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An ACTC Acrostic Poem

by Jonathan Joy - November 24, 2021


Serves with excellence.

Here since 1938.

Located on top of the hill,

Ashland city in full view.

No limit to knowledge and opportunity therein.

Dedication, devotion, and drive at its heart.


Coy Hall's time machine will give you thrills.

On top of Dale Queen's keen communication skills. 

May Laura Tussey's stellar writing instruction  

Meet with Deborah Justice's tips for essay construction.

Under Professor Edward's care, the world will open wide.

Never fret, Professor Howard will keep you in stride.

Into the art world, with Wendy Fosterwelch, you'll grow.

To how the mind works, Professor Davis will show. 

You can get where you need with their help, you know.  




That's just Humanities, one piece that is featured.

Electricians study here alongside future teachers.

Cosmetologists treat while scientists test.

Hungry?  Our Culinary Arts is the best!

Nursing students abound, ready to help and to heal.

Industrial Maintenance solves problems with zeal.

Criminal Justice carries a heavy legal load.

Auto Tech: without them we're stuck off the road.

List these, AA, AS and more, we have so much to offer. So much in store:


Cool, clever classes.

Optimistic, outgoing staff.

Labs led by skillful scholars.

Lauded, learned faculty.

Energized, engaged, enthusiastic students.

Great, gregarious, grateful leadership. 

Each and all above a vital piece of the ACTC machine. 



112421-jon-joyA three-time First Among Peers Teaching Excellence Award winner, Jonathan Joy has taught at ACTC for 11 years.  He currently serves as Associate Professor of English/Writing for the college. Writing credits include 50 plays, 150 children’s stories, and dozens of attempts at poetry.  Joy’s Read Me A Bedtime Story column for the Ashland Beacon won a 2020 Kentucky Press Association award. The children’s stories therein are also featured on the Professor Theo's Mystery Lab podcast (  Joy lives in Huntington with his wife, son, and dog.