SOAR kicks off STEM-based education, workforce initiative 64 teachers in eastern Kentucky enroll

MANCHESTER – Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, joined educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts at Clay County High School to help kick-off an education initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

Morehead State University has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Council on Postsecondary Education, University of Pikeville, Department for Local Government and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to provide 64 teachers in 22 of the highest unemployment, highest poverty SOAR counties with National Board Teaching Certification. The selected teachers started the three-year program earlier this month.

“National Board Certification of teachers is the critical first link in the chain of creating an environment where eastern Kentucky students can get a high-quality STEM-based education that leads to higher-wage jobs,” said Anthony “Tony” Campbell, president and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

Along with obtaining the certification, teachers will receive a master’s degree with an emphasis on leadership at regional teaching centers close to their homes, plus rank change and salary increase, all provided at no cost to them or their school districts.

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SOAR kicks off STEM-based education, workforce initiative

64 teachers in eastern Kentucky enrolled in program

MANCHESTER — Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, joined educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts at Clay County High School to help kick-off an education initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

Morehead State University has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Council on Postsecondary Education, University of Pikeville, Department for Local Government and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to provide 64 teachers in 22 of the highest unemployment, highest poverty SOAR counties with National Board Teaching Certification. The selected teachers started the three-year program earlier this month.

“National Board Certification of teachers is the critical first link in the chain of creating an environment where eastern Kentucky students can get a high-quality STEM-based education that leads to higher-wage jobs,” said Anthony “Tony” Campbell, president and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

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KY Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Releases the PowerMap App

KY Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Releases the PowerMap App

App integrates geolocation technology with site selection data for economic development.

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives released PowerMap, a new mobile and web application that gives economic development professionals instant access to detailed cooperative service territory maps and data for all of its 87 Kentucky counties. PowerMap is integrated with StateBook International, an online marketplace for economic development and site selection that strategically aggregates, updates, and organizes more than
60,000 data points from over 50 sources. The software for Powermap was developed by Louisville based mobile app development firm Interapt.

With PowerMap, users can either type in a street address or use native GPS tracking on their mobile device to determine whether the location entered falls within the service territory of any of the 16 Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. In the past, the process of verifying which energy provider serves a certain defined territory would involve several parties, such as the Public Service Commission, and could take several days, if not weeks.

PowerMap constitutes a “first-of-its-kind tool” according to Rodney Hitch, Manager for Economic Development. “Economic developers on a site visit can use PowerMap to leverage mapping technology with StateBook’s vast database and instantly retrieve important site data, such as average commuting time, which in the past could have taken weeks,” says Hitch. “Our electric cooperatives are working hard to bring jobs and investment to the communities we serve, and PowerMap is another tool for that effort,” said Anthony “Tony” Campbell, CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative.
“I commend East Kentucky Power Cooperative for being the first utility in the U.S. to integrate StateBook’s robust data for site selection and cuttingedge technology,” said Calandra Cruickshank, President and CEO of StateBook International. “Powered by StateBook data, PowerMap enables the communities served by EKPC to put data into the hands of economic development professionals and business prospects onsite.”

The idea for building the PowerMap app spawned from a discussion about economic development during a recent trade mission to Canada that included Associate Manager Brad Thomas and Interapt CEO Ankur Gopal.

“Data is power, and timing is important in any economic development deal,” said Thomas. “By placing geographic information regarding power service territories literally in the hands of economic development professionals, Powermap will streamline the process of quickly analyzing the most important and costly factors of placing warehouses, assembly plants, industrial buildings, logistics, and advanced manufacturing in a defined area.”

“PowerMap is a tool that helps Economic Development teams gain a competitive advantage by providing the most important site selection data on their mobile device,” said Gopal. “PowerMap helps economic developers bring new jobs, new companies, and new revenue to their region.”

PowerMap is part of a suite of economic development efforts by Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives that includes a new economic development website as well as StateBook rollouts of 104 economic development sites for our cooperatives and counties served.

The PowerMap application is available for download to Apple devices on the App Store and to Android devices on the Google Play store. The web application is available at www.PowerMapKY.org.

Teachers participating in SOAR

MANCHESTER — Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), joined educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts at Clay County High School to help kick-off an innovative three phase education and workforce development initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

Morehead State University has partnered with SOAR, 16 Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, University of Pikeville, Department for Local Government and the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative (KVEC).

Local teachers participating include Rachel Yost, of Rosspoint Elementary School; Amy Cottrell, of Wallins Elementary School; and John Simpson, of Rosspoint Elementary School.

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64 Eastern Kentucky teachers to participate in STEM-based education initiative

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers kicked off a STEM-based education program Monday through SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region).

The program encourages teachers to be trained in STEM education through National Board Certification. STEM focuses on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The goal is for educators to prepare students for the workforce.

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SOAR launches STEM-based education, workforce initiative

Educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts have kicked off an education initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

They were joined by Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairmen of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, in a ceremony July 20 at Clay County High School in Manchester.

Morehead State University has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Council on Postsecondary Education, the University of Pikeville, the Department for Local Government and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to provide 64 teachers in 22 of the highest unemployment, highest poverty SOAR counties with National Board teaching certification. The selected teachers started the three-year program earlier this month.

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