Woodford County: Cheerleaders come out on top


The Woodford County High School varsity cheerleaders, above, won the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors 11th Region competition at Scott County High School last week. The Yellow Jackets competed against Paul Laurence Dunbar, Bryan Station, Lexington Catholic and Scott County high schools. Woodford County will compete Feb. 19 in the state competition at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

Midway College chief named to board

Midway College President William B. Drake Jr. has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at the association's annual meeting on Dec. 7.

The commission is the regional body for accreditation of degree-granting higher-education institutions in the South. The organization is governed by the College Delegate Assembly, which includes one voting representative (the chief executive officer or the officer's designee) from each accredited institution. It elects 77 members to the commission's board of trustees to guide the organization's work and to implement the accreditation process.

In addition to his new role, Drake serves on other education boards. He is the chairman of the Council of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Colleges in the United States and Canada, and is on the board of the Women's College Coalition.

Midway College caps a big year

Midway College's successes in 2010 include the announcement of the new pharmacy school in Paintsville, the opening of a campus in Radcliff, the first graduating class of the master of business administration program, the expansion of the campus in Lexington, and a 17.3 percent enrollment increase. In addition, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved the college to offer a doctorate in pharmacy, moving Midway College from a Level III to a Level V institution.

In 2011, the college will open the new Learning Resource Center on the main campus in Midway, and a dedication is planned during the first quarter. Enrollment is expected to reach 2,000 students by June, and the pharmacy school will enroll its first class in the fall. The college has a goal of enrolling 4,000 students by 2015.