FirstGen College Students: their challenges. Moving higher ed closer to home for E. Kentuckians. A fast track to a GED 


One: The PhD who heads the KY Council on Postsecondary Education knows a thing or two about the challenges faced by first generation college students. He has personal experience. Tom Martin talks with CPSE President Aaron Thompson. LISTEN

Two: Three reports on first generation student issues: Samantha Morrill on arriving on campus from a foster home; Stu Johnson on communication barriers; Wendy Barnett on students as parents of young children. LISTEN

Three: If distance from the home front is an obstacle to would-be Eastern Kentucky college students, then why not take college to them? That's the mission of the new University Center of Southern Kentucky and its director Trent Pool. Plus, outgoing KY Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Derrick Ramsey on the value and significance of the GED. LISTEN


Reports and interviews in order of appearance

Dr. Aaron Thompson

Samantha Morrill - First Gen students from foster homes

Stu Johnson - First Gen communications issues

Wendy Barnett - First Gen students as parents of young children

Trent Pool - University Center of Southern Kentucky

Derrick Ramsey - Fast Tracking the GED


Contact: Tom Martin at or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358 

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