viability, focus organizational goals, ensure value-added  services for our member organizations, streamline our governance structure, and enhance our management and staffing.

The 2017-19 goals and strategic initiatives have been focused on improving communication, collaboration, and professional development among outreach professionals, programs, and proponents through a statewide coalition of member organizations.  The current Steering Committee and Coordinating Board have been combined to form a single Coordinating Board and a financial plan has been developed to fund a full-time position housed at the CPE for the next two years.

We welcome your comments and thoughts about these plans for the future of Ky3C. Please do not hesitate to contact me or other members from the four charter partner agencies (CPE, KYAE, KHEAA & KDE).  This is an exciting time for Ky3C and Kentucky.

Thank you for your continued support, partnership and involvement.