Release Date: August 31, 2004
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: (502) 573-1555, ext. 308
(Frankfort, Ky) The Council on Postsecondary Education, the coordinating board for the state's system of higher education, will host nine regional meetings across the state to get the public's input on a variety of issues shaping the future of postsecondary education.
"The success of postsecondary education in the future depends upon our collective efforts today," stated Tom Layzell, president of the Council. "We're asking members of each community to come prepared to talk to us, to work with us, and engage with us in a long-term relationship to develop a better educated workforce in tune to the needs of their communities and region," he added.
Layzell said the regional meetings provide an opportunity for citizens to inform the statewide initiatives that will be developed for the state's public colleges and universities.
Governor Ernie Fletcher noted that the planning process gives citizens an opportunity to help move the Commonwealth forward.
"Our universities and community colleges are essential economic engines in the state -- they are the incubators of human capital," said Fletcher. "As such, postsecondary education is critical to improving the quality of life of Kentuckians and attracting business to our state," he added.
Layzell, Council members, and Council staff will attend the forums.
Dates and locations of the forums are listed below. Participants should attend the forum that is being held for the county in which they reside.
Covington--Sept. 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET), Holmes High School, representing Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton, Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason and Robertson counties;
Louisville--Oct. 4 from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET), duPont Manual High School, representing Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties;
Prestonsburg--Oct. 12 from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET), Prestonsburg High School, representing Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties;
Manchester--Oct. 13, from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET), Clay County High School, representing Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, Whitley, Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe counties;
Lexington--Oct. 14 from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET), Henry Clay High School, representing Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford counties;
Ashland--Oct. 19 from 6:30 -9 p.m. (ET), Paul Blazer High School, representing Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Bath, Rowan, Menifee, Montgomery and Morgan counties;
Paducah--Oct. 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. (CT), Lone Oak High School, representing Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken counties;
Madisonville--Oct. 26 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. (CT), Madisonville North Hopkins High School, representing Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, Trigg, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties; and
Glasgow--Oct. 27 from 6:30-9 p.m. (CT), Barren County High School, representing Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, Warren, Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties.
Kentucky's Postsecondary Education System encompasses nine public institutions and numerous independent institutions and represents 229,061 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni, and 275,108 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and for their families.