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Scholarship program includes tuition assistance, summer work and employment upon graduation


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2017) - Continuing one of the Commonwealth’s most attractive postsecondary education opportunities, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year for students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees. Interested students must apply by the Feb. 1 deadline.

As many as 20 competitive civil engineering scholarships will be awarded for students to attend the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University or Kentucky State University. In addition to gaining tuition assistance, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to work during the summers and are guaranteed post-graduation employment.

“As a former KYTC scholarship recipient, I benefited from this program, which launched my career in transportation – now spanning 27 years,” said KYTC State Highway Engineer Patty Dunaway. “I spent my college summers gaining invaluable hands-on experience in two highway districts while earning a degree from the University of Kentucky. The Cabinet is invested in equipping the future workforce of Kentucky, and I am an example of the meaningful impact this program can have in a person’s life.”

Freshmen and sophomores receive $6,200 per semester, while juniors and seniors receive $6,600 per semester, to complete a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Students agree to work one year for KYTC for each year of scholarship assistance.

Complete information is available at

Additionally, KYTC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) teamed to develop an associate degree program in civil engineering technology at two campuses – Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg.

The Cabinet will award up to 10 scholarships for participating students, who can choose to attend either campus. Each scholarship student will receive $3,000 per semester plus the opportunity of a summer job and full-time placement with KYTC upon graduation.

As with the civil engineering scholarship program, the technology scholarship program requires students who receive civil engineering technology scholarships to complete one year of work with KYTC for each year of school.

Complete information on the civil engineering technology program is at

The application deadline for both scholarship programs is Feb. 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April.

For more information about either program, contact Cherie Mertz, scholarship coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 502-782-4794.

By Major (RET) Siembor

(Jan. 27, 2017) The first semester of the school year is complete and traditionally it is time for promotions in the Bulldog Battalion. 

LCHS JROTC parade squad has also been active this school year.LCHS JROTC parade squad has also been active this school year.

Although all cadets are eligible traditionally about 30% of the upper class (LET II – LET IV) meets the standards to get promoted.  Four of the nine officers have meet the criteria and they are;


*  Shelby Taylor and Aaron Roberts both being promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel. 

*  Shane Skeens was the only senior ranking NCO position; from Sergeant Major to Command Sergeant Major. 


All Three of those cadets hold significant positions in the Bulldog Battalion and have distinguished themselves above their peers to be promoted. Two other officers met the difficult requirements to get promoted. 

*  Brady Crockett, and Westin Hardin were promoted from 2LT to 1LT.  


So a hardy congratulations goes out to these fine individuals, Shelby “Double Tap” Taylor, Aaron “Batman” Roberts, Shane “Robin” Skeens,  Brady “Reverend” Crockett, and Westin “Hoops” Hardin (fear the beard).

Meeting the difficult challenges of making the grade and getting promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant are; 

*  Derek “Qlts” Murphy, “Hop-a-long” Cassidy Coburn, and Danny “Dough” Ramey.  

The last of the upper LET level promotions are;

*  Sebastian “Trace” Adkins, Aaron “Soup” Campbell and Illene “Forward” Newsome.  These three were promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.     

The promotion criteria for upper cadets are as follows; NCO promotions the cadet must meet high academic standards in JROTC, wear the uniform correctly when required and score a 240 or above on the physical training test.  To be promoted to 1SG and CSM one must have high academic standards, wear the uniform correctly when required and score a 265 or above on the physical training test.  And to be promoted as an Officer you must maintain the highest academic standards (top ten percent of the class), wear the uniform correctly when required, and score a 275 or above on the physical training test and must perform your staff job in a satisfactory manner.

So if you see any of the above students pat them on the back and congratulate them on a job well done, for they accomplishment more than their peers. 

Double Hooah to all.



BSCTC, Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center to offer free FAFSA assistance at Prestonsburg Kentucky Career Center on November 10


PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center (CEOC) will provide free assistance for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, November 10 at the Kentucky Career Center, located at 686 North Lake Drive in Prestonsburg.

“We are proud to partner with the Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center and the Kentucky Career Center to bring this opportunity to the community,” said Billie Jean Cole, director of enrollment management at BSCTC. “For many, the FAFSA can be a daunting process, but we’ll be on hand to explain the process and assist people in completing their application.”

This year, federal guidelines pushed the start date of the application to October 1.  The deadline was created to better align with college admission dates.

BSCTC has financial aid staff on its Prestonsburg, Pikeville and Mayo campuses Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The college offers 30 programs and more than 200 credentials.  Spring classes start January 9.

For more information or to register for classes, contact Cole at (606) 886-3863, Ext. 94808 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will hold a workshop to assist students, prospective students, parents and/or guardians with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 18 in the Atrium on the Pikeville campus.

This year, the federal government has moved the FAFSA deadline to October 1 to better align with college admissions season.

Jimmy Wright, dean of student services, said it is important that students and/or prospective students file their FAFSA as early as they can to receive such first-come, first-serve grants such as the College Access Program grant.

“We want the community to know that we are here to help,” said Wright. “We understand that this can be a daunting task for a student and their parents or guardians. We’ll have our staff on hand to work with everyone one on one to ensure that applications are complete and in line with all federal and state requirements.”

BSCTC offers 30 programs, more than 200 credentials, the state’s lowest tuition and online course options. The college serves more than 10,000 students annually in credit, non-credit and workforce development training.

For more information, contact Stephanie Abshire at (606) 218-1222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..