Several events this month underscore the tremendous impact that our community supporters have on enhancing college programs and services. Over the years, our benefactors and supporters have helped many college initiatives, programs and scholarships.
Ashland residents Ed and Louise Shytle and Clark’s Pump-N-Shop were recognized by KCTCS last month as ACTC’s Benefactors of 2016. With their philanthropy and service, Louise and Ed Shytle have improved the educational opportunities of students and the quality of life in the community. Brothers Rick and Brent Clark, the owners of Clark’s Pump-N-Shop, and their father John have been have been proactive in supporting college initiatives to improve student and workforce services.
Our Golf Scamble participants and sponsors make many scholarships possible. This year’s corporate sponsors were AEP Kentucky Power, Clark’s Pump-N-Shop and a Memorial for Donald Putnam, and there were 43 hole sponsors and 17 teams participating in the event. About $20,000 was raised for scholarships to help students attend college.
Our local businesses and organization partners for the Young Women League Conference have helped us reach many high school students with the message of success. Presented by Toyota Manufacturing –North America in partnership with SOAR and area supporters, this year’s conference reached nearly 600 high school girls from 17 high schools in Kentucky and Ohio.
Our partners in these and other events help us meet student needs, improve educational opportunities, build facilities, inspire college achievement and increase community-serving programs. Community is part of our college name for a reason, and we appreciate the people who help us achieve our mission to improve the lives of area residents.