Ashland Community and Technical College offers programs in high skill fields that can help area residents survive and thrive through economic downturns and upswings.
Government statistics show that higher education not only helps people get jobs but also helps them keep jobs during times of recession. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has defined some of the high-wage, high-growth programs offered at ACTC and the other KCTCS colleges.
These programs, with the 2009 mean wage for those working in the field, include:
Carpentry/Carpenter - $35,482
Computer and Information Sciences, General - $67,254
Criminal Justice/Police Science - $39,370
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician - $37,264 to $67,254
Electrician - $44,199
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology - $45,499 to $67,229
Nursing - Registered Nurse Training (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN) - $57,872
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist - $40,194 to $45,011
Starting salaries will be lower than the mean, but persistance in the field will pay off.
Spring semester is a good time to get started on a high-skill program. Classes begin January 10, and January 3 is the application deadline. New students must complete the admission process before registering, and application forms are on the web at: ashland.kctcs.edu. For questions about applications, call the Admissions Office, 606-326-2000.