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MOREHEAD, Ky.---The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and their partners are gearing up for their sixth annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all.  

The goal is to give beds to children PK-12th grade who are forced to sleep on floors, couches, or in beds with multiple other children or family members. This regional Build-A-Bed Project has provided more than 500 beds to children in Eastern Kentucky since it began in 2010. This year the committee set a goal to build 160 beds.

Build a bed projectBuild a bed projectEach child receives a brand new bed and mattress along with a bedtime bag containing sheets, a pillow, blanket, stuffed animal, book, alarm clock or nightlight, and a hygiene kit. 

The beds will be built on Saturday, April 16, at the Peddler’s Mall.  Recipients are expected to pick up their beds on the day of the build.

The project is currently accepting applications from Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harrison, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rowan and Wolfe counties.  

Applications can be found at www.moreheadstate.edu/buildabed.  The applications must be submitted by March 1 for consideration. 

MSUCorps has partnered with outreach groups including: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Center for Adult Education and College Access (AECA), Center for Regional Engagement (CRE), Gateway House Homeless Shelter, Frenchburg Job Corps CCC, Educational Talent Search (ETS), and Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs. 

Any donation is appreciated. Checks may be made to Build-A-Bed and sent to MSUCorps, Morehead State University, 201 Education Services Building, Morehead, Kentucky, 40351. 

Bed sponsorship of $300 and comes with your name on the Build-A-Bed T-shirt. 

Details about how to help Build-A-Bed and application materials can be found at the website: www.moreheadstate.edu/buildabed.

Additional information is available by contacting Mary Claire Williams, program director, at 606-783-2719 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WORKFORCE AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION CALENDAR

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Here’s a list of workforce training and community education opportunities sponsored by Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions team:

WOODWORKING I: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a Woodworking I class on the Mayo campus during the Spring 2016 semester. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Building D. The cost is $75 for the semester. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC TECHNICIAN (CFOT): Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Certified Fiber Optic Technician Course on the Pikeville campus on the following dates: March 7 through March 9, May 16 through May 18, July 25 through July 27, October 10 through October 12, and December 5 through December 7. The class will meet Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC SPECIALIST TESTING AND MAINTENANCE (CFOS/T): Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing and Maintenance Course on the Pikeville campus on the following dates: March 10 through March 11, May 19 through May 20, July 28 through July 29, October 13 through October 14, and December 8 through December 9. The class will meet Thursday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC SPLICING SPECIALIST (CFOS/S): Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Certified Fiber Optic Splicing Specialist Course on the Pikeville campus on the following dates: March 12 through March 13, May 21 through May 22, October 15 through October 16, and December 10 through December 11. The class will meet Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC SPECIALIST IN OUTSIDE PLANT (OSP) CABLING (CFOS/O): Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Outside Plant Cabling Course on the Pikeville campus on the following dates: March 14 through March 15, May 23 through May 24, July 30 through July 31, October 17 through October 18, and December 12 through December 13. The class will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a Pharmacy Technician course on its Pikeville campus starting on March 29 through April 26. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Miller at (606) 788-2922 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CLASS B CDL: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer Class A and Class B CDL courses throughout the year. For more information, contact Leo Fell at (606) 788-2923 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BODY SHAPING: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer body shaping during the Fall semester on its Prestonsburg campus. The class meets on Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DRIVER’S EDUCATION: Big Sandy Community and Technical College holds Driver’s Education and Driver’s Education Refresher courses on a monthly and individualized basis. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BODY SHAPING: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold Body Shaping classes on its Prestonsburg campus during the Spring 2016 semester. The class meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

INTERMEDIATE AEROBICS: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold Intermediate Aerobics classes on the Prestonsburg campus during the Spring 2016 semester. The class will meet Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Online security can help protect you from cyber thieves

The hacking theft of credit and debit card numbers should make everyone, including students, more careful about protecting their money from cyber thieves. The following measures can help, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Never provide Social Security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers in response to a phone call, fax, letter or email. If you get an email from a bank or company with which you do business, don’t click on any links in the email. The link may lead you to a fake web page run by thieves hoping you’ll enter personal information, or it may install spyware or malware on your computer. Instead, sign in through the website you normally use when you do business with that firm.

Never provide bank, credit card or other sensitive data on a website that doesn’t explain how your information will be protected, including encryption to transmit and store data safely.

When using an ATM card or debit card, make sure no one standing nearby can see your personal identification number (PIN).

Install a free or low-cost firewall to stop intruders from gaining remote access to your personal computer. Download and frequently update security patches offered by your operating system and software vendors to correct weaknesses that a hacker could exploit.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.

To find links to other useful education websites, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

The proposed changes would allow students to receive Pell Grants for a third semester during an academic year and reward students who take 15 credit hours each semester.The proposed changes would allow students to receive Pell Grants for a third semester during an academic year and reward students who take 15 credit hours each semester.

President Barack Obama wants to help college students complete degrees faster by introducing two changes to Pell Grants.

The proposed changes would allow students to receive Pell Grants for a third semester during an academic year and reward students who take 15 credit hours each semester.

“I think from a student perspective it’s a wonderful opportunity,” said Cindy Burnette, director of student financial assistance at Western Kentucky University.

If realized, the changes would create an additional $2 billion in Pell Grants for students in fiscal year 2017, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education.

While many college students lose access to Pell Grants after two semesters, the Pell for Accelerated Completion would award almost 700,000 students next year with an extra $1,915 on average. Meanwhile, the On-Track Pell Bonus would encourage students to finish

college in four years or faster “through an increase in the maximum Pell Grant award of $300 for students who take 15 credits per semester in an academic year,” the release said. Such a move would help an estimated 2.3 million students next year, the Department of Education said.

Unlike a loan, a Pell Grant doesn’t have to be paid back, and they’re awarded based on need, Burnette said. Year-round Pell Grants used to be available to college students, she said, but the government wasn’t able to sustain them financially.

“I think it’s a good idea if there’s longevity to it,” she said, adding that students won’t get much mileage out of the change if it disappears again.

As for the change rewarding full-time students, Burnette said WKU students are considered full time when they’re taking at least 12 hours.

“It would lower their debt because they would be able to get out of college faster,” said Sandy Neel, executive director of student financial aid at the University of Louisville.

Previously, year-round Pell Grants were difficult for universities to award, but now it seems to be becoming more simplified, she said.

Nimmi Wiggins, director of student financial aid and Scholarships at the University of Kentucky, also approved of extending Pell Grants throughout the year.

“Under the current regulations, Pell Grant recipients enrolled full time during the fall and spring semester have no remaining eligibility for Pell in the summer,” Wiggins said in an email. “With limited funding options, many students opt to not attend summer school. A summer Pell program will allow low income students to take summer classes and graduate on time.”

Although she said it was difficult to predict how many students would take summer classes because of the change, it has helped UK students in the past.

“Back in the summer of 2010 and 2011, the federal government did make Pell Grants available to students who had used up their eligibility during the fall and spring terms,” Wiggins said. “UK had more than 500 students each summer take advantage of the program.”

Funding for the federal program has risen in recent years, Wiggins said, but so have costs for students. The maximum Pell Grant for 2015-16 totals $5,775.

“Typically, students borrow up to their annual loan limits and full-time students are awarded the Pell annual limit during the fall/spring terms,” Wiggins said. “Also, many scholarship programs are geared toward helping students during the fall/spring semester. The availability of Pell dollars during the summer will provide students with an incentive to enroll in summer school.”

Rewarding students who take full-time course loads is also worth it, she said.

“Graduating at a faster pace will certainly mean a lower cost for the student,” she said.

By Aaron Mudd
Bowling Green Daily News