University of Pikeville

WUKY In Depth
7:31 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Appalachian College Students Look for Job Opportunities Beyond Coal

A view of downtown from the UPike campus. The new medical school building, called The Coal Building, is on the left.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Colleges and universities in central Appalachia are struggling to retain students. Roughly half the freshmen at the University of Pikeville don’t come back the following year. For the students who stay, many wonder if there will be jobs available in a region that for decades relied on coal mining as its primary industry.

“We feel like if you can teach them in the mountains, train them in the mountains, they’ll stay in the mountains,” says James Hurley, President-elect of the University of Pikeville.

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WUKY In Depth
1:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Appalachian Colleges Struggling to Keep Students

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - For a lot of college students, summer is a chance to kick back and relax-- maybe do an internship -- before resuming classes in the fall. But some students in Appalachia won’t be returning to campus next August, at least not at the school where they originally enrolled.

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Local/Regional News
5:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Stumbo Pegs Higher Ed Funding To UPike Status

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he won't support an increase in higher education funding until the University of Pikeville is a state school.

The Lexington Herald-Leader says the Prestonsburg Democrat believes making the school a four-year state institution is the best way to improve access to higher education for students in Appalachia.

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