Ky3C Coalition launches secondary school student competition, targets paying for college

Ky3C logofrom a Press Release from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

The Kentucky College & Career Connection (Ky3C) coalition invites middle and high school students to create 30-second Public Service Announcements promoting the idea that there’s more than one way to pay for college.

Challenge winners will have their work produced and broadcast on television and radio stations statewide. Entries must be received by February 1, 2016.

The competition is part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership (STLP) Program and its Digital Products Online Judging competition. STLP is a statewide program that helps students use technology for their school and community.

For their projects, students will choose one of five strategies that lower the cost of college:

  1. find your career path;
  2. fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  3. get good grades to earn scholarships;
  4. get a head start on college classes; and,
  5. start saving now.

There will be winners in each category. “This student-driven approach is designed to generate more authentic and relevant messages for the targeted student audience,” said Rachel Belin, senior director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s Student Voice Team. “The strategy is a natural outgrowth of our work to integrate Kentucky’s young people as full partners in education policy and advocacy work.”

Submissions will be evaluated by judges from across the state, many of whom will be students. Finalists will be announced in February and offered the opportunity to work with media professionals to further develop and finalize their product for broadcast. Winners in each category will be recognized in April at the statewide STLP awards ceremony at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Any Kentucky school can participate in the STLP program and all students in a participating school are eligible to compete. Coordinators at participating schools are available to support and advise students as they create and submit their projects.

Ky3C coalition is a statewide network of more than 30 Kentucky programs and organizations and was launched last February as a joint initiative by the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and Kentucky Adult Education. The mission of the coalition is to align, enhance and expand college and career outreach efforts statewide.

More information, including the challenge rules and requirements, is available at the STLP website (download .pdf file here). Entries must be uploaded by the deadline to be eligible.

For more information about the Ky3C Coalition, visit


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