ACTC Offers Top Careers

Ashland Community and Technical College students can begin preparing for nearly all of the US News & World Report 100 Best Jobs of 2014 either with university transfer programs or with career programs that can often be completed in one to two years.

Transfer students can start on dozens of bachelor’s degrees. The Associate in Arts degree prepares students for transfer into humanities or social science fields, including education and pre-law.  An Associate in Science degree is for transfer into science and math fields, including engineering and pre-med. 

Students who want to start work right after graduating from ACTC have multiple degree, diploma and certificate options in the programs listed below. Additional information is on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu/academics under “Programs of Study.”

Business/Education Programs

Business Administration students can earn an AAS Degree with options in Accounting, Finance, Management and Real Estate as well as two diplomas and eleven certificates in fields such as finance, leadership, management , supervisory management and small business management. Graduates are prepared for entry level business jobs or for university transfer into a bachelor’s degree program.

Computer Information Technology students are prepared to work with computer network environments. Choices include certificates, Cisco and Microsoft Networking Tracks and an AAS Degree with the Network Administration option.

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education students are prepared for employment in preschools, early intervention programs, Head Start, and healthcare and recreation centers. Choices include an AAS Degree, a diploma and five certificates.

Medical Information Technology prepares students for a new era of medical office coding and record-keeping requirements, including federal regulations and international coding standards. Students can choose from two diplomas, five certificates and a degree with administrative, coding, records and office management tracks.

Health Care Programs

Health care programs are centered at the College Drive Campus, although some courses are also offered elsewhere.  These selective admissions programs require the completion of selected college courses before being considered for acceptance.

New students can start this fall on courses required for application to the Associate Degree Nursing, Emergency Paramedic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care-Advanced Level and Surgical Technology Programs.

Students can also work on a Health Science Technology degree that prepares them for entry level jobs and that can provide a smooth transition into selective admission allied health care programs.

Industrial / Manufacturing Programs

The following programs are held at the Technology Drive Campus. Certificates focus on skills for a specific job, while diplomas provide a broader range of skills.

Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) students learn to service heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.  Choices include a diploma and four certificates. 

Applied Process Technologies graduates are prepared for entry-level technician positions in chemical, petrochemical, refining, power and other industries.  The AAS Degree offers Chemical Plant Operator, Power Plant Operator and Lineman Technology options.

Electrical Technology students prepare for entry-level positions in industry and the building trades. Credential choices include an Industrial Electrician Diploma and three certificates.

Industrial Maintenance students are trained to fill multi-skilled positions in factories, hospitals, hotels, and other business/industry settings.  Options include a diploma and four certificates.

Machine Tool Technology students learn to set-up and operate computer controlled and mechanical machines for small machine shops or manufacturing industries. CNC Machinist and Machinist diplomas and three certificates are available.

Welding Technology graduates are prepared for welding occupations in business and industry.  Choices include a Combination Welder diploma and nine certificates.

Public Service Programs

Appalachian Studies is a certificate program that offers a multi-discipline, cross-cultural look at the people, traditions and creative output of the region.

Cosmetology graduates are eligible to take the Kentucky cosmetologist licensing exam. The Cosmetology building is located on Oakview Drive on the College Drive Campus.

Criminal Justice is for students seeking entry-level jobs or current employees who wish to advance their skills.  The AAS Degree has options in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Security and Loss Prevention.

Culinary Arts students prepare for careers in culinary arts, catering or institutional food service. Choices include three AAS degrees, three diplomas and six certificates. 

Fire/Rescue Science Technology offers an AAS Fire Chief Degree, a Fire Chief Diploma, three certificates and Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) certification.

Transportation Programs

Transportation programs are offered at the Roberts Drive Campus.

Automotive Technology graduates are prepared for entry-level technician jobs in auto repair, maintenance and servicing. Choices include a diploma and seven certificates.

Diesel Technology students learn to repair, rebuild and maintain construction equipment, agriculture equipment, or medium and heavy trucks. Three diplomas and 13 certificates are available.

Apply Now for Fall

Fall classes start August 18, and August 4 is the application deadline. Applications are online at: ashland.kctcs.edu.

ACTC advisors will help students select the courses needed for their program, and the Career and Placement Center can help undecided students select a program that meets their goals. For an appointment at the Career Center, email: nancy.menhouse@kctcs.edu.