■ Jeff Whitehead, executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, has received the President's Service Award from Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College — the highest award given to an individual by one of the region's 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The honor is presented to those who work to make the region and its people successes, and was given in recognition of Whitehead's work at the helm of EKCEP, a federally funded work-force development agency serving 23 Appalachian Kentucky counties that also is one of Kentucky's 10 Local Workforce Investment Areas.
■ Frontier Nursing University has been awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students program. The four-year grant totals $1.35 million and will provide scholarships to 90 students over the grant period. The scholarships will help FNU further its mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to provide care for rural and underserved communities.
■ Paul Laurence Dunbar High School freshman Mya Hauck, 14, has been selected to become a People to People Student Ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Mya will join a delegation of students on a 22-day educational program there this summer.
Curriculum will cover the science, history, culture and people of the region. The group will stay with New Zealand families and attend school with their children.
For more information about the program, visit Peopletopeople.com.
■ Linda McDaniel, professor and Von Allmen Endowed Chair of Accountancy in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, has been named an editor for the professional periodical Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.
McDaniel joined Gatton's Von Allmen School of Accountancy in 2002 after a decade on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
■ Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program has received a $25,000 planning grant that will assist its Workforce Investment Board in encouraging partnerships with local employers to create opportunities for apprenticeships in skilled trades.
Awarded by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the "Quick Start" industry partnership grant will ultimately create programs to allow workers to become journeymen or certified master craftsmen in a variety of skilled trades.
The Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board also received a $25,000 "Quick Start" planning grant to promote its advanced manufacturing sector.
These awards represent the third round of KWIB planning grant opportunities for industry partnerships.
For more on EKCEP visit Ekcep.org.
■ Students at 40 elementary and middle schools across Fayette County donated more than 57,000 pounds of nonperishable food items for God's Pantry Food Bank. The donations via Kids Can Hunger had an estimated retail value of $95,323.84.
Kids Can Hunger is a competitive food drive based on the pounds of food collected per student. The $1,000 first prize went to K.O.R.E. Academy with a total of 625 pounds, averaging 19.5 pounds per student.
Cassidy Elementary was runnerup with 6,880 pounds, which is about 10.5 pounds per student based on enrollment. Jessie Clark Middle School finished third with 7,268 pounds, or 8.1 pounds per student. Jessie Clark brought in the most donations for 2012. These public schools received $500 and $250 prizes, respectively.
Awards were presented Dec. 13 at God's Pantry.
■ Eastern Kentucky University's School of Business has earned reaccreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction that less than 5 percent of the world's business programs can claim.
The five-year reaccreditation covers the school's baccalaureate degree programs in accounting, finance, computer information systems, insurance, management, marketing, general business and PGA golf management, and the MBA options in accounting, general business and integrative communications.
For more information about programs in EKU's School of Business, visit Business.eku.edu.
■ The Gatton College of Business and Economics' Von Allmen School of Accountancy at the University of Kentucky has maintained its accounting accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
■ High school students across the commonwealth, along with the general public, are invited to view and vote for their favorite student-made commercials during the ninth annual Keep It Real Internet/Video Contest through Friday at Keep-it-real.us.
Teen filmmakers have created 30-second public service announcements telling their peers about the risks of underage drinking.
The People's Choice Award is given to the video that receives the most points through online voting. A team of experts selects additional winners. The 30-second video selected as Best Picture will be aired on television stations throughout the region and be shown as pre-show ads in local cinemas. DVDs of the winners will be distributed for use in the schools.
Kentucky schools participating in this year's Keep It Real Video Contest include: Paris Independent High School, Bourbon County; Augusta High School, Bracken County; George Rogers Clark High School, Clark County; Eastside Technical Center, Henry Clay High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Fayette County; Elizabethtown High School and John Hardin High School, Hardin County; Harrison County High School; Henry County Youth Coalition; Johnson Central High School, Johnson County; and Mercer County High School.
■ JROTC students at Henry Clay High School raised $1,300 in community donations to benefit a group of classmates. The group's two-week fundraiser raised enough money to refurbish a kitchen used by the school's special education class and provide gift bags for the students. Practical-living skills are an important component of the students' learning at Henry Clay.
Maj. Bill Larkin and Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hunt spearheaded the fundraiser. Contributions came from fellow students, teachers, staff, family members and JROTC students.
■ The Center for Rural Development is now accepting applications from rising high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky for the 2013 summer sessions of the Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.
The program provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for high school students within the center's 45-county primary service area to receive the skills needed to become the region's next generation of leaders.
Students apply during their sophomore year in high school and are selected through a competitive screening process to attend one of two summer leadership sessions of the Rogers Scholars program.
Applicants may download a copy of the application form by visiting the Rogersscholars.com website. Application forms must be completed and mailed to The Center for Rural Development, 2292 S. Highway 27, Suite 300, Somerset, Ky. 42501, by Jan. 31.
For more information, contact Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator, at (606) 677-6000 or email email@example.com.
■ Looking for a public speaker for your class, group or club? Big Sandy Community and Technical College has created a Speakers Bureau, which is made up of employees who offer presentations on computers, classroom management, math, nursing, self-defense, health and wellness, global awareness, goal-setting, career planning, verbal defense and conflict resolution. The presentations are free.
For more info, visit the Speakers Bureau website, Bigsandy.kctcs.edu, then click on the Visitors & Community tab and select Speakers Bureau.