Community Harm Reduction Efforts Toward Clean Needle Exchanges

Schools are epicenters of the movement toward healthier bodies and minds, as students grow to value their own health and lead their families and communities to a better quality of life. This was the theme of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) sponsored Health & Education Conference in Pikeville, Crossroads, last fall. Around the same time, […]

¡Grita Fuerte! Spanish Livestreams on Food, Weather, and School Life

You don’t have to study abroad to learn to talk about food, weather, and your school life in Spanish! These world language learners in Floyd, Harlan, and Knott Counties are bringing relevant and accessible Spanish lessons to your screen this February. Join them by Livestream, here on the Holler, to pick up terminology and cultural […]

Kentucky Poet Laureate Inspires Poetry of Place

When Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Harlan County native George Ella Lyon as 2015-2016 Kentucky Poet Laureate mountain people across the state celebrated, especially those from her home community on the far southeastern border. She proceeded another revered Appalachian, or as he eloquently coined, Affrilachian, Frank X Walker.  The Governor praised Lyon’s work as a poet and […]

New Tech Training Program Path to College & Careers Accepting Applications

Appalshop, Inc. in Whitesburg and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College have developed two Accelerated Certificates to meet the current needs of local employers.  They are now accepting applications until January 5th to go through the new collaborative technology training program, called Mines to Minds. Partnerships with employers are growing to create potential employment opportunities available for students going through […]

Reason to Celebrate: 2016 Annual Holler Highlights

We’ve had a big year at Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and here at the Holler! Congressionally designated Digital Promise and the U.S. Department of Education named KVEC a National Education Innovation Cluster, presenting a video series spotlighting the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative. Our annual Summits in April and October transitioned to a more technology-based delivery and connected well over 10,000 people […]

Telehealth Supports Student Wellness in Knott County

“We believe our schools are epicenters of the movement toward healthier bodies and minds, as our students grow to value their own health and lead their families and communities to a better quality of life.” -Sandy Hogg Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is a consortium of 19 rural school districts in southeast Kentucky. Sandy Hogg, […]

Challenger Center of Kentucky Hosts FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Competition

The Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky (CLCKY) is one in a network of 47 Challenger Learning Centers which were started by the families of the Challenger Astronauts tragically killed in the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster. Housed on the campus of Hazard Community & Technical College, CLCKY was the 34th center in the network and the […]

International #HourOfCode Here at Home December 5-11

Nationally fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago, but not here in the mountains. Imagine an east Kentucky where every student understands basic coding and computer science.  What would this mean for our region? We know that whatever field our students choose, whichever jobs they imagine and invent, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend […]

Spanish Livestream Series from Rural Spanish Learners Feature Family and Holidays

This fall students in Harlan, Floyd, and Knott Counties are bringing Spanish lessons about family and the holidays to your screen. Whether you’re a teacher and want to bring these short lessons to your students, or just ready for a Spanish refresher, tune-in to strengthen your global competency skills. Students in Harlan County High School kicked off […]

Water Filtration Wins Cash at Student Entrepreneurial Challenge with Lt. Governor

In the midst of Global Entrepreneurial Week, November 14-20, taking place across 157 countries, Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton spoke to student business owners in east Kentucky. Phelps High School team, PierSmart, won first place for their water filtration technology at the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative Regional High School Entrepreneurial Challenge, while both runner-ups provide healthcare solutions. […]