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Local technology experts Jill Roaden, Kevin Anderson and Sam Williams, of the Whitley County School District, recently were recognized as Apple Certified Systems Administrators (ACSA). This designation is earned by individuals that demonstrate a high level of knowledge and ability to support Apple computers by completing nearly five weeks of training and passing a series of exams.
Roaden, Anderson and Williams were among a select group of 37 Kentucky educators to complete this level of training and achieve this advanced designation. The training program is offered through Dataseam, which donates computers to local schools. In addition to everyday classroom work, computers are also used by researchers at U of L’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center to help find potential life saving drugs that fight deadly cancers.
“The Dataseam initiative is transforming the way our teachers teach and our children learn,” said House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, (D-Sandy Hook). “The collaborative effort behind Dataseam — local schools, universities, cancer research — all made possible by coal severance funds is unique to Kentucky’s economic development efforts. I congratulate these technicians, who are the largest certified collective nationally, supporting the teachers and students statewide in an ground-breaking effort that is redefining education, research, and workforce development in a 21st Century Commonwealth.”
“It has been a great experience for me,” said Sam Williams, District Network Manager.
Jill Roaden, Chief Information Officer said, “This helps us take advantage of the latest and greatest technology for our students.” The school district has installed about 265 computers as part of the Dataseam program. The computers not only support basic writing and Internet activities in the classroom, but schools can use wikis, blogs, remote monitoring and even video conferencing to help teachers enhance classroom learning.
“People in the Whitley County School District should be very proud of this personal accomplishment,” said Dataseam’s Chief Executive Officer, Brian Gupton. “Not only does this help teachers and students, but it is a great example of how Kentucky is developing a high-tech workforce reflective of opportunities in a 21st century workplace.
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Don McNay kicks off book tour in Lexington
Best-selling author and award-winning syndicated columnist Don McNay, of Richmond, will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, to kickoff the book tour for his latest bestseller, “Life Lessons from the Lottery: Protecting Your Money in a Scary World.”
Wildcat Harley-Davidson honored with Top 100 Award
Wildcat Harley-Davidson (www.wildcatharley.com) was recognized for the fourth year in a row for excellence in powersports with the 2013 Dealernews Top 100 Award. The Dealernews Top 100 Award is the longest-running award in the powersports retailer industry.
Small Business Development office to open Wednesday
A new partnership between two Corbin agencies and Eastern Kentucky University will open for business this Wednesday.
The Heritage wins state, national honors
The Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Corbin has had an award-winning year nationally and statewide, culminating by being named the 2012 Statewide Facility of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF).
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BRMC Awarded ‘A’ for patient safety
Baptist Regional Medical Center was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
Local chiropractor obtains chiropractic coding certification
Dr. Matthew Christopher, of Christopher Chiropractic in Williamsburg, was recently recognized as a Certified Chiropractic Professional Coder by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Knox County Chamber recognizes Troll and Toad.Com
This month’s Chamber Spotlight is on TrollAndToad.Com. Chamber leaders recognized TrollAndToad.Com as an important member of the local community, and decided to seek out more information about the company.
Cottongim Drug closes doors
A downtown Corbin landmark has closed. Cottongim Drug, the last “drug store” on Main Street, closed Monday.
Work continues to renovate bank branch slated for consolidation
An interior design change has delayed the completion of renovations to the Cumberland Valley National Bank branch on Falls Road and the closure of the bank’s downtown Corbin branch.
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