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The Supported Higher Education Project is pleased to announce that three of our students graduated from three different Kentucky institutions of higher education last weekend.
Murray State University student Blake Hopkins became the first CTP student to graduate from a Kentucky institution of higher education. Blake received his College to Career Certificate of Completion from Murray on Saturday, May 10, and will be seeking employment in Martin, TN, near his hometown of South Fulton.
Local coverage of Blake’s graduation can be viewed here.
At Northern Kentucky University, Alex Bonar graduated with the College to Career Certificate on May 9. She is currently employed at the Kenton County Library.
Silas Ned Jones IV earned a Certificate in Information Management and Design from Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington on May 10.
Congratulations to all our students on their achievements in postsecondary education!
Sharon Arant, Blake Hopkins, and Pam Matlock at MSU
Marcille Jones and Silas Jones, BCTC
Dr. Missy Jones, Alex Bonar, and peer mentor Erika Freeman, NKU
New stories about our students and project in the new Spring 15 Newsletter. SHEP April 2015 NL
While at NKU, Jillian Daugherty was enrolled through the Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP). She graduated from the program in 2013 but continues to be a valuable member of the NKU community through her paid employment as the Norse Men’s Basketball Team Manager. The book is her father’s exhilarating and funny love letter to Jillian, whose vibrant and infectious approach to life has something to teach us all about how we can better live our own lives.
For more information about the book: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062359940/uncomplicated-life-an
SHEP has created several video modules on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a set of educational principles geared at making information accessible to all types of learners. By presenting concepts in multiple formats (visual, spoken, written, video), instructors can appeal to students who learn best in each of these ways. UDL is not only for students with disabilities, but can also benefit older students, those for whom English is a second language, and many others. Instructors find that they, too, benefit from using the principles of multiple means of engagement, representation, and expression. Find more UDL materials on our video resources page.
UDLoverview from Kathy Sheppard-Jones on Vimeo.
Dr. Harold Kleinert and Claire Mynear offer testimony on Supported Higher Education before the Interim Joint Committee on Education at the Capitol
Tricia Baldwin, Spalding’s first CTP student
Spalding University in Louisville has become the third Institution of Higher Education in Kentucky to offer a federally approved Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP). Joining Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Murray State University, Spalding will offer a program leading to a meaningful credential for students with intellectual disabilities. SHEP is happy to have Spalding as our newest partner in our efforts to expand postsecondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities throughout Kentucky.
Check out news from our project and students in the SHEP December Newsletter.
SHEP December Newsletter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Clemson at email@example.com. For more information about SHEP, contact Barry Whaley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blake is Murray’s first SHEP student