Business briefcase: Aug. 2, 2013

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By The Staff

SCPS adds Shields as staff developer


Shelby County Public Schools has a new staff developer, Lora Shields, whose role is to facilitate change in the way students are taught and to improve their achievement.

Shields will coordinate professional development, oversee instructional coaches, and focus on the learning process.

A native of Louisville and graduate of Murray State University, Shields has spent nearly 20 years as a special education teacher and most recently was literacy coach for Oldham County and staff developer for PEBC. She

is a published author and a former Stella A. Edwards State Teacher of the Year winner.

“The trade memberships, trainings and awards are too numerous to list,” Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith said in a release announcing Shields’ appointment. “She is really going to make an impact on our district.” 

Said Shields in the announcement: “The work I’ve done in the past taught me that it’s not about following a program. It’s about comprehension and a growth mindset. Everyone can be better – students, teachers, coaches...everyone.”


Ivers assists in nurse training

Sarah Ivers is the program manager for the Red Cross Kentucky Nurse Aide Training program, where she will assist in the national initiative to provide more scholarship opportunities to students.

“I want to continue helping others reach their goals, their dreams like I was once given the opportunity,” Ivers said in a release about her role.

The Red Cross recently hired a team to secure grants that would provide partial scholarships to various groups. Its most recent accomplishment is a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. The funds will help provide training to 2,500 students across the U.S.

During the past year, Ivers and her team have implemented several tools to help students succeed after completing the program. The Red Cross incorporates live skills practice, offers tutoring 1-2 days per month and hosts a review day at the end of training as well as a resume workshop. She also works with long-term care facilities to build relationships.


Job Corps career/college fair

Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center will host a tri-county career and college fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Simpsonville city gymnasium, 8460 Shelbyville Road, Simpsonville.

The 318 students at the center, who learn technical trades in the construction, medical and culinary arts careers, will host this recruitment opportunity for employees and students. This event is open to the public, and booths are free.

For more information, contact Felicia L. Lee, business community liaison, at 502-722-3527, 502-529-6807 or E-mail Lee.FeliciaL@jobcorps.org.


State fire hiring temps

Hiring for Kentucky State Fair temporary employees begins on Monday to fill more than 750 positions for the fair’s 11 days. Positions include maintenance, grounds, housekeeping, admission gates and tram drivers. Wages start at $7.25 an hour.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and provide proper identification to verify work eligibility, such as a photo ID and a Social Security card. Applicants must apply in person. For a schedule of appointments and other information, call 502-367-5235.


Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s next Business After Hours will be at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Mulberry Orchard, 1330 Mulberry Pike. For more information, call 502-220-7516.
  • The chamber will sponsor a luncheon with U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Persimmon Ridge Country Club, 72 Persimmon Ridge Drive. Admission will be $20 for chamber members and $30 for prospective members. Reservation deadline is Aug. 19. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Johnna Maier at 633-1636 or johnna@shelbycountykychamber.com or visit http://shelbycountykychamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/legislativ....
  • The 2013 Taste & Tunes fundraiser for the chamber will be 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.

Bits & bytes

  • Lee Thomas, who has the SERVPRO franchise for Shelby County, received the company’s Millionaire's Silver award during its national convention in Anaheim, Calif.
  • Kentucky State University announced that James Berry, a 38-year veteran of law enforcement, as its new director of university safety and security affairs.
  • The Helicopter Association International is bringing the largest helicopter-only trade show and convention to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on March 1-3, 2016.
  • Destiny Monyhan, convention services manager for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been recognized as an industry leader in Rejuvenate magazine's "40 Under 40.”
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 11.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.57 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65.

Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.