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.


Press Release for KnowHow2Pay Campaign Kick Off


Release Date: May 24, 2016
CPE contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1652, ext. 308

KDE/STLP Contact: Nancy Rodriguez
Phone: 502-564-2000, ext. 4610

Student Voice Team Contact: Rachel Belin
Phone: 859-396-6362

Note to editors: Public service announcements can be accessed at

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, a college and career preparation website for youth and adults.


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

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



Release Date: March 29, 2016
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1652, ext. 308

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 For more information about KHEAA, visit
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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