New Coldstream Research Campus supports technological growth in Kentucky

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky A new research facility is coming to the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus. Representatives from UK, the Woodbury Corporation and state and local officials recently announced the new research lab, known as “The Core – Collaboration. Research. Entrepreneurship.” The Core will offer services and office space to accelerate the […]

UK President reflects on 2020 and looks ahead to future of university

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky President Eli Capilouto highlighted the ‘grace and grit’ of University of Kentucky students and staff in 2020 in recent remarks. Capilouto reflected with pride on the year to the university’s Board of Trustees in mid-December. The speech looked back on a historic semester for UK navigating a global pandemic and looked ahead at what’s […]

Wastewater testing: A tool to help slow down COVID-19

By Beverly Bartlett, Building Kentucky Even as the first doses of vaccine reach Kentucky, public health officials are continuing to fine-tune approaches to monitoring the spread of the disease. Wastewater testing allows public health officials to monitor for COVID-19 without orchestrating repeated, regular testing of large populations. This is an especially effective technique for prisons, […]

MedQuest student saves friend’s life while doing homework

A student practicing heart scans for MedQuest College schoolwork made a life-changing discovery. Jessica Begley, a MedQuest College student studying sonography, asked Chris Ward, a Lexington man working in the college’s admissions office, to help her with a practice heart scan. Students in the program often ask staff, friends and family to help practice using equipment and […]

Bowling Green makes 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live America list

Bowling Green, home of the Corvette and the infamous “Hill,” was ranked amongst the top 100 best places to live in America, according to the annual list by, a website that evaluates and ranks America’s small to mid-size cities, restructured their algorithm to reflect how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the definition of […]

Kentucky creates tech innovation P3

A new public-private partnership in Kentucky will work to develop academic innovations into job-creating tech companies. Gov. Andy Beshear recently announced the creation of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV) in partnership with the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville with the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. (KSTC) and KY Innovation. KCV will leverage UK and […]

Report: Health care jobs expected to grow in Kentucky

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) predicts significant growth in health care jobs in Kentucky over the next 10 years. A recent report by CPE and Esmi showed an expected 12% jump for jobs in the health care industry here in the Commonwealth. The firm reported earlier this year that the need for engineers was […]

WKU Commons at Helm Library marks construction milestone

A historic building at the top of the hill at Western Kentucky University is transforming again. Originally built in 1934 as a campus basketball arena and then retrofitted in the 1960s to become a library, the structure will soon become WKU Commons at Helm Library. The new hybrid space will be a lively hub for studying, socializing and […]

MedQuest College says two-year degrees turn economic challenge into opportunity

So, what’s next? That’s the question facing many workers affected by the COVID-19 related downturn. It’s a question recent high school graduates are getting as well. If past downturns are any indication, one smart answer will be: “get a two-year degree.”  That was the message from Bruce Kepley, CEO of MedQuest College, in a recent op-ed in Louisville’s […]

Study shows demand for Kentucky engineers

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) says Kentucky needs more engineers. A recent study projected that engineering jobs will increase more than 11.2% in Kentucky by 2029, outpacing the national average and driving the need for more college degrees. Engineering occupations are on the rise. CPE expects demand for approximately 3,000 more professionals in […]

MedQuest College trains ventilator repair technicians

MedQuest College Ventilator Repair

Ventilators and other medical equipment save lives every day – even before COVID 19. But who keeps the medical equipment going? Medical Equipment Repair Technicians are truly essential personnel in hospitals and doctor’s offices – maintaining and repairing lifesaving equipment. MedQuest College in Louisville recently became only the second school in the state to offer a […]

Kentucky Chamber updates “Leaky Bucket” report for 2020

Kentucky Chamber Leaky Bucket Report

Ten years after its initial findings, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has updated its “Leaky Bucket” report reviewing the biggest ‘leaks’ in Kentucky’s state revenue ‘bucket.’ The update examined state spending trends of the past decade, identified challenges that remain and offered recommendations for moving forward. The Leaky Bucket: 10 Years Later highlighted fast growing spending areas including corrections, […]

Louisville researcher wins $500,000 green energy grant

University of Louisville researcher Joshua Spurgeon

A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) could cause a revolution in the energy industry led by one Louisville researcher. University of Louisville researcher Joshua Spurgeon received the $500,000 grant to continue his work in renewable energy. Spurgeon’s research in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering centers on […]