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FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE
Breaking Barriers for Parenting Students is Goal of Professor’s Research
Approximately 5.4 million students with dependent children are enrolled in postsecondary education. Those numbers are only expected to rise in the near future, as a too-often overlooked and underserved population increases. Ashtabula sociology associate professor Jessica Leveto, Ph.D., is focusing her research on the needs of those students as part of a fellowship with the Center for Teaching and Learning that culminates with a faculty workshop on April 21.
With Focus on Rural Social Work, New Bachelor’s Program Aims to Meet Growing Need
More than 60% of rural Americans live in areas the National Institute of Health deems to be underserved by mental health professionals and only about 20% of social workers nationwide are employed in rural areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These stats, coupled with the high demand for licensed social workers — especially in areas like those surrounding Kent State University’s Regional Campuses — produce significant disparities and gaps in care for people needing social services.
Filling in those gaps is the primary aim of program director Matt Butler and the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program through Kent State’s College of Applied and Technical Studies (CATS), which will have an emphasis on rural social work.
Kent State Leadership Tour Kicks off in Ashtabula
President Todd Diacon, Provost Melody Tankersley, Vice President Peggy Shadduck and senior leadership members met with the Ashtabula Area College Committee, campus faculty and staff on Feb. 20th to launch the group's week-long regional campus system tour
Respiratory Therapy graduate's winding road leads to finding his passion
Alex Marshall's academic journey wasn't a straight path, but the turns he took along the way prepared him well once he found his passion and his career focus in Respiratory Therapy.
Ashtabula Company Donates $50,000 for Scholarships
Following an initial two-year period, Molded Fiber Glass (MFG) Chairman Richard Morrison recently returned to the Kent State University at Ashtabula Campus to announce a two-year renewal of the MFG Foundation Ashtabula County Scholarship program.
Ashtabula Campus Collaborative Effort Earns Workforce Innovation Award
As part of its partnership with ITEN Industries for their work in collaborating toward developing solutions to workforce challenges, Kent State University at Ashtabula was a recipient of Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County’s 2022 Workforce Innovation Award at the organization’s annual Best of the County event Sept. 20, 2022. ITEN and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus (A-Tech) shared the award with Kent State Ashtabula.
“Manufacturing is a huge part of the Ashtabula economy, and as our partners at ITEN have pointed out,
Keefer Named Distinguished Teaching Award Winner
Kent State Ashtabula Associate Professor of History Bradley Keefer, Ph.D., was recently named one of three winners of the university’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award. He was surprised with an announcement during class on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, and will formally be presented with his award later this month.