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January 17, 2019
Kentucky lieutenant governor Jenean Hampton and Ashland Community and Technical College Credits Count director Mia Brown talk to seventh grade students at Louisa Middle School.Students at Blaine and Louisa middle schools got a special visit from Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton as she toured several classrooms to see first-hand how students are engaging in STEM fields. Thanks to an $815,000 multi-year American Electric Power Foundation Credits Count grant that is funding efforts to boost science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Lawrence County Schools, administration and faculty say students are being exposed to career paths they may not have ever learned about otherwise.
December 31, 2018
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December 6, 2018
For women interested in a less traditional line of work, line work could actually be the right fit. Kentucky Power recently established the Kentucky Lineman Scholarship at Ashland Community and Technical College, and while “lineman” is in the title, the new scholarship is geared toward women and minorities who want to enter the technical field. The scholarship fund was established with an initial gift of $1,500 from Kentucky Power. The scholarship will be awarded to female or minority students who are enrolled in ACTC’s new Workforce Solutions lineman program, which will begin enrolling students this spring for the course that begins in mid-March. Applicants to the scholarship must also include a one-page essay as to why they want to become a line person. To apply for the scholarship, students should complete ACTC’s general scholarship application, which can be found at “Line work historically has been dominated predominately by white men. But just as our military has opened up more roles for women and minorities, utilities across the country also are looking to diversify their workforce to better represent the communities we serve,” said Everett Phillips, managing director of Distribution Region Operations. “At Kentucky Power, we are committed to fostering an inclusive business environment and see this scholarship as one way we can attract more women and minorities to our industry. While line work is still a physically challenging job, modernization has diminished the physical demands of the day-to-day work. Some 25 years ago, where a job may have called for a five-person crew, bucket trucks and other tools now allow that same job to be completed by a two-person team.” For more information on the lineman program, contact Workforce Solutions at
November 26, 2018
ACTC will host a Playwrights Showcase at noon on Monday, Dec. 3 in the J.B. Sowards Theatre on the College Drive Campus. The event is free and open to the public; no ticket is required. The program will feature 10 monologues, short scenes and poetry written by English 207 playwriting students as well as English 101 and 102 students. “It's an informal gathering, similar to the Arts and Sciences Seminar Series, that is designed to be a showcase for our talented humanities students,” said Jonathan Joy, associate professor of English. “In a way it is quite similar to what we've done the past five years with the New Play Festival, though decidedly more laid back.”
November 26, 2018
Thanks to an anonymous donor, all funds raised by Ashland Community and Technical College's Foundation on Giving Tuesday will be generously matched. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. What better gift than supporting education? “An investment in our college helps us better serve our students and community,” said Brooke Seasor, director of resource development at ACTC. “Every donation big or small makes a difference in the lives of our students.” A donation to Ashland Community and Technical College's Foundation is an investment in the lives of students, businesses and our communities who benefit from the education, training and other services we offer. You can even choose the fund that you want to support. One hundred percent of your gift will be used in the way that you designate: equipment and supplies for skilled trades programs, student emergency fund, president’s discretionary fund, Greatest Needs Fund, scholarship fund, or in memory or honor of someone. Every contribution large or small makes a real, tangible difference in the lives of our students. Make your gift on Tuesday, Nov. 27 by visiting our online giving page at or calling 606-326-2092. The foundation can accept credit cards, checks, donations in person or by phone. For anyone wanting to make a donation in person, cookies and assistance will be provided from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in room L-266 at the College Drive Campus.
November 14, 2018
ACTC Chi Epsilon Honor Society is hosting its second annual children’s musical talent show to benefit area youth on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the J.B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus. Carols for a Cause will be from 6-8 p.m. and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Hopes and Dreams, a local organization focused on helping children with special needs. The competition is open to students or groups of students in grades 3-12 to perform vocal or instrumental seasonal and holiday music. Registration is $15 per individual or group and the first 20 registrations will be scheduled to perform. Others will be placed on a wait list and refunded if they do not get to perform. Registration deadline is Nov. 26. First place will receive $100; second place will receive $75; third place will receive $50. All audience participants will receive one voting ballot. The ballot will ask for the top three acts (regardless of age, performance type, or individual or group). Only ballots with three votes will be counted. Ballots will be collected and tabulated at the conclusion of all acts. Ties will be awarded an equal prize amount, but only 3 total monetary awards will be given. Tickets to view the competition are $2 and the sale starts at 4:30 p.m. the day of the competition. Advance ticket sales (maximum of 10) is available for each paid participant/registrant. No refunds are available on advance ticket sales. Concessions will also be available for purchase by cash or check only. A donation box will also be available for additional cash donations, which will be given directly to Hopes and Dreams. There will be an intermission half-way through the competition and at the end before the winners are announcement. At intermission, the children who participated in the first portion will be available to join their families in the audience. The children who perform in the second half will need to report to the art room. Full-time ACTC staff will be stationed in the room where children will be waiting to enter the stage (art room on first floor). Crayons, coloring pages, games, etc. will be provided to help entertain the younger children. They should leave any valuable possessions with parents or guardians. If a parent or guardian would like to sit with a participant they are welcome to do so. There will be an open rehearsal in the theater from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The day of the competition, check-in and sound check will be from 4-5 p.m. To register or for more information about competition rules, contact Michelle Gollihue at 606-326-2045 or
November 5, 2018
Ashland Community and Technical College has been recognized as one of the best colleges offering online learning in the nation by the Community for Accredited Online Schools ( As a leading resource for campus and online learning, the site released its annual ranking for the 2018-2019 school year, honoring Ashland Community and Technical College multiple times for its excellence in online learning. “We are appreciative of this recognition for our online programs,” said Dr. Larry Ferguson, ACTC president and CEO. “It is a testament to the dedication to excellence by our faculty and staff.” To qualify, schools must be regionally or nationally accredited, hold a not-for-profit status in the United States, and offer at least one online degree. Schools were then ranked based on their quality, affordability, flexibility, and degrees granted to their students. “We wanted to highlight schools like Ashland Community and Technical College who are providing exceptional online education experiences for their students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These schools continue to uphold rigorous accreditation standards and show an overall commitment to maximizing student success.”
November 5, 2018
Ashland Community and Technical College faculty and staff had much to celebrate at its professional development day on Oct. 5. Faculty Excellence Awards nominations were made in the following categories: • Business, Public Service and Technology — David Childress, Randy Cullum and Janet Thompson • Math and Natural Sciences — Rick Conley, Ashley Cox, Mary Cat Flath, Frances Martin and Hossein Mohebbian • Manufacturing, Transportation and Industrial Technology — Woody Fosson and Shannon McCarty • Humanities and Social Science — James Coy Hall, Jonathon Joy, Debra Justice and Laura Tussey • Health Sciences — Deena Howerton, Natalie Robinson and Susan Wallace-Vernatter One nominee from each category was chosen as First Among Peers. Those awardees were Janet Thompson, Mary Cat Flath, Woody Fosson, Debra Justice and Deena Howerton. Woody Fosson was chosen at the President’s First Among Firsts. Faculty Excellence Award nominees for adjunct instructors, beginning with the First Among Peers winner, were: Lisa Henderson, Judith Cox, Noel Davis, Colleen Griffiths, Pam Porter, Carolyn Preston and Dale Queen. Staff Excellence Award nominees for support staff were Sarah Klein, Rose French and Roxanne Neal. Nominees in the administrative staff category were Megan Horne, Jason Salyers, Karen Coburn, Robin Lewis and Ron McDavid. Sarah Klein and Megan Horne were the winners. Jennifer Allen and Linday Moore II reached educational milestones and were also recognized at the professional development day. Allen earned a Bachelor of General Business Degree from Morehead State University. Moore earned a Master of Nursing Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Other ACTC staff and faculty were recognized for reaching milestones of employment at the college: 5 years — Susan Wallace-Vernatter and Emma Mullins 10 years — Terry Burton, Lori West, Ashley Skidmore and Pam Miller 15 years — Ruth Leone, Jack Johnson, Sara Brown, Ron McDavid and Curtis Bowman 20 years — David Childress, Jackie McAfee and Kellie Allen 25 years — Dale Thornton 30 years — Ralfred Hall 35 years — Jesse Silver and Farnoosh Rafiee 45 years — Danny Bailey
October 22, 2018
Unseasonably warm weather made for a perfect day to tee off during Ashland Community and Technical College’s golf scramble on Monday, Oct. 8. This was the fifth annual event, which raises money for ACTC’s foundation that administers student scholarships. Proceeds from this year’s event at Bellefonte Country Club, brought total earnings for student scholarships through the golf scramble to a milestone $100,000 since the event began. “We are so thankful for the leadership that Dr. Bruce Schaffer has provided in working with our Foundation Board and sponsors to make our annual golf event a huge success,” Dr. Larry Ferguson, ACTC president and CEO, said. “Through their efforts we are providing opportunities for scholarships that will change students’ lives.” Funds were raised through team registration, 25 hole sponsors and five corporate sponsors: Clark’s Pump-N-Shop, AEP Kentucky Power, Karlene Putnam and Jay (John) and Diane Hannah, Braidy Industries and Community Trust Bank. Twenty teams participated with Marathon Refinery’s team taking first place. Team members were Jeff Porter, Dave Rice, Greg Jackson and Kenny Patrick. DESCO Credit Union took second place, with Clark’s Pump N Shop taking third place. It was a great day with beautiful weather to play golf,” said Brooke Seasor, director of resource development at ACTC. “Because of this event, we are seeing students’ lives change with the help of all our golfers, hole sponsors and corporate sponsors.”
September 25, 2018
Kearsten Peters, of Greenup County, was awarded the Rick Ritchason Memorial Scholarship by Build Ashland. The Ashland Community and Technical College freshman was chosen to receive the $3,000 scholarship because of her extensive volunteer service. Wes Thompson, board member of Build Ashland, said Peters’ application was “impeccable” and imbodied the meaning behind the scholarship, which was created in memory of Rick Ritchason and his commitment to community service. “He was the embodiment of volunteerism,” Thompson said. “He was with everything from Build Ashland to Ashland in Motion, Summer Motion, River Cities Harvest. If you went anywhere you ran in to Rick. Rick was just and endlessly positive person. When he passed away, we decided we wanted to do something to honor him and this scholarship idea came up.” During her high school years, Peters was actively involved in community service activities organized by her school and those she organized herself. She has volunteered decorating and serving meals in nursing homes, worked with a backpack program, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, wrote letters to soldiers, coordinated efforts to make a Veterans Day video for her community, participated in the LEO Club and National Honor Society, raised money for a camp for the blind and deaf, helped with Toys for Tots, volunteered with vacation Bible school, among many others. “I just think it’s fun,” she said. “I think it is an awesome opportunity, especially for me, to go out and get to meet new people. And I get to help people while I’m at it, so that’s always rewarding.” Peters is attending ACTC to get her Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to a four-year university to student marketing and advertising. She said she looked forward to continuing her community service efforts throughout college. Thompson said Build Ashland fundraise for another scholarship next year. Those interested in donating to the Rick Ritchason Memorial Scholarship fund can visit and click on the donate button. Donations to the scholarship should be marked with a “scholarship” notation. A link to scholarship application is also on the Build Ashland website. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be a resident of Boyd or Greenup County, be active in community service, have a GPA of at least 2.5 and plan to attend ACTC. In addition to the scholarship application, applicants are also required to submit a typed essay or video documenting their community service involvement.
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