Many area professionals in medicine, education, business, social work, law, accounting and other fields started at Ashland Community and Technical College before transferring to a university.
ACTC is accredited by the same accrediting organization as four year colleges and universities in the region. Small class sizes allow for quality student and faculty interaction, and the instructors have chosen teaching, not research, for their life work, and they are dedicated to their students’ success.
Students choose transfer programs at ACTC for many of the same reasons that other students choose technical career programs at ACTC– closeness to home, small classes, lower cost and quality of instruction.
“I decided to start at ACTC because it is close to home and in the community,” said Brandon L. Kelley, an Ashland resident who is working on an Associate in Arts Degree. A 2011 Boyd County High School graduate, his goal is to transfer to Morehead State University for Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work.
“By attending ACTC now, I can prepare myself financially for when I do move on for my social work degree,” Kelley said. “I like the small atmosphere here that gives you the chance to meet new people along the way and grow as a family.”
ACTC students like Kelley have transferred successfully into dozens of arts and science, medical, business, education and engineering fields.
A look at some 2013 ACTC graduates shows the diversity of transfer options. Gregory T. McFarlin, an Associate in Science Degree graduate, is transferring to Eastern Kentucky University in Occupational Safety. Cassandra A. Cantrell, a Criminal Justice graduate, is transferring to Lindsey Wilson College in Human Services and Counseling. Angela D. Vinson, a Business Administration graduate, plans to transfer for a Bachelor’s in Business Communications but has not yet selected a university.
“I recommend ACTC to anyone who is looking for a quality education, but who may feel intimidated at the idea of a large university,” said Jessica Cantrell, a Surgical Technology graduate now attending Marshall University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology/Evolutionary Science.
“New students and returning students alike can appreciate the smaller class sizes, the flexibility of the class schedules, and the helpful staff of ACTC,” Cantrell said.