The Bill Gatton Foundation makes third gift to the University of Kentucky, contributions now total $15 million for student scholarships

By Lilli Dubler, Building Kentucky Continuing its historic commitment to the success of University of Kentucky students, The Bill Gatton Foundation is contributing $5 million toward student scholarships, targeted in ways that will help eliminate unmet financial need among Kentuckians and for students interested in medical careers. The gift, which was approved by the UK […]

ECTC and Family Scholar House announce half million-dollar BlueOval SK commitment to expand resources, career pathways for student parents

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC), Family Scholar House and BlueOval SK are joining forces to construct the brand-new BlueOval SK Family Services Building at the Family Scholar House ECTC Campus in Hardin County. Fueled by a five-year, $500,000 total pledge from BlueOval SK, the facility will provide much-needed wrap […]

Lawmakers encouraged to use Kentucky’s prosperous financial position to benefit children, teachers and school staff across the Commonwealth

By Stephanie Smith, Building Kentucky Kentucky is enjoying one of the most economically prosperous eras in its history. The state’s reputation for innovation and its business-welcoming environment have attracted countless industries to build and grow here. Thanks to Kentucky lawmakers for making it easier than ever to do business here and for the progress seen […]

WKU student takes home the “gold” as Buckman Award winner at Summit of the South

By Stephanie Smith, Building Kentucky A humble, yet passionate energy surrounds Nessa Unseld, a 20-year-old Western Kentucky University student, as she describes her new business. Unseld founded Coleus Academy, a non-profit e-learning platform that focuses on practical knowledge and life skill education. Unseld received the inaugural Buckman Prize recently at the Summit of the South […]

KCTCS breaks down barriers to education with food pantries and resources at every college

By Tom Lally, Building Kentucky This holiday season and throughout the school year, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System and its 16 colleges provide accessible and necessary food pantries to support students. The largest postsecondary education provider in the state, with an annual enrollment of over 100,000 students, KCTCS is constantly assessing the needs […]

Inaugural Hilltopper Excellence Awards recognize 9 WKU alumni and benefactors

By Stephanie Smith, Building Kentucky For more than 30 years, the Hall of Distinguished Alumni induction ceremony has been a highlight of WKU’s Homecoming weekend. The inaugural Hilltopper Excellence Awards celebration, which was held on Nov. 9, built upon this legacy and offered the opportunity to recognize nine esteemed alumni and dedicated benefactors of WKU. […]

UK Board of Trustees urge President Capilouto to accelerate progress in addressing Kentucky’s workforce needs, expand strategic plan

By Lilli Dubler, Building Kentucky With unprecedented economic growth in Kentucky, the University of Kentucky is turning its attention to addressing the Commonwealth’s workforce needs. Kentucky has seen an injection of billions of dollars in economic development activity with projects, such as the BlueOval SK battery plant in Hardin County. However, the state’s workforce participation […]

UK named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities

By Lilli Dubler, Building Kentucky Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK Photo In recognition of its ongoing commitment to economic development, the University of Kentucky has been designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The national designation acknowledges public research universities working with both public […]

$90 million, multi-year revitalization project to revolutionize education experience, transform downtown Louisville

By Tom Lally, Building Kentucky Jefferson Community and Technical College (Jefferson) is proud to announce the launch of Jefferson Rising, a transformative revitalization project of the downtown Louisville campus that will elevate the student experience while serving as the catalyst for future redevelopment. When complete, the $90 million, multi-year project will create a dynamic campus […]

James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits opens distillery and maturation facility on University of Kentucky campus

By Lilli Dubler, Building Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits officially opened the doors of its new facilities earlier this month. The institute, established in 2019, pursues its mission of ensuring the welfare and prosperity of Kentucky’s spirits industry through education, research, outreach and workforce development. “Today reinforces our commitment […]