Madisonville Community College faculty member Scott Vander Ploeg joins Tracy to talk about a Flash Fiction Workshop coming up Saturday, November 2, and featuring Kentucky authors Constance Alexander, Normandi Ellis, and Steven R. Cope.
Singers/songwriters Robin & Linda Williams, part of A Prairie Home Companion's ensemble, perform Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. They're celebrating the release of their new album "Back 40" on this tour of eleven venues. Kate Lochte spoke with the couple about "Back 40", working with Garrison Keillor, songwriting, and 2 songs from this new collection.
There are those of us, of sufficient vintage, who can recall people saying, “If you want to vote in Kentucky, you register as a Democrat.” That always seemed to be a little bit more true here in western Kentucky, the birthplace of Alben Barkley, Wendell Ford, Ned Breathitt, Ruby Laffoon, and Julian Carroll. Of course, western Kentucky is more competitive today politically, but one has to wonder how our part of the Commonwealth became a Democratic bastion in the first place. Dr. George Humphreys is the director of Madisonville Community College’s Muhlenberg campus and an alumnus of Murray State’s History Department. He’s the author of The Democratic Rock of Gibraltar: The Rise and Fall of Western Kentucky Democratic Politics Since the New Deal, slated to come out next spring. He’s on the line today to speak with us about it.
Madisonville Community College President Judy Rhoads joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to chat about what’s ahead for the new academic year at MCC. Rhoads talks about new online programs Energy Management, Human Services, and Healthcare Informatics. She also explains MCC's focus on workforce development, the advanced integrated technology program, and the college's emphasis on the mining area. See more about Madisonville Community College.
Rubycat Lawson's Roadhouse Lounge starts at 7:30 next Thursday evening at the Glema Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. We meet the originator of the show, Darryl Van Leer, in conversation with Kate Lochte. He bills the show as "a foot-stomping musical tale of redemption that follows the story of a once famous Blues and Rock & Roll juke joint whose owner recalls the glory days of the place in an effort to save it."
The GED is set to undergo drastic changes in 2014. Most pressing is that the cost of taking the exam will double from $60 to $120 beginning in January. ACE2 Adult Education Direct Cris Crowley tells The Madisonville Messenger although Madisonville Community College currently covers $40 of the fee he’s concerned since more than 90 percent of adult education students in Hopkins County are at or below the poverty level.
Murray State is among several Kentucky universities receiving federal grants to improve teacher quality. The grants from the Council on Postsecondary Education total $859,000. MSU and three other lead universities will partner with high-need school districts and five colleges, including Madisonville Community College.
Six underground mine rescue teams qualified for national competition yesterday during the Kentucky Coal Academy’s first Regional Skills Championship in Madisonville. First-place team captain Zach Brown said yesterday’s tough competition made his six-man rescue squad better life-savers.
"I think that in the event of an emergency it will make us better capable to respond to people trapped, or if we have to, get a mine back to operation. I do think it will make us better at that area," Brown said.