Kentucky State University is a historically black college founded in 1886 as a school dedicated to the sole purpose of training teachers for the African American school-age population. More than 125 years later, KSU has expanded its mission to offer a liberal arts education that prepares a diverse student population to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society. KSU is also a land-grant institution with programs to study and address agricultural and family life issues offered through the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems. The university continually finds ways to help students fulfill their dreams of earning a degree, whether securing them financial aid to begin and continue their educational journey; preparing students for college-level study with refresher courses and pre-entry programs; offering online classes; or offering courses taught by accessible professors in small-class settings. The faculty, staff and students embody the most diverse mix in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. More than 40 percent of KSU students represent various ethnicities besides African American, including those from Central America, Africa and Asia. KSU provides something for just about everyone, from traditional liberal arts fare to business, science, agricultural studies, fine arts, education, criminal justice, social work, journalism and aquaculture. Its nursing program is widely known for preparing skilled and knowledgeable professionals. In addition, the university has begun the work of developing the Doctor of Nursing Practice program following the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approval of KSUs move from a Level III to Level V classification. As a result, KSU can now offer up to three doctoral degree programs.In addition, the graduate program has grown to include masters degrees in aquaculture, business administration, computer science, public administration and environmental studies. It also has a masters program in special education thats offered completely online for busy teachers who are required to earn a graduate degree.KSUs relationship with corporate partners has grown stronger in recent years. KSU and Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky unveiled a unique scholarship program that matches Toyotas need for mechanical engineers with that of top incoming students at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. Beginning in fall 2014, up to five incoming students will receive full-ride scholarships the first three years at KSU on a pre-engineering curriculum, the last two at the University of Kentucky under the Toyota Engineering Scholarship Program. After five years, participants in the program will have an undergraduate degree from Kentucky State and an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky.Alltech and Kentucky State University also have formed a research alliance in which Alltech will provide support for graduate research in agriculture, food sciences and sustainable systems and support undergraduate internships. The purpose of the alliance is to help feed a growing, hungry population by developing sustainable farming techniques and modern farming models. The partnership extends KSUs increased focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields.Further encouraging interest in scientific research as well as having fun while learning about ecosystems, KSU recently introduced Kentucky River Thorobred. The universitys new aquatic vessel serves as a laboratory for undergraduate and graduate research. The boat will also be used to teach Kentuckys schoolchildren about the rivers history and ecology.