WKU Study Away – Winter 2014

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WKU students make world their classroom during Winter Term

flsa-delo-logo150During this month’s three-week Winter Term, 20 WKU faculty are expanding their classrooms and helping WKU students create a unique global learning experience through Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) with 10 programs spanning four continents. From the jungles of Peru to the Great Wall of China to the plains of Kenya, students are making the world their classroom.


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WKU SGA awards four Study Away scholarships for winter 2014

wku study awayWKU Student Government Association (SGA) has awarded scholarships to four WKU students taking Study Away courses during Winter Term 2014.

Jenny Sutherland, senior recreation administration major from Kodak, Tenn., will explore the geographical history of Hawaii.  Sutherland said that she feels this program will give her added experience for her future career. “I know I will keep close ties with my university and give back to them for the experience it has brought to me,” she added.

Ryan Duvall, a freshman film major from Crestwood, will study film at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.  “I have always dreamed of attending the Sundance Film Festival and now I finally have my opportunity,” he said.

Dare Norman, a performing arts senior from Bowling Green, plans to take the New York Broadway course. She considers her participation in this program as crucial to her progress as a performer. “I need to observe and study live Broadway performances, as well as get an inside look at New York life, if I am to live and work in New York in the future,” Norman said.

Brenna Sherrill, a senior from Elizabethtown who is majoring in popular culture studies and French, said that the Sundance Film Festival seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfill her goal of getting the most out of her senior year. “Leaving WKU in May will be very bittersweet,” Sherrill said, “but before that time comes, I’m doing my best to make this the best experience possible.”

SGA first began offering this scholarship to students taking a Study Away course during Winter Term 2011. Since then, SGA has sponsored over 34 scholarships, totaling more than $4,600.

SGA Academic Affairs Chair Megan Skaggs said this scholarship is a great way for SGA to support the development of students. “WKU Study Away programs offer students a myriad of ways to create incredible experiences and lifelong memories. As such, we highly encourage students to explore what opportunities the Study Away office can provide for them. Simply looking into these various possibilities could lead to an enriching experience unattainable anywhere else,” Skaggs said.

Study Away offers off-campus courses that enable students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting.  No passport is required for Study Away courses since they take place within the United States.

Applications for summer 2014 will be available online in March.  Students do not have to be currently enrolled in a Study Away course to apply, but the award will only be made after the student has paid for the course.

For information about the SGA Study Away Scholarship, contact Megan Skaggs at megan.skaggs496@topper.wku.edu.

Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

Contact: Jerry Barnaby, (270) 745-2231 or jerry.barnaby@wku.edu

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WKU SGA continues scholarship support for Study Away students

wku study awayThe WKU Student Government Association (SGA) will offer scholarships to Study Away students during winter and spring 2014.

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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Emergency Action Plan Training Session

New this year… the Office of Study Away is hosting professional development sessions to create FLSA Emergency Action Plans.

In partnership with the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), we will guide program leaders through the process of creating the EAP.  The EAP is a requirement in for FLSA programs.  More importantly, it is a tool to guide a university response if needed.

The EAP sessions take place October 22 at 10:30 AM and October 23 at 3 pm.

A big shout out to Erin Greunke who has been developing a full FLSA professional development opportunities for program leaders.  The EAP session will be the first of several offered in the coming months.

Also, thanks to Jerry Daday for guiding our team through this process.

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DELO winter 2014 faculty-led study abroad awards

faculty led study abroad0The Division of Extended Learning & Outreach is committed to supporting student participation in faculty-led study abroad programs in partnership with Study Abroad & Global Learning.

Early applications are up from last year with over 50 applications. 

The winter application deadline is November 1.  Spring applications are accepted until January 31 with the summer deadline is in early March.

See past awardees and their projects at this link… http://www.wku.edu/flsa/student/deloaward.php

High-five to Rebecca Schwartz for wrangling this project so effectively.

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Allen County Training Consortium Recieves Blue Grass State Skills Grant for Training


October 15, 2013

Allen County Training Consortium Receives Grant

                The Allen County Technological & Industrial Vocational Education Consortium, Inc. (“ACTIVE” Consortium), located in Scottsville, Kentucky, has received a $75,000 Bluegrass State Skills Grant from the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet. This is a matching grant, bringing a total amount available for training in Allen County to $150,000. The Bluegrass State Skills Grant is designed to improve and promote employment opportunities for the Kentucky residents through training grants with business and industry.

It assists companies by providing training classes that can be utilized by the four local industries that currently make up the consortium. Consortia projects, which promote collaborative training initiatives for companies with common training needs, must be industry-driven and be a partnership between business, industry, education and government to maximize the effectiveness of the current and future workforce. Training classes will be conducted in Scottsville, which will allow trainees to spend less time away from their jobs as well as be a cost saving to the consortium members.

                Executive Director of Economic Development of the Allen County-Scottsville Industrial Development Authority Richie Sanders said that there are currently four industries involved in our training consortium. They include the Halton Company, the J. M. Smucker Company, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. and Dollar General Corporation. “These training programs will improve skills for our workers and help make our companies better, offering a great opportunity to invest in our citizens,” said Sanders.

                Allen County Judge Executive Johnny Hobdy stated, “As technology changes in today’s business and industry environment, training of the workforce is critical to their survival. We are extremely excited to be the recipient of this Bluegrass State Skills Grant and want to thank the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet for their recognition of our efforts.”

                According to Rick Bagwell, president of Halton Group Americas and outgoing ACTIVE president, “Cooperation within our community augments our total community position, whether within governments or between industry, education and our Industrial Development Authority. In this instance, we successfully allow our industries to train their personnel, we provide evidence that our community is forward thinking which assists in our efforts to attract new businesses, and we provide personal growth opportunities for those already employed to advance in their selected careers.”

                “The need for workforce training is in high demand – it is very important that Kentucky’s workforce be the best it can be,” stated Dana Russell, human resources administrator at the JM Smucker Plant in Scottsville. “We have to remain competitive to provide good jobs for our citizens. I want to see our community thrive. I want Scottsville/Allen County to be able to compete when industry is looking for a location or relocation.”

                Matt Adams, general manager of general affairs, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc., said that “these investments in training will strengthen our local workforce and help ensure Scottsville/Allen County remains attractive and competitive for future growth, which is great news for our current Sumitomo associates, future Sumitomo associates, the citizens of Scottsville  and our regional economy.”

                Carey Massey, Dollar General’s senior manager of human resources at the Scottsville distribution center said that at Dollar General, training and development are two valued components of success for both the company and for its employees. “These training resources will help support ongoing education efforts and help further position both Dollar General and Allen County residents for continued success,” stated Massey.

                Robert L. Curry, Cabinet for Economic Development’s Bluegrass State Skills Corporation executive director said that “We are pleased to partner with the ACTIVE Consortium in Allen Co. to assist in providing quality training for their workforce,” said. “In today’s fast-paced business environment it is essential for companies to continuously train their workforce in order to remain competitive in today’s global economy. Our board of directors has placed a high priority on awarding grants to training consortium around the state to assist them with their workforce development needs.”

                Dr. Sue Parrigin, Program Manager for Western Kentucky University’s Workforce Training Center is coordinating the grant program. “Western Kentucky University’s Workforce Training Center is excited to deliver high quality training programs to industry in Allen County through the Bluegrass State Skills grant program,” she said. 
                For more information regarding this press release please contact Richie Sanders at 270-784-0751 or visit www.scottsvillegrowth.com.

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Workforce Training Center and CPD Update

How fast another couple of weeks have gone by for CPD and the Workforce Training Center! The major development for the Workforce Training Center and CPD is that Allen County ACTIVE Consortium recieved official word from Blue Grass State Skills Grant In Aid that they recieved a $75,000 grant for a 50% reimbursement of up to $150,000 worth of training for the next 12-months. Sue met with the ACTIVE committee on Thursday Oct. 3rd to begin planning the training program and schedules. Also, Julie, Cindy, and Sue attended the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Industry Appreciation banquet at the Corvette Museum on Oct. 3rd with other members of DELO and WKU.

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WKU Toppers at Sea 2014 program to study climate change issues

toppers at sea logoDuring summer 2014, college students, pre-college youth and adult learners can study climate change in the North Atlantic while on board a state-of-the-art floating campus.

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