- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The University of Pikeville plans to open a new college just for teachers.

WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/1CT1FeM) reports the school will move the teacher training program out of the College of Arts and Sciences and into the new Patton College of Education. Classes will start at the new college in the fall.

School officials say they hope the new college will make a lasting impression in eastern Kentucky.

“We’re really excited about what this will do for the community,” UPike president Dr. James Hurley said. “It’s going to bring in more students, it’s going to create more jobs, but more importantly it’s going to create opportunity for the P-12 sector.

“I hear from superintendents across the region that we aren’t producing enough math and science graduates, so that’s a strategic concern and thus we have to strategically address that by recruiting students from the mountains,” Hurley said. “If we recruit them from the mountains and train them in the mountains, they’ll stay in the mountains.”

The college is named after former Gov. Paul Patton, who served as president at the school before becoming its chancellor. Patton says having the building named after him is an honor.

“It will be hopefully an inspiration for young people to go into the teaching profession and then work here in our region to provide the education our children - our future - are going to need,” Patton said.

UPike has hired Dr. David Barnett from Morehead State University as dean.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews


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