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First day of the semester!Welcome to the Supported Higher Education Project. Here you will find information on postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. Check it out!

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SHEP December 2013 Newsletter

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Check out news from our project and students in the SHEP December Newsletter.

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SHEP December Newsletter

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Kentucky’s First Comprehensive Transition Program: Murray State University

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As a part of the University of Kentucky’s Supported Higher Education Project in KY (SHEP), Murray State University became the first approved Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) in our state.  CTPs are able to offer students with intellectual disabilities Pell Grants and Federal Work Study, even if they do not have a regular high school diploma.  Moreover, along with KY’s new legislation allowing students who have earned an Alternate Diploma to receive Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) funds if they enroll in a CTP, this is major step forward in higher education for students with intellectual disabilities going to college in Kentucky!

For more information about the CTP  at Murray State University, contact Pam Matlock at pmatlock@murraystate.edu or Cindy Clemson at cclemson@murraystate.edu. For more information about SHEP, contact Barry Whaley at barry.whaley@uky.edu

Blake is Murray's first SHEP student

Blake is Murray’s first SHEP student

 

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SHEP Students Graduate

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May 9 was a big day for SHEP as four of our students earned credentials from their colleges. At Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Megan McCormick graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Education. Donnell Clay completed the Para-educator Certificate.

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Megan McCormick

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Donnell Clay

At Northern Kentucky University, SHEP students Jillian Daugherty and Ryan Mavriplis each received a College to Career Certificate. This marked the first time SHEP students have taken part in graduation ceremonies at NKU, an outcome which was overwhelmingly supported by the student body. “Students rallied around these students to support their participation,” said Dr. Missy Jones, adding that NKU President Mearns was responsible for the decision to have the ceremony be an inclusive one.

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Jillian Daugherty and Ryan Mavriplis

 

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New Legislation Benefits Students with Intellectual Disabilities

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KY Representative Carl Rollins

KY Representative Carl Rollins

The Supported Higher Education Project is pleased to announce recent legislation benefitting Kentucky postsecondary students with intellectual disabilities. Kentucky HB 45, sponsored by Representative Carl Rollins of the 56th district, provides access to Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) funding for students enrolled in a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs (CTPs). The bill was passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate, and was signed into law by Governor Beshear on March 21, 2013.

Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs were authorized by the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act to support students with intellectual disabilities academically and socially in postsecondary settings. Learn more about the CTP here.  Murray State University has recently been approved as Kentucky’s first CTP. SHEP is currently working with Northern Kentucky University, Spalding University, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and Eastern Kentucky University to help establish further supports for students with intellectual disabilities. The efforts by Representative Rollins and the support of Kentucky’s legislature will make a positive difference for many young adults who have not previously had opportunities to attend colleges or universities.

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SHEP Student Wins International Award

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Grace JonesIn November of 2012, SHEP student Grace Jones was presented with the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children’s Yes I Can! award for her accomplishments as a student at Northern Kentucky University. Grace has completed 24 hours as a non-degree seeking student at NKU, and is the first female student with an intellectual disability to do so.

Shortly after being honored with the Kentucky award, Grace learned that she would be receiving an international Yes I Can! award as well. She and her family plan to travel to San Antonio, TX, where the award will be presented in April of 2013.

Dr. Missy Jones of NKU calls Grace “a leader in the true sense of the word” for her success in “overcoming stereotypes and demonstrating how focusing on strengths can lead to success.” All of us at SHEP would like to congratulate Grace on her successes and to thank her for her pioneering efforts on behalf of students with intellectual disabilities.

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New SHEP Mentoring Video

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Created by the Supported Higher Education Project at Northern Kentucky University and produced by Extra Life Media and Norse Media.

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Drawings by SHEP Student Published

SHEP is pleased to announce the publication of Dark Shala, a fantasy novel by Cathy Benedetto, featuring art by SHEP student Silas Jones. Please celebrate with us by joining Cathy and Silas for a book signing event to be held at Barnes and Noble at the Hamburg Pavillion in Lexington, KY.

Cathy and Silas will be signing the book from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Friday, December 9. SHEP staff and students will be available to talk to you about the supports we offer and to answer your questions.

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SHEP Now on Campus at BCTC

Beginning October 5, 2011, a SHEP representative will be available at the Cooper campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College each Wednesday.  All BCTC students are invited to stop in and chat with Wendy in the office for Disability Supports Services located on the first floor of the Oswald Building. She will be in the office from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Wednesdays to answer any questions you might have about SHEP at BCTC.

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SHEP Welcomes New Intern

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Will Lyon is a SHEP student who will be taking classes at BCTC.  This semester, Will is working for SHEP as an office intern.  He helps with printing and general office work, gaining valuable experience while building his resume. Will is an aspiring writer who  also works two days a week at Imperial Florist in Lexington. Welcome to the SHEP team, Will!

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SHEP Student Celebration

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On June 13, the Supported Higher Education Project hosted a celebration at the University of Kentucky’s King Alumni House. The event, celebrating the accomplishments of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions through SHEP, was attended by parents, educators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and other professionals in the community. Dr. Harold Kleinert, director of the Human Development Institute at UK welcomed the guests; Kentucky State Representative Kelly Flood spoke to the group about the importance of lifelong learning. Catered hors d’oeuvres and time for socializing rounded out the celebration. Ten SHEP students attended.

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