FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a new campaign and website to recruit and encourage potential teachers.


The Education Department says there was a 36% decline in the completion of education preparation programs in Kentucky from 2008 to 2017.


Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis unveiled the new website,, at a Board of Education meeting last week.


The website shows the pathways to becoming a teacher, with a focus on undecided college students and professionals with college degrees and trade workers.


As a part of campaign, the department also is accepting applications for the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching renewable loan forgiveness program. The program offers financial support, training and mentorships.