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Jay Box - Ky. Community & Technical College System

Jay Box - Ky. Community & Technical College System

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is expanding access to educational opportunities and helping the state fill workforce shortages in key sectors of the economy. KCTCS President, Dr. Jay Box, discusses innovative programs and collaborations with industry to get more Kentuckians engaged in the workforce.
Season 14 Episode 24 Length 26:32 Premiere: 4/14/19

KCTCS President Jay Box on Boosting Workforce Training in Higher Education

It seems like almost every day a business owner or corporate executive makes the same statement: We need more skilled workers.

With millions of jobs going unfilled across the nation, employers are partnering with institutions of higher education to create a pipeline of students who will be trained in the skills most needed in today’s economy.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is at the forefront of workforce training initiatives in the commonwealth, providing innovative programs that help traditional students and returning adults build and enhance their job qualifications. KCTCS President Jay Box appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss some of those efforts.

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“There’s 7.3 million jobs unfilled right now,” says Box. “Companies are just really crying for more workers.”

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump appointed Box and two dozen other leaders in education, business, labor, and politics to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Box says the group is working to discern the causes of the workforce shortage and suggest ways to resolve it.

Many of those open jobs require some level of post-secondary education, but not necessarily a four-year or graduate degree. Box says even positions with high-tech and Fortune 500 companies might only require a two-year college degree or an industrial or professional certification that can be earned in a few months.

“Tim Cook from Apple, who is on the advisory board, turned to me and said, ‘Last year, we hired more than 50 percent of our workers in Apple that had an associate’s degrees or less,’” Box recalls. “He said, ‘That’s what our trend has been in the last three years.’”

Collaborations between employers and educational institutions are on the increase as businesses and industries seek a dependable supply of qualified workers. But Box says it’s only in recent years that companies have been willing to partner with schools on specific job training projects and programs.

“Employers used to be so secret about what they wanted because they considered that proprietary [information],” he says. “But the job market has become so tight… they want to work with us and help us to find the competencies that those workers need. That helps us then in developing the curriculum that would be useful for them and for the graduates to get employed as soon as they come out.”

A key example of this kind of collaboration in the commonwealth is a program called Kentucky FAME, which started as partnership between the Toyota plant in Georgetown and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington. Box says students are in the classroom two days a week and work at Toyota three days a week. Toyota pays the student-workers while they learn the job they’re performing.

Box says there are now 11 FAME programs at manufacturers around the state, and others are expected to launch soon in health care and other business sectors.

“Over 89 percent of those students are hired right out of the program by the employer who sponsored them,” he says.

A Flexible Approach to Education
Box says KCTCS has to do more to help adults who have a job but want to return to school to get additional training to advance their current careers or move into entirely different fields.

“You can’t get a working adult to come back to college on a traditional college day,” says Box. “Expecting them to come from 10 to 2, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, it’s not going to work around their work schedule. So our colleges are getting really innovative.”

Some KCTCS faculty are recording their lectures and putting them online, says Box. Students watch the videos when it’s convenient for them. He says several campuses also have extended lab hours, so working students can drop in when they have time to complete those requirements.

There’s also a shift away from the traditional structure of 16-week courses where students get a grade at the conclusion of the class. Box says some classes are now using a competency-based approach for measuring student progress.

“On competency-based, the faculty member lines out the skills, learning outcomes, or competencies that you should know in this course,” he says. “As you move through the course, you test along those competencies. If you pass the test… then you move forward. If you don’t, you stay where you are until you’ve reached it.”

Funding Challenges
These and other changes have helped KCTCS build a strong base of traditional and non-traditional learners. More than 100,000 students attend one of the system’s 16 colleges spread across 70 campuses around the state. Although enrollment peaked in 2011, Box says the number of credentials awarded by KCTCS hit a record high last year.

That requires the system to respond to changes in workforce demands over time. But because of resource constraints, community colleges “can’t be everything for everybody,” says Box. So they have targeted funding to programs that will prepare students for jobs where the demand is greatest. For every new program KCTCS starts, Box says they will eliminate two others that are no longer useful for job seekers.

“We do not want to turn out a graduate that can’t get employed,” he says. “So we have to go back, evaluate, say we need to phase that program out, and let’s shift that money over to an area where there is a need right now in the workforce.”

KCTCS has also invested in hiring more career counselors and navigators who guide students through their academic careers, especially the first few weeks of school when they are most prone to give up.

“We all want students to have an education, and be successful, and be contributors to our society,” he says.

Box says KCTCS is on the right track to meet Kentucky’s workforce needs, but funding remains an issue for the system. He says legislators should find new sources of revenue for the state, and then appropriate more money to the performance-based funding model implemented in 2016. It bases funding levels for state universities and colleges on their ability to meet certain metrics.

“We embrace the performance-based funding model,” says Box. “All we’re asking for now is that General Assembly look at truly funding that model because when they passed it, they put no new money into it.”

Lawmakers subsequently allocated $31 million to performance funding, but Box says it would take $75 million to fully support the model.

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Premiered On: 07/15/2016

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Premiered On: 07/22/2016

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Premiered On: 07/29/2016

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Renee speaks with former NBA standout Dominique Wilkins about his storied career and his current mission to help combat the nation's diabetes epidemic.

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Phil Wilkins

Premiered On: 08/19/2016

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf

Premiered On: 09/09/2016

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Premiered On: 09/16/2016

Mitzi Sinnott, award-winning playwright and actor, talks about her critically acclaimed one-woman play "Snapshot" and shares her experience of growing up as the biracial daughter of a black father and white mother from Central Appalachia. Sinnott uses her art to spark conversations about the legacy of race, class, and violence in America.

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Premiered On: 11/11/2016

Renee speaks with David Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. They discuss how a new administration will affect nonprofit organizations.

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Renee speaks with Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., who directs the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has spent nearly 30 years working with and interviewing sex offenders. Jensen is using those candid conversations with child molesters to train law enforcement, child abuse prevention groups, and others.

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Patricia Peacock

Premiered On: 04/28/2017

Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men say they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Renee speaks with Dr. Patricia Peacock, military sexual trauma coordinator at the Lexington VA Medical Center and a licensed clinical social worker, about programs that are helping veterans with military sexual trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge

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What does it take to be a good leader? Renee speaks with Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams, the creators of the High Impact Leadership Project that helps people build their leadership prowess. Then, life coach Colene Elridge discusses her workplace trainings on communication, generational understanding, empowering women in leadership roles, and self-care.

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Premiered On: 08/04/2017

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, talks about Governor Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, how the cabinet is responding to the opioid addiction crisis, and recruiting and retaining social workers.

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Jeff Hawkins and Robert Brown

Premiered On: 08/11/2017

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) serves 21 school districts in southeast Kentucky. Renee speaks with Jeff Hawkins, executive director, and Robert Brown, professional learning lead, of KVEC.

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Carol Peachee

Premiered On: 08/18/2017

Photographer Carol Peachee discusses her books, including "The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries" that captures lost distilleries and those undergoing renewal. Peachee is also a pioneer in the integrative health field with decades of clinical experience in counseling, mindfulness practices, and internal arts. She is the founder of the Center for Mindful Living Practices.

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Sam Quinones

Premiered On: 09/01/2017

Renee speaks with journalist Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic and other books. A reporter for almost 30 years, Quinones lived and worked as a freelance writer in Mexico and is a former reporter for the LA Times.

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Kristin Ashford - Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

Premiered On: 09/08/2017

Renee speaks with Kristin Ashford, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing whose research focuses on prenatal care and interventions aimed at preventing/ending tobacco use and illicit drugs. The program features a young woman who's participating in "Get Fit and Quit" recovery/smoking cessation program that is a partnership between the UK College of Nursing, Chrysalis House (a treatment center for women), and the YMCA. Part of KET's on-going initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

Premiered On: 09/22/2017

Renee sits down with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for a wide-ranging, one-on-one interview. Filmed at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, Chao discusses the U.S. Department of Transportation's involvement in emergency response and rebuilding efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plans to address the nation's transportation infrastructure, and other issues.

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Steve Beshear

Premiered On: 09/29/2017

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear discusses his new book, "People Over Politics", that covers the tests and triumphs of his administration from 2007-2015. He talks about embracing the Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid in Kentucky, his philosophical evolution on same-sex marriage, his unsuccessful struggle with advancing expanded gambling, the persistent plight of funding public employee pensions, among other issues.

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  • Tuesday May 17, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 17, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 17, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 17, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

  • Monday May 16, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Marcie Timmerman - Mental Health America of Kentucky - S17 E32

  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

  • Friday May 13, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

  • Thursday May 12, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 10:29 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 9:29 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

  • Monday May 9, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams - S17 E31

  • Sunday May 15, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 14, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 14, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

  • Friday May 6, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

  • Thursday May 5, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Anthony Smith - S11 E16

  • Monday May 2, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Brigitte Blom - Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence - S17 E30

  • Sunday May 8, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

  • Friday April 29, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

  • Thursday April 28, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Ari Berman - S11 E9

  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Allison Joseph - S11 E8

  • Monday April 25, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Monday April 25, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Tom Shelton - Henry Clay Center - S17 E18

  • Sunday May 1, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 30, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 30, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Jill Seyfred - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky - S17 E28

  • Sunday April 24, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 23, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 23, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET

Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

  • Friday April 22, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Friday April 22, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

  • Thursday April 21, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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Season 14 Episodes

The 'I Was Here' Project

S14 E36 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 8/4/19

Mike Runyon and Sherita Miller; Wendy Kobler

S14 E35 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 7/28/19

Filmmaker Lynn Novick

S14 E33 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 7/14/19

Brent Hutchinson; Christine Thompson - Education

S14 E32 Length 27:37 Premiere Date 7/7/19

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton - Youth Mental Health

S14 E31 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 6/2/19

Julie Cerel - Youth Suicide Prevention

S14 E29 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 5/19/19

Dale Suttles - Sunrise Children's Services

S14 E28 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 5/12/19

Education in Rural Eastern Kentucky

S14 E27 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 5/5/19

Joshua A. Douglas - Voting Rights Reform

S14 E25 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4/21/19

Jay Box - Ky. Community & Technical College System

S14 E24 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4/14/19

Author and Life Coach Colene Elridge

S14 E23 Length 26:19 Premiere Date 4/7/19

FIRST STEP Act - Criminal Justice Reform

S14 E22 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 3/31/19

Cheryl A. Oldham

S14 E21 Length 26:38 Premiere Date 2/22/19

Linda Hampton - Early Childhood

S14 E20 Length 29:47 Premiere Date 2/15/19

Donald Mason

S14 E19 Length 26:34 Premiere Date 2/8/19

Community Action Council; First 5 Lex

S14 E18 Length 28:53 Premiere Date 2/1/19

Seamus Carey

S14 E17 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 1/25/19

Michael Benson

S14 E16 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 1/18/19

Dr. Aaron Thompson

S14 E14 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 1/11/19

Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

S14 E13 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 12/14/18

Youth Suicide

S14 E12 Length 29:22 Premiere Date 12/7/18

Jean Schumm and Amanda Gale

S14 E11 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 11/16/18

M. Christopher Brown II

S14 E10 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 11/9/18

Frank Harris

S14 E9 Length 25:17 Premiere Date 11/2/18

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr

S14 E8 Length 29:16 Premiere Date 10/26/18

Amy McGrath

S14 E7 Length 29:02 Premiere Date 10/19/18

Kevin Chapman - Youth Mental Health

S14 E6 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 10/12/18

Carol Cecil; Resa Gonzalez - Youth Mental Health

S14 E5 Length 26:03 Premiere Date 10/5/18

Joe Bargione - Youth Mental Health

S14 E4 Length 28:57 Premiere Date 9/28/18

WKU President Timothy Caboni

S14 E3 Length 28:40 Premiere Date 9/21/18

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi

S14 E1 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 9/14/18

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