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!!!


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

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

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, and then click on DOPJ. Entries must be uploaded by the deadline to be

For more information about the Ky3C Coalition, visit
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KY advising task force gets Ky3C feedback on proposed competencies

After a great work at the school advising white house convening in Florida the Ky Advising task fore brought the Standards they came up with to the coalition for feedback at the December 15th 2015 meeting. The task force first addressed the group as a whole as to what they had done. Large note easels were placed around the room with each standard and its measures. The large group was separated into seven smaller groups and did a gallery walk to each standard station to discuss and give feedback. Then the station leaders then presented the feedback to the large group. This collaboration is what Ky3C is all about! See a few photos from the event below!

November 2015 newsletter

Ky3C Monthly Newsletter: Click Here to view full newsletter.

This Months Highlights

  • Local/ National college and career headlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ky3C Partnership Opportunity KnowHow2Pay Student PSA Contest
  • Introducing Dr. Stephen Pruitt, new KY Commissioner of Education
  • Kentucky Joins Career Readiness Initiative
  • Ky3C Members Attend 2015 GEAR UP Kentucky School Counseling & Advising Institute
  • Ky3C would like to thank the Solarity Group for generously providing facilitation services for a coordinating board strategic planning retreat in November.

Ky3C gets an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer

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Introducing Elizabeth (Liz) Neill, Ky3C’s new AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer!

Liz will began her position with Ky3C on August 31 and will serve full-time for one year. Liz will use her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Kentucky and her master’s in student personnel in higher education from Eastern Kentucky University to support the coordination, collaboration and communication of Ky3C. Most recently, Liz served as a Kentucky College Coach at Madison Central High School in Richmond. Liz looks forward to helping expand and develop the membership and work of the coalition over the next year. You can reach her by email or call her at the CPE office at 502.573.4327. ext. 111

Ky3C names coordinating board chair & vice chair

Ky3C has named Daniel Connell as Coordinating Board Chair and Dreama Gentry as the Vice Chair.

DanConnell Pic  Dan Connell is Assistant Vice President for Adult Education and College Access at Morehead State University. His affiliation with adult education and college access began in 1973 with coordinating an adult education program at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis. He became the as Director of the Educational Opportunity Center at the Kentuckiana Metroversity in Louisville Kentucky in 1978 and has been in various administrative positions at Morehead State University since 1988. In his current position he oversees the adult education programs in six counties, the Adult Education Academy, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math Science Programs (TRIO), Kentucky Appalachian Higher Education Program, (KY AHED), MSUCorps, (AmeriCorps), Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and Today’s Youth (workforce program) and the university prior learning assessment program for adults. He is active with the Board of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and has served on the boards for the Southeastern and Kentucky Associations of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel. He earned an Ed.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts in School Psychometry and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Ball State University.


DSC_9608      Dreama Gentry provides leadership and vision to Partners for Education at Berea College. Partners for Education utilizes a place based, student focused approach to improving educational outcomes in Appalachian Kentucky. Through a suite of programs including Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), Investing in Innovation (i3) and the nation’s first rural Promise Neighborhood, Partners for Education leverages more than $24 million annually to provide interventions to 35,000 students and their families.

Gentry shamelessly advocates for rural students living in poverty to ensure that the national dialogue around educational success includes the voices of rural students. She was recognized with the Outstanding Alumnus of Kentucky award during the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship and received the 2012 University of Kentucky College of Law Community Service Award.

A first generation college graduate from rural Appalachia, Gentry holds a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She resides in Berea with her husband Hasan Davis and their sons, Malcolm and Christopher.