Welcome to a new year at Ashland Community and Technical College. As we look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of 2013, we also reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. Below are some of the year’s highlights.
Dr. Gregory D. Adkins, ACTC’s President for 11 years, retired on June 30. Interim President Pat Lake held the office until the new President, Dr. Kay Adkins, began on September 1.
President Kay Adkins, a community college graduate herself, was previously president of Yuba College in California. She has over 27 years of experience in community college administration including strategic planning, economic and workforce development, and facilities funding and construction.
A new program in Paramedic Technology started in fall to provide an additional opportunity for students interested in health care careers. The Office Technology Program was restructured into a Medical Information Technology Program that incorporates new medical coding and record keeping requirements.
ACTC became an official Pearson Vue IT Testing Center and a CompTIA Authorized Partner, increasing the computer certification testing opportunities for students and area residents.
ACTC partnered with Christ Temple Church in Ashland on a “Super Sunday” college fair last February. Super Sunday is a Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) initiative to increase the college-going rate of African-American students.
Graduation in May recognized a record 554 students. The speakers were ACTC President Gregory D. Adkins and graduating student Ronald G. Parker, an Ashland resident who received an Associate in Arts Degree. The Mansbach Foundation of Ashland received a Special Recognition Award, and Mrs. Patricia Cline of Ashland received a Distinguished Service Award.
Agreements were signed for ACTC students to transfer to the Marshall University School of Pharmacy and for Collin’s Career Center Radiologic Technology and Cardiac Sonography students to transfer to ACTC.
The Mansbach Foundation added $250,000 to the Joseph and Sylvia Mansbach Scholarship Fund originally established in 1995.
ABB, Inc., through US Bearing and Power Transmission Corp., donated equipment valued at about $5,000 to the Electrical Technology Program.
Marathon Petroleum Company donated $2,000 to the college’s Greatest Needs Fund.
Grants included $3,500 from KY Council on Post-Secondary Education to encourage students to complete a college credential, $96,000 from US Department of Labor for programs that allow workers to move into high skill, high paying jobs, and a $74,900 USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant for The Entrepreneur Center.
ACTC awarded $243,000 in 2012-13 scholarships to help students finance their education. A fall scholarship reception recognized 146 recipients and more than 30 donors.
ACTC benefactors recognized at the annual KCTCS President’s Gala and Benefactors’ Awards Dinner in October were Richard W. and Frances Martin and the Mansbach Foundation, both from Ashland.
Students moved into the new Cosmetology Program building on the College Drive Campus in February. The modular building on Oakview Road includes classrooms, offices and a full-service salon for hair, skin and nail services.
The new Guy and Lisa Spriggs Child Development Center opened this fall and was formally dedicated on October 29. Located on Ramey Street across from the College Drive Campus, the Center was funded through the college foundation and is named for the Spriggs in recognition of their support.
ACTC hosted the Smithsonian Exhibit “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” in November and December. Over 1,000 students and adults toured the exhibit or attended one of a dozen programs that focused on Kentucky “roots” music. The exhibit is part of the Museum on Main Street program and supported in Kentucky by the Kentucky Humanities Council.
In collaboration with local and state organizations, ACTC presented College Goal Sunday for students needing financial aid information, a college and university Transfer Fair for ACTC students, the Tri-State Career and Job Fair for area residents, and Rotary Access to Careers Day for high school students.
ACTC Theatre presented the Children’s Theatre production of G2K Cinderella in February, a showcase of student talent in From Broadway to Hollywood in April, The Phantom of the Opera in October and A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley in December.
Black History Month Programs cosponsored with community organizations and residents were “The Spirit of Frederick Douglas” presentation, “Gospel Night” and the annual “A Night at the Apollo” talent contest.
The Student Art Show in April at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center included the works of 19 students.
Educational programs included free Small Business Administration Lender classes cosponsored by the Ashland Small Business Development Center, a Constitution Day Program cosponsored with Morehead State University-Ashland, a Women’s History Month program sponsored by American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and four summer youth camps.
ACTC hosted the Big Sandy River Regional Future Farmers of America, a Kentucky Teleworks application drive, Region 10 Meetings of Family, Career, Community Leaders of America, and a KCTCS workshop designed to increase the diversity of businesses that provide goods and services to the system.
Employees receiving KCTCS New Horizons Excellence Awards were Richard D. Burnett, Professor and Division Chair of Manufacturing, Transportation and Industrial Technologies (MTIT); Jason H. Shields, Information Systems Developer; and Mary Lou Wallin, Division Assistant for MTIT.
Alice Kay Thompson, Professor of Mathematics, was ACTC’s nominee for the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development 2011-12 Teaching Excellence Award.
Nicole Griffith-Green, Associate Professor of Biology, Anatomy and physiology, participated in the annual KCTCS President’s Leadership Seminar.
Dr. Mary Catherine Flath received the prestigious 2012 Gussler Family Endowed Chair in Science and Mathematics Award for the third time. The award recognizes faculty for their ability to support and motivate students to reach and exceed their goals.
Student Ashley B. Sartin from Flatwoods was named to the 2012 All USA Community College Academic Team. Students Tony A. Arthur from Ashland and Chanie M. Kirk from Flatwoods were named to the KCTCS 2012 All-Academic Team.
ACTC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received the KY Region Five Star Chapter Award for the 16th year. Advisors Dan Bailey, John M. Davis and Ashley Skidmore received Distinguished Chapter Advisor Awards. Professor Bailey was elected for a second term as Advisor Representative to the PTK International Board of Directors.
Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Chapter Officer Awards were received by President Cheryl A. Cook, a Catlettsburg resident, and Vice President for College Projects Ashley Sartin, a Louisa resident. Cook also received the Rising Star for Leadership Award.
ACTC student winners in the annual SkillsUSA competition hosted by the college were Alfred J. Moats, Jr., Steven M. Porter and James Tyler Sparks, all from Ashland; Brandon M. Miller from Greenup; Travis Pertuset from Lucasville, OH; and Christopher Savage from Garrison.
ACTC students and employees supported a variety of organizations and services, including American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, For Jamie’s Sake, March of Dimes, River Cities Harvest, Safe Harbor, Shelter of Hope and United Way.
Community service activities included Ashland’s Arbor Day tree giveaway, Grayson Lake cleanups in spring and fall, and a book collection for the West Liberty Elementary School Library that was damaged by a tornado last spring.
We look forward to a new year of student programs, academic services and opportunities for community involvement and development.