Get college ready with our College Connections Camp! Students will be given an opportunity to improve skills in English, Reading and Math. A placement test will be given upon completion of the camp and students will meet with an advisor to schedule classes.
The camp is offered the last week of July and the 1st week of August.
To register please contact Donna Butler, OCTC College Readiness Coordinator, by emailing email@example.com.
*Register early because space is limited!*
This is a free camp designed to get you college ready. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
OWENSBORO, Ky. (July 28, 2015) — Owensboro Public Schools will work collaboratively with Kentucky Wesleyan College to build a new track & field complex, located between the Owensboro Middle School North and South campuses on South Griffith Avenue, with support from Owensboro Health.
The facility will be installed where the current track, split between those two campuses, is located. The new venue will be called the Owensboro Health Track & Field Complex.
Both Owensboro High School and Kentucky Wesleyan will use the facility to host home meets, as well as potential KHSAA, Great Midwest Athletic Conference, and NCAA Division II championship events. It will also be utilized by the public to promote wellness activities throughout the region.
Sponsorship of the project is complementary to Owensboro Health's mission "to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities we serve," stated Philip A. Patterson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of
“It will give students and community members access to the facility for exercise and health benefits, create a significant tourism opportunity for the economic health of Owensboro and Daviess County, as well as function as an amenity to enhance our recruitment efforts,” he added.
Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent, added, “We’re excited about this new partnership with Kentucky Wesleyan. Enhancing the facility will benefit both high school and college programs across the region. We are very thankful that Owensboro Health is part of this partnership.”
“This facility will help take Kentucky Wesleyan track and field to an entirely new level,” said Wesleyan President Bart Darrell. “For the first time ever, Owensboro and Daviess County will be able to host collegiate track and field competitions. We are very grateful to have such an engaged community partner in Owensboro Health.”
The project will include a high-quality synthetic track surface plus field event venues, a steeplechase pit; runway for long and triple jumps; a javelin area; pole vault runway; and shot put and discus/hammer throw event pads.
”Owensboro is such a sports-minded city and has long been a hotbed for high school track and field in Kentucky. This venture will benefit so many people in our community and beyond, plus this will add to our legacy as we continue to build stronger programs at Kentucky Wesleyan,” said Tony Rowe, head coach for Wesleyan’s track & field and cross country programs.
The Owensboro Health Track & Field Complex will cost approximately one million dollars. The RBS Design Group is serving as the architect for the project.
The OPS Board of Education has approved the project and is starting a BG-1 with the state to begin the process for construction. There is no timetable for facility completion.
This is a fantastic way to get your student involved with the OPS Fine Arts Department. Multiple art forms are offered.
The Daviess County and Owensboro Public Schools districts have collaborated to create a new Teacher Education Academy, which will be part of the Community Campus program beginning August 2016. This semester, approximately seven students piloted the program by taking a course at Kentucky Wesleyan College following up on the Owensboro Community and Technical College’s Introduction to Education class they took at Daviess County High School.
The program is designed to provide practical information and experience for students considering careers in the education field. Students will take Introduction to Education classes at their home schools of Apollo and Daviess County high schools through OCTC. Owensboro High School students will take their Intro to Education class at Brescia University. Upon taking classes in English 101 and Intro to Education through OCTC or Brescia University, teacher pathway classes will be taken on the campuses of local partner post-secondary institutions Kentucky Wesleyan College and Brescia University.
Introduction to Education classes have been offered for several years at Daviess County High School under the leadership of Therese Payne. Starting in the fall of 2016, they will also be available to students in-house at Apollo High School. AHS College and Career Readiness counselor Jeremy Camron will teach the course through OCTC. These classes offer students the opportunity to earn up to 21 hours of college credit from OCTC while still in high school through a combination of education and general education courses.
The goals of the Teacher Education Academy are to grow and develop a pipeline of highly qualified teachers for local public schools and to increase the overall diversity of the local teaching staff, in addition to fostering partnerships and promoting local post-secondary institutions as quality teacher education program options. The Teacher Academy allows students to take education courses through the Community Campus partnership at KWC or Brescia at a special cost of $50 per course at KWC or $45 at Brescia University. Credits will be transferrable to other education programs at colleges across Kentucky.
The program is open to students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2016-17 school year. Interested students should contact their high school guidance counselors.
“This career pathway program will be a great opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent. “They can take classes while in high school, go to college and get their degree, and then come right back and serve in our school system. It’s a win-win for not only OPS and DCPS but the local colleges as well.”
DCPS Superintendent Owens Saylor said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to nurture a love for learning in students who are still in high school with the vision of allowing them to earn a college degree and then return to classrooms right here in Daviess County as teachers.”
Owensboro Public Schools will unveil its first of six Little Free Libraries at Cravens Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony kicks off OPS’ Owensboro Reads Campaign for the 2015-16 school year. Earlier this year, six local financial institutions each adopted an OPS elementary school. The banks supply their school with volunteers and money to purchase a Little Free Library.
“I’m excited to see what the students think about the book kiosks. It’s so important to provide our students with 24/7 access to books,” said Cortney Inklebarger, Cravens Principal
The banks participating in the Owensboro Reads Initiative are Old National Bank, Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, First Security Bank, Independence Bank, US Bank and Republic Bank. Old National Bank adopted Cravens Elementary.
“We’ve enjoyed reading to Cravens students and lending a helping hand where teachers ask us to. We’re thankful that we get to see the next phase of this exciting partnership first hand,” said Wade Jenkins, Old National Bank President.
Another Owensboro Reads partner, the Daviess County Public Library is helping to supply books for the Little Free Libraries. The idea is students and community members will take a book to read and leave a book for someone else to read.
“The unveiling of Cravens’ Little Free Library is the first of many steps towards improving literacy in Owensboro. We’re honored to be a part of this exciting initiative,” said Leslie McCarty, DCPL Interim Director.
The book kiosks will continue to be installed at the other OPS elementary schools and Hager Preschool throughout the school year. The Messenger-Inquirer is also continuing to provide newspapers on a weekly basis to OMS North and South in addition to providing literacy programming at the middle school level.
Owensboro Public Schools will add several new career pathway programs for high school students in the district next year. The new OPS Tech Center will house electrical and building construction programs in space that will be leased adjacent to the Centre for Business and Research on Allen Street.
“We are trying to provide every option possible to enable students to graduate college and career ready,” Owensboro High School Principal John DeLacey told the Owensboro Board of Education last week. “These hands-on programs will greatly benefit our students.”
The Owensboro Board of Education will consider the expanded space in a lease with the Malcolm Bryant Corporation early next year.
The electrical program, a partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is currently located on the lower level of the CBR inside the Owensboro Innovation Academy.
“Moving the IBEW program to the new Tech Center space will create the space needed at OIA to add the second class of students in 2016,” said OPS Superintendent Dr. Nick Brake.
Brake said the construction program would be the result of a partnership with the Carpenters International from Evansville.
“We have looked at the job opportunities for students in many trade-related areas in the regional economy. We want to position our students to graduate with industry standard certification in as many career areas as possible,” said Brake.
In addition to the two area pathways at the OPS Tech Center, Owensboro High School offers career pathway programs in aviation, business, communication and media, early childhood education and health sciences. Owensboro Public Schools currently partner with surrounding school systems for the Community Campus program, which offers pathway magnet programs in bio-medical science and engineering.
Owensboro Public Schools also participates in the OCTC Discover College Program that offers career pathways for students who meet benchmarks in agriculture, air conditioning technology, business administration, industrial maintenance technology, medical information technology and welding.
“Our goal is to have every student that enters Owensboro High School enroll in and graduate from one of these pathways, “ said DeLacey.
The district is also working with the Kentucky Department of Education to identify possible pathway options in the performing arts.