Governor Andy Beshear and President Dr. Jay Morgan

A photo of Governor Andy Beshear and President Dr. Jay Morgan. Contributed by MSU. 

Morehead State University's Space Science Center has received a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, ARC,  to update facilities and equipment. While the MSU Volgenau College of Education will receive a portion of a grant that was awarded to the Kentucky Department of Education, KDE.

The Space Science Center will receive $622,902 from a total of nearly $3.7 million in funds which was awarded to seven projects in Eastern Kentucky counties. The Kentucky Department for Local Government distributed the funds.   

MSU will use the funds to upgrade the Star Theater, which is an essential part of the center's community outreach efforts.   

"The theater's current projection system is outdated, failing and nearly obsolete. This means that any parts that fail would now be difficult, if not impossible, to repair or replace," said Amanda Holbrook, ground station manager and scheduler for the Space Science Center. "The ARC grant allows us to upgrade the theater with a brand new, state of the art digital projection system."  

The Star Theater features educational and entertainment programming for K-12 schools, civic groups, organizations, and the general public. It is also used as a lecture space for astronomy and astrophysics courses.   

The grant from ARC will also be used to partially fund the installation of a new satellite tracking antenna at the Space Science Center to assist with student training and to support NASA space missions.   

MSU’s Ernst and Sarah Lane Volgenau College of Education will benefit from a grant awarded to KDE to support special education programs.

The Kentucky LEADS (Leading, Educating, Advocating for Directors of Special Education) Academy is a five-year, $1 million federal grant designed to facilitate system change by increasing the number and capacity of certified directors of special education (DoSEs) and early intervention service leaders to improve services and results for children with disabilities.

In partnership with Kentucky’s Part C Early Intervention Services, Morehead State University, Western Kentucky University, Murray State University and the Kentucky Parent Training and Information Center, the Kentucky LEADS Academy will work toward achieving three goals.

They are to recruit more students to earn the director of special education certification; to increase the number of people whose job description includes supervising, directing, administering or coordinating special education programs who have attained the certification, and; to expand and enhance the existing state network to ensure that state, regional and local leaders have the knowledge, skills and access necessary to improve early childhood and educational outcomes for children with disabilities and their families through the systems that serve them.  

"We in the Volgenau College of Education are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our university and state education partners as we seek to support P-12 schools' ability to serve their students with special needs,” said Dr. Tony Norman, dean of the Volgenau College of Education. “Although each of us may be doing well in our own sphere, all of us, and certainly our P-12 partners, will benefit as we share our knowledge and expertise to better prepare and increase the number of directors of special education."