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UK's Job Club Wins National Creative Excellence Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2018) The University of Kentucky’s Central Kentucky Job Club program was recently awarded the 2017 Creative Excellence Award by the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at its annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Central Kentucky Job Club observed its fifth anniversary celebrating the various state and national awards for program impact and excellence in creative programming that the organization received this year.

Created and managed by the UK Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development, Job Club provides a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn. The free group is open to the public and meets regularly throughout the year to those who are motivated and currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition.

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) presented the Job Club an award in recognition of individuals or small teams and their unique contributions to extension programming by being innovative in their approach to addressing emerging issues or existing issues in exceptionally creative or novel ways to obtain desirable results and outcomes. This award advances the Central Kentucky Job Club program to a competition among all extension program areas (family and consumer sciences, community and economic development, agriculture and natural resources and 4-H youth development) in Orlando, Florida, in February 2018.

The Central Kentucky Job Club’s CASE Kentucky Award of Excellence was given to the Job Club in the category of communications and marketing — external relations and engagement program. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a national organization that includes alumni, development and philanthropy units for schools across the country. The award Job Club received is for a specific institutional, community, government/public affairs engagement program that is either a single or on-going project, designed to introduce or support a specific program, event or institutional priority.

These community outreach awards are the outcome of collaborative partnerships within and without the University of Kentucky, the flagship land-grant institution that disseminates research-based information and services. Central Kentucky Job Club facilitators, Diana Doggett (Family and Consumer Sciences Extension), Caroline Francis (UK Alumni Career Services) and Diane Kohler (UK HR Staff Career Development) work with local businesses and agencies to provide Job Club opportunities.

Visit https://fayette.ca.uky.edu/content/job-club or the club's website for more information, including the current meeting schedule. Casual business dress is recommended as employers often visit club meetings.

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