Release Date: Oct 18, 2004
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1555, ext. 308
(Frankfort, Ky) The Council on Postsecondary Education, the coordinating board for the state’s system of postsecondary education, will hold a forum in Paducah to get opinions from area residents on a variety of issues affecting postsecondary education. The public is encouraged to participate in the forum scheduled Monday, Oct. 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. (CT) at Lone Oak High School.
The forum is being held for residents of the Purchase Area Development District. The counties represented in the district include Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken.
The Paducah forum is part of a year-long process to review and update the statewide plan that will mobilize the resources of the postsecondary education system over the next few years. This process is required by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Act of 1997 (House Bill 1).
“We’re looking forward to engaging the citizens in these eight counties in a meaningful discussion,” stated Tom Layzell, president of the Council. “We want to hear about the issues that are important to them and how postsecondary education can help address those issues,” he explained.
Layzell said the regional meetings provide an opportunity for citizens to inform the statewide initiatives that will be developed for the state’s public colleges and universities.Layzell, Council members and Council staff will attend the forum.
Other regional forums are being held in Madisonville, Glasgow, Prestonsburg, Lexington, Louisville, Manchester, Covington and Ashland.
Individuals interested in attending the forum, or who need more information, are asked to call Chanda Williams-Miller at 502-573-1555, ext. 248.
Lone Oak High School is located at 225 John E. Robinson Ave., Paducah. Directions to the high school can be accessed at http://cpe.ky.gov/canwetalk/ [link no longer available].
Kentucky's Postsecondary Education System encompasses nine public institutions and numerous independent institutions and represents 229,061 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni, and 275,108 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and for their families.