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Eastern Kentucky University will offer an online degree in risk management and insurance beginning in Fall 2017

 

The bachelor’s of business administration will be the only online undergraduate insurance degree offered in Kentucky and one of the few available in the United States.

The EKU risk management and insurance degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and have been offered on campus since 1977. The College of Business and Technology selected the bachelor’s of business administration in risk management and insurance as its first fully online degree due to increased demand from those in the profession.

“Our online program will have the same rigor and quality as the on-campus program,” said Dr. Thomas L. Erekson, dean of the College of Business and Technology. “Students will take the same courses and study with the same professors. It’s a unique opportunity for those working in the field or looking for a new career to continue their education.”

Thanks to an agreement between EKU and the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, online students will also be able to waive two of the exams required for CPCU certification. Graduates are prepared for careers in risk management, underwriting, claims adjustment, company operations, agency and brokerage, and related occupations.

Burning Glass Labor Insight reported that regional demand for bachelor’s-level risk management and insurance professionals grew 50 percent between 2013 and 2016. According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, those with a bachelor’s degree and multiple years of related work experience can earn $50,000-$100,000 annually.

EKU Online students will benefit from:

· quality instruction from an accredited brick-and-mortar university.
· a 100-percent online program with no required campus visits.
· accelerated eight-week terms rather than the traditional 16-week format.
· advisers who will work with them from application through graduation.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall term. For more information, visit https://go.eku.edu/rmionline.

EKU Online provides more than 30 online degree options and has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

EKU to offer bachelor’s in social work online

Eastern Kentucky University will offer the bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) online in Fall 2017. The new format will prepare students for success in a growing field.

“Individuals in social work bring a strong commitment to serving others to their work,” said Dr. Sara Zeigler, interim dean of the EKU College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences. “They are passionate, dedicated and public-spirited.”

In addition to personal fulfillment, social work offers a positive employment outlook. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that specialty areas within the field could grow nearly three times as fast as what is predicted for all other occupations. Moreover, salaries for social workers are increasing steadily.

According to salary.com, the average annual salary for a social worker in the Ohio Valley region (including Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois) is $46,000 to $60,000, depending on the location.

Social workers with bachelor’s degrees may find employment in a variety of fields, including mental health, substance abuse treatment, criminal justice, child welfare and gerontology.

“Many of those currently working in the field need a bachelor’s degree to advance in the profession,” said Dr. Caroline Reid, associate professor and coordinator of the online program. “It’s a privilege to offer an online program to meet their needs.”

From EKU Communications

 

Coal mining employment has fallen from 31,000 in 1990 to just over 6,300

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers in coal-producing Kentucky voted Wednesday to lift a ban on building nuclear power plants in a move one detractor called a “kick in the teeth” to the slumping coal sector.

According to The scientific American magazine, coal ash is more radioactive that nuclear waste.According to The scientific American magazine, coal ash is more radioactive that nuclear waste.The House passed the bill 65-28, sending it to Gov. Matt Bevin. The Republican governor has signaled he would not veto the measure if it reached his desk.

For years, efforts to open the door to nuclear energy melted down in a state that has been culturally and economically dominated by coal. Kentucky is the country’s third-largest coal producer, and politicians from both parties have promised to revive the struggling industry.

But the measure is on the verge of becoming law in Kentucky’s first legislative session in memory where Republicans controlled the House, Senate and governor’s office.

The bill’s House supporters said Wednesday it would take a decade or more for developers to get a nuclear power plant operational in Kentucky due to the rigorous permitting process.

But that didn’t satisfy Republican Rep. Jim Gooch Jr., who represents some of western Kentucky’s coalfields. Gooch invoked coal’s historic role in powering the state and the sector’s deep slump while speaking out against the measure.

“While I don’t really believe that this bill does that much to really affect coal, I think it’s a kick in the teeth that our coal industry shouldn’t be facing right now,” he said.
Kentucky’s coal industry has been steadily declining for decades. Coal mining employment has fallen from 31,000 in 1990 to just over 6,300. Three years ago, coal-fired power plants provided 93 percent of the state’s electricity. Today, that has fallen to 83 percent, according to the Kentucky Coal Association, as older plants are being shut down and replaced by natural gas.

The bill lifting the decades-old moratorium has been pushed by local government and business leaders in western Kentucky, which was home to a uranium enrichment plant that closed in 2013. That left the area teeming with skilled workers who had no hope of employment in their field.

Western Kentucky lawmakers who shepherded the bill through the House said lifting the moratorium won’t result in any immediate nuclear power plant construction.

“There is no expectation that the commonwealth will have a nuclear reactor constructed in it anytime soon,” said Republican Rep. Steven Rudy. “Should this bill become law, as a matter of fact, it will take a decade or more, probably decades, before an applicant could possibly wade through the regulatory environment before bringing a reactor online.”

Kentucky is one of 15 states that restrict the construction of new nuclear power facilities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The bill requires Kentucky officials to review the state’s permitting process to ensure costs and “environmental consequences” are taken into account.

 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2017) – The Senate gave final passage to a measure this week to expand the state’s broadband access by codifying the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA). Created through an executive order, KCNA is responsible for managing the Commonwealth’s open-access broadband network known as KentuckyWired. KentuckyWired’s focus is to position Kentucky as a national leader in high-capacity internet services.

House Bill 343, sponsored by Rep. Larry Brown, R-Prestonsburg, will specifically help rural communities that do not have access to a broadband network.

“Through these changing times, internet access is imperative to the success of our rural communities,” said Rep. Brown. “We continue to work to diversify Eastern Kentucky’s economy, and KentuckyWired will not only allow that diversification to proceed, but grow our tourism, advance higher education, improve healthcare access, and better the overall lives of Kentuckians. I commend the General Assembly for swiftly passing this measure and supporting the advancements of Eastern Kentucky.”

Kentucky currently ranks near the bottom of national and international rankings of broadband capacity, putting our state at a major disadvantage for attracting jobs and expanding education. The KCNA, through KentuckyWired, will better the Commonwealth by promoting economic growth and drastically improving our quality of life.

The bill is headed to Governor Bevin’s desk for his signature.