Christin Roberson loves teaching and aerospace opportunities

Christin Roberson said she felt like Santa Claus as she watched her two aerospace classes excitedly open the drone kits on Friday, November 3 at Sheldon Clark High School. The students will conduct research in order to learn how to put together the drones and practice flying in preparation for the spring 2018 drone race […]

Building and flying drones – Project Based Learning

  The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) Appalachian Technology Initiative (ATI) has made remarkable progress in three years preparing students for high tech career pathways. Only two KVEC school districts had computer science programs serving less than 25 students at that point.  Despite having the nationally recognized programs, aviation at Eastern Kentucky University and aerospace at Morehead […]

Facebook Founder Finds Innovation In Rural Education

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and members of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative visited the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Hazard, KY on Sunday, September 24th. The visiting team was there to learn from students and teachers about the innovative learning taking place in K-12 schools across eastern Kentucky. The team spent the afternoon and evening [...]

KVEC Hosts Event to Recognize Legislators and Leaders Contributions to Public Education

Over 100 persons joined educators and community leaders to honor state legislators while showcasing the amazing work of mountain teachers and students at the Legislative and Leadership reception Feb. 7 at Rupp Arena/Hyatt conference center. The 21 superintendents representing school districts in the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) thanked their legislators for supporting public education. […]

East Kentucky needs leaders, citizens who aren’t afraid to dream bigger

Rural communities miss great opportunities when their leaders and citizens do not dream big enough. One of our problems in not making “Appalachian Kentucky Great Again” has been thinking too small and scaling down our dreams and expectations. Congressman Hal Rogers has had a big vision for bringing the digital economy for nearly 10 years […]

Panel Discussion

This initial panel discussion on December 12, 2016  explored reasons while other Appalachian coal states has made greater progress economically than eastern Kentucky.  Future discussions and interviews will be held and broadcast on The Holler concerning this topic. Since the ARC begin in the mid-1960s very few east KY counties have moved out of the economically […]

Getting Your Community Ready for Expanded Broadband and Growing Its Economy

The KY Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) staff  have prepared this Community Tool Kit to help prepare your county for the New Economy and enhanced use of broadband to strengthen the regional economy with digital jobs.  The kit includes active links to a variety of webpages to assist your planning. Click here to download the tool […]

KVEC Educonomy Summit for Appalachia: Visionary Thinking and Doing

#KVECEDUCONOMY KVEC Educonomy Summit: Education, Workforce, Economic Development  Visionary Thinking and Doing #KVEC Educonomy Summit attracted over 200 eastern Kentuckians Over 200 persons attended the first “KVEC Educonomy Summitt: Education, Workforce, and Economic Development” in Hazard, KY. on September 16, 2016. Another 250 persons from eight states watched the broadcast live event. The KY Valley […]

Federal Funding and Collaboration Opportunities

June 21, 2016 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hazard Community and Technical College, First, Federal Center Experts will share the extraordinary federal funding opportunities available to east Kentucky including Promise Zone and USDA programs,  (Abandoned Mine Lands, PowerPlus, ARC). The event is intended to provide an opportunity for communities, counties, and organizations to work together as […]

S.T.A.R.S. Students Present at East Kentucky Leadership Conference

Students from four counties representing the KY Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) S.T.A.R.S. (Students Transforming Appalachia with Real-world Solutions) shared their entrepreneurial projects and ideas for the future of the region at the East Kentucky Leadership Conference in Morehead, KY on Friday April 29. The students kicked off the second day of the conference with a 45 […]